For a year now, Eileen and I have been planning a long road trip to celebrate finishing seminary. We promised we’d do this, regardless of whatever else came up during this time, and we’ve been looking forward to it for months. We leave today. First stop: Zionsville, IN, for a conference on new church development. (Yes, I know it’s not exactly a vacation if it’s NCD work, but it was on our way.) I’m looking forward to this chance to visit with the rest of the large group from Pittsburgh Presbytery who are going, as well as to meet people like Philip Lostpeich, whom I’ve now been told I need to meet by at least half a dozen people. I may try to post updates on what we learn there, but no guarantees . . .
Then: Illinois for Eileen’s brother’s wedding, followed by a long drive through MI and Ontario to Niagra Falls, followed by camping in the Adirondacks. More camping after that in Acadia (Maine), and then visits to friends and family in Boston and NYC and Bethlehem, PA. We’ll end with another wedding in Eileen’s family in Maryland on the fourth weekend in June. Then, back to Pittsburgh to move and dive head on into the life of church-planting!
Say a prayer for our safety and pray for Mike as he continues to do some NCD work while we’re gone!