Joel’s Journal #19  

August 4, 2021
I had the privilege of officiating a wedding last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, that I will never forget. I was asked by Ashlee Sager and Michael Cundiff to officiate their wedding at the East Ivy Mansion. I’ve known Ashlee and the Sagers for over 15 years. Sandee Sager is our Video Editor at the church. Ashlee and her brother Jordan were in my youth group. It was an honor to be at their wedding. Let me share with you a few reasons why I won’t forget their wedding.
1.     It was in Nashville, TN
2.    The “real feel” for the wedding day was over 100 degrees.  Needless to say, I was sweating through my suit jacket. My dress shirt was completely soaked and at least half of my pants were a different color from sweat.
3.    Right when we got done eating a storm hit (we were outside) and Nashville got 5” of rain in 10 hours.
4.    The East Ivy Mansion is a few blocks from the Nissan Stadium (where the Tennessee Titans play). Garth Brooks was supposed to have an outdoor concert that same night. The concert ended up being cancelled because of the storm. A normal 15-minute drive to where we were staying, after the reception, took an hour and a half (in my super sweaty suit).
5.    My 3-year-old daughter had to stop and use the restroom almost every hour on the way down to TN and the way back.
6.    Oh, and it was a beautiful wedding.
COVID. The Delta Variant. Masks. Social Distancing. I know, I’m sorry. These are bad words. I just want you all to be safe! I don’t want to see anyone get really sick. Please be careful. If you want to wear a mask to church, no one will judge you. If you don’t want to wear a mask to church, no one will judge you. At this point, the local health department isn’t mandating anything, so you can do what you feel is best. It doesn’t matter if you have the vaccine or not, please be careful. We have had people attend our worship services in the past few weeks (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) who ended up testing positive (they were nice enough to call and let us know). Just know, the Delta Variant of COVID is everywhere, including here. I’m not making a political statement. I’m just making a loving statement. Be careful! We love you.
Tonight (Wednesday), we will continue our series in 1 Thessalonians. We left off at the beginning of chapter 4. I’m excited to jump back in. We are going to spend the next month evaluating our Wednesday evening service time. Remember, the original vision was to try and attract some more “lakers” or “unchurched” people who maybe wouldn’t attend on the weekend. If you know of someone who fits this description, please invite them to meet Jesus on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 PM.
In God’s Love,
Joel R Greenwood