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Weekly Update – October 30, 2014
(First of all, SET THOSE CLOCKS BACK ON SATURDAY. I almost thought about not reminding you, seeing as how so many people come late to worship around here, but then thought better of it.)
Now on to other important matters. I was not in worship last weekend because I had to emcee the 15th Annual Famous Faces Gala supporting Shepherd’s Hope, the network of free health clinics St. Luke’s started in 1997. This year’s theme was “Superheroes of Hope,” and I had to squeeze myself into spandex as “Shepherdman.” Here I am posing at the event with Gina Montgomery.
Preliminary estimates are that we raised between $280,000-$285,000 to provide healthcare for the working uninsured in Central Florida.
I am glad to be back in the pulpit this week (sans spandex), along with Pastor Jad as we conclude the “Relationslips” series and remember those St. Luke’s saints who have died this past year. Following our rich tradition for All Saints Sunday, we will be lifting up the names and pictures of those who traveled the journey of faithfulness with us at all of our worship services. The text for our messages this week comes from Genesis 49-50, where Jacob, now an old man, blesses each one of his sons before he dies. There is a perfect connection between family and legacy that we will explore.
Our next sermon series, “Regarding Generosity” begins on November 9, when I will be preaching at all services, introducing our study book for November, “How to Be Rich:It’s not what you have but what you do with what you have” by Andy Stanley. Copies are available for purchase or loan in the Welcome Hall and Church Office. Invite your small group, covenant group, cluster group, or Sunday School class to join you in reading and discussing it. It’s 135 pages of good stuff!
Please continue to keep Pastor Jenn in your prayers as she heads to bilateral mastectomy surgery on Monday. Shelly Denmark is recovering well and is cancer free. You can read their updates on CaringBridge.
With faith, hope, and love,