It seems like I just turn around good before another week is gone! Where did New Year's go?! I'm still mulling over and implementing my New Year's goals, and here it is the third weekend in the new year already.
Samuel heads back to Lancaster on Tuesday. He isn't coming home from WA until Monday morning, as he's staying to be in the services at Evergreen Baptist Church, the church that allowed him to use their office facilities as a temporary home while he's been working in Bellingham. He's staying there to say "thank you" to the church family, and they're even letting him preach Sunday night - music to a young preacher's ears! Wes and I sure are grateful to Pastor Tavv Shaver and his family and church for opening their arms to our boy!
Today I have plans to do some housework, get my Sunday school lesson ready for tomorrow, and hopefully get some reading in. I keep wanting to make a list of the books I want to read this year, but I haven't sat down to actually put it all on paper yet. I do have a list of books that my library offers that is kept for me online on my library's web site. That's a start, anyway. Then there are other books here at home that I want to read or re-read this year. My biggest problem is having a time to sit down and read. I'm so very disorganized that I just plop down to read, then realize there was one more thing I needed to do somewhere else. So I either get up to do that (good for whatever needed doing) or ignore it and do it later (not so good for keeping the home running smoothly!). Or I have to go somewhere. For some reason, the past few weeks have been full of going somewhere. I'm ready to stay home!
Our church's third anniversary is coming up soon, the first Sunday in February. In addition to having our annual Anniversary Sunday service, we're also having our very first Anniversary Revival. This is something Wes has wanted to do all along, so he is excited about it. We're having Evangelist Kurt LaBouve with us Sunday through Wednesday. Bro. LaBouve is legally blind, but he composes his own songs and plays the piano and sings, as well as preaches. We first met him at our sending church years ago, and we're so pleased to have him and his wife coming to visit with us for our anniversary. Please be in prayer for our anniversary services; we'd love to see souls saved and Christians strengthened and encouraged.
Also in February, I'm planning to start our ladies' fellowship meetings again. We'll only meet once a quarter, but that's better than not at all! I think the theme for February's meeting will be "From the Heart" or something similar, and focus on serving God, as women, with our whole hearts. I will be open about this. If we were in a typical church in the US, I would know exactly how to conduct ladies' meetings, what topics to focus on, and what activities to choose. But here in Vancouver, the ladies in my church are from various nations and cultures, we have just as many single ladies, maybe more, as we do married ladies, and the foods and interests are quite often different than those of American ladies. So I am learning as I go what these ladies enjoy, and sometimes I feel at a loss when planning these meetings. So please help me pray about our ladies' meetings too. I'm not here to make an American ladies' group out of my European and Asian and Canadian ladies; I'm here to bless them where they are, not where I came from.
I hope you all have a great weekend, especially as you worship the Lord tomorrow!