Well, I’m back. I took a week off from Monday Morning Musings as it was Thanksgiving last Monday. In case you were wondering why I wasn’t at The River yesterday, it’s because I was preaching in Lacombe, Alberta. I’m committed to preaching once a month for Resonate Global Mission in other churches to raise awareness and to raise money for church planting and other missional enterprises in Western Canada. It went great. I preached up a storm and over 70 families signed up to receive a monthly newsletter regarding Resonate Western Canada. The only challenge was I use to live in Lacombe some 30 years ago, and everyone was coming up to me saying, “Do you remember me?” Now, you need to know that I am a name challenged person. It's one of my handicaps. They just don’t stick in my mind. I can recall intimate details of World War 2 battles (a hobby of mine), but people's names, not so much. So, trying to recall the names of people I knew 30 years ago. Not a chance. But, regardless, the people were very friendly and I had a great time. Next month, Leduc.
On Friday and Saturday, I had to chair (lead) Classis. Some of you are wondering, what’s Classis? It’s the regional gathering of the denomination we are a part of—the Christian Reformed Church. It was one of the best Classis meetings I have ever been to. Why? Because I chaired it of course! Just kidding. The main reason is that we got a chance to examine 3 pastors who are becoming pastors in various churches. Before someone becomes a pastor in the Christian Reformed denomination, we test their ability to think theologically, handle pastoral care situations, and various other things. One of the pastors getting examined was Jeremiah, who, as you’ll recall, preached twice at The River this summer; he’s the half-Philippine, half-Croatian guy with dreadlocks. Anyway, everyone, including Jeremiah, did extremely well. It was so encouraging to see God raising up the next generation of quality leaders.
Circle November 4th on your calendar. We are going to have an anniversary worship celebration on Sunday night at 7 PM at MosaicHouse East. It’s going to celebrate the fact that as we’re turning 15 years old this year, MosaicHouse is turning 10, the Avenue (just about) 5 and The Bridge is getting launched. It’s going to be a wonderful night of worship, celebration and sharing. It’s also a chance for you Riverites to spend some time with the offspring of The River!
Hey, we’re a week and half away from our “Opioids Crisis” event. Who are YOU inviting! BTW, this is an incredible easy event to invite people to. So PLEASE DO! And please make plans on coming yourself. Especially, you parents out there. It’s vital that you are up to speed on this issue, for your children’s sake. Even if you have young children, come. Believe me, you’ll blink, and they’ll be teenagers.