Monday, January 3, 2011


On Sunday I preached at L'viv UMC. I preached on the stories of the wise men and the shepherds and on the theme that Jesus brings us all together. We had a record number of people show up, we accepted 3 new members, and we dedicated a child. It was a beautiful service.

Our pastor, Lyubomir Rudko, blesses the communion elements. In the foreground is our advent wreath with 7 advent candles.

It was a rather cold and icy morning and many parents didn't allow their children to go out for Sunday School, but those who did show up were treated to an excellent Sunday School lesson prepared by (adults, left to right) Roman, Yulia, and Erika.

It's really beautiful to watch a church grow, especially in this context and under these circumstances.

I was a little sad that I couldn't get a great picture of just David, Shannon, and Jesse - but I love this picture a lot because it shows the tremendous amount of support they have from this church family.

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