In a conversation with my brother James this summer regarding our move to Northwood, I shared my confidence of getting our belongings in a 20′ Uhaul truck. After all, I told him our children (and their stuff) would not be part of the move. I also assured him of our intention to downsize and only take what we really need. My brother James was emphatic in declaring 20′ would not be large enough and since James seemed so sure of himself in this matter I called Uhaul back changing my order to their largest truck. I needed every inch of that 26 footer.
Our move from Lake Stevens WA went well. We had two of our children and their significant others on the road trip. With the six of us, we had plenty of help to unload. As we pulled up to the parsonage however we were met by many smiling faces and eager helpers from our new Ebenezer family. Many thanks to those who helped us unload. It was an unexpected blessing. Speaking of unexpected blessings: I’ve mentioned this before and hope to mention it a few more times to share how amazing the ‘makeover’ of the parsonage turned out. Lori and I feel incredibly blessed to call the beautiful parsonage our home. I know dozens of you came together on this project and worked incredibly hard to complete this project in time for our coming. Again, the results of all your work and investment have made for a very beautiful and comfortable home. God bless you for you kindness in giving us such a wonderful house to call home.
As Lori and I look back on our first few weeks and all the many thoughtful ways you have tried to welcome us to Northwood, we do not know how the Ebenezer family could have been more welcoming of us to your community and church as we begin our time in ministry with you. The love of Christ has been shining through (Matthew 5:16).
As I’ve mentioned in our Sunday announcements, I hope to be able to visit with as many families as are willing as I introduce myself as pastor. I have had the privilege of already visiting with many families these last weeks. Thank you for your invitation as it’s been so good to get to know you better. Our church secretary Robin Lloyd is scheduling my visits. Please feel free to call the office (701-587-6105) and schedule a visit – I’d love to stop by! My desire is to not only connect with the regular attenders but with those who may have been infrequent or even non-attenders. Give us a call. It is my prayer to see Ebenezer filling with the people who once attended but have gotten out of habit and also with people who have never darkened the church door but realize something isn’t working in life. Here’s what works: A Life Lived In Relationship With God. As pastor, it is my calling to teach this life.
I close with a life verse (I have many, but this is my #1) from 2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Amazing promise. It’s how I try to pastor.