I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  This one was a little different for us personally…

Friday night…Zac’s all-star team that I manage had it’s first game of the championship round (best 2 out of 3 series).  We were ahead 5-1 going into last inning and ended up losing 7-6…a heart-breaking loss which put us in a position to have to win 2 in a row (Sunday & Monday)

Saturday…No big picnic plans or fireworks on Saturday…just a day to catch-up on some yard work, house work, grocery shopping, etc. and then have little family BBQ and card game.

Sunday morning…As I expected, the crowds were way down at church because of the holiday weekend and vacation travels…but still we did have a great service.  Scott LaRochelle shared in the message with me…I did an interview format with Scott who just retired after 26 years as an officer in the Coast Guard.  He shared some of the lessons he learned from his career of serving our country.  It was a great fit for 4th of July weekend.  Then we had a delicious watermelon fellowship outside after the service.  Sadly, we had to say goodbye yesterday to Russ, Deanna and Garrett Wells…moving on to Texas where Russ is entering seminary.  Keep them in your prayers!

Sunday afternoon…It was do or die for our baseball team.  We came out hitting great and we won 8-6 over Woodbridge.  The series is now tied at 1 and the final championship game is tonight at 7 pm at Mt. Vernon High School.  This is my 6th straight year of coaching on Zac’s all-star teams and we’ve never won a district championship.  We’ve come in 2nd once before and 3rd twice…we really want to get this one tonight and go to the state tournament next week.

Sunday evening…We chilled out last night with pizza, ice cream and the movie, Independance Day.  Zac and Tori enjoyed it for the first time.  I’ve seen it many times…but still a fun 4th of July weekend movie.

Now it’s time to start preparing for Sunday’s message…we begin a new series this week…PRAYER 4 DUMMIES.  Be there Sunday!

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