Upper Valley church of Christ MISSION
The Gardner Report July 2017
Greetings from the Green Mountains,
Well July was certainly eventful. We had a great couple of weeks with our son and his family when they traveled up from Arkansas to enjoy a little less heat. Sadly, during that time our sweet little Havanese dog, Anna, was hit and killed down on the road below the house. It was devastation to both of us but particularly Sharon. Anna was very much ‘her dog’ because Anna just loved Sharon from the moment she we got her off the rescue transport from Arkansas. We will miss her. She had accompanied us thousands of miles on report trips and family visits and was very much loved.
Moving on to a less somber topic, after a long time of deliberation and planning we have finally started on replacing the 40 plus year-old siding on the church building. The original was actually made out of Masonite and though it had held up remarkably well for decades, it was all beginning to sag a bit and mildew. All the pieces came together as scaffolding was loaned/donated by the neighbor of one of our members and money that we had long been saving up was finally put to use in purchasing the new insulated vinyl siding. It was ordered and arrived just as the old was being stripped off the building. We are not contracting anyone to do what we are very capable of doing ourselves, which is virtually all of it. At this point all the east side, west side and part of the office/library extension have already been stripped and we are proceeding nicely. We will show you updates as we get further along.
It seems crazy to think but I have been going to Westboro Assisted Living every (with few exceptions) Thursday morning now for at least 8 years. During the early years I showed the Jule Miller series twice with about a year or two break in between. I had thought about doing it again after a number of years went by and I suddenly realized one morning, there was not a single senior in class now that I had back in those early days. It was all new to them! Class was going great with telling the exciting stories through the Book of Acts but I wanted to come back to it later. So, for right now we are taking a Jule Miller 5-week break. Last week, when we did lesson one and ‘it was a hit.’ Three of the ladies requested the study booklet for their own review. Joanne is one of my favorite seniors. After we did the first lesson telling the exciting stories in Acts, she asked, “Now where is that found?” and I told her the book of Acts and asked her, “Why, are you going to read it?” She shot back, “You bet!” and as I expected she was one of the ones who asked for a booklet to study after class was over.
The rest of the classes are going well. On a not quite related note, the beautiful summer weather has got me riding my motorcycle to my classes. At 50 to 60 miles per gallon it certainly saves on gas and at times opens doors of opportunity to talk with other motorcyclists about the Lord. One of those motorcycle acquaintances that I baptized several years ago, just started coming back to church recently. His wife was already a member when I studied with them but they had both fallen away despite many attempts to reclaim them. During July, they started attending again after further attempts is June seemed to have some effect. This is one we are going to have to keep working with and praying about. Well that is about all I have for this time. Thank you all for your continued love, support and interest. May the Lord be with you in your own ministry for Him where ever he has blessed you to serve.
Your fellow servants in Christ, Randy and Sharon Gardner