Friday, January 18, 2008

Glad Times...Sad Times

Wow! Is 2008 off to a banner beginning at Woodward Park! We've been within twenty-five both Sundays of an all-time attendance record (883 and 889) and last Sunday saw the new birth in baptism of two new brothers.

Our Wednesday night crowd cracked the 400 barrier (our Cambodian and Hmong language assemblies do not meet on Wednesdays), thanks in large part to the influence of the new FriendSpeak ministry that seeks to reach out to the non-English speaking community in Fresno.

Our winter Youth retreat at Yosemite begins this evening with over 100 signed up to attend.

These are good, good times.


And as Solomon once noted, "There is a time for everything." These are sad times, too.

Please pray for the Dorsey family. Boyd and his wife, Norma, were tragically killed on Wednesday evening while crossing a street in downtown Little Rock to attend Wednesday evening Bible class at the Central Church of Christ.

I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache of losing my parents in this way. The Dorseys were residents of my hometown, Benton, and longtime members of the Northside Church of Christ in Benton and frequently attended at Johnson Street Church of Christ in the Southside community of Benton when I preached.

You can read about the tragedy via the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas edition here or via KTHV in Little Rock here.