Today, I hope you will allow me to look back prior to looking ahead. Our 40th Reunion was, in my opinion, Glorious! The returning alumni and their families had a wonderful experience visiting with each other, visiting with you, worshiping together on Sunday, and enjoying that “feast of a meal” you provided following the service. I hope you had the opportunity to visit with some of these folks and hear their comments about Auburn First Baptist Church and its ministry to them. It was a very moving, emotional experience.
Naming people who helped during Reunion Weekend is dangerous… for some are sure to be left out, but I must mention the following: Beth L. Smith—for making all the arrangements for Friday’s reception, Wally Ridgway—for designing the t-shirts, art work, and name tags, Chad Parish—for arranging all the media and making CDs and DVDs available, Trista Slaughter—for keeping up with registrations and numerous other important details, the Sanctuary Choir—for providing Saturday’s coffee break, and Gwynne Lovelady, the Social Committee, and countless others—for making all the arrangements, including set-up, for the wonderful church-wide meal. As I told the Reunion Choir, it was an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I thank each of you for making the Reunion Weekend so successful!
Another exciting week lies immediately ahead—Vacation Bible School! Our Theme this year is Finding Hope. Our Children’s Committee and numerous other workers are putting the final touches on their preparation for VBS. This is such an important week for us as a church. During VBS our children spend quality time learning of God’s love for each of them and discovering ways they can respond to God’s love and hope. Please keep all of our children and their leaders in your thoughts and prayers. On Sunday morning, June 9th they will share with all of us their experiences from VBS and Mark Wilson will bring the message that morning. I know you will want to be present to support our children.
Looking Back… Looking Ahead… both are beneficial and needed! See you Sunday!