Yesterday evening my church hosted a Ladies Christmas Tea for over 450 women. I’m not used to doing much of anything elegant, but it was fun to look at the fancy table settings, sip tea with other ladies, sing carols, and listen to an inspirational speaker. (KMBC 9’s Lora Moritz, who is pretty well-known in Kansas City.) The desserts at our table were incredible, as was the message of hope – don’t you wish you had been there?
Last but certainly not least in my seven days of thankfulness: I’m grateful for the Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins even when I don’t deserve it. It’s an important lesson to remember this time of year, a lesson that’s easily forgotten in the chaos of holiday shopping, meal planning, work parties, and family tiffs. Let’s not forget what it’s all about.
This photo has absolutely nothing to do with Veterans Day. I tried to think of a way to tie them together, but I got nothin’. I didn’t want to bypass this holiday without saying thank you to all the veterans for serving our country and protecting us. And I might just say thank you tomorrow too, so you don’t feel like you’re only appreciated one day of the year.
Yesterday our church, Platte Woods United Methodist, launched a new contemporary evening worship service. I’ve always enjoyed the organ and traditional hymns since that’s what I grew up with, but the rock band went above and beyond my expectations. This service is going to be a great place for believers, doubters, and everyone in between to come together to discuss and celebrate Christ. If you live in North KC and are looking for a church home, I invite you to give this service a try.
This weekend everyone was talking about where they were ten years ago during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. I was sitting in junior history class when we first heard the news. The school had just installed controversial TV’s in all the classrooms, and that day was probably the most important day to have them. We still went to all of our classes that day, but we mostly stared at the TV’s in awe and shock. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years. My heart still goes out to all of those involved. Things have definitely changed over the last ten years.
Ten years ago, the Kansas City Power & Light District hadn’t been built. It has really changed the feel of downtown Kansas City.
Ten years ago, this child wasn’t alive. In fact, his parents probably weren’t even dating yet.
Ten years ago, the people at Platte Woods United Methodist probably had very different issues on their minds.
Unique, wispy clouds graced the skies yesterday afternoon above the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Kansas City.
Jerod and I went on a mission trip this weekend to Camp Wilderness. We helped with a lot of different projects, ate way too much food, and experienced great fellowship with our church friends and their kids. I power washed until I was sore … and Jerod cut down a few trees … just to name a couple projects. We may have missed a lot of the Labor Day weekend festivities, but I feel like we couldn’t have been in a better place this weekend.