June 29, 2007

The annual 4th of July carnival is this week in Marceline, MO. Food, fun, fellowship, rides galore, and a chance to remember those long-ago times when a person was young, and the world stretched out before them, mysterious and magical.

Back then, life sure seemed to be slower-paced; it was a period for finding yourself and for finding that special someone to hang out with, whether it be disco dancing at the Cedar Cinema, or lounging up against lockers at ol’ BHS, or eating powdered doughnuts at White’s Grocery before school started.   🙂

Oh, to be a kid again. In love with your best friend, but not knowing the words to convey that to her.

I am thankful that I finally got the courage up to tell her…27 years later. LOL.

I love you, Jeannie. Thanks for sharing your life, and another year at the carnival, with me.   🙂


A Few Words…

June 25, 2007



I’m tired.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Just A Quick Word…

June 24, 2007

Well, today’s the BIG day: I start my pastoral ministry at Bear Branch and Purdin UMC’s.

Say a prayer for me as I stand in both pulpits today; church at Purdin is at 9:30AM and Bear Branch is at 11AM.

Thanks for the prayers! I’ll let you know how it went later on!

Thanks to Amy at Gentle Whisper…

June 20, 2007

For pointing out that I begin my new pastorate this Sunday morning (Instead of July got moved up!), I give kudos to Amy Maxwell at Gentle Whisper, one of those blogs that I pretty much read every day. It ranks up there with brother Ron’s CHATTER and my wife Jeannie’s Heavenly Ramblings (even though she doesn’t post often enough!).

To all those plus the others in my blogroll on the sidebar…I give my humble thanks for reading and praying for me.

And Now, Back To The Show…

June 19, 2007

Wow….I’ve been really swamped these past few days! In between getting bulletins prepared for my first worship services this Sunday at Bear Branch and Purdin to doing a pre-wedding video for a couple getting married this weekend at Trinity to trying to get time to work on Kelsey’s computer to doing some work on a couple of computers at the Linn County Leader to…

My life is SO hectic. I’ll be glad when it slows down.

Yeah, right!

I’m pulled in two different directions this Sunday for my first sermons; on one hand, I would like to give my testimony about what the Lord has done in my life…but on the other hand, I’d like to stick with the liturgical calendar and give my testimony on the first Sunday I am actually SUPPOSED to be starting, which is on July 1st. I have been praying about it intensely but haven’t received an answer from the Lord yet. I’m preparing two sermons regardless! Better to be prepared with a word from the Lord than not.

If you have time, lift up a prayer or two to God about this. This servant really needs the encouragement.


Tearful Ending, Joyful Beginning

June 15, 2007

This upcoming Sunday will be our last morning worship service attendance at our home church, Trinity United Methodist in Brookfield, MO.  😦

My date to start as pastor at Bear Branch and Purdin UMC’s has been pushed up to Sunday, June 24th, instead of July 1st.

Jeannie and I are saddened to be leaving our brothers and sisters in Christ, and there will no doubt be tears shed. It will even be more heart-wrenching as I am singing the offertory song; it goes along with Pastor Mike’s message for the morning (when Jesus said “I am the Door”. The song is appropriately entitled “The Door”; it’s an older Al Denson tune.

Even through all of these emotions that will come forefront this Sunday, we are thankful that there is a new beginning in all of this; and that is the chance to reach out and minister with others (and to others) in the Name of Jesus, and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.

I count it all joy to be able to do these things; it is an even greater experience to have my wife as a co-minister beside me. I know that I will rely on her input, her suggestions, and most of all her love during our time spent in the ministry. She is a blessing in my life; one that I don’t deserve, but that I am truly thankful for.

So, as we attend Trinity one last time on a Sunday morning, we can celebrate a new beginning…and rejoice with our church family as we look forward to a wonderful time worshipping with our new brothers and sisters at Bear Branch and Purdin. 🙂

South Georgia Fire Update III

June 13, 2007

From Billy Bruce of the Valdosta, GA Daily Times:

VALDOSTA, Ga. Firefighting crews have successfully contained an average of 90 percent of the wildfires burning in South Georgia counties to the point that on-site personnel have been reduced to an emergency-only level.

The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), however, warns that hot, dry weather today could contribute to conditions that could cause new fires to start or re-burns to occur in the existing fire zones, said spokesman Larry Morris in Waycross.

The fires are 10 miles south of Waycross and 16 miles west of Folkston in Ware and Charlton counties. Some fires also have been fought in Clinch and Atkinson counties, the GFC reports. No road closures were reported Sunday and skies over Valdosta remained smoke-free, as they have been since Tropical Storm Barry moved through the area last weekend.

Monday’s weather was predicted to bring temperatures of between 98 to 102 degrees with a relative humidity from 23 to 28 percent, and winds Sunday evening were expected to produce gusts of up to 15 miles per hour. That forecast is similar to conditions that existed when the fires were raging and clouding skies with smoke hundreds of miles away from the source, Morris said.

“We’re just hoping we can get some more rain to offset the potential for any new burns,” Morris said. “And the potential for reburns is high. These fires aren’t going away unless we get some rain. It is something we are going to have to contend with until (rain) happens.”

Lightning strikes ignited two fires in Clinch County and one in Atkinson County in the past few days, but both were brought under control swiftly. Also, a controlled burn of 1,500 acres in the Sweat Farm area was very successful in destroying fuel sources to remove the threat of reburns, Morris said.

The Sweat Farm fire is 98 percent contained, and has destroyed 83,683 acres at a loss estimate of $29.7 million.

The Big Turnaround fire has destroyed 386,722 acres, most of which is in the Okefenokee Swamp. That fire is 80 percent contained. Damage estimates are at $23.7 million.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, including the visitor center, is closed. The north entrance of Okefenokee Swamp Park is open, but boating is not permitted at this time. For more information, see

Looks like things are getting under control. Praise God!