Wow! It's been a while.
I haven't had a whole lot to say, and I still don't, but I thought I'd post a few thoughts and prove that I still have all of my fingers unbroken.
It's snowing, and I'm loving it. This is the most snow I can remember having in quite a few years, and I have to say that I'm glad. I know I'm getting a few groans out there, but bear with me. I'll explain. I love the snow because I love to ski. I have not been able to go yet this year because starting a new church takes a lot of time. Mondays are my day off, so I plan on going this coming Monday. This coming Monday will be March, and lift ticket prices are greatly reduced in March. What luck! Not only will I be one of the only people out there, I'll be getting all that good, uncrowded snow for a fraction of the cost. With gas prices what they are, I probably won't be able to drive the two hours to New York every Monday, but I hope to go twice before the snow melts.
Speaking of starting a new church:
The Gate is going very well. It's fun and exciting to watch things unfold. New people are coming every week to find out what we're all about. It's my prayer that they find out that we're a group of people who love and worship a Savior that they would want to know more about. There have been those that have come who have accepted Christ, and the times that has happened, there has been much rejoicing; both in Heaven and at The Gate. As a launch team, we pray continuously for those that are "unconvinced" (as my pastor, Dave, would say).
We're expanding our various ministry teams as every week more and more people volunteer their time and their talents. The worship team has been very blessed to have some great musicians join us. That has allowed our original members to take various Sundays off to stave off the burnout that inevitably happens. I remember some wise words a friend of mine said to me once "You may not think so now, but you will get sick of this and will need a week off."
I'm going to a conference for worship leaders in Colorado Springs in April. I've never been to CO, but have always wanted to. I'm looking forward to it. My sister is traveling with me, so that will make it all the more enjoyable.
That's all I have to say. Later!