A big Saturday shout out to Linda Hale, Sam and Lovice Nicosia, Bruno Cavenecia, Craig and Megan Hammond, Mike Ferris, Greg Thornton in Chicago, David Woodard in Nashville, Tim and Jen Wolery in Lexington, KY, Dan Crum in KY, July Olic, Delores King, Dave and Marilyn Jensen in Tupelo, Michael Mangini, Tammi Nolt in Lancaster, PA, Sean Patrick in Columbus, OH, a special hello to Al and Sherie Green, Robert Unoki in WA, Josh and Kat Cushing at Silver Spur Conference Center in CA, Don Shaw in Naples, FL, Jimmy Webb in CA, Bennett and Joyce Luke in Dallas (I think), Rob and Kim Skinner in Colorado Springs. Congrats to Tom Clishem on his upcoming marriage to Lisette Perez. Our special prayers go out for Steve and Mary Rose Zoller. You have been an inspiration to so many. We will not forget to pray for you now. And a get-well-soon to Everett Van Reken. Hearty congratulations to Steve Pederson and the congregation of Zion Church in Sheboygan, WI who left the United Church of Christ and voted overwhelmingly to join the Evangelical Covenant Church. And a high five to Don Lough, Jr. who has just been named the new Director of Word of Life in Schroon Lake, NY. God bless Joe Sullivan who heads a very effective ministry to Chinese students at Penn State University. Thanks to Greg Chadaranek, Oak Park Christian Academy now has a band. Way to go!

And a day-early salute to the pastors and elders and to the congregation of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park for retiring the Legacy Campaign debt in only three years. Tomorrow is a much-deserved day of celebration.

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