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MEET OUR NEW PASTOR!!!

 As you can guess, we are in the process of moving and getting settled.  This is a process that I hope that I do not have to repeat anytime soon.  I think that Angie and I have learned what is meant by “essential” and
“non-essential”.
  It is especially difficult to get rid of items that you have had lying around for 17 years, but it becomes glaringly obvious that quite a few of those same items were just that, laying around.

Enough of that, I would like to take this opportunity to give you some background on my family and I.  My wife and I have been married for soon to be 23 years.  You have met all 5 of my children;  Joe, Madi, Luke, Grace and Elijah. If not you will get to soon see them on a regular basis once the moving is complete. Joe is going to remain with his grandparents, because he accepted a summer job at a local cabinet plant.  Madi is planning on being a counselor for a couple of weeks in the summer up at Camp Susque (which is a Christian camp above Williamsport).  Luke, Grace and Eli will be with us for the summer.

We said our goodbyes at Tuscarora COB on May 21st.  We had a wonderful picnic with that congregation.  I was able to serve there for 3 years or so, and I have grown a lot while serving at that congregation.  Their congregation is small, but they really are a family.  Our time that we spent there will be cherished. Leaving Tuscarora and home will be difficult for me and my family.

But I do look forward to getting to know the people of Ridge and serving in a new capacity.  Everyone keeps addressing me as pastor, and I am still not used to that.  I guess that will be something that will grow on me, but it will certainly take some time.  Around home, everyone knew me as Leon first, never as pastor until recently. 

Well I think that I will close with one of my favorite passages.  As often as I have gone on mission trips and served in different capacities, I have always tried to answer the Lord’s call the same way that Isaiah did.  When God looked for an individual to prophecy to Israel, Isaiah’s response to that call has always meant a lot to me.  From Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

My prayer becomes that as we grow together, this becomes your response when you hear God’s call.

 Leon Davis