Speaking of the Dueck 6, let me tell you (and show you) a picture of the
On the first Sunday here we became members, and while all of us were up at the front, we got this little gift bag containing not only this very cool and very personal gift, but another reminder of God's love and sense of humor. As a family we had been talking for months about getting Dueck6 licence plates in Ontario, and just that morning as Caleb and I were walking Kelly, he asked if we were really going to get them. I said I hoped so, though I didn't know what the cost was, and since we are back in reality land financially, I wasn't sure if we could afford them. Then, less than 3 hours later we had them in our hand! God truly is amazing, and he used the creative and generous people of Calvary Baptist to bless us. (Now I just have to do all the paperwork to transfer our licence over!)
We have been working at the church now for two weeks, and it has been great getting to know people, settling into my office routine, and spending time in preparation for preaching. My first sermon was entitled "An Adventure with God, an Adventure of Faith" and was based on God's call to Abram in Genesis 12 and some of our own experiences in the past year. God calls us to obey, and we can obey and be a blessing to the nations because of our faith in him.
Sunday afternoons have been quite the event so far here in Emo Two weeks ago the church hosted a "Come and meet the New Pastor Family" tea and many people from the community came. The local reporter for the Fort Francis Times came to do a story on us, and we ended up getting both a small picture on the cover and a 1/4 page article with larger picture in the Feb 27 edition! The kids were pretty pumped to be in the paper, and okay, their Dad was too! The reporter used some material off this blog, and shared with "the world" our belief that God has called us to minister to these great people. You can check out the link if you want at http://www.fftimes.com/District/New-pastor-arrives-at-Emo-church/27-Feb-2008 (sorry no picture!)
Then yesterday, we had an invitation to go snowmobiling and sledding with the Goodman family from church. Lois and Joseph have been in Winnipeg since last Monday because Joe had tonsillectomy surgery on Tuesday and needed to stay close to a hospital for a week. The church has blessed the four of us by giving us meals, helping look after Stephen when I go to work, and by generally just making sure we are okay (which has been a humbling and amazing experience). Knowing that we were looking for things to do, the Goodman's and their four adult children let us come to their cabin (not cottage, that is a MB thing!) and hang out for a day. We had a blast going on the longest sled run ever and driving around a monster Arctic Cat ATV with treds and some great snowmobiles. Since this family owns the Arctic Cat dealership and Esso Station right on the church parking lot I was strongly encouraged not to say we were going "skidooing" (since Skidoo is a rival brand) but snowmobiling! With about 5 cm of fresh powder on the ground, the day was just perfect, and we look forward to going out to the NW Ontario bush again soon.
With Lois an Joseph coming back tomorrow, the plan is to keep developing that routine that we hope to settle into. I started a sermon series on Philippians, and look forward to learning more as we walk through this "Letter of Joy" from Paul to his friends. Lorianne is going down hill skiing for the first time ever this Thursday in Minnesota, and we plan to head to International Falls on the weekend when Auntie Ruth comes as our first visitor.
God is good, and we seek to continue to live for him. May a quote that I used in my sermon on Sunday challenge you as it has challenged us.
"Christ took the hell he didn't deserve so that
we could have the heaven we don't deserve."