Blessings from 2011
1. Lenexa Baptist ChurchIn June, Mark began as Associate Senior Pastor at LBC, preaching and giving leadership to the staff. LBC is a vibrant body with two campuses in Lenexa, Kansas and Greenwood, Missouri. You can check out the 11a Sunday service live on Bott Radio in the greater Kansas City and Midwest area, as well as live streaming of the 9:30a and 11a services, and archives online.
3. Starr Working from KC
Starrla transitioned her job, National Director of Programs for MADD, to Kansas City. In 2011, her team launched a national parent program, re-freshed the MADD brand, and initiated a national annual "PowerTalk 21 day". She recently has been honored with an invitation to speak to the Governors' Spouses in Washington D.C. this coming February. MADD is a phenomenal organization with the mission of saving lives (over 300,000 lives since it began, 31 years ago).
Before leaving Dallas in May, Starrla was also invited to give the commencement address for the 2011 graduating class at our alma mater, East Texas Baptist University.
4. Miles and Miles of Running Trails
With multiple access points in parks scattered throughout Johnson County, races every weekend, gorgeous summer, spring and fall running weather, and a number of new running buddies like these, Kansas City has turned out to be a runner's paradise.5. First HomeWe've had the joy of "finally" purchasing our first home!
6. Family, Church Family
We are often asked if we miss our families in Tulsa and Dallas. They are much to credit for the ease of transition because they are wonderfully supportive of Mark's calling to pastor. Much love to our awesome families and adorable nephews...LBC is a special place because of the church family--they have embraced us with open arms, making us quick to call this 'home.'
7. PhD, Approaching the Finish Line
Before leaving Dallas, Mark completed his comprehensive exams for his PhD in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University. 2012-2013, Lord willing, is the home stretch of the dissertation.
8. Kansas City: There's No Place like Home
Kansas City was recently named the only American city on USA Today's "Top 10 World Destinations to Visit in 2012." We've quickly found out why... Country Club Plaza, Jack Stack Barbecue, and Sheridan's Custard (thanks to our dear friends Jerry & Monty Sheridan)... to name a few of our favorite date night stops. We're becoming K-State football fans and of course, we look forward to a Jayhawks basketball game.
We know God will bring blessings in 2012 to you and yours...