Dear Church Family,
As you read this, my family and I are at Caprock Canyons in the Panhandle camping with my parents.
In fact, we were supposed to go to Meridian State Park where I grew up camping, but the rainy weather prompted an eleventh hour change in plans.
We have been looking forward to this since Thanksgiving when we decided to gift this trip to my parents for Christmas. I grew up camping and have the fondest memories of going on hikes with my parents, camping under the stars, and sitting around the campfire. As such, I thought my parents would enjoy doing all of these things with their grandchildren for the first time.
This week I hope my children experience the joy of skipping rocks on the lake and hiking with no destination in mind. And I hope that they learn to appreciate the fact that peach cobbler cooked in a Dutch oven next to a hot fire really does taste better than one cooked in the oven!
Depending on how things go, we are hoping to do more of this as a family. Some friends of ours bought a camper when their boys were little with the goal of showing their children every state in the country by the time they graduated from high school. They accomplished that goal by taking long road trips with their camper over the course of nearly two decades! While it definitely gave the boys an appreciation for the country in which they live, it more importantly cemented their bond as a family.
Camping prompts us to unplug from the world and plug in to each other. It reminds us that a gorgeous sunrise, a few moments with God in prayer and scripture, and a cup of hot coffee is a great way to start your day.
Indeed, we are making some life long memories this spring break, and if you have kids out of school this week or next, I hope you will have a chance to do the same.
I want to thank those of you who reached out with encouraging words about the service last Sunday. I thought that leaving our fingerprints at the altar served as a powerful reminder that by acknowledging our own participation in the crucifixion of Jesus we can also know that our sins have been buried with Christ. As always, Cathy Fowler, our Worship Coordinator, was so helpful in helping make this powerful worship experience a reality. Thank you, Cathy!
Remember to set your clocks forward an hour Saturday night, then invite your friends to join us this week as we continue our Lenten series “Making a Messiah.” Also, be sure to put our Holy Week events on your calendar so that you can join us not just for the joy of Easter morning, but also for the various services and events leading up to the Resurrection.
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