Broken to be Whole

   As I begin sharing my thoughts, we are now experiencing our all-church message and small group series known as, The End of Me – based on the book written by Kyle Idleman. For four weeks, we are teaching on subjects right where we live,  and how we can die to ourselves and people can see more of Jesus in us… thus the end of me.


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VBS Thank You

   What a great week it was at Vacation Bible School 2016!   Over 300 kids and over 125 volunteers gave us a week to remember that was filled with many special memories.  On behalf of this church family, I would like to express a special thank you to Jen Hartz and Kristin Prewitt and all of the Team/Line Leaders for their commitment, dedication, and love for the children at the Avon United Methodist Church. 


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What This Day Means to Me

   What a great day it was a few Sundays ago when we commissioned 15 people from our congregation to spend a week in ministry and mission in Guatemala! This is the first trip for our church that will travel outside of this country and share the love and message of Christ with others. I do ask you to lift them up daily in your prayer time. We look forward to their safe return and hearing many testimonies concerning how the love of God was shared through them in a powerful way.


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New Found Enthusiasm!

Have you heard about this new outdoor game that is becoming wildly popular in our community, and many people are now gathering together and learning how to play – pickleball! No, it has nothing to do with pickles (that was just the name of the creators dog!) but has everything to do with people recapturing their youth by playing a game which is a cross between tennis and ping pong! There are several people in our church who are now meeting on a regular basis to play and enjoy the company of one another.

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A Bright Future!

   Is anyone else tired of the political rhetoric that is dominating the evening news? It seems we can’t even watch a single newscast where there is not a video clip of one candidate making an accusation of lying, name calling, and cheating against another candidate. They try to convince people that their way is better than any other way, and if you don’t agree with them, then you just don’t know what is best. Rather than acting like adults, they are acting like third graders and exhibiting a little snit and pout if they don’t get what they want.


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Never Done Learning

     Recently I had the opportunity to attend a United Methodist Church sponsored conference in Tampa called, Real Ideas.  This was the second year that Connie and I have attended this conference, and we found the general sessions and the workshops quite helpful.  Some of the workshops had catchy names like, “From the Door to the Core,” that dealt with assimilation and discipleship. 

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Capturing the Moment!

   Our daughter is a professional photographer. Cara is called on many times to do weddings, family gatherings, graduations, and newborn pictures. Her work has been featured in galleries and she also just completed shooting her first magazine cover story featuring the pilot of Air Force One.  She is quite good at what she does and many times will have to turn down requests because of her busy schedule.

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Called for Life

On a recent flight down south, I had the opportunity to read Kent Brantley’s book entitled, “Called for Life.” The name Kent Brantly may sound familiar to you as he was the first person to be treated for the Ebola disease on American soil. The book, which was suggested to me from our Avon UMC library, was a fascinating read as it outlined how he first received his call into the ministry as a doctor to the mission field, and how bravely he fought the virus when he was so close to death.

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The Blessing is Worth the Disappointments

   Last Wednesday morning, I took our daughter, Cara, and her husband, John, to the airport for a week on an island in Mexico to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. 


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A Flashback with a Smile

   I really enjoyed our outdoor tent service!  I enjoyed the music, the people sharing their faith journey, the privilege of sharing a message from the word of God, and the carry-in meal following the service. 


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