Time flies when you are having fun! It’s been over a month since I have written….yowza! So, here’s a quick download….
Shortly after Easter, Louis and I took off to Florida for 12 whole days! 4 days in Miami visiting our good friends – the Mozloom’s. And we got to love on the kiddos including Louis’s goddaughter! We also had a day at the beach, a stop at Chocolat Fashion (pure deliciousness), Joe’s Stone Crabs, shopping for deals and good ole family fun time! Then, we had quick stop in St Petersburg for a wonderful time with our friends Tommy and Diane Nance. Last stop…Orlando for the Exponential Conference and a few days of fun in the sun…including SeaWorld, Aquatica, and relaxing by the pool. We also had a lovely visit with long time friends who came to visit while we are there. It was a much needed time of relaxation and refreshment before we face a lot of new activities.
Since our return, Louis has accepted a calling as the Interim Lead Pastor for New Hanover Presbyterian Church, located just a short 15 minutes up Chamberlayne from where we live. We are excited to be a part of the NHPC family. Although we were there 2 Sundays ago, flying below the radar, we will be there officially this Sunday, 5/20. We praise and thank God for his provision during an uncertain time. It had been about 5 months since Louis helped his congregation close the church he had last served.
Over the last 18 months, I feel like we have been under fire with various health issues in our family, Louis and my own. Many of these have somewhat distracted us from serving the community we love. However, we had a time of serving our family, and we have been recipients of such love and grace from our friends and community. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. So, it’s time to get back out on there and meet some of our many new neighbors! We have much going on…and more to come!!! Check out our list of summer activities > Summer Fun! The one I am most excited about is hosting Bob Lupton as part of our Christian Community Development ministry! We are thankful that Bob had time in his calendar to visit Richmond and share his insights. If you want to hear him speak, check out this link for more information > Bob Lupton Speaks.
I will try to be more faithful in my writing, but no promises!
Jesus says…to Peter…
Matthew 16:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid, bind, or lock on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit, loose or open on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
This scripture has really been speaking to me lately. Jesus didn’t tell Peter that He would build any denominations or buildings upon this rock. He said that he will build HIS church…and the powers of hell will not conquer it. To me that means that when we work together as HIS church not as an individual church building or denomination, He will give us the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. So, I am constantly challenging myself (and it is a challenge, for sure!) to look for ways for us to work together to bring HIS kingdom on earth in RVA as it is in heaven.
Most recently…nearly 100 people from an unknown number of denominations, churches and ministries came together from all over Metro Richmond area….and even Raleigh, NoVA, Maryland and Boston!….came together on October 29th to learn from Noel Castellanos, CEO of CCDA (Christian Community Development Association).
Someone once said “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well….here are 50,000+ words representing the Church in RVA! Watch the slideshow for pictures from the Church-Based Community Development presented by the CCDA Institute. Thanks to our co-sponsors City Church, East End Fellowship, Hands Up Ministries and Northminster Church.
Also…be sure to let me know if you want to be added to our distro list for future events! And if you are on FB…click here to join our group discussions>> CCDA n RVA
PHOTO CRED: Terence Talley, 15 year old photographer from my neighborhood! Keep up the great work, Terence!!!
CCDA Institute is coming to Richmond! Noel Castellanos, CEO of CCDA is coming to discuss Church-Based Community Development. See the attached flyer for details. If you want to print the flyer, click here: CCDA Church Based Flyer – 10.29.2011.
Be sure to register early!!! Click here to register > REGISTER HERE!