Next Sunday Brother B. J. Johnson of New Waverly’s “Grace Place” will be filling the Cook Springs pulpit while your Pastor is on a vacation and hunting trip to the mountains of Colorado, if God is willing. Brother B. J. is a dear friend and preacher as well as a Certified Christian Counselor. For several years I have been able to call upon his expertise and wisdom for not only members of Cook Springs Baptist Church, but also on a personal basis. Please come and support him and pray for his messages from God to speak to hearts everywhere. I wish to express mine and Ms. Pat’s deep love and sincere appreciation for the church hosting a birthday party and pastor appreciation last Sunday night in the Family Life Center. The cake and refreshments were wonderful but the love in the room was even better. We both are so humbled by this church’s love for us and our family. Your many cards and gifts are deeply appreciated by the both of us but the kind and loving testimonies given Sunday night were so humbling and loving. I shall not forget the sweetness of that service and the presence of such love in the room. May God always bless and keep each one of you in His Will. I look forward to serving as pastor here until God moves me. I have never been “old” before so I am learning as I go what is now possible and impossible for me to do or continue to do. I need your prayers and God’s Presence. Never forget Pat and I love you deeply and thank God for you all every day in our prayers! I want to also say how wonderful the meal was that the SAM group prepared for us last Monday as a Pastor Appreciation gift as well as the beautiful card and cash gift! I have always found the Senior Adult Ministry group to be a rich blessing in my life and ministry. Thank all of you and God Bless.