I was one of three speakers delivering five-minute messages at tonight’s Murfreesboro District United Methodist Church “Fan The Flame” lay servant event held in Tullahoma. It was a a great evening, and I saw a number of friends, including Taylor and Carol Reynolds, Tom and Nita Wright, and Bob Willems (who, of course, I’d just seen last week at Mountain T.O.P.). I got to speak to the District Superintendent, the Rev. Lenoir Culbertson, and I don’t think I’d actually met her before, even though she’s been in office two years now. I told her I was Jack Carney’s son and she asked how my father was enjoying his
second third retirement. (He came to hear me speak this morning at First UMC Shelbyville.)
The praise band tonight was terrific. Our worship music is great at Shelbyville, and it was especially good this morning, but whenever I’m around a praise band I wish I attended a church that had a contemporary service as an option. (I would probably alternate between the two services.)
In addition to the worship service, there was a hamburger-and-hot-dog meal and a mission fair with various displays.
The plan is to have at least three more “Fan the Flame” gatherings, one about every three months. The crowd wasn’t bad tonight but it could have been a lot better, and I suspect that as more people understand what the event is attendance will improve.