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The month of June flew by.  The weather has finally been summer like recently with the heat and humidity.  I am not complaining because I do not believe the heat is all that bad.  After returning from North Carolina and working on the roof there, the heat was really put into perspective for me.

          I believe that everyone that went on the missions’ trip enjoyed having the opportunity serving others.  I may get some of this wrong, but I believe that there was flooring done, sheeting of a roof, some demolition completed, and a house was jacked up.  I am sure that I missed some of the other work, but everyone was kept busy doing something for the glory of the Lord.  Sue was our cook for the week, and all the food she prepared was outstanding.  I always think I may lose some weight on those trips, but it never works out that way.  We will do a wrap-up for the missions’ trip later as soon as we have all of the pictures assembled.  If you have not gone on a trip, we will be scheduling another one for the near future.  I have to get dates in by mid-August so we can get our choice of weeks.  If you have any time that may work best, let me know and we can see what we can do to make the week work for you.

          We had VBS earlier in the month.  Everything went well, and we had plenty of help.  Those that prepared VBS and volunteered for VBS did very well.  Our attendance seemed to be down, and unfortunately, this is what I have heard from many other churches so far.  We need to pray and reengage our culture for Christ.  VBS is one of those ways for doing that.  Pray that this trend turns around.

          July will be busy with Annual Conference.  If you are technically savvy and so inclined, I would ask that you watch Annual Conference next week.  The web site is http://www.brethren.org/ac/2019/webcasts/.  It will give you the link and information you need to watch and hear what is going on during the worship and business sessions.  You do not have to watch it live.  They are saved so that you can watch them at your leisure.  I would ask that you pray for Annual Conference and the direction of the denomination. 

          I will be taking vacation July 15 – July 21.  Please direct any visitation needs to your deacon.  Karen will also be able to assist you that week.

          I have started using a devotional called “Tabletalk,” a journal that is put out by Ligonier Ministries.  In one of my devotions, I read 1 Samuel 30.  This chapter is during the time that David is running from Saul and serving Achish, one of the Philistine kings.  David was about to go to war with Achish to fight the Israelites, but he was sent to his home in Ziklag.  David and his men went to find Ziklag ravaged by the Amalekites.  David and his men wept bitterly for their losses, and the men began to revolt against David because of their losses.  1 Samuel 30:6 reads, “David was in a difficult position because the troops talked about stoning him, for they were all very bitter over the loss of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”  We see where David anchored his own problem solving skills.  David did not look to any mystical experience, instead he drew on the Lord’s strength.  In the midst of our own turmoil, how often do you turn to God’s Word and meditate on it?  In God’s Word, one finds His promises that are made to each of us that have called on His Name as Lord and Savior.  We are to be just like David, and in the midst of our turmoil, we must strive to rely on the Lord’s strength.         

In Christ, 
Pastor Leon Davis