October Surprises

I am bracing for a busy October, after several months of a much slower pace.

We are having in-person worship services on Sunday mornings now and, although the crowds are consistently but slowly rebuilding, the more regular routine that I have followed for decades is back in place.

Schedules for a pastor are always subject to change at a moment's notice, but in the weeks ahead I know that I have the following things to do--

There's a funeral at Quantico, a military promotion at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (the same day!), and a wedding for one of our young ladies out in Vienna.

There's a Quarterly Business Meeting and annual Foundation meeting on Sunday night, October 11.

But it starts with the revival at Richmond's Bon Air Baptist Church, October 4-7. I am honored by their invitation to come, and I'm excited by the opportunity to preach God's Word there. The services are at 7:00 PM each night and you are invited to "stream" with us. I can't promise that you'll hear something you haven't heard from me before (maybe several times), but knowing that you are watching and praying for me would be an encouragement. Tom Stocks is their very fine pastor.

October ends up being my favorite month of the year, almost by default. The crisp mornings and increasingly colder nights--yes. But my birthday comes along late in the month, too, as does the anniversary of my ministry here at FBCA. It's hard to believe, but my 15th year is now complete.

Halloween comes at the very end and with it a chance to welcome little neighbors at my door. That is sure to be a different experience in this year of Covid—but still fun.

Oh, and most exciting of all for me: This is the month we will finally enter our new sanctuary! I can't wait. It's a beautiful room, and First Baptist will worship effectively there for generations to come. We'll hopefully announce the exact date this coming Sunday.

I know that you have a lot on your plate in October, too. I hope that our paths cross many, many times over these next many days.

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