1) We are Having a Baby Boy!
Abishai Calvin Spallone is due to arrive around September 18th. Shai is named after one of the nephews of King David. 2 Samuel 23:18-19 states, "18 Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty (mighty men). And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. 19 He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three." The reason the name Calvin was chosen is because during this difficult time of trying to find out what was next for us I (Anthony), have been reading John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. What an encouragement it has been to see how God directs our steps in all things.
2) We are Moving to Woodstock, IL (Chicagoland) to Revitalize a Church by God's Grace!
After 8 months of looking for a job, on Mother's Day, eight church members of Doxa Church in Woodstock voted unanimously to call me as their senior pastor. Start date will most likely be June 15th. Woodstock is a small quaint town with a population of about 25,000 people located about 60 miles from downtown Chicago. Less than 5% of the population attends an evangelical church. Looking forward to this church revitalization/church plant!
Anthony, Lauren, & Shai Spallone!