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Thoughts of Summer

For years I have marked the beginning of summer as Memorial Day right along with most of the country.  But today I want to take a moment to remember….

My first year of school began September of 1954 the Tuesday after Labor Day.  All schools started after Labor Day in those days and ended the second week of May.  I just remember that I started to school in the heat and ended hot as we had no air conditioners or fans…just any breeze that would come through the windows.  My first through fourth grade years were spent at Yukon.  Every thing was simple and straight forward…to me anyway!  My mom and dad fought the battles for me.  The school wanted urine samples brought to school in a clean pop bottle…I didn’t even know why.. and it was to be left in the cloak room.  Then came the small pox vaccination {mine didn’t take} and then they wanted us to take the polio vaccination; a drop of something on a sugar cube.  Mom said no! As she was fearful of the paper that declared a certain amount of those taking it would contract polio…a dreaded disease of that day.  I remember the days changing from extreme heat to extreme cold from October through February.  There were few weather reports in those days, the skies were watched and mom would say I should take a coat because ‘it looked like a cold front was coming in’ and she was usually right!

Lunch at school was amazing as I had to sit in class and smell fresh bread cooking and the excitement of recess after lunch.  One of my favorite times was when it was cold I would go on the south side of the building and sit in the sun, out of the cold air and watch the clouds roll overhead.

When the summer time arrived and I would take off my shoes before I went to class {remember I was only six to nine years old} I did not realize my teacher thought we could not afford shoes and boy! Did my parents deal with me….School…those days are gone, sixty three years ago since.  The simplicity of life with all decisions made by someone else…hmmm?  Wonder if I truly enjoyed them as much as I should have?

School ends in the next few days for most of our children; then the wonder of summer begins!  Vacation Bible School, camp, days of playing and wonder.

I wonder if heaven will be any better than that.  I think so… and those days are in view!

Have a fruitful happy summer and remember the admonition from Jeremiah 8:20 ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’ Spend time seeking the Lord while He may be found.

Bro. Wayne

Expanding the Sanctuary

          This past Wednesday during our regular business meeting we unanimously approved the motion by our Trustees to expand the auditorium by fourteen feet on each side.  This will allow us to increase our seating by approximately 150 people for a total seating of around 400.  You that have been in attendance know that we need the space!   The estimated cost of the entire project is $150.00 per square foot for 1,680 sq. ft. totaling around $255,000.  We plan to build debt free.  In order to do this we will need everyone to give above your regular tithes to the building fund.  If you want to be part of this process, please note on your check or offering envelope that portion of your gift is for the new building. 

          Donnie Lester has agreed to be our Contractor and MODA Architectural firm will do the professional work that the City of Claremore and State of Oklahoma requires.  Our time frame is approximately three months to begin construction.  It will take this long to prepare the architectural drawings for all the various construction phases and then to get them approved by the City of Claremore.  Also to raise the money needed to begin. 

          We have set, as our goal to begin construction, one – half of the expected cost or around $130,000.00.  It is an obtainable goal if we will all make it our priority!  Please pray with me and watch the Lord bring about His Will and purpose for Rehoboth Baptist Church. 

          Resurrection Sunday was a glorious time for us all! Bro. James and the Choir preformed ‘Jesus Messiah’ for us bringing the age old message of the Gospel in song. 

Thank you choir for your hard work of preparing this gift for us, it was obvious that you enjoyed singing as much as we did hearing this wonderful presentation. 

           May is just around the corner and school is coming to a close.  No doubt that means for us that Vacation Bible School is at hand.  June 9-13 will be upon us before you know it, but Jeanie Ross and crew will be up to the task!  If you can help this year please call the church office or Jeanie and let us know…

          The Lord is Risen; He is Risen indeed!

                              Bro. Wayne

A Change in Focus

What a winter!  When Sunday school dismissed and we were moving to the auditorium for worship the snow was falling!  Over an inch had accumulated before we began and it appears that we received around three inches total.  The temperatures stayed in the twenty’s all day and is it ever slick this morning!  Claremore schools let out this morning and I am sure there are lots of commuters to work who wished they too could sleep in this morning.

This week I begin my new schedule that the church approved last week.  Monday mornings will still be busy with the newsletter, reflection of Sunday services and planning for the new week.  Other tasks that have to be done on Monday’s will still be done, but my plan is that by noon I will be free to spend the remainder of the day in personal pursuits.  Tuesday through Thursday will be used for study in the mornings with the afternoons given to planning, visitation and church administration. Friday’s and Saturday’s will be a time off for personal pursuits again.  My hope is that I will have these two days where I can go without ‘dressing for the public’ and shaving etc. and just be whatever the day demands…fishing, gardening, repair, woodshop, well, I better stop, I might work myself into a tizzy just thinking of all the possibilities for day’s off!

Daniel has finished his school and will graduate at a date he will disclose in the days ahead.  I hope to attend the ceremonies at Wesleyan University as I truly believe I was part of his sticking with it to completion.  Congratulations Daniel, your mom and dad are proud of you!  He will now step into a full time position with regular office hours Monday through Thursday and will be fulfilling many of the day to day administrative tasks that consumes so much of the Pastor’s time.  Pray for him and me as we mesh together to help Rehoboth Baptist Church fulfill her mission!

As always I am available 24/7 for any need, I am just asking for those days I have marked for personal time to be honored.  I truly believe it will allow me to continue my work with better focus and a more intense ministry these latter days of my ministry.

One last thought: Carolyn is now doing the Newsletter and stepping back into the office as our Secretary.  It was one year ago the 11th of this month she suffered that awful brain hemorrhage.  She has made such a remarkable recovery that with trepidation I have allowed her to see if she can do the work.

I appreciate so much Earleen stepping in and fulfilling the role of Secretary for her and making way for her to return.  Thank you Earleen for your labor of love to us.


Bro. Wayne