Pastor's Ponderings, December 27, 2016
I’m away this week!
If you try to reach me at the church this week, I won’t’ be there. Neither will I be at home. Instead Wanda and I and our daughter Emma are vacationing with our son Nathan in Hawaii this week. Nathan is in the Army, stationed at Ft. Shafter outside of Honolulu. We hope to enjoy some tropical weather and time at the beaches over the holiday break.
It’s been several years since we’ve taken any vacation trip and we’ve never been away from the church at Christmas time before. But this year we are going because we seldom get to see our son or have the whole family together. With Wanda teaching, it is either now at Christmas break or we’d have to wait until summer. The trip has been in the works long before I knew I’d been here at Calvary Church in Frederick. It’s sort of a combination graduation gift for our daughter and a 30th anniversary trip for Wanda and I. We’ve been scrimping and saving for some time so that we could do this.
I am grateful that Rev. Harry agreed to take on the worship service for Christmas Day and Rev. Ken has not only agreed to cover any emergencies while I’m gone, he also will lead the worship service on New Year’s Day. It is so great to have their help. (I will certainly be missing Rev. Harry!) I will be back on January 4 ready to start the new year with the Calvary family. I know that 2017 will be a great year for us all.