I treated myself to a breakfast in the hotel this morning and it was impressive, both in cost and taste.
I met Cynthia at the bus this morning after walking about a half a mile to the wrong bus stop. We went to the morning Sabbath School program and listened to a panel discuss the SS lesson. Then we listened to the secretary of the General Conference give a sermon. I think it would be better to choose preachers to make these important presentations. Wintley Phipps sang Amazing Grace near the end of the sermon and he can really sing. It was a powerful rendition of that wonderful song.
In the afternoon I spent most of the time in the Southern booth meeting people. It was very crowded in the exhibit hall with thousands of people milling around. We are fortunate to have the booth location that we have – right at the entrance with very wide aisles. I say we are fortunate but our good location is due to the work of Vinita Sauder who has been working on this since the last General Conference Session.
The evening program included video reports from the North American Division and the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Between the reports a German pastor, Dennis Meier, gave a terrific sermon on God’s grace, suggesting that many times we are recipients of it when we don’t realize it.
Cynthia got back on the bus at 9:30 PM for the trip home and at 10: 30 PM Chris Carey and I talked about some people who missed the bus to Collegedale so I loaned my car to them so they could drive home. If someone is coming down from Collegedale and wouldn’t mind riding home on the bus they could bring my car back to me.
Again below are a few pictures of the activities today.
Kari Schultz has done a wonderful job of organizing the students that are working as volunteers. Here is a group working the information booth. Southern and Oakwood have provided the students to man the information kiosks.
This picture was taken of the crowd during the church service. I don't know what the exact number of people were who were in attendance but the Georgia Dome was quite full.
This represents one of the most important things about a GC session - meeting friends. Dr. and Mrs. Reeves had lunch with us on Sabbath. He was president of Oakwood and he was also a professor of mine when I was at Andrews and is a dear friend. Visiting with friends was better than the food.
Another friend, Dick Osborn, who was the president of PUC and is now working for WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). This is the west coast equivalent of SACS.
And, of course, I had to include my best friend Cynthia.