Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen Indeed

The view from the hillside cemetery. Today we had a joint service with the Warrensville Methodist church. I t was awesome

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Well we had one more snow last Sunday although it was not much. All morning it seemed like a Dreary December morning, but that afternoon the sun came out and it was nice. I thought attendance would be off but not like I thought. With 80 in SS and I figure around 120 in preaching, it was nice to see. We had out Fellowship meal which was very nice, and then our fifth Sunday singing at the 7th day Adventist church. Last night we had our worship rally with about 15 from our church attending. That was good but not good enough. It was a great service. As the Treasurer for the Crusade this summer, I received another check of 2500 from Faith fellowship. The momentum is growing for sure.
We are getting ready to go down to Lakewood this Friday and stay through Tuesday and as always I am so ready for that. We will be using our new camper we bought over the winter, so I have been getting that ready. Lots of good things happening. Our Song Leader Mark Weist will be preaching for me this Sunday so I know I am leaving it in good hands and that is a very powerful thing for a Pastor.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Plowboys

We got a new snow in March and temps have dropped pretty low. That is difficult after having several nice days, even nearing 70 one day. Perhaps spring will come soon. We had another great Communion service this past Sunday and on that evening we hosted the Gospel Plowboys from Salisbury NC. They were awesome. The church was full and I could tell there was an awesome spirit. Many came to the altar to pray as well and a lot of love was poured out on me and TC as well. I could not ask for any better.
  I have been very busy with committee meetings, visitation and lots of sick calls. It's been fortunate that the Fire Department has slowed down, as that has helped me save some energy for sure. There is much to do in April as we try and prepare for the Nominating Committee meets to come in May and June.
  Planning continues for Cranks Ky and it seems to be shaping up quite nicely. Here are some pics from the last several days

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fighting Fire and Awesome Services:

Trying not to complain, but the separation is getting pretty tough and I believe is taking it's toll. I believe that time is running short on TC working there. Perhaps part time or something. Have not heard anything from Spruce Pine yet, although we have enjoyed traveling roads we have never been down to look at land. We have spotted a few houses but my concern would be that we would have to rent it out while here. I think I am done renting my place that I worked so hard on just to see someone else tear it up. Land is what we have been looking at, a place to put our camper and maybe camp on Friday nights or something. We have saw some beautiful places...

We continue to have some wonderful services. Last Wednesday we had 24 kids in Kingdom Kids and that is 6th grade and below. WOW. 19 of them were here Sunday to sing. We had several new visitors in worship service so things there are great. Much follow up to do, although it is so hard to visit the younger people as they are so busy. Soon I hope....

Several good meetings, paperwork, finance stuff, Crusade stuff has certainly kept me running, not mention several fire calls and one working fire. Boy, I am getting old. After a few trips up the mountain carrying hose, I was exhausted and out of breath. Finally got that back and operated Engine 32.

Well, all for now....

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Just a few pics from the last few weeks. Snow and more snow. The last few day have seen several fire calls, from grass/woods burning over 6 acres to structure/house fires and of course several wrecks.
Church has been awesome! What a great spirit and many new faces. God has sure blessed in this area of my life.
Still waiting on the offer from the state on the house. Hopefully soon, although we have no clue what we are gong to do. Hoping to take  few days off in April, we will see. Anxious to get the new camper out and put it to use. We had a good but short visit from our son during this time as well. There are some struggles with TC being gone 7 days at a time. It's a good thing she does but is for sure getting tough. Only Father knows how long that will last. All for now...

Saturday, February 22, 2014


A couple of good days studying and office work along with some visits. Below you will see the flags outside our church. Learning and reading a lot about Trusting in God for all things. For all of life. Yea, everything we do. Trust is a powerful and valuable resource. If you lose it, it is hard to ever retain again. I have found that only by trusting God can you ever trust anyone else again.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rest and John

I am enjoying TC being home an extra few days. I am praying she gets much needed rest. We went yesterday and looked at a house here in Ashe county. TC really likes it and it is in foreclosure, so it is a good buy. Probably won't last long, but we will see. Here are some pics of John's last visit. TC is already talking about getting him again soon.