|Trusty tea thermos at the ready:|
listening to Mel Ming teach
What they were asking is what missionary itineration looks like. Last weekend wasn't typical in activity, but it was pretty typically intense.
W and I were privileged to sit in on the first of four weekend sessions for a Church Planting course by Mel Ming, Wes Davis, and Dan Serdahl. I met W at 6:30pm in class - after his full teaching week at NU. I fell into bed about 11. W zipped out to the boat with the guys; they hit the hay about 1 a.m. (Maybe men do talk as much as women, but mostly to each other...)
|Friends gathered from among Diane's many|
interests and ministries
Diane, four others, and I were a women's group pursuing spiritual life through spiritual disciplines. Diane's posts were startling in their sharp focus and deep thoughtfulness. When she first responded in group emails, I was stunned at her brilliance and the intensity of her hunt for God's presence. Most of us saved her emails to reread them.
|Don Detrich delivers a message of|
comfort and consolation: God is with
us all our days and into eternity
"Gone too soon," said one.
"We'll miss her!" said all.
Mel and I returned to class immediately that the service ended.
Then W and I left at 3pm to drive to Lacey, an hour-and-a-half south. We checked into our hotel and met with the Faith Assembly team at 5. By 6, service was in full swing.
|Lola: a dear writing friend|
View her blog here.
Sunday morning started at 8:15, back at church, and concluded about 12:30 after two services. It's exciting for W and me to be with the churches; we're learning so much. Peter Degon's heart for his community and his love for his flock is reflected in every interaction. People streamed to the front for prayer in each service to embrace the sense of safety and Presence. We talked about that trust and loving community all the way home.
Then it was Superbowl time; we barely made it in the door for kick-off. W stuck it out - I joined him partway through and left when it was obvious who was winning. Then we caught up on emails and social media... and it was time for bed. This morning, I'm off to 4 days of a final retreat with my accountability group of 20 years. What a celebration that will be!
So now you know what missionaries do on weekends. Hope yours was as much fun and as great a blessing to you as ours was to us. Thanks be to God!