Pastor Sam and Marion were out of the office last Tuesday when we had scheduled a staff lunch outing to celebrate Yvonne and Gale's birthdays. Well, you know what they say..... "when the cat's away the mice will play!" (Not really. Gale's birthday was in January if that tells you anything).
Susie Patterson snapped a photo as the employees at El Sitio insisted on singing to Yvonne and Gale as they served them Sopaipillas with smiley faces. It was a fun day!
Pastor Marion Clark is so excited about the NCAA basketball tournament that he could not resist sporting his University of South Carolina hat and basketball at the staff meeting this week. Both the men and the women Gamecocks are in their respective Sweet 16 tournaments. For the women, this is commonplace; the men have never reached such heights. (The singular advantage of having a mediocre history in sports is that small victories are great thrills.)
His People, the Local Church
Who are you? How you answer that question guides how you
live your life. In our text this morning, John lays before us the identities of
three parties: that of fellow Christians, of Jesus, and of the local church.
On May 7, 2000 James Montgomery Boice entered the pulpit of
Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for the final time of his 32-year
ministry there as Senior Minister. He was dying of cancer. He had just enough
strength to say a few words and read the opening scripture for the service. He
addressed the matter of how his congregation should pray for him: “Above all, I
would say pray for the glory of God.” This was fitting for a man devoted to
such a purpose. When a memorial plaque was created for him, it displayed our
Pastor Sam Smith treated the staff to his special home-made BBQ last April for
Yvonne Beasley's birthday. Well ever since, Pastor Marion Clark has said he was going to
bring in some "real" South Carolina BBQ from his hometown of Kingstree.
He also treated the staff to cole slaw, boiled peanuts,
and his cousin's mouth-watering biscuits.
It is too close to call.....both are delicious!!!
Not pictured are Yvonne Beasley & Gale Prince
(maybe because their mouths were full of BBQ & biscuits???)
Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls
Who knows what a year will bring? Five hundred years ago, an
obscure monk had no idea that he would be used by God to bring about the most
momentous impact on the church since it became the official religion of the
Roman Empire, 1,200 hundred years earlier. On October 31, All Hallows’ Eve, the
Augustinian monk and professor at the university in Wittenberg nailed 95 theses
on the door of the church.