Joel’s Journal #16    06/16/21

Well, as I am writing this my family and I are on our way up to Otsego Lake State Park in Grayling, Michigan to go camping for a few days with my family. We are meeting my parents and my sister’s family. We have done this for the past 8 years or so. We will only be staying three nights. That is about my limit. My wife and I have learned to call these types of trips “adventures” and not vacations. We are renting a trailer for the three nights while we are there. We did the tent camping thing with kids for 5 years and I made the decision we are not doing that again.
 
Last Sunday was our “Give It All Away” Sunday at FMC. You guys never cease to amaze me. I love our church! I love your hearts and I love that we get to give. As of right now we have collected and will give away over $114,000 from this offering. I can’t give you a final number yet because more always comes in the next week. You will have to watch next week’s Journal for the final number. This easily puts us over the $1,000,000 mark since we started doing this. That means from just this one offering alone FMC has given away over $1,000,000. That is crazy! So many lives have been effected from this for the rest of eternity. Thank you for following God’s calling.
 
On our way up to Grayling we stopped to eat in Alma, Michigan. Alma is about half way between Angola and Grayling. I didn’t realize it but we stopped at the same exit last year. We ended up eating at the same restaurant by accident. It was called Cancun Mexicana. We always love eating at Mexican restaurants when we travel. Last year we ate there because it was the only place open during Covid. We noticed that many of the restaurants up here in Michigan are still closed for dine-in eating.
 
I will be back for church on Sunday for Father’s Day this weekend, but Pastor Sam will be teaching for me. I am excited to hear what he has to say. Rob Dobson is going to help lead us in worship so Sam can teach. Thanks Rob and Sam. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday as well as grabbing a King Size Candy Bar for Father’s Day.
 
Over the last few weeks I have been helping a couple of people in our church with moving. I have been helping Tina Hampshire with all of her late husband (Chuck’s) woodworking tools. He had an amazing workshop. I wish I had room in my workshop for all of those things. Tina will be moving to Tennessee soon. I also helped Jim & Helen Reynolds pack up a trailer full of stuff as they are moving to Ohio to be closer to family. I loved that I was able to help, but it was very sad for me. These families have been instrumental in my life for the last 17 years. It is so hard saying “bye” to them. They will be greatly missed, but I am praying for God’s blessings as they take on this next adventure in life. Churches are built with men and women like these families.
 
Okay, that is all for now. I hope you all enjoy the last half of your week. I will see you on Sunday.
 
In God’s Love,
 
Joel R Greenwood