We have decided to go to Shawnee for the next two weeks to spend Thanksgiving there. We usually go to Oklahoma right after Christmas and stay until New Year's Day. Because of David's wife arriving to visit for several weeks at Christmas here in California, we want to spend some time with her during the holiday period.
We have not made solid plans about our trip, we are just taking off and will enjoy whatever happens in the days ahead. It will be fun just to be there for a different time of year.
These past few days have been full and busy.
Yesterday morning (Friday) I went over to the West Valley Detention Center to visit an inmate. I visited him a few weeks ago, and his hearing has not yet been held. He is a man who is really trying to get his life in order, and I am the only pastor who has been willing to visit him at this jail. His next court date is December 10 and he wants me to attend.
Yesterday, we also held our "Thanksgiving Dinner" with our kids. Shawn and Crystal came over after work, as we kept Bailey for the day. Evan ran over to Corona to pick up his girlfriend Callie to bring for this special occasion. Because we will not be here in Rialto for Thanksgiving Day, Sondra decided to cook the full turkey dinner and have everyone over to enjoy. It was so good -- turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, olives and cranberry sauce, deviled eggs and dinner rolls. Sondra also made so many pies - pumpkin, coconut cream, pecan, lemon meringue and a chocolate nut dessert as well, with homemade whipped cream for all.
Today I held a memorial service for a wonderful lady in our church, Betty Guerin. She was 75 years old and such a sweet and lovable woman. She was active in the church, leading women's Bible studies durng the week and being involved in Women's Ministry, sharing her compassion and love with all she came in contact with. The church was full and the service was truly a testimony to her legacy as a woman who loved Jesus. What a special day!
Tomorrow morning I will lead the church in the ordinance of the Lord's Supper.