It’s October and there is a chill in the air this morning. I love this time of the year. The changing seasons remind us of the changing of life yet in the midst of change God is constant. In the midst of all that we see around us on this first day of October let us remember that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and that He is on His throne.

I want to take a few moments and share with you what will be taking place in my life over the next month. Last year the Church Council made the decision to grant me a sabbatical. This time away for seeking, prayers, rest, and renewal was originally scheduled for this past June.

However, with the church returning from a three-month shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic I decided to postpone this time away.

Nearly a year since the decision to grant the sabbatical the day has finally arrived. I will be out of the office from October 5 – November 3. Please understand that I’m not taking this time because I’m burnt out, frustrated, disillusioned or anything of the like. I am taking this time, as I enter my 24th year of ministry in St. James, to be refreshed for the ministry that lies ahead.

I am excited and a little nervous for the time away in which it will be just the Father and myself, no phone, no internet, no TV, no distractions. For those of you who know me you know that I am an extrovert and like to be around people. I ask that you pray that I will be able to slow my mind down and listen for the Lord’s soft whisper or His loud shout.

With that being said, I will not be receiving any phone calls, text messages or emails during this time. If you have a need please contact Pastor Zach at the church office and he will take care of your need. I have full faith in Pastor Zach, we are blessed to have him.

In my absence the Church Council has done a great job in filling the pulpit and our Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study time. Former Missouri Ministries of the Church of God State Administrative Pastor, Rev. Jim Duncan, current Mo. Min. State Administrative Pastor, Rev. Howard Megill and Pastor Zach will be filling the pulpit. Pastor Duncan and Pastor Megill will also be teaching the Wednesday evening studies.

I do ask for your prayers during this time away. Pray that I will experience the Lord in a fresh way and hear a new His vision for FCOG, St. James. I also ask for your prayers for Pastor’s Zach, Jim and Howard as they lead during this time. Continue to pray for our church leadership as they continually seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance for our congregation.

Thank you for your prayers, you are loved and appreciated.

Pastor Don