Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer season, always means a jump for us in attendance at church. But this year the jump wasn't as pronounced as I've seen it in the past, partly because our church has been growing steadily since last summer. But it's always great to see the vacationers arrive.
"Remember us?", I was asked. "We come every year from Virginia." (If they only knew!) I'm genuinely impressed with the hundreds who worship with us every summer while on vacation. So many have found with us a "church home away from home", and we are glad to see them.
One "negative" was that 5 pre-schoolers were turned away from Lil K this morning at 9:00 because they were maxed out! Keep praying that we can get started with the construction soon. The town has all our stuff and we're waiting for their approval/permit. That will give us a greatly expanded children's facility, allowing everyone from nursery through elementary grades to grow significantly. Pray also for the funding!
Today I concluded the story of the parting of the sea and God's deliverance of His people from the Egyptians once and for all. We also went into Exodus 15 and the songs they sang in praise, worship and thanks.
It was great to meet the newest Johnson kids today: Zoey, Davis and Justin, just in from Ethiopia. You can read their most wonderful story on their parents' blog.
Also, Matt French was introduced at 11:00. Matt is serving with us this summer as an intern, giving our worship/creative arts and youth and children's ministries a hand while gaining valuable ministry experience.
I just got back from moving the almost last load of my daughter and son-in-law's stuff into their new home. And later this week we move my mother-in-law in with us and then our nephew arrives from OK to spend the summer with us! Whew.
If you're headed to the OBX of NC this summer, please stop by and visit with us. We would love to meet you.