Our prayers continue to go out to Steve Thoman and his family. Most of you know, but for those who don't - Steve caught himself on fire down at the campground Wednesday afternoon. He was rushed to MedCentral and then down to OSU Burn Unit in Columbus. The good news we received the next day was that the burns were not as serious as first thought and that Steve will not need skin grafts. He will remain hospitalized for the next several days.
For those of you who so quickly prayed for him, I believe we can say without a doubt that our prayers were answered. To Steve - good response to stop, drop and roll so quickly. Undoubtedly that kept your burns from being worse than they otherwise would have been. For those of you who want to know Steve's "never say die" spirit, after he put himself out - he finished mowing his lot while waiting for the ambulance to take him away. He explained to me later, "Well Mark, that IS why I went down there."
Our hearts and prayers also go out to Nancy Roop and her entire family as she lost her dad last Sunday morning. She was at church when she found out. I loved watching all of you surround Nancy with your love and support. I know she really appreciates all of you too.
Speaking of anniversaries, Mary Kay and I will celebrate 40 years of being together in another week. Our first date was Memorial Day 1978! We took a canoe trip down the Mohican River and we've been paddling together ever since!
This Sunday... We will go to our study of Ruth that we had planned for last Sunday on Mother's Day. We called an audible last week and invited my daughter, Jillian, to teach. Didn't she do an awesome job? Here is an amazing little factoid for you. The video of her speaking has already been viewed over 700 times on Facebook!!!
So it's back to Ruth for us this Sunday. I love this little 4-chapter book. There is so much good teaching material here. Did you know that originally the book of Ruth was placed right after Proverbs. It was as if God was saying to us - ok here is all the teaching truths in the Proverbs. Now let me show you what this looks like with the example of Ruth and Boaz.
Brandi and the praise team will lead us in some great worship songs: "Come Now Is The Time To Worship," "Unstoppable God," "Call Upon The Lord," and "Made New." Brandi is planning to sing a special song by Cory Ashbury named, "Reckless Love." Nancy will read Scripture for us and share the announcements. Speaking of announcements, I understand Loni and Mark have a special announcement they wish to share with you this Sunday too.
Jam Band Is Back! We will be rehearsing together after the worship service this Sunday. We are planning to lead the worship a week from Sunday. We have a couple new songs we want to try out for you. Many thanks to Brandi, Dan, Don, Dave and Brett for all their work and practice time. Though I can tell you this is a labor of love for sure!
Neighborhood Meal. We will be serving the Neighborhood meal one week from Saturday night on May 26th. Thanks to the Missionary Class led by Cindy Thoman, who has agreed to lead the charge. But you don't have to be a teenager to help out. Servers should show up by 4pm. We are usually finished by 6:30 pm. Bring desserts to share if you can.
Community Night Of Worship - June 19th. Make sure to keep Tuesday evening, June 19th, marked on your calendar. Church Requel will be joining other local churches to have one very special night of worship on June 19th at the Renaissance Theater. Thanks to all who contributed to this cause. Church Requel has raised over $300 so far. We are certainly thankful for all the other larger church partners who are also contributing to the $5,000 rental fee. This makes it free for all who want to attend.
More Summer Events Coming. Brandi and I are working on a summer schedule which will include a picnic, a pool party, a canoe ride and a bonfire. We plan to have all the dates and places for you one week from Sunday. I can tell you this much: we have already reserved the North Lake Park air-conditioned pavilion for Sunday, June 24th for our picnic and annual photo! You won't want to miss the fun on that day - so reserve the day now!
Ok everyone. I think that's enough verbiage for this morning. Love you all much. Steve and Nancy - we are surely praying for you both! Love you all much! Pastor Mark