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Chris and Erin 10/17/15

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DEL in the pulpitPreaching again! David filled in for Senior Pastor Neil Yongue at St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church on April 10. With the PGA Tour on Hilton Head this week, the island's attention has turned again to golf, that delightful game which, as we learn, can offer some lessons for Christian disciples. Read Psalm 119:1-16 and I Corinthians 9:24-27 in preparation for the sermon entitled 500 BALLS BEFORE BREAKFAST.


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Padgetts and LeiningersOCTOBER 17, 2015 This is a date that the Leininger clan will hold in memory and was the highlight of 2015. This was the day the daughter Erin married Christopher Francis Padgett, the love of her life. They were "an item" for almost two years and we are excited that they have now formalized their commitment to one another in this holy bond. To give you a flavor of the event, Chris' sister Casey's special man, Christo Biernacki, produced this wonderful video of the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. Our only regret was that Erin's brother, Dave, could not be in attendance (he is in the US Air Force and was stationed in the Middle East at the time of the ceremony). He would have been the one to walk his sister down the aisle since Dad was officiating. That task fell to their childhood friend and Chris' Best Man, Josh Brown. So saying, as you might notice in the video, Momma Christie can be seen holding her iphone up during the course of events so that Dave could "be there" via Facetime. He WAS there via tape recording as he surprised the happy couple with his good wishes and a toast - not a dry eye in the house, as you might imagine. Technology can be amazing.

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wedding ceremony

Wedding Destination - Of course, the Padgett's wedding was not the only one for us. Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Carolina Low Country has become a most desirable site for folks to come from far and wide to solemnize their marriages. South Carolina law allows a variety of officials (judges, notaries, etc.) to officiate at such ceremonies, but many couples ask specifically if a minister might be available. Since pastors actively serving churches are often reluctant to take on additional responsibilities that do not involve members of their own congregations, that means the pool of available clergy is somewhat limited. Enter David. Officiating at such affairs has become a most enjoyable form of ministry now that we have relocated to the island permanently. 2015 was an incredibly busy year and the calendar for 2016 is already filling up. For details about the process, click here or on the "Weddings" button at left and we will be happy to assist.


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David at Bridge of Locks

WHAT EXCITES A MINISTER who officiates at LOTS of weddings. During their sojourn in France that was mentioned above, the Leiningers encountered the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine River near the Louvre Museum in Paris. It is called the Bridge of Locks because the tradition there is for couples who marry to celebrate their union by inscribing a lock with their names and date and attaching it to the superstructure of the bridge - there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of them now. Other countries have a similar tradition (we wonder how that might work with the Wilton Graves bridge leading to island - hmm). Beautiful sentiment. What did you do to tell the world about your marriage?


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Colorblind Church God of Justice

BOOK SALE!!! Courtesy of a wonderful publisher's price break, two of our titles are now available at some beautiful bargain prices (in limited numbers - sorry - first come, first served). Both God of Justice: A look at the Ten Commandments for the 21st Century and A Colorblind Church: Integration under the Steeple are available for just $5.95 each. Doncha just love DEALS??? Click here for more descriptive information about the books, ordering information, and to take advantage of author's discounts on other titles as well.

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