Sunday, April 8, 2007

What a week!

Wow what a week! It was a week ago Friday that a friend of ours came to finish the floor in our bathroom (you may recognize the picture of Ron A.). That night was the beginning of an incredibly busy weekend and even busier week. That was Cole’s 8th birthday and we celebrated with Dave’s family in Brampton and everyone was able to be there but Grandma and Grandpa—we missed them a lot. The next day Dave and his brother went to Brantford to write their final exam for the ethics course that they have been taking at MacMaster University (he was somewhat grateful and somewhat frustrated to have the major Hebrew test that he was expecting Friday afternoon cancelled). Meanwhile, I got to drive the boys to Mississauga for their last French class. Sunday morning Dave preached at Grapeview for Palm Sunday (the first time that he had been speaking on something other than Niger for awhile, and I think he was feeling a bit rusty or maybe just really tired from all the studying). The rest of the week seems to be a blurr of activity as we tried to get our townhouse ready for the real estate agent to list it for rent and as we welcomed Grandma and Grandpa Lawrence back home from Florida.
On Good Friday we had the opportunity to get involved in a joint service with Dunnville, Caistor Centre and St.Catharines. It was a great time celebrating what God has done for us. I received my Ministerial Candidate certificate in the service, but now I’m not sure that I am really ready for pastoral work. You see I was once told that as pastor you had to be ready to “preach, pray or die at a moments notice”, but I found out that you need to add to that “sing…” You see, part way through the service Dave and Raymond H. the pastor at Caistor Centre were called to the front to form a quartet with two others without any warning or preparation. I must say that they both graciously rose to the occasion and did a really good job. I’m just not sure that I am ready for that!
Tomorrow we will be participating in the Easter service at Caistor Centre. Dave is preparing a children’s moments and I will be doing a bible reading. That is if all things go well. Ben has been up in the night the last two nights making deposits in the toilet of the digestive kind and so I don’t know if I will be making it to church tomorrow or staying home with him. We’ll see how he does tonight and how he is feeling in the morning. You can pray for him.
This coming week is especially busy with travel. We are going to St.Joe’s Island FMC next Sunday to present (It’s a ten hour drive) and then we will traveling from there to Val Caron for a Tuesday evening service. We will be getting home late on Wednesday and then going to Harrowsmith FMC the following weekend. Please pray for our safety as we travel and good road conditions. You can also pray for the boys as they will be staying with Grandma and Grandpa while we are traveling up north.

One other thing, we got our prayer cards back from the printers this week so they should be arriving at friendly neighbourhood FM churches near you soon. The only trick is that we need to know that your church wants them in order to send them to you!

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