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Vacation and Back to Work

So many of you asked about our time off and it is impossible to summarize a week of doing nothing, yet isn’t that what ‘vacation’ is all about? We did make a trip to Branson, MO and Eureka Springs, AR and made it home by Monday evening. After that we basically did normal things for most. We worked around the place and fished, actually going for a boat ride on Claremore Lake in our new rubber boat with an electric motor. It was fun.
We checked on the building a couple of times after hours and are amazed at the work done! I so appreciate all of you who made the removal of the pews look like such a simple thing! I received a picture text at 8:05 Sunday evening and the pews were gone and the carpet was being taken up! You made it look so simple!
I was told that Bro. Chester Webster once again did an amazing job filling the pulpit for me…thank you Bro. Chester, I knew you would. We are blessed by your ministry to us!
Tomorrow {Tuesday} the carpet layers will begin to install the new carpet and by Thursday we should be ready for the pews. We will meet in the fellowship hall again Wednesday evening for service. But by Sunday morning we should be moved back into our newly remodeled sanctuary! New carpet, new pews, a new organ, ceiling fans and all!
My apologies to you who came not knowing we were meeting outside this past Sunday morning for worship. I heard years ago that you have to tell us Baptists seven times to be heard, and sure enough we didn’t promote it enough for all to know! The service was really good and the breeze made it very nice and thanks to James Thompson and crew the sound worked pretty good {with the only exception of a 1970’s tape for special music} Our thanks to Bro. Todd and all who set up equipment, tables, chairs and those who cooked, served, cleaned and basically made our time together a blessed event! What a way to come home from vacation. Thank you for our time off, it was greatly needed and made me appreciate how great of a church we have as I watched it continue without my oversight {sometimes a preacher feels that he is the only one….a sure sign of the need of vacation} and you showed that God has truly blessed our work here.
I look forward to seeing you this coming week…
Bro. Wayne

The Conclusion is the Beginning

Our building project is quickly coming to a completion. If everything clicks and meshes together the next three weeks everything will be complete from the ceiling to the floor to the platform to the pews…It has been a long time coming, but has turned into a blessed venture. My thanks to Donnie Lester for leading us in this renewal and his patience with me as I suggested and changed some of the plans to make it a more functional beautiful place for us to serve our Lord!
Now, if it all works as we are planning our annual Labor Day Picnic comes at a perfect time! Now, our plan is to be out of the auditorium Sunday, September 6 as the pews will be removed to make way for the ceiling to be scraped and painted in preparation for carpet and new pews. It will take two weeks, but if our timing is right we will have Sunday September 13 with carpet installed but no pews…that will have us sitting in chairs that one Sunday as the new pews are scheduled to be installed the week of September 14. It will be absolutely wonderful to see it all finished!!
I cannot believe the summer is coming to a close, but I am always glad to see the fall; just sitting here with the window open and the attic fan bringing in 62 degree air! I know it will get hot again before fall officially arrives, but: School is back in and change is in the air once again…can you sense it? I think God made the seasons to remind us that life cycles are the same as nature. I look in the mirror and see that I have entered into my own {late} fall season. I have much to do around the house while there is still time before winter, things like cleaning out the chimney {where are my boys?} finalizing my wood supply for the winter months and building a fence that has been screaming at me for months… Likewise there are many things I want to do for Christ before my time of service is over. The completion of our Worship center is one of several things I am compelled to see through before I can consider a winter’s rest.
I have evaluated my time even as God admonishes us: Psalms 90:10-12The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’
And I pray you will evaluate your time as well, adjust your thinking and begin today to make the most of the time God has given you to serve Him…
Looking forward to Sunday!
Bro. Wayne