We are off to a great start on a beautiful and cool Monday morning. Now I am praying for some rain because my lawn continues to turn the dreaded brownish color (and our crops could definitely use a drink as well). But according to the “weather experts” (I always use that title loosely) we should get some rain this week. Maybe I should be a weather dude; then I could say “there is a 50% chance for rain this week” and have a 50% chance of being right. Not bad odds.
I know it has been a while since I have given an update on our ramp project. So here’s an update…it’s done:
We still have some landscaping to do on the north and south sides. On Sunday, September 14 we will be having a short dedication service right before worship. The idea right now is to ask people to gather outside before worship. I will then have a short litany and then “J” will cut the ribbon (her and her husband, “G” gave the money for this project but “G” died shortly after they gave us the money, but did express his wish for a new ramp . “G” would be so happy to see this done…I wish he could be here). I am not sure how the litany will go right now. Does any have any suggestions of what you have used or seen used for something like this?
Next year Salem Lutheran Church will be celebrating it’s 125th anniversary of ministry. So with that in mind we will be continuing to fix up some things around the church. Our next big projects will be to repaint the sancuary and the Fellowship Hall. We have a professional coming in to paint the sanctuary because of the high ceiling but we as a church will handle the Fellowship Hall painting. After those projects we have some other minor ones to do to get ready for next year.
But right now my frustration is that we are having a hard time getting people to volunteer to serve on a planning committee for this anniversary celebration. I know people are busy, but this is a big deal for the church. I wrote a newsletter article for September so that combined with my persistent president asking people hopefully will produce a committee.
[If you’re a Salem member reading this, please, please volunteer and share your gifts].
6 weeks and counting until the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Training is going well, but my wife is still a little nervous. There are days when I wonder what the heck I am doing and then there are days when I feel super confident. But either way, I know this is going to be a difficult race, but I am still looking forward to tackling this goal and accomplishing it. God has been with me through all the ups and downs and I am confident God will give me the strength to finish the race.
(1) I am working on part 3 of my Ministry model vs. Business model series; a series talking about a new structure for my church council.
(2) Last week I failed to post a Coffee Shop Ponderings post, but I will be back with one this Thursday.
(3) This weekend I am heading to the LifeLight Christian Music Festival in Sioux Falls, SD with a bunch of friends. It is a free festival with many big name Christian artists like: Micheal W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp and many more. I will post more about this weekend and might even have some pictures.
With that I pray you have a very happy and blessed day. Take joy in the Lord for He is good.