Oh well, another year and I didn't win an Oscar … That's right: I didn't win. I guess it might have helped if I had actually been in a movie. But I've been kind of busy with this other career I have had now for that past 1,437 years (it just seems that long on Mondays!)
But I can say with complete honesty that I would much rather have been standing on the old, mostly faded, mostly mauve carpet in our sanctuary on Sunday than standing on the Red Carpet in Hollywood. Just to be praying along with you for our new church plant, the NewDay Community Church in Versailles, just to see all that God has done in preparing Bob and Kim Kjelland to lead it, to sense the Presence of God in favor and unity, that tops anything Hollywood could ever manufacture. I was reminded again how good it is to have the vocation I have. I felt blessed, humbled and kindly graced by God all at the same time. Who needs an Oscar after that?
And you will be pleased to know that our offering to assist the start up costs for NewDay was just over $8,000 in gifts and commitments. If you want to give toward our goal of raising $10,000 you can do that this Sunday. Just mark your envelope or check "NewDay" and we'll be sure to include it in our gift to them.
And speaking of movies, it's "Back to the Future III" … This Sunday our Adult Electives 're-boot" after a one week break (who knew that Adult Ed teachers got a Spring Break!?) Among the courses being taught is Ron Gifford's class that looks down the prophetic calendar to help us try to sort out where this ol' world is at and where it is headed. We also have Mark and Mike's class on studying the Bible for your self called Digging Deep and Finding Gold. Along with our Young Married Couples class (that meets in the Founder's Dining Room) these classes meet at 10:45 in the Lower Auditorium.
And guess which movie did win the Oscar? … Right! Mary Poppins! Of course that was 1964. But it wound up winning 5 Oscars that year, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews. Imagine that … a "G" rated movie winning five Oscars! It's one of the best kid's movies ever made.
But the curious thing is, a lot of folks have never seen it and neither have their kids. So on Friday, March 8th, at 7:00 pm, we'll all get a chance to see one of the all time "kid friendly, family friendly" movies. Pastor Tim says it's not just for families but for everyone who'd like to step back into the innocence of that era and enjoy a fun movie.