One thing to know about me is that I like coffee! Of course, living in Kenya greatly influenced (and spoiled) me. I do try to be health conscious limiting my intake, but some days it takes quite a bit to get me through. I discovered there is a Starbucks dangerously close to the church. The other day, I scooted over there to get an iced coffee and a lunch box. I noticed there was a somewhat shabby car behind me in the queue. When I got to the window I asked the barista to charge me for what the car behind had ordered. It really was no big deal. On the way back to the church, that car chased me down, waving, yelling, “thank you,” and hooting the horn as they went. I don’t even remember the amount of their order, but I do remember being blessed by their thankfulness.

As I began my journey with you, I asked us to think about some of the basics of our faith: PRAY, ATTEND, GIVE, INVITE. In recent sermons, I spoke about the importance of prayer and the value of ‘showing up.” This weekend, I’m going to talk about the third basic: GIVE. We will be looking at Abraham’s story along with several other texts. I encourage you to “show up” on Saturday evening, Sunday morning, or virtually. The psalmist knew the joy and blessing of joining together with other faithful followers in worship. “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

On October 14th we will have a Town Hall style meeting in the Fellowship Hall (event details here). I will give identical presentations at both 3 PM and 6 PM. The time frame for the Town Hall is one hour that includes time for questions. I hope these offerings will accommodate those who would rather not drive in the evening as well as those who are in the workforce. Both these meetings will be live streamed for virtual participants. In addition, people can watch the presentation later by way of our YouTube channel: Eastminster321. Please join me and bring your questions about what an interim pastor is or what to expect during the interim process.