Unthinkable... Then It Might Be God!
When I first understood what it meant to have a good relationship with God, I was a junior in college at the University of Georgia. I had been involved in Fraternity life to the fullest (in an unhealthy way) and as a result of my newfound relationship with Jesus I no longer was involved in many of the activities which had become the basis for many of my friendships.
As a result of my decision to follow Christ I was left with only a few true friends and had really no idea ho to live the Christian life. Thankfully, I found a large group of college students who were strong Christians when I connected with a bible study called Bulldog Christian Fellowship (the best name ever!). While there, a young man named Scott Rigsby came alongside me and we quickly developed a friendship eventually becoming housemates for several years. Scott was also the best man in my wedding.
I learned many things from him about being a follower of Jesus like passion, faithfulness, perseverance and a love for people including those who were yet to know Christ.
Scott is a special man. He experienced a terrible tragedy that eventually cost him both of his legs. I watched him struggle with the surgeries, the stares and the struggles that impact someone who loses their limbs. Through it all one theme became clear in Scott's life; God is faithful and His call on our lives is irrevocable. Scott chose to accept God's call "to run through any door He opened for him" and eventually Scott did exactly that by running two Iron Man Triathalons in Kona, Hawaii. He was the first double-leg amputee to do so. Since then, Scott has run several marathon races and continues to race in all kinds of events as an inspiration to all who are looking to overcome any obstacle life throws at them.
Scott will be sharing God's story through his life at our Cross Schools campus on May 28th at both the 9:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services. You can learn more about Scott by watching this video here.
Thankful... God Answers Specific Prayers!
Jesus said, "Ask, Seek and Knock..."
I, along with many others, have been doing just that as we have been seeking a youth minister who will fit well within the ethos of The Church of the Cross, while being a "pastor" who walks closely with our youth and their families during these very formative years of their lives.
God answered our prayers by giving us a wonderful youth minister and a spouse who are both very supportive and active partners in ministry. Tim Edwards and his wife Michelle have accepted a call to come minister to our youth and their families.
Prior to responding to this call, Tim and Michelle sensed they had finished the work God gave them to do in their existing Parish and that God was calling them to a Parish who could use their experience and relational ministry style to build ministry. When Tim heard Father Owens speak on leadership at our last Diocesan convention, he wondered if that place could be The Church of the Cross. Through much prayer and a discernment process, the wondering ceased and it became clear to all that Tim and Michelle should come on board at The Church of the Cross.
Tim and Michelle come to us from Beaufort, South Carolina where they faithfully ministered to the youth at St. Helena's for nine years. Under their care, the youth ministry grew significantly in health and numbers.
Tim and Michelle will begin their ministry with us beginning Wednesday, June 14th. We will be having a joint middle school and high school youth meeting that evening t 6:00 p.m. It will be a great time to hear about their heart for youth ministry. All middle and high schoolers along with their parents are encouraged to come that evening and welcome Tim and Michelle to our Parish.
We have much to be thankful for to our God who does beyond what we can even think!