6:00 PM News and notes … Just back from a 24.5 mile bike ride along the Prairie Path through Maywood, Bellwood, Hillside, through Elmhurst, Villa Park, and into Lombard. Pretty hot and humid—great biking weather… Came back and found that Nick and Mark had gone golfing at Columbus Park… . On Tuesday we leave to take Nick to Samford. In many ways he has been the glue that has held us all together for the last few years… . A friend whose oldest daughter is about to leave for college thinks he will find it difficult: “I’m not going to handle that very well, even though she’s fairly close. The family dynamic will change forever. A day I’ve looked forward to and dreaded at the same time. You know what that’s like.” Indeed I do. It was hard when Josh left for Wheaton a few years ago. Now we’re at the end of the line. No more kids in high school. As the days draw near for Nick to leave, you think about it all the time—and the thought comes creeping in even when you are thinking of something else. Meanwhile, Nick is ready to go and looking forward to it, which makes it easier in some ways, not any easier in others. One thing for sure—life rolls on whether we like it or not… . Tonight we’re grilling out and for dessert, we’re having Rocky Road ice cream because Mark and Nick say that’s what we should have.
11:15 AM Just finished meeting with the pastors. We worked through the upcoming Legacy Campaign stewardship emphasis during September. All four Sundays during September will be devoted to the Legacy Campaign, with testimonies in each service, leading up to a public commitment service on September 28. We’re praying for at least $1.6 million in commitments to be completed by Thanksgiving 2005. The pastors are also discussing some possible changes in our Sunday morning worship schedule that would involve using the newly-renovated gym starting in early 2004.
Here’s the Legacy Campaign prayer request for today: “Pray that we will give our whole tithe and see God’s abundant blessing (Malachi 3:10).”