Ready or not - HERE THEY ARE!
I know I shouldn't be surprised - but there was that moment when I wondered if I was going to be the only one to show up at the party! Ha!
|From Left to Right: Kate Donahoo, Ashley Trewhella, Grace Mezzy, Tate Heisler, Sarah Wilkins, JP Flynn, Natalie Bayer, Patrick McCarthy, Morgan Bonds, Tucker Bartholomew, Abbey Sams, Caleb McKillop, Ned Erickson|
What a week!
Monday - We watched the eclipse from the field at Summit -
Tuesday - We celebrated the first day of school -
|Anna Rose - 5th Grade|
David - 3rd Grade
Wednesday - The Fellows Arrived.
|First Fellows Photo - Winston-Salem Foundation|
Special Thanks to Shannon Rainey and Lia Erickson for setting up and providing a great luncheon for us. Also, thank you to Scott Wierman, President of the Winston-Salem Foundation for officially welcoming the Fellows and sharing the vision for the future reality we see for this city.
From there, we jumped in the car to Lake Norman to enjoy a day on the water.
|We all found something to float on|
|Mike Baughan was able to throw every single Fellow off the tube!|
|A little windblown|
|Kate Donahoo and Grace Mezzy getting to know each other by smelling each other's feet|
|JP Flynn and his large duck|
|Mike and Julie Baughan - the hosts with the most|
Julie had the brilliant idea of breaking the ice by having all of us put on hats and wigs...
|Tucker, Tate, Morgan, Ned and Ashley|
|Caleb, Abbey, Sarah, Mike, Kate, JP, Grace, Patrick, and Natalie|
|After dinner we had a great night of worship - we have some fantastic musicians this year - shout out to Tucker and Kate!|
Thursday - we spent the morning at the lake, had a great time of worship, solitude and book discussion then packed up and drove north to the mountains!
|Natalie, Sarah, Grace, Ashley and Kate on Bullhead Mountain|
|We discovered Ashley really likes flowers|
That afternoon we went over the handbook, then had another great night of worship.
Afterward, we went on a night hike to the top of Bluff Mountain. Natalie took a great picture of the stars and the Milky Way
|That "cloud" is the Milky Way!|
Friday - We woke up the next morning, spent some solid time in solitude then traveled just down the road to Grayson Highlands for a day hike!
|Here is the gang with our new mascot - Potato!|
|Patrick really digging this hike|
|Sarah taking it all in|
|Natalie scaled some rocks|
|Then took a picture of our lunch spot|
|The Director was getting pooped|
|Morgan and Abbey|
Saturday - we had a great morning of worship, prayer, and solitude in the Cave Rock Chapel.
Then, we had our first official public event at the finals of the Winston-Salem Open! Thank you Don and Robbin Flow!
|Back: Kate, Tate, Tucker, Patrick, Ashley, Sarah, Grace|
Front: JP, Caleb, Morgan, Abbey, Natalie, and Ned
|The Fellows gave the whole experience a big thumbs up|
Sunday - The Fellows were all commissioned by our four church partners: First Pres, Hope, Redeemer, and River Oaks. It's one of my favorite days of the year as it gives me an excuse to visit four of my favorite congregations all in one morning!!!
|Caleb, Morgan and Tucker being introduced at Redeemer|
@ First Pres
- Ashley Trewhella
- Patrick McCarthy
- Sarah Wilkins
- JP Flynn
- Kate Donahoo
- Natalie Bayer
- Caleb McKillop
- Morgan Bonds
- Tucker Bartholomew
@ River Oaks
- Abbey Sams
- Grace Mezzy
- Tate Heisler
That evening, we held a Welcome Celebration at the Redeemer Lawn...
|Fellow Alumni, Jessica Kok and others|
|About 100 others|
Special thanks to Holly Heath our celebration coordinator.
Today is the first day on the job for the majority of the Fellows (some start in a few days).
And I'm dubbing this week "Hero Week" because of our line-up.
Tonight, we have our first Round Table, which will be hosted by Bill and Myrtie Davis.
On Wednesday, we will have our first Leader Lunch with Nigel Alston.
When it comes to leadership and heroics - Bill, Myrtie, Nigel (and Sarah) are about as heroic as heroic gets.
Tucker Bartholomew's birthday is also Wednesday, so we will have a little something something for him!
As for the director - it is lots of coffee and meetings.
Actually, here is a prayer item, on Tuesday I will be giving my Classification Talk at the Downtown Rotary Club.
And Friday, I'll be taking the Fellows to the mountains for another little beginning of the year adventure!
I can't believe we are here! We couldn't have done it without so many of you - truly, too many to count. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
In the coming weeks, I hope to thank many of you personally and publicly. Y'all are amazing.
|Hi Ho Here We Go!|