We spent a total of three years at that little church just doing what we were doing: loving Jesus, loving the people in our lives and being loved by Him and them. That last summer (1993), we felt the Lord calling us to pursue a pastorate. Chas prepared a resume' and gave it to our Associational Director of Missions to critique. In the meanwhile, Chas had been share at a local church's Senior Adult group. That church's pastor resigned and Chas was asked to come and do some supply work. While all of this was going on, our DOM had given Chas' resume' to another church (um, he was supposed to critique' it). Anyway, that church called, wanted Chas to come and meet with them. They wanted to have him come in lieu of a call. So, here we are, dealing with two churches at the same time. What to do? What to do? Well, the church Chas had been supplying at wanted to extend a call & we felt if the Lord wanted us there, the vote would be as such. The vote was. We were officially serving at Shoal Creek Baptist in early December, 1993. Chas was ordained there and we move into the pastorium like a week and a half before Christmas.
In the next post, I will reflect on the Shoal Creek years. But, before I end the Carnesville Baptist Church years, I just want to say again that those were some of the best years of our lives in so many ways. We were blessed to have built relationships that have stood the test of time and geography. To all of you who were with us at Carnesville Baptist, we love you and are looking forward to seeing you all for the Youth Group Reunion you have planned for August. I still have all of your names listed in a Bible and pray for you all regularly. I am blessed to be able to have contact with so many of you via facebook. See you soon!