Dear Praying Friends,
Greetings in His matchless Name!
Well, hello there! I am back again to “bug” you. Hope you don’t mind.
CHURCH NEWS: We are still on the road teaching and preaching wherever and whenever the Lord opens the doors. My pastor (Louis Guarneri) shares his pulpit with me when I am in town sometimes. We just had a “big day” with 107 in attendance in our hotel conference room two weeks ago at Straightway Baptist (Ya gotta luv that name!). Eight of our good friends attended that morning service and I preached.
Last Wed. night we met with township officials and they unanimously approved a variance for the property we want to purchase for church use. Now the lengthy and costly process begins. The building we want is completely gutted inside. It has a rental property on site also which will help with mortgage payments. Please pray with us that things will move more quickly now towards getting our own building. We are really happy at Straightway and our pastor knows the Bible and we are excited to go to every service. It is a very multi-cultural church and we enjoy fellowship with all the folks. We are electing our first deacons this coming Sunday.
NEW LEASE CAR: The lease ran out on our second Honda Odyssey, and we wanted to get another one, but Honda couldn’t meet our current ability to afford monthly payments. So, we went to Reedman’s and leased a Dodge Journey. It has some nice features, but isn’t as big as an Odyssey so we will not be able to transport Shirley’s scooter. It just barely holds her walker. One nice feature is Bluetooth so I don’t have to hand hold my phone to make calls. I just say something like “Call Shirley” and it does so and I can hear over the car’s radio speakers. Another is keyless start. Related to that is when the car is locked, I simply touch the door handle and it unlocks, then I press a button to start it without ever taking the “key” out of my pocket.
My son, Dan told me three years ago to lease again. He said by then you will be pushing 80 years old and won’t be able to drive anyway. Fooled him. Still driving and leased for another 3 years! J
PERSONAL: Shirley’s wallet was stolen in a Wal-Mart parking lot by a “good Samaritan” who helped her get her walker in the car. He also helped himself to her wallet which was inside the pocket on the walker! What a hassle! Credit cards, ID, et. al. – GONE! Two purchases were made within minutes of the theft. We reported it stolen within the hour and we were not responsible for them.
Shirley’s health has not been good lately. One night after church a man ran a stop sign right in front of us and I had to jam on the brakes. She sits in the back and lurched forward jamming her knees and hands on the back of my front seat. This caused her Polymyalgia to flare up and she has been in pain for the last week +. She also had some kind of a “bug” which made her sick. Please pray for her.
My health is remarkably good for a 79 year old, I think. I still go fishing, do yard work, preach, study, read and have started a new teaching position at Harbor Baptist Church in Hainesport, NJ – about 35 minutes from our home. This is a brand new school called East Gate Baptist College. I am teaching Manuscript Evidence in support of the blessed King James Bible. I am only teaching one class on Tuesday evenings at 6:30PM. I had over 20 students the first night!!! Amazing! I do lots of reading and preparation for this class along with making Powerpoint slides for every session, make up quizzes, grade papers, etc. I enjoy it!
We had the opportunity to see my deceased son’s (Dean) son (Mickey) and his little 4 year old son (Izayah) – our great grandson. We have not been able to see them for the last two years. We had a great day of fellowship with them and many in our family came to our home. We prepared food for them and enjoyed the day. We have not seen Dean’s other son in over 4 years. His mother forbids it.
Our granddaughter Stehanie Lefevers (Jerry and Crystal’s daughter) got married on July 20th to a fine Christian young man (Andrew Sims). We were able to see Paul and Sarah and their three children who were all in the wedding, along with Crystal’s other son, Jason – all living in Pensacola, Florida. The twins looked so cute in their tux and white dress (Jack and Julia). Amelia is still sweet and is growing up quickly.
Our grandson Westley Roy (Steve and Dawn’s son) entered college at Kutztown University to study Marine Biology. Their other son Justin, with a Master’s Degree and his wife Stephanie, accepted a teaching position in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their daughter Allie (Alexandra) had knee surgery and is still wearing a brace and is a senior in High School.
Our granddaughter Taylor (Dan & Amy’s daughter) likewise started college this year and wants to go into Graphic Arts. Their son Dylan is growing up so fast. He goes soul winning with me on Saturday mornings some times and is my helpful partner.
Well, that’s about it for this volume. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. “Brethren, pray for us…”
Sincerely in the Savior,
Pastor (e) Paul C. Fedena