Posted by: Dave | May 16, 2010


As a pastor I get to experience a lot of different events. Thursday night of this past week May 13, 2010 was one of my favorites. Mac McLain and his wife Jeannette, members of my congregation, invited Barbara and me to come to a reunion cookout at their house for Mac and some of his WWII shipmates aboard the USS Samuel S. Miles.  What a privilege it was to be invited to a dinner with men who served their country proudly during WWII.  Their numbers are growing smaller with each passing year.  In addition to Mac being there, Warren Tripp from Florida and Bob Plassachert from Indiana were also there. Their shipmate Wayne O’Brien had made it from Iowa to his son’s house 35 miles away but then became too weak to make it the rest of the way. I am amazed at how close these men are 60 years later. I guess fighting a War together will do that.

In trying to think of a way in which I could honor them, I contacted a long time friend from High School who now serves as Vice Admiral in the Navy and serves as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense to see if he would write a letter acknowledging their contribution during WWII. He agreed to do it and took the time to research the battle record for their ship and thanking each one of them by name, and I had the privilege of reading it to them at the cookout.

To see tears well up in the eyes of a few old sailors was very moving to say the least. They could not believe that a Vice Admiral would take time out of his unbelievably busy schedule to write a personal letter to the four of them. It was the first time that they had ever received that kind of recognition and the pride they had in serving their country was evident through their tears.

It was one of the greatest privileges of my life! Thank you Mac, Bob, Warren and Wayne. And Thank you Admiral Kernan.

L to R. Warren Tripp, Bob Plassachert, Mac McLain, Dave Adams

Posted by: Dave | February 6, 2010

Samuel Ivey Reeves

Our new Grandson was born today, 2/6/10. He weighed 7lb8oz, 21.5 inches long and was born at 12:09PM. He is precious! God has been good to us.

He is pretty wonderful!

Posted by: Dave | December 25, 2009

Perhaps my favorite Christmas Eve Service…..ever

This could become one of my all time favorite memories.  Not too many granddads get to sing a trio with his grandaughters at the Christmas Eve Service.  Charlotte is 3 and Olivia is 6. Uncle Ben accompanied.

Posted by: Dave | September 9, 2009


BABY_9Look at the biceps on that kid! Our Grandson Sam Reeves is on the way!

Posted by: Dave | August 23, 2009

You’ve gotta serve somebody!

This morning I took a risk at church.  I preached on Joshua 24 where Joshua is telling the leaders of the tribes of Israel that they must choose who they are going to serve.  They must choose between the gods of their ancestors, the gods of the Amorites, or Yahweh, the God of Israel.

I couldn’t resist playing one of my favorites Bob Dylan songs and a video at the beginning of the sermon.  The message of his song could not have fit the scripture any better.

Choose you this day whom you will serve….as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.   Joshua 24:15

Posted by: Dave | August 7, 2009

Birthday Boy!

Last Thursday, July 30, our grandson, Creighton, hit the big…1!  He is the sweetest thing!  He could be the motivation for Katie and Josh to possibly go for #4!  YOU GO, BOY!

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Sister camp and creighton b-day 017Happy Birthday, big boy!  Bebe and Poppy love you!

Posted by: Dave | August 5, 2009

Whitley Fun and Food

Our congregation at Whitley loves to be together.  These are some of the folks that call me Pastor, among other things.  I love being around them.  Nothing like spending a late afternoon with hot dogs on the grill and about 10 freezers of home made ice cream in the beautiful backyard of Ed and Mary Louise Filicky!  My kind of people!

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Hot dogs are ready!

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Master Chef Ed Filicky!  Bobby Flay’s got nothing on him.

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These beautiful ladies are part of our Friday night family.  We love it when they spend time with us.

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So, exactly how does one describe that look on Bryan’s face? Pain? Laughter? What are you doing to him, Ginny?

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That egg toss was hard on Bobby’s heart.

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So, is Joyce getting up, or sitting down?  Only the photographer knows.

We had a great time.  Thank you Ed and Mary Louise for your hospitality!

Posted by: Dave | July 15, 2009

Sister Camp at Bebe and Poppy’s

This week is the second ever Sister Camp. It is a time for sisters to be spoiled rotten for a week and then sent back home to mom and dad and little brother Creighton.

pig pickin 005It started with a pig pickin’ for Auntcy and  Uncle Christopher on Saturday night.

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Mommy danced with Creighton.

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Daddy danced with the campers.

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Ben and Katie leaned to the right.

Sunday afternoon we went for a ride on Uncle Franklin and Aunt Jennie’s boat.

nana and papa on boatNana, Papa and Uncle Rick came up from Florida for Auntcy and Christopher’s party and went on the boat ride too.

Charlotte drove the boat.

So did Olivia.

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Olivia and PoppyOlivia held onto a lantern to keep the trolls away.

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Thumb’s up to the three Captains for a great voyage.

More fun still to come!

Posted by: Dave | June 24, 2009



They weren’t kidding when they said they wouldn’t wait long to start a family!  Grandchild #4 is coming in February!  It’s official! I have had to bite my tongue for a week until today’s appointment.

Cydne went to the Doctor today, and guess what?! She and Christopher are going to be a mommy and daddy! She had a blood test done last week in the Doctor’s office and was given the good news.  Today she went to the OB/Gyn and got to see and hear the little rascal and she even brought a picture!  I’m not sure who he/she looks like.  I’m not even sure I knew what I was looking at! Right now he/she is about 1/2 inch long and growing like a weed!

This is so much fun!

Posted by: Dave | June 17, 2009

Caught Up!

The problem with going anywhere for 10 days is catching up on all the stuff that didn’t get done while you were gone.   Since getting back from Israel I have had to write six papers, three sermons, attend Annual Conference, and start a new class in Charlotte.  Finally, I have caught up and caught my breath.

Now where was I before I was interrupted?

“As for other events of Hezekiah’s reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? II Kings 20:20

Holy Land Day 5 077Our fearless leader Dr. Stephen Bramer leading the way through Hezekiah’s tunnel.

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I held the middle.

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Parker and John brought up the rear.   Not a place to be if you have claustrophobia. It is 1777 feet long cut through solid stone!

Then he chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand approached the Philistine. As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead.  The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. I Samuel 17:40, 48-49

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The stream is all dried up now, but I brought back some stones.  I wonder what happened to the four stones that David didn’t use? Maybe, just maybe???

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This is Barbara and her bedouin friend.  We were greeted by about 7 of them as we arrived at the beginning of this path.  Stephen told us just to be polite and say “no thank you” when they tried to offer us things.  As we walked along this ledge with a 200-300 foot drop-off, I heard Barbara say “no thank you” about a hundred times.  She was in no place to be impolite to a bedouin shepherd!

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When we got to the end of the path, we saw St. George’s Monastery dating back around the 7th century (I think).  It was incredible!  This picture doesn’t do it justice.

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Dotty and Barbara at the Garden of Gethsemane.

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This is the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchure built around the sight where Catholics believe Jesus was crucified and buried.

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This is the stone on which they believe his body was prepared for burial.

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.They came to a place called Gogotha (which means the Place of the Skull). Matthew 27:32-33

Holy Land Day 6 081Looks like a skull to me!  Dr. Bramer, believes the location inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchure is the more likely of the two places.  But, this sure looks like a skull to me.  Regardless, to have been at both locations was a moving experience.

Holy Land Day 6 077The Garden Tomb.  Jesus wasn’t there. It was empty!

So they took away the stone, Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always heard me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here that they might believe that you sent me“.  When he said this, Jeus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” The dead man came out, his hand and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. John 11:41-44

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Parker at the entrance to Lazarus’ tomb.

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Holy Land Day 7 086That’s me coming forth!  That would have been hard to do with your hands and feet all bound up!

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Dr. Stephen Bramer was an incredible guide.

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We sang songs that he had written.

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Barbara picked his brain….many times. (That cave back there is where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran)

Holy Land Day 1 059He gave us scriptural, historical, archealogical background on every place we went.  We have been spoiled rotten!

He is already back over there teaching at a seminary in Jordan.

Holy Land Miscellaneous 046Our trip ended with dinner and sunset on the Mediterranean Sea in Jaffa.  We still have to pinch ourselves to believe that we were actually there!

camel poster 003When Barbara got back to school, her friend and co-worker, Joy Edwards-Parker presented her with this poster from her classroom.  It says “We know that you are worth more than 200+ camels! We missed you!

Bobby Pilkington at our church did some research and found that 250 camels are worth $1,830,000. Hmm!

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