Monday Nancy and I grabbed an early flight to Seattle for a little vacation. We have a time-share and were finally able to book a resort in Washington state. I’ve never been to the northwest, so I’ve been eager to make this trip. In addition, Nancy’s son Ty lives in Seattle. We arrived in Seattle at 10:00 am Pacific time and Ty was able to take off work at noon. His partner, Adrian, is a student at the University of Washington or UDub as they call it. We took in the Space Needle, a quick look at the Chihuly Glass Museum, the Pike Place Market and then took the ferry (car and all) to Bainbridge Island and checked out the little town of Winslow. Seattle, according to last year’s census data, is now the fastest growing city in the country. Amazon has a lot to do with that, as they have chosen to build their new headquarters downtown and now have 15,000 workers in Seattle.
Tuesday we spent the day at our resort which is in the small town of Lynden, about 5 miles south of the Canadian border. It is a Dutch immigrant town with lots of names which start with “Van”. Blueberry, raspberry and strawberry farms surround the town. The resort is connected to a golf course and fitness center. I will bypass the golf but hope to get this flabby body a little toned up. We are only an hour away from Vancouver so we are gearing up to take in some sites there in the next few days. Today we will drive back down to the north edge of Seattle to the suburb of Everett where the Boeing Factory Tour is offered. We will meet Ty and Adrian again for dinner before returning to our resort.
Sunday we introduced Nathaniel Asperger and Leanna Zimmerman as new staff with our Family Ministries Team. They are both part-time positions with the current plan being for Leanna to focus on administrative responsibilities and Nathaniel working more directly with children and youth. This plan may change as their individual gifts develop in the future. Both have the desire to be in full-time ordained ministry and are currently in school working towards that goal. Nathaniel is finishing up his undergrad work at a school in Michigan. Most of his schoolwork is done online. Leanna is from Kokomo and is attending seminary at Asbury in Wilmore, Kentucky. While she has to make occasional trips to Asbury, most of her work is done online as well. Leanna and Nathaniel (and Nathaniel’s wife, Andrea) were both already attending Old Bethel and sing in the choir, so they have a feel for Old Bethel. I know Matthew Phipps is looking forward to the help they provide as we continue to grow our Family Ministry efforts.
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Pastor Matthew will continue our Disciple Fast Track series on the Old Testament. This week Matthew will take a quick look at the Ten Commandments, where we discover God’s rules are not confining, but life-giving. In preparation, read Exodus 20:1-17.
Have a great Sunday,