Yesterday, Monday, July 18th, we went to Six Flags. It was hot. Maybe that was an understatement. it was extremely hot. Penny and I spent the day floating on the Lazy River or whatever it is called at Six Flags. it was a great day. We had 19 people go from St. Paul's - 15 youth and 4 adults. Thanks to Jim Walls, Pam Brannon and Penny Schuessler for going as our adults. It was great to have them there.
The crowds were small. I think it must have been because of it being a Monday, when the crowds are down. And it was also because of the heat. Many people stayed away because it was so hot. To that end, the lines really weren't that long. That is so nice because I have been at Six Flags when it has taken over an hour to get on a single ride - especially when it was so hot. Yesterday it took only 5 minutes to get on Thunder River. Really! Only 5 minutes. I can remember when an hour was a short wait on a day like yesterday when it was so hot. So we really did pick a great day to go to Six Flags.
What are my thoughts on going to Six Flags? It was a good time. What made it a good time? The time that we spent with the youth. It was great to get to know some of the youth. It gave us time to spend with them in order to know what they like and don't like. Time spent with the young people is time well spent. It is something that I need to do more of. It opens my mind to what St. Paul's could begin to do to reach out to the youth - at school, outside of school, with the young and old youth. I don't think that we at church do enough to reach out with the message of the Gospel, not because the youth are the future of the church but because the youth need the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives. The focus of the church is to be sharing the message of the Gospel in such a way that it touches the hearts and lives of all people - young and old, male and female, etc.
So now, I look to see what we will do. bear with me. We will be doing more in the months to come. Pray for St. Paul's as it moves forward in the Gospel - making it the heart and center of everything we do.