October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
First, let me be clear. I feel appreciated far more often than once a year. The folks in the church and many folks around town regularly encourage me (and the rest of the family.) Especially in this last year, the various challenges (miscarriage and my health situation) have proved time and again how much and how well I am cared for by the Nenana Community Church and Nenana.
Now on to our local celebration of this month. The folks here decided to put a substantial sum toward our vacation which begins today. I was left speechless which those who know me also know that doesn’t happen too often. We also received a card with lots of handwritten notes of encouragement inside.
This being the first Sunday of the month, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper. After the service we moved on to the Bennett’s for a potluck. So, we got to spend the day in fellowship. We rounded out the day with a waffle supper complete with bacon, sausage and fresh eggs from our chickens.
We are so very blessed to serve here in Nenana and feel the warmth of the Christian family we enjoy here. Thank you folks for who you are as well as the encouragement you bring everyday and the gift you gave us today.
Also thanks to Innoko & family for taking care of our little dog Maggie while we are away. Thanks to Gabrielle our housesitter too. I will keep everyone up to date on how things go as we enjoy a time of rest and refreshment.
Recently, I have been spending a lot of time meditating upon the family of God. For example, we can travel far from home and attend a church far away and feel like we’re right at home and surrounded by caring friends. The reality that we are children of God thanks to the salvation we have in Jesus Christ, means that we have millions of brothers and sisters almost every where we go.
Yet, like every family, we can treat one another in ways that do no credit to our heavenly Father, our Savior, or the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We need to treat our family (both or family units and fellow believers) in godliness, righteousness, grace and mercy. We need to remember to treat one another the way God treats us. He lavishes his love upon us and extends grace in vast quantities. Love and grace need to season our relationships with one another.
One way that I remind myself of how to treat my brothers and sisters – the beloved of God – is to read the “one another’s.” These are passages in the Scriptures that tell us (often in great repetition) how to treat each other.
Take time to read and consider God’s Word as he instructs us in how to treat one another. Continue reading
This week my grandmother passed away. Thanks to Rebecca’s folks I was able to get a flight quite inexpensively and spent the week with family. Among other things, I was privileged to conduct the graveside service for my grandmother. She would have liked that. She also had asked for her 8 oldest grandsons to act as pall bearers. It was a bittersweet time. Still, it is hard to feel sorrow for her as she knew Christ as Savior and has left behind an amazing legacy with her kids, many grandkids, and many great grandkids.
Adam kindly covered the service for me.
The sermon text for April 11th, 2010 is Romans 16
Preached by Adam White
Sermon for April 11th, 2010
Several things have come up with the Troxels lately and here they are in no particular order:
Gooodbye to the Hodges. This family has relocated to Mexico in a retirement community. We love them dearly and miss them already. Michael gave Bill with a hunting rifle before they left. Thanks for the gift.
Freecycle – Thanks to Jeannie and the Wellness in Nenana group for putting together the last freecycle. This even was scheduled shortly after our return to Nenana. Given our sorrow, Jeannie helped us immensely by organizing the lion’s share of this event. Further, she will be organizing these events from now on. Their family is a missionary family that focuses on community outreach. This event fits well with their mission and helps us share ministry with other believers.
Elder’s Retreat – Adam, Art and I spent several days at a nice apartment in Fairbanks this past week. Among other things, we have laid out a proposed budget to be voted upon at our spring business meeting. We also received up to date information from Village Missions about budgetary questions concerning the building project. This additional information will also be shared at the meeting.
Hawaii Photos – Rebecca has posted some photos of our vacation. If you have a Facebook account then you can find those photos by Clicking Here. Other photos may become available there, so you might want to check back several times.
Google Maps – A picture of me is seen on Google Maps. I am the one riding the bicycle.
So there’s a few short blurb-like updates. I hope that makes up for the shortage of recent posts.
An elder (who shall remain anonymous – although many will probably know who I mean) has a special ministry to the pastor. This ministry involves sending the pastor some funny and yet thought-provoking videos or articles. In honor to that ministry, I am sharing two of these here.
Bob Newheart skit – Mad TV – Stop it!
yeah – I know. The title sounds harsh, but reserve judgment until reading the document. The author has some very important points about involvement in ministry, suffering, and how the church has let self-esteem psycho-babble replace good theology.
Link to “Missions Suck”
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.