The past couple of days in Chicago have been defined by snow.  Lot’s and lot’s of snow.  This storm has taken its place among the great Chicago blizzards of winters past.  Maggie snapped a couple of photos while out shoveling yesterday.

The park across the street from our home..
Our condo as seen from the park.

I was at our denomination’s Midwinter conference near O’Hare on Tuesday when the storm hit and ended up spending the night on a cot in a hotel room with a couple of gracious pastors from New Jersey.  Despite the hassle getting home, it was great to catch up with friends from around the country and enjoy a handful of significant conversations.  Tory in Portland, Michael in the Bronx, José in Harlem, and Wayne in Houston are all folks who I see rarely but whose perspective and insight I highly value.

photos from 2nd church plant event

A week ago Sunday we had our second training event for the New Community Bronzeville Launch Team.  This is the team of people who have come together to pray and work for the launch of our new church in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.  It’s amazing and encouraging to look at these photos and realize the individuals and families who have come together to form this team.

Click through to see all six photos (even more can be found here), though you’ll have to agree that the last one is the best.  Thanks to Tony of Gavan Creative for these excellent shots.

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