Our New Gated Community

We had to cancel youth Sunday night because of the wedding I was officiating. When we arrived home late, we found out that the youth actually did meet to do a service project. I talked during my sermon Sunday morning about giving a gift of grace to someone, a gift that will leave lifelong memories. They definitely took me up on my challenge.

They decided that Jennifer and I deserved to live in a gated community. They put time, thought, and effort into making that dream a reality. I felt like those families coming home after Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. I have put some pictures on here for you to see their work.

The youth (and Gary & Shane as adult volunteers) actually set two posts on either side of my driveway and then hung a locked cattle gate blocking the driveway. I’m sure my neighbors thought we were absolutely crazy for putting a farm gate across our driveway. I have to give it to the youth, that was definitely a first for me. I have been rolled, forked, and everything else you can think of, but never gated.

Luckily the posts were only set in sand, so I was able to remove them without too much work. But now I have a cattle gate in my front yard. Do you think these will sell on ebay?


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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  1. Jenni says:

    I say we try to auction off the gate to pay for Christmas presents!

    Or Shane could come pick it up so Santa won’t be confused on Christmas Eve and skip our house because we look like vandals!!


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