On Wednesday, November 28, we had everyone help decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas season. Everyone was told to come at the regular Bible study time to assist and have fun helping each other. Almost 30 people showed up.
On the same evening, we had a new sound mixer board set up for the church's sound system. This new board was bought and donated by a church member.
During the week and a half that I was gone, many helped out and covered the ministry of the church. My nephew, John Ross, preached on Sunday, November 18. On the following Sunday, November 25, the Williams Family had been scheduled to come and present a concert. That worked out well.
During the month, I also gave a devotional at the 8 am prayer time at Coronado Stone. I continue to meet the with parolees who are in the Sober Living Program -- they are housed on the manufacturing site in homes, they cook their own meals and they have a 40-hour job. This is so important because there are many places who will not hire felons or anyone with a record. We have seen some amazing things happen in lives as we minister to these men, from ones in their early 20s to those in their late 40s and early 50s. God does great things to redeem the past and give hope for the future!
Last week was Alden's birthday -- Alden is Sondra's oldest brother who lives about 5 miles from us here in Rialto. He lives alone in a senior adult apartment complex. So, on November 29 (his 61st birthday), we took him (at his request) to Marie Callender's Restaurant. It was a relaxing and enjoyable evening.