just a quick update because it's been far too long since i've posted:
the bridge had its first worship as an independent church on 2.10.08. we gathered in the office of our mother church, lighthouse christian church and even got to enjoy a delightful lunch afterwards. see photos in the slideshow in the right hand column of this page. we'll move into our own worship site (kennydale elementary school) in mid-march.
m is feeling much better, and the tests from her blood work reveal that she has crept back into the normal range in all areas related to iron. we praise God for this amazing turnaround!
b participated in her first caucus and was even selected as an alternate delegate for her candidate. she has been avidly following her first presidential primary season. in addition to her classes at bcc, she now works weekdays as an intern in the city attorney's office here in kent. her recent exciting news is that she was selected as a finalist for the ron brown scholar program. this is quite an honor, as she is one of only 20 from a pool of some 5,600 applicants. she will be flying to washington d.c. in mid-march for interviews and a class.
n just recently came back from her mid-winter break and is back at school. she turned in an excellent academic performance this past semester, and is looking to make some in-roads in terms of connecting people -- never an easy task as the new kid at a high school. she is on hiatus from violin and ballet, which makes her schedule lighter, though not necessarily more joyful. pray that she'll be able to get back to these activities that she loves -- and find some new ones.
i would also appreciate your prayers. on the positive side, i am healthy and seeing clearly out of both eyes again. i like the people who are with the bridge, and i look forward to connecting with them more often. but i am still learning the rhythms of pastoral life (sunday seems to come every 3-4 days!) and there is so much to do at the initial setup of a church -- getting incorporated and insured, setting up bank accounts, establishing work patterns and infrastructure, finding an office -- that is both unfamiliar and frankly, not the stuff that fires my passion. i'll be glad when those things are in place!