I send you greetings from Hampton Roads, Virginia, where Dee Dee and Nicole Kent and I are attending the meeting of Virginia Annual Conference. We have witnessed God's presence in some amazing ways, and I look forward to the chance to share with you the inspiration we have received from our new Bishop, Sharma Lewis.

I am thankful that we have strong, faith-filled laity to "mind the store" while we are at Annual Conference. This Sunday is Fathers' Day. Our worship service will focus on the theme "Faith of our Fathers." You will hear the witness of three fathers in our church--Bob Gianniny, Bill Peters, and Michael Wilkerson--tell their faith stories. I have had a preview of some of their stories; you won't want to miss it!

Meanwhile, please continue to lift up in prayer the Annual Conference and for the safe travels of all who are attending. I look forward to seeing you next week.


Food for Thought

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)