We are in the full swing of summer and time keeps on ticking. Last week we enjoyed the Bible Methodist Camp in St. Mary's Ohio along with conference. It was a great camp and with the preaching of Rev. Daniel Stetler, Rev. Paul Pierpoint and the singing of the Marc Sankey family it was made to be a tremendous camp. My father, Rev. John Powell Sr. just joined the Heartland Conference and is very excited about the future.
Getting back home and into the swing of things and catching up always seems to be a challenge. my wife's parents are in this week and we are enjoying the fellowship and picking on each other. We are also ramping up for CCYC and Bible Methodist Youth Camp. I firmly believe that getting our young people to youth camps is of utmost importance. We wonder why they marry out of the church, but we don't seem to think its very important to get them around other christian young people. I as a father am very dogmatic regarding this issue. It makes me so upset when I see families that do not take an inventory of where their priorities lay. We seem to be able to go where we want to go and travel where we really want to travel, but when it comes to God's business and the future of our churches and children, we seem to not have any care for what happens...WAKE UP CHRISTIANS!
I don't apologize for my ranting and ravings, this lies close to my heart. May God help us all...and if your at any of the youth camps I mentioned, I may see you there. God bless.
>> Sunday, June 15, 2008
Once again it has been a very busy week, but we are enjoying all that is happening. The Hobe Sound Quartet arrived around 5:30 pm Sat. and we got to meet a couple new guys. It was great to see Bro. Snider again. We then took them over to the church to setup and let them goof off for a while. Then...back to the parsonage for the youth get together with pizza, chips, pop, sweets and a lot of laughs. The youth went downstairs to play ping pong and air hockey and when it seemed all was quiet, that is when we learned they had slipped upstairs to play PlayStation. After the church youth and families had left, I then took the group over to their hotel. With us leaving for camp early Monday morning, the hotel seemed to be the appropriate thing to do for my wife.
We are anticipating a great Sunday with it being Father's Day. The children will have a little program, then turning it over to Hobe Sound to do their "magic". Tonight we will be logging online to watch the TLC commissioning service due to one of young ladies is going to the Bahamas on TLC. Well enough for right now....hope all of you have a great Sunday.
>> Thursday, June 12, 2008
hey...here I am again trying to catch you up on all that is happening. Wednesday evening we lifted church service to have a out of school special skate for all the skaters. We then had the people of the church to come and fellowship with the skaters. The only problem was...It was HOT and all the skaters didn't show up. We still had a great time, met some new teens from the surrounding community and Sis. Christy, along with her daughter brought the food. After a quick devotional, prayer and a bite to eat the skaters continued on throughout the evening.
We also were keeping three of the grandchildren of one of our ladies in the church. We have had a great time with them. My son and daughter have helped out quite a bit. This morning we went to the park and played a little kickball, then on to the playground for hide and seek. The big thing seemed to be laser tag in the parsonage basement. I just am praying that we can be a good positive influence on these children. Tonight we are preparing for Bible Study and then the preparation for the HSBC coming in on Sat. evening with them having the AM service. Then early Monday we get to take off for camp. Whew....a little tiring just typing about it...everyone have a great day and we will catch up with you all later.
>> Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Does your mind ever think back of when as a kid or a teen you looked forward to the summer months? Out of school, getting to sleep in, stay up late, no schedule, no pressure of everyday activities. Well I admit, sometimes I long for those days again, but it is still exciting the go into the summer months and know that there is great days ahead.
Tuesday was one of those busy days where its not on the schedule, but you just take the day as it comes. In the morning, Joshua and I slipped over to the church and helped Dan Ellis and his children finish the spreading and smoothing of the dirt around our concrete we have put in for the skateboarding and church get together. After several hours, and a few times of realizing we haven't used some muscles in a while, we completed the task. I appreciate Dan Ellis's dedication to finishing what has been started. He has devoted hours upon hours of time in this project.
Then my family and I went to visit Bro. Begunich and with him recently getting out of the hospital, he still has some recovery to go. Then swinging on up to Metz and seeing Bro. & Sis. Ernie Wilson who are in for the summer and staying with the Simms it completed a very busy day. Its the days of summer and it makes it very enjoyable. Well enough of my rambling...I will catch everyone up on what is taking place the rest of this week....continuing a very busy schedule, but it is all for God.
Loving the Life God has given,
>> Saturday, June 7, 2008
Another busy day here in WV, but it was an enjoyable one. We prepared for the picnic and softball with the church people and we had a great time. After the time of stretching our muscles and finding out how unlimber we are, we then ended up at the church and after the sun went down, we played some basketball with a few of the skateboarders. I had the privilege to talk with a few of the skaters and come to find out, Fairmont Police actually are enforcing the law of no skating on city sidewalks. Wow...isn't God's timing good, as we have just started the skateboarding and we are getting more here on the property and investing our lives into theirs it makes me praise God all the more.
Please keep us in your prayers, we are having our 1 year anniversary of the skating and lifting our Wednesday evening service and allowing the skaters a 3 hour skate. Please pray as we try to continue to connect with these skaters.
So....I had better try to continue to pursue Sunday messages.....God Bless you and we trust you will have a great Lord's Day.
>> Friday, June 6, 2008
Today was a day I purposed to spend with my family. As a pastor I am finding, it is easy to be available for everyone else and always put your family last. Well today, I put my family first. We did take the time to go sign up for school next year through Abeka DVD and then ... We had a great time, after going to get Chinese we went to a local park and had a picnic. We headed to see if we could find the game Yard Darts at the local dept. store aka Wal-mart and it was no where to be found. They now have it "Kid Safe" with magnets and the target having plastic covered sheet of metal. Its just not the same.
We did enjoy the game, but had to take it back due to the breaking of one of the "Safe Darts". So we then grabbed horseshoes, and that was the great game of the day. If was great to devote most of the day to the family and just cut loose and enjoy ourselves. I always want to make sure I keep connected with my family, when all else is going haywire...they are my support base.
Joshua did have the most ringers of all the family and it made me realize, it becoming the time of real challenges in all sports we play. Some day he will be able to be me in everything we do. We did enjoy it all though. I better log off....God bless all of you.
>> Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I just finished reading the post from Jim Daly's post of Not In My Shower regarding the laws changing in towns as to whether a man feeling his feminine side can go into a ladies restroom or visa versa. My mind wonders and tries to picture, what is in store for us as society seems to slip to new lows in our moral state. Thinking of my background and how I have been raised in the church, and knowing how the church has been in the past 30 years. I feel it is time we stand up as Christians and let our voice be heard.
I know, you are thinking, I can't do anything and my vote doesn't really count. Well pull your head out of the sand, and take responsibility for the future of your children, your grandchildren, and the future of the church. Get ready for a battle and let us all stand together and push forward for Christ.
You may ask, how can I get involved? First, call your local politicians, your senator, your congressman, and do whatever it takes to get involved. Second, call Focus on the Family at 1-800-A-FAMILY and get your voter registration toolkit for your church. The item number is X00413M and the brochure # is X00412M.
Please, let us all STAND TOGETHER for our FUTURE!
God Bless You.