Thursday, December 17, 2009

Connecting with the Kelly's

I'm all about networking and that's one reason I started the Pastoring Partners Network in 1998.  Since then it's really grown and I have met countless women literally all over the world who have become part of it.  One of those people is Pastor Melissa Kelly who, along with her husband, Pastor Sean Kelly, serve as lead pastors in Southern Illinois.  Not only did I become aquainted with her on the boards and the blog but last year she flew to Tampa for the Unstoppable Conference!  Since then, I invited her to come onto the Pastoring Partner Network board, and also serve as one of our writers.  Melissa is also a daily blogger at The Diaper Heads

We were so blessed last night to have Sean and Melissa visit us.  They came a bit early and went to dinner with us, and then came for service.  I was expecting to meet all of the Diaper Heads that I've done so much reading about but they chose to stay with Grandma and Grandpa in Venice.  Go figure!  LOL  We had a great time...only one thing was wrong...it was way too short.  The time flew!  I love you Melissa, and am so glad you took the time to come while on your Florida vacation! 



The Kelly's and us...last night at Northside.


Savanna, at dinner.  She was a little disappointed to not meet the Diaper Heads, but she did have fun with Marcus at dinner.


Michele and Marcus were with us at dinner -- Michele and Melissa go way back where they were friends in high school in Venice, and it was Michele who first pointed Melissa to Pastoring Partners Network and the rest is history!


Melissa and Michele ~ I thank God for both of these ladies ~ they are so special in my life.


Michele talking to the congregation last night before offering.  [That's me over to the right at the grand piano.]


One of our Fusion groups.


A nativity at church -- we have a fancy sorta one up front but  I found this one under the stage and took it out and put it in the back of the sanctuary this year.  You can't see it but I strung little white lights through it and I think it makes it look quaint.

I preached last night from this passage:

Isaiah 9:6  "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." 

  This is the reality of what Christmas is really all about and we have to impart this to people around us not just by what we say but by who we ARE and what we DO. 



2 comments:

Melissa said...

We enjoyed spending time with you all! We absolutely love whatyou aredoingwith Fusion! That is some awesome stuff going on! Sean and I can't thank you and PL enough for taking time out of your busy day to spend time pouring into our lives and ministry! We truly appreciate you! Only wish itcould have been longer! Next time.

Michele said...

Oh I wish it was longer as well my friends- i so cherished our time together and it was such a blessing to watch my pastors (friends) pour into my friend's life. I am so doubly blessed by you all. LOVE YOU BOTH