This weekend, like most weekends around the church, there were many activities taking place. We had a great time in fellowship and enjoyed some great weather. You can get a list of upcoming events by clicking on this link. Here is a quick overview of some of the things that occurred this weekend. On Saturday morning about a dozen of us ran/walk/crawled in the Voice in the Villages 5K. As you could imagine Ty Pepperdine finished near the front and I (Trent) finished near the end. What you may be surprised to hear is that John Pearson beat Eric Elrod. Proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of MP3 players and a laptop for the ministry in Northern India. This is an annual event and so much fun! Also on Saturday there was the annual Ladies Brunch. If I heard correctly there were 75 ladies who attended this event. Mrs. Lynn Bell from Way of the Cross Baptist Church shared her testimony and a devotional. Our ladies were encouraged in the Lord. They always seem to have more fun when they don’t have us guys around to have to look after. Thank you for all that made this day so much fun. Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Betty, Mrs. Andria, and little Hannah (not in the picture) sat together representing four generations. Sunday was Mother’s Day and our little ones came out to show off the cards they made for their mothers. I know this is my kids and I am playing favoritism but it is the only picture I found of this — plus I post a picture of my kids online every 7 minutes, so I was due one. We had the card parade, a small gift for mothers, and a short video that really expressed our desire to show our love to women no matter where they are at in life. I had the joy of preaching from Matthew 6:9-15. Even though it pretty much starts out with “Our Father” it still was, in my opinion, a very appropriate text and topic for Mother’s Day. I spoke about the grand opportunity of prayer. Our kids will see God very much like our mothers do. A way to know if you are viewing God correctly can be seen in your desire or lack of desire to spend time in prayer. A mom who prays is a wonderful gift to society because she must see Him as “our Father” to come to him often in prayer. As a result her children will be influenced by the love of a mother who knows God. Pastor Gardner preached an awesome sermon from Exodus 19 on Sunday night. We are often amazed, but shouldn’t be how the passages in the two book series seem to work together. We learned how they children of Israel were to come to God on Mount Sinai. This teaches us a great deal about worship. I wanted to add this funny picture, not just because it is of my goofy, but lovable son. I wanted to thank Jessica Wachter and Valeria for being so creative and having our kids act out Bible stories. This is a great way to learn and I know I speak for all the parents when I say “thank you” for going the extra mile in your class.