Friday, January 09, 2009

A new blog post!

Well it has been a little while since my last post and I figured it was time to finally update this thing. Quite a bit has happened since June 11 but I won't bother you with all the details, I'll just put up a few highlights of what is going on in my life since my last post.

I already mentioned in an earlier post about going to California early in the year but I was able to go out two more times in 2008 which was pretty awesome. The second time I went out was in July to attend the wedding of Tim and Sunny Arakawa. It was a very short trip but it was worth it to see two really great people get married. My third and final trip was in September where I had meetings out in San Francisco for my job. Before the meetings started I was able to spend a week with my brother Norman and his wife Joelle. The highlight of that time was being able to attend a youth conference called Southwest Youth Conference that my brother was in charge of. I have been to the last two conferences and this one was another powerful blessing. Just a quick plug but you can still listen to sermons from that conference on http://www.audioverse.org/ While on the topic of travels the last trip I will mention is back in June I was able to go out to Arizona with two of my buddies for a few days. We spent the time enjoying the Scottsdale area by playing golf and we also went up to Flagstaff to see some of the sights up there. It's kind of funny because we picked the hottest time of the year to go out there and play golf. One day it got up to 115 degrees! Needless to say we were able to play on courses that were very cheap at that time of year.

Life here in Tennessee is going pretty well. I am always busy at my job. We are entering another hectic time where we have to close the books out for the year and meet all of the tax deadlines and so forth. I am sure all that are reading would love to hear all about the details of this but I will spare you for now. To summarize though, I am still enjoying my job and am very thankful for it. I have been working at the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference for 2 years now. Kind of hard to believe. Just one more point about my job, for those of you who don't know I work as the Assistant Treasurer at the Conference. In this position it is very interesting to see how the economic challenges that are facing our nation is affecting the work of the church. Thus far we are very thankful because we have not seen the giving fall off and we are still seeing a slight increase for which we are thankful. It will be interesting to see how the coming months develop in the economy.

I continue to remain active in my local church in Gallatin, TN. I serve as church treasurer, elder, sabbath school superintendent, and sabbath school teacher. It keeps me very busy but I really enjoy it and am thankful to be there. We have a somewhat small group averaging about 50 in attendance on Sabbath. We are looking forward to 2009 as we are hoping to hold 2 lay led evangelistic campaigns. We look to get some good work in the community and Bible studies going before the meetings as well. I also lead out in prayer meeting on Wednesday nights and we are finishing going through a book entitled "Preparation for the Final Crisis" by Fernando Chaij which is availabe at your local ABC. After we are finished we will begin studying the book of Revelation.

I look forward to the new year and to what will lie ahead. To all who are reading I hope you had a happy New Year and that you will have a good year ahead. I am posting a few pictures from my trips below. Enjoy.
The pictures from top to bottom are as follows:


1. We are posing before playing 36 holes of golf on Sunday.


2. I am about to tee off on one of the holes at the The players championship course in Scottsdale, AZ


3. With my brother Norman at the Southwest Youth Conference at Pine Springs Ranch in Southern California.


4. A group of us who attended the meetings in San Francisco by the beach.


5. An overlook of San Francisco


6. Preaching at my home church in Gallatin, TN


7. Me with my sister April and my brother Norman.