A quick series of exciting, happy, and shocking events in our family’s life. (Photos at the end of this post.)
â™¦ July 31: Opening of Mars Hill Study Center. Few have used it so far, but we anticipate that through word of mouth, and when our front signs are up, that more people would start coming. We now have a phone number () and a DSL line. We have also added a smaller folding table. We’re anticipating a box of books from California in about a week. And watch for a new Website.
â™¦ August 10: First Reformed worship. Our small Bible study group started meeting for afternoon worship services on August 10 at the study center. We finished studying the doctrines of grace (some people call it TULIP), and I started preaching on the nature and attributes of the church: “The Unity of the Body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:1-16) and “How is the Church Holy?” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We had 10 people both Lord’s Days, but we haven’t had a full attendance yet. There’s only a couple of families with children, while the rest are college age and young professionals. Obviously, we don’t aim to be a megachurch.
â™¦ August 13: Rachel’s first day of high school. Rachel came home from school on August 13 full of stories of her first day. She has a mixture of excitement, feelings of being intimidated by upper classmen and scary teachers.
â™¦ August 14: Tim’s car accident. Our oldest son Tim had a bad car accident on I-5 near Modesto, California late Thursday night. Here’s the official account from Chesney:
As some of you know Tim was involved in a bad car accident. He was on the way to LA to go to his brother Oliver’s badge ceremony (LAPD) when his car started swerving and went out of control and rolled over a few times. He isn’t sure what made it swerve and has some memory loss around the accident.
The car is totaled but Tim looks like he will be fine. He was airlifted to a trauma unit in Modesto, where he got 9 staples and many stitches in his scalp, by his right eye, and on one finger. He also broke a bone at the base of his thumb. However, the good news is – he did not get a concussion, was conscious and alert the whole time and the break in the thumb looks like it won’t need surgery. So lots of bumps and bruises but nothing long lasting… so God was definitely watching out for Tim. He was released that night and we brought him home. The next day we went to see our regular doctor who said that the ER did a really good job of stitching him up. He then referred us to an orthopedic surgeon to look at his thumb since it was diagnosed as a serious break. There the x-rays showed it was a minor break and he put a removable splint on it and even told Tim he could be back playing hockey in as little as 3 weeks if he wanted to. He’ll be off work for at least a week when most of the stitches will be taken out.
So pray for Tim’s continued healing, the insurance & car issues, and that Caleb will not get too worried about riding in cars. Caleb knows that we won’t have that car anymore and he knows that Daddy has a lot of owies but he doesn’t know why and so far hasn’t asked us. <snip>
Also praise God that Tim’s injuries are not too serious, especially in such a serious accident. We thank God for seat belts and airbags and His grace toward us all.
â™¦ August 15: Oliver officially an LA Police Officer. As mentioned above, Tim had his car accident on his way to Oli’s badge ceremony. Oli sent us a few pictures of the ceremony, and after this, his graduation from the Police Academy will be on September 12. Evelyn will be attending his graduation, together with Tim and family and Lem. Oli and Nem will tie the knot on October 25 in Anaheim, California. So, many things are happening in his life.