I mentioned during Al’s funeral that he and Dick have taught me so much about building maintenance. They don’t give you any training on it in seminary. “Go to seminary, become a building man-ager- with no experience. Not what you expect”. Thankfully, they taught me. One of the things Al taught me was that you need to do things right, and in order. He always insisted on doing things right. He wanted to put this place right, but it had to be done in order. starting with the foundation, working up from the rotting sill.
Which brings me to an update on the entry-way project. Currently, we have a paint picked for the entryway, thanks to everyone's good natured voting (and if you lost, remember that every one of the very similar colors would have looked good, so whether your pick won or not, it should look great). Once things warm up, we will be able to get the entryway project going. When Jeff Gates, our painter, met with me to put up the pain samples, he pointed out that we don’t have adequate heat in that space to do plaster and paint work in the winter. Paint, and plaster repairing material need things to be at least 50. We’re lucky if it’s at 50 on a Sunday morning. While I would have liked to have launched the project 3 days after we voted, the wisest course is to wait for the warmer weather. But we are so close. In a month or so this brutal winter will be a memory.
On another front, I would like to tell you about upcoming events. First, VBS is coming. Last year, the church took part in a community VBS with the two other protestant churches here in town. This year, we are doing it again. VBS will run from Au-gust 18 -22. Parents, mark your calendars. Adults, if you could volunteer, we’d love to have you. Last year was tons of fun, but more importantly, kids heard the gospel. I’d like to encourage you to take part.
Second, Westgate Church, in Weston, is pastored by my friend, Brandon Levering. On March 21-22, they are hosting a weekend conference entitled “Life on Mission”. The speakers are Bland Mason, and Jared Wilson. I am excited about this, especially Wilson, a pastor near Rutland VT. I heard him at the Gospel Coalition New England two years ago, and he was excel-ent. There is no cost, but they do ask that you sign up. Many conferences are aimed at pastors. The cool thing about this conference is that it is aimed more at everyone. The theme of the conference is "Gospel-Centered Mission."
Third, messianic Rabbi Nathan Joiner will be coming back on April 5, and we will once again be hosting a Passover Seder encounter. If you have Jewish friends, invite them to take part in it. It will be a time of learning and a really great experience. Hopefully, it will open the door for dialogue and opportunities to discuss the gospel as you seek to live on mission for Christ.
I would encourage you mark these things on your calendar, and plan on attending and helping out.
Finally, I know that this has been one of the hardest winters in recent memories. Let me encourage all of you with the words of one of the hymns that we sang at Al’s service, a hymn that I was unfamiliar with, but is near and dear to the heart of many here. God will take of you. Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you; Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you. God will take care of you, through every day, o’er all the way; He will take care of you, God will take care of you. Through days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of you; when dangers fierce your path as-sail, God will take care of you. God will take care of you, through every day, o’er all the way; He will take care of you. God will take care of you.