Today, as most of you know, is Easter. We had an early service, led by the youth, with about 90 in attendance and a late, regular, service with about 120. In between we had a breakfast served and led by the youth that will benefit the youth mission trip to Arkansas. After service we went out to Applebee's for lunch. Overall it was a great day. What was amazing about it was its normality. It was just another Easter. Not that any easter is normal in event, but there was nothing extraordinary about this day. Brendan, my oldest, played piano for the early service. I was very glad to have him participating in the service. My wife helped with the breakfast, and I preached. It was a great day and I did not have anything abnormal to report!!
It has been nearly 6 years since I have updated this blog; my apologies. For those that had been following for some time, since I last posted: I stepped down as Senior Pastor at New Covenant church in Knoxville, I moved to Ankeny, Iowa, started a new ministry with St. Croix hospice as Chaplain. I was chaplain with St. Croix for about 4 1/2 years, then in 2020 I moved back to Stratford to pastor First Baptist church. It was a big change going from chaplain work back to the pastorate. I must confess, when I first came (back) to Stratford I was ready to pastor again! I love preaching; I love the ministry of being a pastor, and I love interacting with people long-term. (Being a chaplain is great, but you only interact with a family for a week or so, for some a little longer, but there was a constant upheaval of people and it was exhausting at times...) But, one thing that I have noticed since my stroke is that I get my feeling hurt easily. For instance, people leave the church all the tim