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My Last Week

Well, today began my last week here at Fairmount. While I’ll still technically be on staff through the end of the month, this coming Sunday will be my family’s final day with the Fairmount Family. I can’t believe it is here. It seems like forever ago that we made the announcement of our leaving. This week we will be publishing a letter to our congregation in our church’s weekly newsletter. Once it’s been published, I’ll post it on here for others to read.

Leave Fairmount is definitely not going to be an easy thing to do. I love the people, the staff, the vision…Fairmount is home. This week will probably be full of difficult moments but it will also be full of great opportunities to make to lasting memories.

As I sat and prayed through this week this morning, my prayer was that it wouldn’t be about my family and me but that it would be just another opportunity to glorify God. Our final program with Fairmount will be our Christmas Breakaway worship service. I’m really pumped about it. I hope the morning isn’t full of tears but full of worship of God’s awesome gift of His Son.

In the upcoming days I’ll probably have some more posts about my departure and about memories. Thanks to all of you who have called, emailed, Facebook-ed, and shared kind and supportive words. We love you all.

Found on Marko’s blog a really cool retelling of the Christmas event that was made by Derek Tang.
You probably need to click the image so you can zoom in. Remember to start at the bottom and work up.

Holiday Pictures

Ever since Brennen was born, Beth has been on the hunt for deals on pictures. She’s found deals on photos on canvas, she’s found deals on printed photos, and her latest find is Shutterfly’s Christmas promotion. This is a great promotion where Shutterfly asks folks to post a short blog post about their promotion and how they plan to use their FREE 50 HOLIDAY CARDS!!

I don’t even think I know 50 people but we’ll try to find people to send them to. 🙂 I know we’ll send one to my brother all the way out in LA. We’ll send one to my friends Ryan and Jenna, out in the middle of the desert of the Imperial Valley (it sounds a lot cooler than it is). We’ll also send one to family members in MI, FL, IN, and all over VA! This will be a great way to reconnect and share a little Christmas love with family and friends.

So, if you’re looking for a great deal (it is Black Friday!) then hop over to Shutterfly!

Christmas photo card (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-photo-cards)
Poster calendars (http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars)
Birthday invitations (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/birthday-invitations)

Blessings

As we come up on Thanksgiving, I’m reminded that we should be thankful for God’s blessings in good times and bad.

11I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. 12I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13Christ gives me the strength to face anything.
-Philippians 4:11-13


Surprise!

That’s what I heard as I rounded the corner Saturday night. Beth, Brennen, and I went over to the Williams’ house to celebrate Rose’s birthday…or so I thought. What I didn’t know was Beth had arranged a surprise birthday party for my 30th birthday. It was packed there! Friends and family from Central VA, Northern VA, Hampton Roads, and even Knoxville, TN.
I have to say that I was definitely surprised. I kind of thought Beth was up to something for the actual day of my birthday, the 12th but I had no idea there would be so many people there!
So, good job Beth! You surprised me!
Later on, I’ll post some pics and the video of us walking.

Breakaway Pics

Fairmount is doing a pictorial directory and doing it in-house. The lady taking pictures for it came to Breakaway this past Sunday and took some pics even though we won’t be at Faimount after the end of the year. Thought some of them came out pretty well! (as you can see, I talk with my hands a lot)

Last Words

I have 8 weeks (including this Sunday) until Beth and I leave Fairmount. There are many things that are we are going to miss and so we want to make sure we are involved in before we leave, but out of all those things, preaching at Breakaway will be one of the things I’ll miss the most. I love the opportunity to share God’s Word with teens. Not just to get up there and share thoughts or opinions, but to share God’s transforming Word and how it applies to their changing lives.

So, over my last 8 weeks, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity to preach. One of my teens asked if he could preach in November, and normally I would work that out but I politely told him that these Sunday’s are mine. I want to spend these last few weeks talking about those topics and parts of God’s Word that I think are vital for my teens.

If you knew that you’d be leaving a group of people important to you, what things would you want to share with them? I’ve already planned out what I’m going to be preaching on my last Sunday, but I’m not going to share that topic just yet. 😉