One on One - Book 6, Volume 16

Book 6, Volume 16 October 17, 2014

This has been a rather intense week for me. Sunday we kicked off Stewardship Week with our first dinner Sunday night. We had 45 in attendance. It was a good meal cooked by Linda Gasaway. We enjoyed her wonderful chicken and noodles. Dick Richwine and I shared a 30-minute presentation in which we went over some of our major 2014 accomplishments, 2015 dreams and some facts about our financial situation.

Monday night we held our second Stewardship Dinner and again enjoyed a wonderful meal put on by our Thursday night small group and cooked by Dianne Wellman. It was our smallest dinner for the week. Immediately after the dinner I headed to Evansville to pick up my daughter Kelsey. Together, we drove on to Nashville, Tennessee so we would be able to get up early enough to be there for my daughter Saisha’s surgery the next morning at Vanderbilt University Hospital. We got to our hotel after 2:00 am.

Saisha began noticing a pain in her side when she ran. Her gynecologist discovered a dermoid cyst the size of a baseball on her ovary. Surgery was scheduled and the plan was for it to be a full incision so they could attempt to save the ovary. As it turns out, there were some tense moments in the OR because when they got in there they discovered it was not a cyst but a tumor. One nurse told me afterwards that there was a cheer among the whole staff when the news came back from pathology that the tumor was benign. They checked her other ovary and everything looks fine so hopefully she will not have complications when she desires to start a family.

Kelsey and I drove back that evening and I got to enjoy dinner with Kelsey’s husband Matt and grandson Coen. (I thanked Saisha for her sacrifice that allowed me to get some unexpected Coen time). I spent the night and got back to Indy Wednesday morning for Bill McDonnell’s funeral and then our Stewardship Luncheon which was served by our church staff with the food donated by Rosewalk Retirement Center. I want to thank Matthew Phipps for covering the presentation for the Tuesday Stewardship dinner which was cooked by his wife, Deborah. I hear she is quite the cook.

Thursday was eventful as well. We shared our last Stewardship Dinner with a nice crowd of 30 and had the best spaghetti and meatballs I’ve ever had. The meal was cooked by Janet Tucker and provided by the Tuckers and Ken & Barbara Huber. I also want to thank the Richwines and the Sloos for sponsoring dinners so we were able to put on all five meals at no cost to the church. I’ve received several comments that the information shared was very meaningful since it’s the kind of info hard to share quickly in Sunday morning worship. We were hoping for much stronger participation, but the opportunity to talk more in depth seems valuable. We will look to do something next year, perhaps in a different format. So we have a long way to go to gather our 2015 pledges and will provide an opportunity for you to bring your pledge forward at the end of worship this Sunday.

But what topped the week off for me was the joy I experienced when I drove to the west side of Indy after our Stewardship Dinner Thursday night to Bethel UMC for the Metro Ministries Celebration of Service Dinner. This has become a fundraiser in which they honor people who perform extraordinary service in their church and community. Our church had nominated Ric Gasaway but he was not aware of it. We had known for a few weeks but were able to keep it a surprise. Well, Ric was floored to discover that Metro Ministries named him Missioner of the Year. I think all who know what Ric has meant to Old Bethel and the many lives he has touched, this is an award that is well deserved. Be sure to congratulate him Sunday.

This Sunday we are in week seven of our Old Testament Series. We will examine Israel’s need for security and think about where we find our security. In preparation, read 1 Samuel 8:4-22.

See you Sunday,

Rev. Jerry

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