Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

February 6, 2011

Curtis' Installation as Associate Pastor

The session of Grace Church called Curtis as an Assistant Pastor in 2009.  Now that we have been here for some time, Grace's congregation voted Curtis in as an Associate Pastor in December.  Not too much will change other than his title and he now has voting privileges on the session.  
Because this is considered a new pastoral call, Curtis was installed as an Associate Pastor on January 30.  It was an encouraging night to spend with our church family.  We're very thankful for such a warm and loving church family here in Savannah!  We are always praising the Lord for his provision in bringing us to this church.  The Senior Pastor, Brannon, has been an excellent shepherd both to the flock at Grace and also as Curtis' boss/mentor.  
A few weeks ago, we learned that Brannon will be serving our country by deploying for 3 months as a Chaplain in the National Guard.  As we think about the ramifications of this news, we are excited for Brannon's ministry in the military and also for the opportunities that Curtis will have while he is away, even though it scares us at the same time!  

February 1, 2011

Our 1st Try at Skiing

During MLK weekend, Curtis took 10 teenagers (ranging from ages 14-18) and 4 other chaperones (including myself) on a ski trip. We traveled to a resort called WinterPlace in West Virginia. Curtis and I have never skied before so we knew it would be quite an adventure.

Most of the kids were thrilled just to see the snow - one decided to snowboard and some others decided to snow tube only. I am very thankful that I took the ski lesson before attempting to ski - I think that helped me to avoid getting seriously hurt. Unfortunately, some of our youth had a few injuries and sicknesses along the way but I think everyone had a great time overall.

I learned that I am not a big risk-taker. I think about all the potential things that could go wrong and I get very scared as I'm flying down a mountain. Curtis, on the other hand, was exhilarated as he flew down the mountain and enjoyed learning a new way to exercise. I often find him in the skiing pose in his free time. He can't wait to go back.

Thanks to some of the Grace families that let us borrow their ski wear. Without that, we would have been very cold Savannahians.