Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Congratulations Pastor Clayton and Mrs. Laurie

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I hope that you will pause and truly rejoice in God's faithfulness and goodness to you this morning.

We have been at our Arkansas District Council this week, and have had a blast. District Council is an annual business meeting for the ministers of the Arkansas Assemblies of God. What an awesome opportunity that we have had to spend time with our daughter, son-in-law and two grandaughters. Here is a picture of my M&M's kissing their "big-daddy". You can tell that I was soaking it up. Great times!

The highlight of the Council for me was watching our Associate Pastor, Clayton Adams, and his wife Laurie receive their Ordination. I had tears in my eyes as I watched Clayton walk across the front of the church. We are so blessed to have the Adams' family on our staff. What a blessing they are to our church. They serve tirelessly, and with great integrity and character.

Pastor Clayton is an example of someone that perseveres and works hard to achieve a dream. He moved to Arkansas several years ago with a truck company and God called him into full time ministry, and he has dilgently strived to follow God wholeheartedly. Last night was the culmination and reward for his faithfulness.

Pastor Clayton and Mrs. Laurie, we love you and are very proud of you and thankful that you are a part of our family at West Memphis First Assembly. We are blessed, and I personally am so thankful that you guys are on our pastoral team!

Pastor Rusty


LAURIE said...

WOW! is only one word I can use to describe last nights ordination. From the moment we walked thru the door and across the front of the sanctuary, both Clayton and I were OVERWHELMED with the power of God. It was truly a night of emotion, a night of power and a night that for numerous years we only dreamt about. But our God is a God who wants to give us the desires of our hearts and I truly believe that because we have been patient, faithful, obedient and seeking His will - that becoming ordained last night was indeed the plan and time God had designed for us even all those years ago when we answered the call to serve. Sealing the committment of the call was such a God moment for us...I wish EVERYONE could have felt the overwhelming feeling in our hearts and spirits at that moment. THANK YOU to everyone who have believed in us, who have encouraged us and who have prayed for us. I had someone last night say to us.."The first time I heard Clayton teach Sunday School I knew he would become a preacher!" (and that was over ten years ago!) Goes to show you never know who might be sitting on the pew that is one heartbeat away from answering the call. WOW!

Much love and gratitude, Laurie