Family Christmas Update 2006
by Greg Linscott
We trust that the season finds you well. As I reflect back on the year that was, I am reminded of the growth that has taken place. Still, as Gerhard Tersteegen penned in his hymn “Thou Hidden Love of God,” I am not content with all I see:
Thy secret voice invites me still
The sweetness of Thy yoke to prove;
And fain I would; but though my will
Seems fixed, yet wide my passions rove;
Yet hindrances strew all the way;
I aim at Thee, yet from Thee stray.
As we approach 2007, I invite you to join with me in his prayer:
O hide this self from me, that I
No more, but Christ in me, may live!
My vile affections crucify,
Nor let one darling lust survive
In all things nothing may I see,
Nothing desire or seek, but Thee!
The year started off with a trip to Michigan, where Abby, Kati, and Dori were part of the bridal party for Jennifer’s cousin, Anna. The wedding was beautifully done, and the girls had a week they won’t soon forget! During the trip, we also celebrated a late Christmas with all the Timmerman clan.
Greg had the chance to give a workshop at Trinity Baptist Church’s Leadership Conference in Concord, NH. He also had an article published in the September/October 2006 edition of Frontline magazine, the publication of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship. His involvement with the internet and blogging helped open up those opportunities. They also helped open the offer for Greg and Jennifer to visit the campus of Clearwater Christian College in Florida. When you live in Maine, a trip to Florida in April is welcome indeed! We really enjoyed getting to know Dr. Dick Stratton and his wife, Holly, and were impressed with the direction and emphasis of the school.
Early this summer, our family discovered that we were expecting a new addition. From all accounts, the doctors tell us that in February, a boy will be added to the Linscott family. We are very excited. And no, we haven’t agreed on a name yet. 🙂
The girls are doing well. Abby is now 8, and is taking piano and art. She has recently begun to learn how to paint. Kati is 7, and is learning to play the piano and the violin. Kati is also slowly learning how to knit. Abby and Kati enjoyed playing on a baseball team this summer, too. Dori is 3, and has figured out how to surf the internet and play some simple games– who knew being a computer geek was passed down genetically? Jennifer continues to teach the girls at home, which she finds very rewarding.
We had the opportunity to visit with many friends and family members here in Maine. Ron and Nancy bean paid us a visit as they passed through. Ron was Greg’s pastor back in his late teen years in Bangor, and was instrumental in directing him to pursue local church ministry and Bible training. Ron and Nancy are now teaching in the Christian School at Evangel Baptist Church in Dale City, Virginia, where Peter Van Kleeck is the pastor. Jennifer’s parents came out in their RV and did some camping with the girls, giving mom and dad a night alone (which was much appreciated). Greg’s brother, Tim, was in for a visit, and took him to see a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway. Through a business connection, they managed to get some pretty expensive seats (in the “EMC Club”) at no cost. It was a memorable evening as the hometown team beat the defending World Series Champion White Sox. Russ Boone and family were back in Maine for a short visit after completing a short term missions trip to India. It was good to visit with them and their three boys as well.
The church continues to go well. We sent new 4 students off to Christian colleges this fall, which has been exciting. Jennifer is leading a children’s program called Kids 4 Truth, while Greg has been busy with his preaching, teaching, counseling, and visiting. He has recently begun serving as a volunteer hospital chaplain in town.
Looking into 2007, we ask you to remember us in prayer. Abby will be having corrective surgery on January 3 for a kidney condition. Pray that she will recover quickly. Also pray as we welcome the new baby in February. Greg is also prayerfully planning to begin working toward a Masters degree by taking modular classes starting this summer at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. Pray that funds God will provide the means necessary for this to happen.
Greg, Jennifer, Abby, Kati, Dori, and #6