Thursday, April 23, 2009
Well, I've written the last sermon I will write for a couple of weeks. After 16 Sundays in a row of filling the pulpit, Holly and I will be taking nearly two weeks off while we are in California. This is a big trip for us. It will be our last vacation together as a married couple without kids. It will be our first experience at the Pepperdine Lectures in Malibu (It's great to be a preacher!). We will get to see my parents for the first time since Christmas. And I'm teaching my first class at a Lectureship. We're so excited!
The class I am teaching is entitled "Musings of a Young Minister (Reflections and Regrets from My First Year in Ministry)." In my class, I hope to give valuable feedback to members in a congregation with a young minister, leaders who are tending to a young minister, and to young ministers who are about to begin their ministries, with a bit of a humorous view into the life of a minister that most people never see.
So, as I prepare for my class, I'm thinking back on the past 9 months. Holly and I were talking today about how fast the time has gone by. It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were pulling our moving van into our apartment complex. God has been faithful. There have been blessings, curses, and challenges all along the way. But most of all, God has been faithful. And he is certainly at work at the Littleton Church of Christ.
Transitions are sure to come as Holly and I start our family together, but we are so blessed to be surrounded by the body of Christ in Denver. We know there will be no worry of finding baby sitters. We already have so many who have vowed to become surrogate grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings, and mentors. It's nice to be able to preach about the Acts 2 community, as I experience it in my own congregation.
So, here I sit, penning my thoughts for my lectureship class. There are already so many good memories and laughs that can be told. And there are many times I have wept for the people in this city and within this congregation. God is at work and it's great to be in the center of his will!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I'm excited to announce that we have hired Clint Askins as our new youth minister. We, at Littleton, are so blessed to have Clint join our team. He is one of the best youth ministers out there and he's going to add so much to our team.
I've known Clint for about 7 years. And while his personality lends itself so much better to youth ministry than mine does, he also brings a wealth of training and internships to his new role. Littleton already is blessed to have one of the best church staffs around, but Clint is going to help us as we move forward with our vision. His heart for reaching out to our community will aid us in our desire to continue becoming a missional church.
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It's been awhile since I updated. So, here are a few things going on in the Packer household:
-Birth Prep Classes (Those videos are a bit too revealing for my taste)
-Two new preaching series before the baby comes (Get excited! No more Mark)
-Tax Day (Everyone loves April 15)
-We're closing on our new home later this month!
-Guys' Golf Trip coming soon
-Maddox on the way! (Our Son)
-5 Year Anniversary (Has it really been that long?)
Life is good! God is good!