Saturday, July 29, 2006

Vacation Has Ended!

Many of you have wondered why I haven't blogged in the last couple of weeks... one word... VACATION. The girls and I so badly needed a vacation, and we had a good one! I tried to do as little work as possible for two weeks and just focus on the family. We swam, and rode bikes, built sand castles, and played carpet golf, uno, & mancala, for hours and hours.

Hannah (my seven year old) became a true daddy's girl these last two weeks by learning to eat ribs, wings, and raw oysters with her dad!

There are many stories to tell some other time...

We left Myrtle Beach yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m. and due to criss crossing the country to see relatives and a traffic jam north of Charleston, WV, we didn't get back home until 2:00 a.m. this morning. Needless to say we're a little tired.

Right now, I'm locked up in my super secret hidden bunker catching up on stuff that needs to be done before Sunday. (I'm really just in my study, but don't tell anyone.) I'm starting a series of messages from the book of Nehemiah tomorrow morning. I believe God has a message for us as we start this new church year, and I believe we will see that message as we go through Nehemiah these next few weeks.

Tomorrow night we will start something new. Do you want to know what it is? Come and see :)

Glad to be back...
Pastor Noel

Today is the 11th anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful bride!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Joel Penton

Here is Joel Penton's website...

(See previous blog.)

Pastor Noel

Great Youth Weekend

Something to celebrate...

I spoke with Troy... We had over eighty youth at our youth ministry event on Friday night with three making professions of faith!


Keep up the good work, Troy and your youth ministry team.

By the way, on Sunday night, July 23, we have Joel Penton coming to speak to the church and our youth.
Joel Penton
Joel is a starting defensive lineman for OSU and a much sought after speaker. You might have seen the feature on him in the Columbus newspaper a couple weeks ago. It will be a great night for our whole church.

Pastor Noel

Good Sunday -- Busy Week

Didn't we have a good day Sunday. Sweet spirit in both services. It was good to see so many people responding Sunday morning, both in the altar and in their seats. We had a great time observing the Lord's Supper last night. Other than me getting carried away with my ten minute message that went forty, I felt like it was a very God-honoring service. I love to watch families serving each other the Lord's Supper.

Remember to pray for Pastor Wally as he is on vacation this week. Pray for all of the missionaries from our church... Tyler & Caleb Sims in Costa Rica; Mike Parry leaving for Tennessee this morning; the Pierponts surrendering to full time missions starting in just a few days; and those preparing to head to the Ukraine in the next few weeks. Pray for our mission church in Thornville. They have two mission teams with them this week, one from close to where I used to live in Alabama. Pray for Pastor Jeff as he gives them leadership.

We have something very exciting planned this Sunday morning. I'll give more details as the week progresses.

On a personal note. Remember my girls, Hannah and Emily, they are with their Grandmother in Alabama. I miss them, but in some ways, it sure is nice having a little bit of a break. Saturday, Donna and I went bike riding on some of the trails in and around Granville. We do this often, but with the kids I have to stop every 200 feet to help them with something and I usually end up tying a rope to Emily's bike and pulling her the last two or three miles. It's much easier with Donna. She is off the training wheels now, and I only had to pull her the last couple hundred yards.

Today is root canal day! Trade places with me?

Pastor Noel