Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunshine State

We have officially accepted a call, and will be moving to Florida in January.


We have known for a while, yet wanted to tell most people before broadcasting BIG news over the internet.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions we receive when stating this news:

1.  Is Marty done seminary already?
No, he will finish on time, May 2013.  He has taken extra courses each semester for the past year or so. He will have 6 elective credit hours left when he finishes the Fall semester.  He will take these 6 credit hours in online courses through Covenant and RTS Orlando.  His degree will still be a Masters of Divinity (Mdiv) from Covenant Seminary.

2.  What will Marty's job be?
Marty will be the student pastor at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.  He will work with students from 6th grade to college age.  He is very excited about the staff he will be working with and the students he will get to know soon!

3.  Where is the church located?

The church is located in Citrus County.  This county is located an hour north of Tampa, and an hour 15min. west of Orlando.  The county has a small town/rural feel.  In the county are seven rivers, hence the name of the church, which make fishing, boating, kayaking (basically any water activity) popular in this area.

We still do not have a lot of questions answered such as:
- Where will I work?
- Where will we live?
- How will you move there?

God is good.  He knows our steps way before we do.  We are thankful to have a call, even if it is one we would have never expected when entering seminary.  God has been so very faithful in the past, and we know He will continue to be faithful to us.

We will keep you in the loop on house hunting from 950 miles away, packing up a two bedroom apartment while I work 2 jobs and Marty is in a crazy semester and working , moving details (PODS vs. Truck), etc.  Let the fun begin!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

12 and 13 year olds are fun!

In June, Marty and I took our middle school group to the Edge, a PCA middle school retreat at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee.  We had a fun time getting to know the youth at our church more and acting like teenagers again :)  It is such a blessing to be a part of God's work in the local church by loving young girls that are so eager to learn more about Jesus.  Girls are the same, at any age...we are all searching for our identity, wanting to feel loved, important, and special, and Jesus loves us unconditionally, better than anyone or anything else could ever love.   Here are some of the sweet girls I have been hanging out with this summer.  

And Marty going down a HUGE water slide...awesome!
Love that I can still go to camp at 28 :)