Last Saturday evening (November 5), we had set up a family get-together for a "Farewell to David" at the nearby Sizzler restaurant here in Rialto. I had spoken to the restaurant manager a few days earlier, so he set us up in the back room by ourselves. I think we had 20 present, counting kids and babies! It was relaxing and fun to have family together. John and Cathy had driven down from Taft to be here, but John was sick and was not able to be with us at the Sizzler. Cathy and all her kids (except David), their spouses and her grandkids were part of the celebration and mealtime. As you can see from the photos below, Roger and Julie were there -- also, Evan and Callie, and Shawn & Crystal and their two girls (Bailey and Brynnlee). Brynnlee is now six weeks old!
On Sunday, Crystal and Shawn (and the two girls) were at church, and we went over to the Dining Commons (what we would have called the cafeteria in the old days) for lunch after our worship service. David had called our brother John to see if he was feeling better, as we wanted to see him and spend time together before he (John) and Cathy went back to Taft that afternoon. John was better and we had a great time at CBU together.
Yesterday was Monday, and I had a meeting last night at the church. The man who heads up our Homeless Ministry Feeding at Fairmount Park in Riverside felt led to call other homeless ministries in the area to form an informal Homeless Coalition. This would be something to bring unity, encouragement and sharing of resources to other churches and ministries as we serve the Lord together to meet the needs of those who are neglected, forgotten and abused by our society. It was a great evening, with 29 people who showed up! It was a special evening of prayer, devotion to the Word, singing and sharing testimonies of the various ministries represented.