Often the Apostle Paul opens his letters with a phrase like “I thank my God for you ….” I think I understand what he was feeling. I am constantly thanking God for the Central Texas Conference and more personally for the privilege of being bishop of the Central Texas Conference. As we wrestled with the proposal for realignment of the conference, I found myself being grateful for the faithfulness of our consideration. Prior to the balloting I was at peace regardless of the outcome. I was delighted to hear Rev. Bob Holloway, Dean of the Cabinet, report that the Cabinet had lost 123 pounds (the target goal was 120). I contributed to that weight loss and will not stop. I intend to lose more. The Conference is my accountability partner. With great gratitude I learned this morning that our offering Saturday for NO MORE MALARIA stands at $6,945.46. Well done thou good and faithful servants! At our Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Rev. Harvey Ozmer reported that we had previously received $82,239.46 to combat the dreaded killer diseases malaria. The total today is $89,184.92. Sunday was for me a joy spent with Pastor Debra Crumpton and the good folks at Wellspring UMC in Temple. Today is Cabinet meeting time.