last days

It was with great emotion that I led my last worship service at Dogwood Church today. As Suzanne and I walked off the stage after the 11:00am service, we both broke down and cried. It has been a wonderful ride for 7 1/2 years. We are looking forward to what God has in store for us in the next chapter of our lives and ministry, but it was a sad day to see this chapter come to a close.

Next weekend, Al Denson will be leading at Dogwood and Suzanne and I will be singing along with him. Then on Friday, December 5th, the “Welcome Christmas” concert will be my last responsibility.

Several people have asked me if we will continue to worship at Dogwood until our church plant browns mill church begins holding services next April. Well, for over 13 years, just about the only church worship services we’ve experienced have been the ones that I have planned and led. So for the next several months, we will be visiting other churches, especially new church starts, and taking notes so we can expand our horizons a bit.

Last days are never fun, but in order for us to experience those exciting first days, they are a necessity.

update on Sarah

Suzanne took Sarah to our doctor again today for a follow up visit (this is not the doctor who performed the original procedure who, in our opinion, was negligent both in the procedure and in after care). He said that the infection is clearing up and it does look somewhat better, however, the progress is too slow. He recommends that we meet with a skin graft specialist next week for an initial consultation. The skin graft specialist may just decide to keep an eye on it, or he may decide to take a patch of skin from her posterior to patch the hole on her leg. She will also likely have to undergo physical therapy to stretch out her Achilles tendon and reverse the atrophy in her leg since she has not been walking on her right foot for 6 weeks.

Please keep Sarah in your prayers. Also, pray for us as we seek to know what we should do concerning consulting a medical malpractice attorney or not. Obviously, with the treatment she is going to need moving forward, we will incur additional expense. Thanks for your prayers!