Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Looking Ahead to the Next Ten Years

Hi there, 

It's been a while since I checked in! Life's been great and busy and lots of other things, but that's not an excuse I am going to use for not updating my blogger/blog. The real excuse is that I just haven't made use of this platform like I had originally planned. So here's the deal or plan: I have been at Central Baptist Church as Pastor for ten years now (It's easy to track my time there given that I started pastoring at Central when I was 40 years old and this fall I will turn 50 so that's my way of tracking my tenure at the church). 

So... I want to keep up with my week-to-week whereabouts and I figure this is a good place to do that. I just hope I can discipline myself to make good on that plan. If I do follow through, my posts may be rather boring at times and if so, I apologize. It's just that looking back over my last ten years as Pastor at Central Baptist Church, I simply cannot recall in detail where my time went and I want my next ten years to look vastly different. Following is what a typical daily post may look like (I'll use this past Sunday to start things off...).

Sunday, June 21, 2020 

We had a decent crowd at church today given that we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. It was a better turnout than last Sunday. I preached from Acts 18:24-28. My sermon was about being teachable. It was basically me encouraging the church to lean into being a lifelong learner, whatever their path in life may look like. I think the sermon was received well?  I got a few compliments which is always encouraging. It was also Father's Day. 

After church my family and I went out to eat, something we haven't done since before the pandemic. It was a great time together. Late afternoon was comprised of downtime at home. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

It was a productive day. I was up early to enjoy quiet-time with coffee and a book. I went into town (Amherst) around 9 am to visit a parishioner. I dropped off a card for her Birthday. After that I ran a few errands before heading back to my church office for the day. On the way there I managed to make two other pastoral visits, one to check-in with a parishioner who hasn't been to church in awhile and the other to drop off a Birthday card (His Birthday is actually today). 

I worked at the church until 6:30 pm. In the evening I posted Birthday wishes on Facebook along with a brief sermon recap. I also texted a parishioner. It was a good day. 

So, that's it for now. I hope to check back in this evening. 

With gratitude,

Pastor Gary


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