December 6, 2016

We had a wonderful time at the Holiday dinner last night. This might have been the largest crowd we’ve ever had at one of these events. Last night was the first time I remember having to sit out additional tables and chairs, and that’s a good thing! It was a blessing to see FAMILIES together, to have our visitors there to fellowship with us, and just to enjoy a great time in the Lord. Thanks to everyone who worked to prepare all of the great food. You all are such a wonderful group of people, and you are loved.

Several folks have been asking me about my trip to Gatlinburg yesterday, so I thought perhaps I should post an update. I wasn’t allowed access to the main part where the devastation occurred. I guess that hasn’t been completely opened back up yet. So I spent about 3.5 hours on the Gatlinburg end of Pigeon Forge handing out brochures that I had written. These brochures were designed to comfort and encourage. They contained a call to prayer, a call to trust the Sovereign God of the Bible, scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, church information, and my contact info. I did have the opportunity to talk to several people yesterday, but sometimes the real fruit of this kind of labor comes days, or even weeks afterward, when someone will call. Then the opportunities arise to help meet more needs, and build relationships. I’m calling it a success!

I hope you all have a very BLESSED day, as you go about your life keeping Jesus Christ first!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern

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