My kids’ big accomplishment on summer vacation

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Dear Church Family,
As you read this, we are making the long drive home from a glorious two week vacation in Colorado. We spent the first portion of our time at Sky Ranch Family Camp. This was our third year to participate, and it was particularly special for us because our dear friends Andy and Kelly Judd (friends from Custer Road who moved to Denver two years ago) were able to attend camp with us. It was so nice reconnecting with them and served as a reminder of the importance of Christian fellowship.
At the end of the camp, we travelled to Crested Butte where some other dear friends in ministry offered their home to us for a few days. Their back porch overlooks the valley and has great views of Mt. Crested Butte. Jennifer and I enjoyed having our morning coffee and quiet time with God there each day.
It’s a great town! If you’ve never been, there’s not a bad time of year to visit. To say it’s slower paced than the metroplex would be an understatement. One afternoon, we ventured to the tiny movie theater in town and found this handwritten sign posting the daily showtimes. Something about the simplicity of that was extremely charming to us!
We enjoyed leisurely meals at some mom and pop restaurants, and our children are now pros at riding the chair lift to the top of the mountain.
The highlight of the trip came as we embarked and completed our annual hike to the top of the mountain. This is the first year our two boys were old and brave enough to tackle the entire thing, and I think it’s safe to say they enjoyed the view from the top!
 
While I’ve been away, much progress has been made on our Columbarium. Feel free to check it out this Sunday, and mark your calendars for September 18th when we are planning a dedication ceremony.
I want to thank Rev. Tim Morrison for his powerful message last Sunday where he looked at some of the themes from West Side Story and how they are particularly applicable in our world today. I hope you’ll be with us this Sunday as Rev. Nancy Sherman continues our “Broadway” sermon series taking a look at the musical “Wicked”. It’s the prequel to the Wizard of Oz and tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West before she becomes evil. I’m excited for you to get to hear Nancy preach and get to know the newest clergy member of our staff a little better.
Many Blessings,

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