Yesterday, I blogged about a busy week ahead, with lay speaking assignments bookending a week at Mountain T.O.P. But what I didn’t mention is that I have a couple of more lay speaking assignments on the radar beyond that, including one at a church I’ve not spoken at before and where I have several friends.
Here’s the rundown:
June 23, 9:30 a.m.: Mt. Lebanon UMC, near Wheel in southwestern Bedford County
June 23, 11 a.m.: Cannon UMC, Shelbyville
June 30, 10 a.m.: First UMC Shelbyville
July 14, 10 a.m.: First UMC Shelbyville
Sept. 1, 11 a.m.: Morton Memorial UMC, Monteagle
I am excited about Morton Memorial. I’ve never spoken there before, but I’ve been to the facility on numerous occasions. When LEAMIS was based in Marion County, we used to use Morton for board meetings and for mission team training events. Several of my Mountain T.O.P. and LEAMIS friends are affiliated with the church, although at least one of them will be on the Holy Land trip that is taking Rev. Amanda Diamond away from the pulpit that weekend.
It will be an interesting weekend for me, because I’ll probably be up really late the night before covering the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration for the newspaper. But I couldn’t resist the chance to speak at Morton. I understand that Kylene McDonald was responsible for recommending me.