Thursday, May 29, 2008

Open Season

Generally speaking, I leave politics alone. I was always told growing up don't meddle in politics or religion and since my job is religion, I try to leave the other alone. BUT, this is too much! I read this morning an excerpt from Scott McLellan's book on the White House and President Bush. While I'll readily admit he's made more than his share of mistakes, the excerpts I read make him sound down-right treasonous (It looked all the world to me like someone trying to sell books!)! If there's information to make McLellan's charges true, then impeach Bush! If there isn't, then., at least by virtue of his office, respect him! While I'm singling out McLellan, I see it all over the place - comedians, political talking heads on TV, the news media. All of them ridiculing the President. You may not like him and may wish we had another president - I understand that. But according to Scripture, by virtue of his position, God has at least ALLOWED him to be in office, for good or bad, and our part is to faithfully pray for him, respect his office and encourage others to do the same (Romans 13). When Paul wrote these instructions, it was under Nero, one of the most despotic dictators history can reveal so please don't reply with "It's different now." Join me in calling for a "cease fire."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We're home

We bid a sad farewell to our vacation and came home yesterday. We got home about 3 PM - 30 minutes ahead of our scheduled arrival time. That's never happened before! Honestly, Continental Airlines had lost me up till that point. I still don't think I'll fly with them again (their planes are just too small! Easily smaller than American or United with regard to leg room) but they did a great job in getting us home.

I highly recommend Nashville as a "family-friendly" city to visit. We roamed the streets and saw some amazing sites, all in a quite clean city with loads of people who were helpful. We'll go back! I want to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry!

Standing in Ryman Auditorium was really a thrill. They have a video loop that plays over and over with clips from their glory days with Roy Acuff, "Cousin" Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs (pictured) and the myriad of special performers. It made the Auditorium "ring" with their sounds, making it feel like they might just step out from backstage and perform for us. If you've never heard of the Ryman, it was the home of the Opry from the 1950's until 1974 when they moved across town to their new state-of-the-art digs where they still operate. But in leaving the Ryman, they left more than a building. They left a part of their heritage. The building has acoustics that are impossible to replicate. To think they nearly tore it down in the 1980's. . . .

So we're home and I'm back at work. If you need, you know where to call!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Our last couple of days before. . .


After we left Asheville, we decided to go through the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. I've driven around them in the past, but I never (to the best of my knowledge - I don't remember all the routes we took when I was a kid) drove straight through it. It was unbelievable! The above pictures is a mountain stream we found - it was FREEZING but the water was so clean and fresh, we took some of our old empty water bottles and filled them with water from the streams. I loved it!

To celebrate our recent anniversary, Julie and I agreed to wait until our trip to have our "special meal." Once we got to Nashville, we went to Opry Mills Mall - one of the biggest malls I've ever seen. There was a wonderful restaurant there - "The Aquarium." Here's a couple of shots from our anniversary meal last night. It was good food - if you like seafood. I'm not such a fan, but my wife definitely IS! She loved it and that was the point.

Today (Saturday) we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame here in Nashville. We met a wonderful tour guide who took us through the RCA "Historic Studio B - Home of 1,000 hits. Elvis recorded there as did Charlie Pride (a big Texas Ranger fan!), Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and "Gentleman" Jim Reeves. The piano Julie is seated at is in that studio - Elvis played that piano as did a number of other well known artists.


The picture above here (where my stupid head got cut off by our knuckleheaded photographer!) is us with David Lee, a song writer from Wichita Falls, TX! He's written a number of songs you might know - "Letters from Home", "19-something", "This one's gonna leave a mark", and my favorite of the lot - "Lucky Man." He played his music for a small group of us in the Ford Theater connected to the Hall. We got to meet him (obviously) and re-connected him with his Texas roots!
Tomorrow, we'll go to church at Two Rivers Baptist Church, right up the road from our hotel. Our last day off, we'll head home and be back at work on Tuesday. It's been an outstanding trip, but for the first time, I dreamed of home, our dog, and you, our FBC family. I'm ready to come home.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Our last day in Asheville

It's 10:00 AM our time, and we're about to leave Asheville. By 1 PM, we'll be on our way again, having enjoyed our conference and our golf. Read Julie's blog for info about the conference and you've already read my comments on the amazing golf. But as I got ready this morning, I couldn't help but think about home.

To be honest, ever since we left, I've done considerable praying for our FBC family and where we're headed. I've thought about the last year and how crazy it all is that we came to Frankston at all. I've considered how the Lord's leadership, putting us together as he did, and what the Lord has in mind for us to do. I know those of you who read this are those who are those most interested (or tech savvy) - please know how much I covet you prayers.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

One last round before we leave North Carolina

I'm flipping through my latest "Golf Magazine" issue. I turn to the "Travel Golf" section just to dream a bit when I spot "Mt Mitchell Golf Resort - 1 hour from Asheville." I called and set a tee time as soon as I found out how much it cost (cheaper than a round at Pine Dunes back home). What the ad didn't say was the path to get there. It's not neccessarily hard to find - it's just that you have to cross three mountain ranges (one of them twice) to get there! I never gotten motion sick when I was doing the driving but I was near that today. It was like a stinkin' driving test. You know - the kind where they test your driving acumen: turning, braking, speed, etc. As I drove, I thought to myself "this had better be darn good." I wasn't disappointed.

The picture you see here hardly does it justice. This was Hole #14, their signature hole. What you can't see are the mountains framing this hole. I gave up trying to get them in and get a good shot of the hole. The one below is #15 - yes, there were trout in that stream - as well as a couple dozen golf balls. Click the pictures and they'll zoom out to their proper format - it's worth it if you like golf or beautiful places. As it turns out, the course was definitely worth it - something I had to remind myself often when I drove that same route back to our hotel!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Golfing in the WIND!

I checked the weather yesterday and noticed it was hovering near triple digits. Sounds tough. I was gloating in the fact was 72 degrees and PERFECT here! I should've known I'd regret that. I got my work through this morning, so I snuck off to play golf at the same local place I played yesterday. While the temperate was just about the same, it was WINDY! Wow. My pants legs sounded like flags flapping in the breeze. There was a storm brewing somewhere and it did rain right around supper time - but I did get my round in! Shot a 90 today. Playing it twice helped enormously!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Golfing - take 2

Today is a stunningly beautiful mountain Monday here. As such, I couldn't stand the thought of not playing golf today. So I slipped away and found a gorgeous little course hidden in the hills here - Black Mountain Golf Course. LOTS of hills and water on numerous holes. Their signature hole is #17; Par 6, it's 747 yards long. I got an 8 on that bad boy and I was proud to have it. I hit my longest drive of the day on that hole and a decent second shot and I was still more than 200 yards out! I didn't think I was ever going to get to the green! Fortunately for me, I played the back nine first (due to a senior men's tournament this morning) so that was #8 for me.
I shot serviceably well - 96. For me, that's pretty good. If I could shoot that consistently, I would be delighted. I started to go another round, but then I remembered why I'd come, so back I came.
We'll bring pictures back with us, but I don't think they'll do justice to the beauty of this place. I've never stayed more than one night at a time in North Carolina, and when I did that it was always with getting up early to make my way further on. But I can certainly see how this place grows on you. Billy Graham's home is in this area and I certainly understand why.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday in Asheville

For the first time since I came to be pastor at FBC, I wasn't in the pulpit this morning. It always feels strange to not preach on Sunday morning - it's a part of me I can't turn off. Yet it is strangely refreshing to have the opportunity to take a short Sabbath rest - even the Lord rested (Genesis 2:1-3). But resting doesn't mean we didn't attend church today. We try to go to churches different than our own. We found one in Asheville that just fit the bill. "The Rock of Asheville" Church was where we attended today. In fact, because worship started at 10 AM our time (Eastern), we began worship before you began Sunday School and finished before you started worship!

I firmly believe that taking a vacation OUGHT to include worship. Find a church, wherever you are. As I've been told, we've got branch offices all over the place! Vacations are coming soon for many of you - when they come, and if you can't get back to FBC before Sunday, find a house of worship and celebrate the Lord's goodness to you.

As I write you, Julie is in her conference. She's an exceptional writer - if you've read her blog, you already know that. It's my hope that this conference will sharpen her skills and allow her gifting to bless countless others. Golf for me tomorrow!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

An easy Saturday


Today we took a day to just rest. Our conference begins tomorrow - we'll have a schedule to keep. But today was all ours so we took it. After sleeping late, hanging out at the hotel and a leisurely breakfast (included in our room was the best "free" hot breakfast I've ever had a hotel!), I looked up the local municipal golf course and went to play! To describe it as "hilly" would be to denigrate the hills. The famed golf architect Donald Ross (designed of the famous Pinehurst #2 here in North Carolina) designed this municipal course in 1927 - it's still in use. It beat the hound out of me and fooled me a number of times with it's visual trickery - like #18, pictured here below. The tee box is on the same plane as the green but everything else is set at about 15 degrees. At 210 yards, it's not long - but I still made a 5 because I out-thunk myself.
It was a great time and I made some memorable shots but mostly forgettable ones. I'll not soon forget playing here, however, and the fine experience I had in spite of one of my partners (I got thrown into a group) who believed he was Ben Hogan. While he was certainly old enough to be, his game wasn't nearly as good as he was fussy about it. I was forever too close, in the wrong place, out of turn, etc., etc., etc.. I'm not a newbie at this, but this guy was a prototypical home course player - fussy. I hope I'm not that way on our courses at home!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Asheville at last!


We arrived here in Asheville Friday morning after a quick stop in Mt. Airy, home of Andy Griffith and the basis for his fictional "Mayberry." Mt Airy isn't the small quaint place we had envisioned - even less so with so many trying to profit from the popularity of Andy's shows. We hadn't planned to stay long and believe me we DIDN'T! It wasn't long until we were back on the freeway headed for Asheville.

When we got to Asheville, we drove stright to it's most famous landmark, the Biltmore Estates.It's that little shack behind Julie. 250 rooms, 43 bathrooms, indoor swimming pool, two lane bowling alley, 15 foot ceilings - all of it built by George Vanderbilt (yes, that same one as in Vanderbilt University, Health Center, etc) before 1896. Stinking unbelievable. I'd show you pictures from the inside, but they don't allow indoor photography. 45 bucks a head and you can't take pictures. Hmmmmm. Ah well. It was a pretty exceptional time to be honest. The house is overwhelming and the gardens are as well. We had a great time and it was as worth as an empty house can be. The picture of me on the tractor was allowed at the Farm area of the Biltmore - one of the best parts that a lot of people miss. We met an exceptionally friendly woodworker and a very entertaining blacksmith. I enjoyed the time at the farm best. Saturday is supposed to be an easy day for us - I'll let you know!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sorry for the delay in posting

Sorry I didn't get posted yesterday - it's a long story! We spent Wednesday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I gotta say it was amazing! They were supposed to be doing track practice in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend Indy 500 Race. That's me kissing the 1 yard of bricks that marks the start-finish line. It's supposed to be good luck. I knelt down to the cold ground in the pit area of the track. I'd seen it on TV all my life but it's MUCH bigger than my mind envisioned it. We parked on the infield, walking Gasoline Alley and the pits, strolled the Hall of Fame Museum and watched the trucks go round the track drying it out from the morning rains. They ran the track dryers and they were LOUD!!!! Fortunately, my lovely wife had brought ear plugs for both of us. It rained out practice and it was stinking cold (50 degrees, maybe, with a stiff breeze.) but overall a wonderful experience.
Next, on to Cincinnati where we saw the Reds-Marlins game. The stadium is unbelievable! A riverfront setting, the stadium made a great place for us to spend the evening. The people were very friendy, even though we had a small problem with our tickets (we had placed the on will-call in March. Discover card changed our card number in April. They couldn't find us since that's what they use to track everyone.) It was a little cool and we had some obnoxious drunks behind us, but once we moved, it was wonderful!
We stayed in the Terrace Plaza hotel in downtown Cincinnati (found a deal online! Sweet!) on the 16th floor with a lovely view of Cincinnati. Everytime I looked out the window, I could see the antenna tower from the old sit-com "WKRP in Cincinnati".

So Thursday morning, we got up and left Cincinnati, driving along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. It tracks the Ohio River, the border between Ohio and Kentucky. It was a beautiful! A little overcast, but not too bad. Although our gas mileage suffered from the small towns along the way, we saw some amazing countryside, President U.S. Grant's birthplace and barns with quilt pieces on them providing a "map" for the Underground Railroad to use!

John Denver said West Virginia was "Almost Heaven." I'll have to take his word for it, 'cause here's all we saw.
Not so great, huh? It POURED on us the entire trip through WV. I've got family in WV and we came here several times when I was a child. This was my first time back as an adult. It may be my last. I've got fundamental issues with being charged a toll for driving on Federal Interstates. Didn't I pay for that road with my tax dollars? It wasn't much, but it ticked me off! Cheapskates! And there's no good alternative route from north to south! Okay, enough grousing.

We spent last night in Cincinnati. Tonight, we're less 15 miles from North Carolina. See you tomorrow from Asheville, NC!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

If today is Tuesday, this must be Indianapolis!

We left Louisville this morning after we visited the Louisville Slugger Baseball bat museum. It was really exceptional! We didn't take the whole tour since they had some wonderful windows into the factory. We checked the place out (they had numerous bats you could handle copied from the bats of well-known players like Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, Jackie Robinson and Brooks Robinson (the last one only for TRUE baseball fans!). It was great! I've always loved baseball and had a great respect for those who play it well.

We left Louisville and headed north into Indiana, land of the Hoosier! We drove into Indianapolis and visited the home of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the USA. Wow! Nice shed! And the house was nice as well.

After seeing the President's home, we toured downtown Indy, seeing the RCA Dome (past home of the Indianapolis Colts), Lucas Oils (future home of the Colts), Conseco Fieldhouse (home of the NBA Indiana Pacers and Victory Field (home of the Indy Indians, a AAA minor-league team), the NCAA national headquarters and we tried to visit the NCAA Hall of Champions. It seems they've had a fire. It wasn't all sports. We visited the National Congressional Medal of Honor site here in Indy as well as their version of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Tomorrow, before we leave for Cincinnati, we're headed to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We drove past there tonight to check it out and it's quite a sight. We'll post some pix tomorrow.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A wonderful Monday

We got up in Bowling Green, bought a camera and headed out! We visited Western Kentucky University (the Hilltoppers!) and rode the Duncan Hines Expressway (the original corporate headquarters for the baking giant is now a funeral home).
The highlight of the day was definitely the visit to Mammoth Caves, the largest cave system in the world. We took a 2 mile walking tour plunging us more than 300 feet below ground and causing me to hunch over due to low ceilings (even Julie had to hunch over!) It was one of the coolest things I've ever done. We had a blast.
After we left there, we visited Abe Lincoln's birthplace and boyhood home (not the same site - his father had a meandering spirit that ultimately took he, Abe and the rest of the family to Illinois.). Julie and I both hold President Lincoln in such high regard, it was only natural to make this a part of our trip. Here's a shot from the memorial at his birthplace.
So we finally arrived in Louisville this evening where we're staying the night. A lovely place, right on the Ohio River. A lot more charming than I thought it might be. We've visited the Southern Seminary (the sister school to Southwestern where I attended), the Papa Johns Cardinal Football Stadium (home to the University of Louisville Cardinals), and, of course, Churchill Downs. It was closed, so don't go popping off about how much money we lost at the track!
It's been a great start - check back tomorrow as we head to Indianapolis!

We're here

A word to the wise - don't fly Continental Airlines. While their employees are great, their planes stink! Too small! "But Darin," you say, "isn't the real problem that you're too big?" It's funny to me the difference between a Continental Flight and an American Airlines Flight - somehow there's more room on American.

We arrived in Nashville, TN last night around 9 PM after a dicey and bouncy flight through a storm. For those who were at church with us yesterday, let me explain why we're there and not in North Carolina where I said we were going. We're headed to Asheville, NC ultimately, but not before we go to see a Cincinnati Reds baseball game! So we flew to Nashville, we're driving to Mammoth Caves today in southwestern Kentucky. We spent the night in Bowling Green, KY a really beautiful city, at least what we've seen of it so far. We won't be here long - just long enough to purchase a new camera. :-(
File this under the heading "Darin is a moron." After taking a couple of pictures of our dog, I set our nice camera down to pet him before we sent him away. I never picked the camera back up. Duane found it right where I'd left it - at home. We're headed to the store to pick up a cheap camera.

There is some good news, however, in being a big person. When we got to the car rental joint, the lady working the desk had pity on my poor pitiful self. If I'd pay for an upgrade, she said, she throw in another one. In common terms, that means a better car with more leg room. We're rolling in a Chrysler 300! Nice!
Pix later after we've bought a camera.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Leaving town

We're sitting at Tyler Pounds regional Airport waiting for our flight. The airport is really small (3 gates), but a real gem. Lovely and fresh and almost brand new.
We've had a small hiccup - I forgot our "good" camera. Perhaps we can work it out. This shot was taken with our Mac laptop, although I'm not sure why they "F" is inverted. We'll let you know how it's going. We're scheduled to be in Kentucky for supper.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tomorrow we leave

We're packing today, getting ready for our long-awaited vacation. We've been planning this trip since January when we registered for the conference. We'll greatly miss you, our FBC family, and our newest family member, Dodger, who's not making the trip (they don't allow dogs at the conference). We'll be home soon and you can check here for updates while we're gone. Making the brash assumption we can connect to the internet with our Macs, we'll be posting while on our journey. Pray for a season of refreshment. Pray for a renewal in our hearts of the passion for obedience to the Lord. Pray for Bro. Duane as he'll lead our services on the 18th and 25th. We'll be home on Memorial Day.

Unbelievably cool

If you have any interest in seeing a 4th century copy of the Bible (portions of the Old Testament only right now), then visit this site. It will requires you to install Silverlight, an add-on for Internet Explorer, but I did it and haven't had any trouble. The site is in German, but not difficult to discern. Take a look!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A requim for my thirties

I'm pleased to say that today is my 40th birthday. Yes, I'm over the top of the hill now and sliding down the other side! In some cultures, you're not regarded as a full-grown man until you reach 40. I guess I made it. When I look back at the friends I've lost over the years and realize how many of them never made it this far, I feel inordinately blessed.

I spent my 30's in two places - pastoring two churches and working toward a PhD. We'll start with the PhD. I was just shy of 30 when I took my qualifying examinations and began my German studies in 1998. I was 31 (one day shy of 32) when I got married - which was at the end of my first year of PhD seminar studies (BTW, don't do that - it's a bad plan. Too much pressure). I graduated with my PhD two days shy of my 38th Bday - the end of a long but impassioned academic journey. Academically, I loved my 30's.

Pastoring - something I never planned to do. I was going to stay in student ministry by teaching at the collegiate level. It seemed like a good plan. Too bad it wasn't what the Lord had in mind. I had just started PhD work when Memorial Baptist Church of Corsicana came calling. The logical part of my brain screamed out NO! but the obedient-to-the Lord part said "Yes, I'll serve as your pastor." Seven years later, I was absolutely convinced the calling of God, at least for now, was to be a pastor - I just had to try it first to find that out. Imagine my surprise when the Lord called us here to Frankston. Now we've been here a year and I'm even more sure this is what the Lord has called me to.

I still wonder why the Lord led down this crazy path to be here doing this. I've got no explanation. I get frustrated with some of the minutua and sometimes wonder if the Lord will lead us to teach someday. But for today, this, the beginning of my 40th year, I say to the Lord "thanks" and "use me Lord, wherever it is you need me to go and whatever you need me to do."

Here's to the next 40! May they be more productive to the Kingdom of God than my first 40.

An ode to my wife

When I was younger, I wondered what kind of raving beauty I would marry. Surely, I would marry a drop-dead gorgeous blond with amazing talents who could cook and hold an intelligent conversation on any subject. I had no idea how right I was. After sorting through the dregs BJ (before Julie), I came to the sad realization that my dream girl might not exist. Then, out of the blue, I met her. We found each with a tremendous crash, but we did indeed find each other! If you visit Julie's blog, you'll find her account of the events of our meeting, but I'll tell you my version (which, of course, is the gospel truth on the matter :-)).

We were at Super Summer (a Christian youth camp) in 1993 at Hardin-Simmons University. I was a brand-new graduate of Southwestern Seminary, she was a college sophomore working for Hardin-Simmons helping with the camp. We were engaged in a game of "mushball" - softball without gloves and a really, REALLY soft ball. I was on second, Julie was playing catcher. A ball was hit into the outfield and misplayed, so in all my great speed (my "speed" is akin to molasses in January), I rounded third and ran home. She and I collided, physically. That much we agree on. Who initiated it and who's fault it was, that we don't know. SHE says I came barrelling down on her, ran her down like a bug on the windshield, ran further, tagged home and then checked on her welfare. I remember it slightly differently, but that's okay.

I didn't see her again until the next summer when we were back there for Super Summer. We were being loud and rowdy and it was late as we watched a baseball game on the dorm lobby TV. This time, she was dorm supervisor. When I got up to get a drink from the water fountain, she came in and read us the riot act. I saw her, but she didn't see me. Why? I hid. Unashamedly, I huddled behind the water fountain realizing this was the same lady I had maimed only the previous summer.

The next summer, now 1995, she came to serve with the program where I had just been named director. She came to work for me and served all summer with our program. There was no hanky-panky that summer because we both were sure the Lord had more important things for us to do during that 9 week period.

At the end of the summer, I called Julie, knowing she was new to Southwestern. I was living in Joshua at the time, just a short 20 minutes away. When I called her one night, I invited her to go with me to the Dairy Queen for a burger. Sitting at the DQ, I realized this lady was not the same one I'd known all summer. Something was different. It took me a few years to figure it out, but figure it out I did.

Four years later, on November 13, 1999 (her grandmother's birthday), I proposed to Julie, holding my breath she would say yes (esp since I had already bought the ring!). Happily she did and I've been all the richer since then. I sold her on marrying me predicated on me teaching at a college or university - anything but pastoring! Even though I was serving as an interim pastor at the time, she still agreed.

We married 8 years ago today at my home church, FBC Joshua. I can't believe it's been that long - it seems like we got married last week. I read about and hear about these guys who don't want to go home or who don't like to spend time with their wives and I scratch my head asking "why didn't you marry your best friend like I did?"

Happy Anniverary, Schatzie. Words are not enough to describe what you've meant to me.
Through the difficult days of PhD work - the long nights of seminar papers, the unending bibliographies, the stress of waiting to hear back on the dissertation, the too-many-to-count meetings, funerals, weddings and services, the drama of just normal life - I've found you to be the raving beauty and lady of grace I dreamed of so long ago.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A couple of new elements

So I had some time today to work on my blog and clean it up some. If you look around you'll find I've added a couple of elements. First, at the very bottom of the page, I've added a section on what I'm reading right now. Generally speaking, that which I read is an endorsement for you to read it as well. Check back if you're a reader to get an idea of what I've got in my mind.
Another element I've added is a permanent disclaimer. While some might think our church lawyer asked for that, actually I added it to remind people that this is my arena to share whatever is on my mind today. The church doesn't condone it nor is it hosted on the same server as the church. For that matter, neither are the links I've chosen to provide. With that out of the way, enjoy!

A powerful dialogue

On April 8th, I wrote about a conference I attended in New Orleans with Dr. Bart Ehrman as a speaker. I wrote to you that Dr. Ehrman had at one time been a Christian but has since renounced it. He offers us a little bit of why in a dialogue with Dr. N. T. Wright. If you're interested in reading a fascinating discussion on theodicy (the question of why God allows suffering), here's the link to it.

MISSION HARLINGEN 2008



The first day of May means summer is coming SOON! We've got so many things planned this summer and we'll talk about them in due time. My favorite thing, however, is mission trip. This year's trip is to Harlingen, TX where we'll partner with Iglesia Bautista Indian Hills (Indian Hills Baptist Church). The pictures above are of the church, outside and in. We're still working on the final details of what we'll do and how much we can do, but for now, mark JULY 18-26 on your schedule for mission trip.

We'll have our first mission trip meeting on May 18, immediately following our morning worship service, in the Library. Bro. Duane is coordinating the trip and will have a number of details to share including how we're planning to combat $4/gallon gas for a 517 mile trip. Circle that date!