Boy Scout Troop 137 Pancake Breakfast at Longhorn Steakhouse this Saturday, 8-10 am.
This Saturday will be another gathering of the Rairdon clan as we renew our tradition of Hoosier Hysteria. As an IU fan, this evening is a must! Admission requires only a canned food item and we celebrate the start of the college basketball season. The program includes a three point shooting contest, dunk contest and a short scrimmage. This year Sage Steele, an ESPN reporter and alumni of IU, will emcee. It looks like all my kids will be there except for Devin, who has a new job which requires him to work that night. Even Saisha is planning on making it in spite of her recent surgery.
Saisha seems to be recovering well. Yesterday she said that she still has a fair amount of pain but was going to try a half-day at her school internship today. Janae still is having issues with kidney stones, but is functioning as she waits to find out what the next step will be for her. Janae was a big help this week while on fall break as she went with my niece to buy new clothes for my mom. If you ever need a professional shopper I can highly recommend Janae.
I got to see some of Kelsey’s work on display yesterday when her EVSC (Evansville-Vanderburg County School Corporation) School Turn Around group had a hearing with the State Board Committee on Turn Around Schools which was streamed online. They are doing very innovative work and getting significant results. The State Board was impressed enough that they even said they plan on bringing some of their findings back to IPS, where their results have been very uneven.
Tuesday, our staff completed the first phase of planning our 2015 calendar. A few highlights include a Leadership Training for our Committee and Team leaders on January 17, which will focus on how to bring a spiritual dimension to committee work; we will work to make Souper Bowl Sunday on February 1 an opportunity to recognize Food Pantry servants; and we are reserving March 22 as a time to recognize all those who have completed the Disciple Fast Track study.
Tuesday afternoon Felipe Rios, Ann Mead and I had a serious consultation with Sergio Reyes and Ann Handschu regarding the coaching relationship required for the grant we are seeking with the Indiana Conference. I think we have a better understanding of what is expected of Pastor Felipe and I believe he feels better about the coaching relationship. Felipe has some significant financial challenges as the result of moving his family to Indianapolis to be near their adult daughter, so if anyone has any leads on part-time work which could supplement his position here at Old Bethel, we would greatly appreciate you passing that along. Last Sunday, Felipe had 20 adults and 12 children attend worship, so he is making headway. This Sunday, Felipe’s wife Angela is offering some Venezuelan food for you to enjoy during the Fellowship Hour. It is a good will gesture, but donations will be accepted.
Letters went out this week to all those who have not turned in their pledge cards yet. We are up to $421,000 pledged towards our goal of $585,000. I again want to thank Linda Gasaway, Dianne Wellman, Deborah Phipps, Rosewalk Living Center, and Janet Tucker for preparing the food, the Sloos and Richwines for donations and Nancy Schoaf, Dick Boram, the Richwine office, Lynda Preston, and Deborah Hartman for all the behind the scenes work that went into making our unique Stewardship Campaign work this year.
This Sunday, we are in week eight of our Old Testament Series. We will get a taste of the work of a prophet and figure out how we can better listen to the prophetic voices God places in our lives today. In preparation, read the book of Amos, it is only nine chapters and you may be surprised how relevant it is to our day.
See you Sunday,