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The Deep South

We went to Atlanta, Georgia this weekend to spend some time with great friends Phil and Denise. These guys really mentored and trained Greg in his years doing missions while at Christ the Rock Church. We are really excited to share with them our plans for Africa…which I will share more here soon. It has just been a great weekend full of encouragement and great conversations. Aspen, Denise, Phil, Greg


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Wedding bells…

My sister Sonja got engaged last night on her birthday to Chad Clark! Congratulations to them! I’m so excited for her and Chad; they are a great couple who has an incredible future together.

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Too Funny!

Sunday night, some friends we love – Mark and Julie Van Blaricom – treated Greg and I to a comedy show by Brian Regan at the Orpheum. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and laughed till our stomachs hurt! I think everyone needs to see this guy. His show is funny AND clean. Here’s a clip.

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Baby Shower for Lora

We had a great time at a baby shower for Lora Emerson at our house, hosted by Paige Lord and myself with considerable help from Aimee Farmer, Nicki Cooper, and Becky Parsons. It was a fun celebrating this new little life that will join us soon.

Ryan and Lora are great friends who also serve in Kids Life, our children’s ministry with us! They are having a little boy named Roma Tristan at the beginning of November. Lora was totally blessed by all the gifts and love! And we all enjoyed oohing and ahhing over the baby gifts!

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Quick Trip to Washington DC

Greg and I had a great opportunity to go to Washington DC with our pastors, John and Leslie Siebeling. We went to check out this great coffee shop that National Community Church runs. It’s called Ebenezers, which means “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” And it’s located in a prime spot just a block from Union Station and near the some of the biggest office buildings in DC.

It’s cool place, plus they serve great coffee, but even better is that they are bringing Jesus out to the people. Even the girl I sat next to on my flight had heard about the coffee shop. The gm told us about how she’s seen people hear about the church in the coffee shop, attend a service and give their life to Christ. How awesome! It would be great to have a place like that in Memphis. Let’s knock down some religious walls and stereotypes and be relevant to the people. I think that’s why Jesus didn’t stay in the temples teaching – he walked around on the hillsides so he could be near the people who needed to hear his message. It was a great vision inspiring trip! For more pictures of our trip, go to:

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I Love My Life car stickers

Don’t miss your chance to get your very own “I Love My Life” car sticker from John and Aimee Farmer. The stickers are $5 each and you can see Nicki Cooper to get yours. All proceeds go towards Kingdom Builders.

Here’s a picture of the sticker on a car window.

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Here We Are…Three Services!

Sunday was a great day in God’s House! We had almost 1500 people (1470) in the house, with 383 in Kids Life. That met and exceeded our attendance goal this year of 350! 26 Fresh Starts and 57 first-time guest cards filled out – it was an overall great day! Thank you to all our awesome teams for pulling together and making 3 services look easy. I’m so proud of all of you guys!
And the days leading up to the weekend were incredible. Some shout outs to:
Aimee Farmer – cleaning out the nursery/preschool area
Nicki Cooper and Linda Wong – for making sense of the crazy Nursery/Preschool closet
Ryan Emerson, Christian Santiago, and RJ Vergara – for persevering and making the Kids Life stage look awesome!
Melissa Horn, Kissy Blanchard, Tammy Wade, Kristi Shack and Gwen Lee- for cleaning and organizing like mad dogs
Vasan, Sherrie (and family), Amanda Meneses, and Belinda Russell – for making JKL shine
I hope I didn’t forget anyone!! Thank you to everyone who did such a great job this weekend with the prep work. It COULD NOT have been done without you.


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