This was written in Mike’s first semester of seminary

With Thanksgiving approaching and my first semester four weeks from completion, I would like to share some of the things that I am thankful for during my time at EMS thus far.

  • My classmates – a wonderful and diverse group of people with fascinating stories and amazing insights on faith and life. I am thankful to learn and grow with them.
  • Seminary Staff – from the janitors to the administration, this institution is blessed with wonderful people whose work and vision make EMS what it is and will be. I am thankful to be able to interact with them regularly and be part of the EMS community.
  • Chapel Gatherings – witnessing the gifts of the persons within our community and how the Scriptures are brought to life in these times is both refreshing and challenging. I am thankful that the community gathers regularly to worship, pray and hear the Word of God in this way.
  • Beautiful Setting – life in the Shenandoah Valley is inspiring. I am thankful for the beauty of the leaves in the fall and the crisp, clear days as winter approaches that allow us to see the mountain ranges to our east and west.
  • Classes – from elementary Greek to the traditions of the church to learning more about myself, each of my classes is challenging me to grow in a different way. I am thankful for my professors and their willingness to be vulnerable and create the community in which learning occurs.
  • My support system – my wife, family and friends who are supporting me in my studies continue to bless me. I am thankful for their encouragement and help along with the way. It is invaluable to me. Thank you!!

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