Our Son is Getting Married!

Jake and Cat

Cat (Catherine) is truly an answer to prayer. She’s from a great and godly family. She’s just finishing up her sixth year at UGA with a Masters of Social Work and plans to serve and counsel families in crisis. She and Jake met at a campus ministry where they had lots of common friends. She told me she fell in love observing him at several mutual friends’ weddings. Apparently my son is a good dancer. Who knew?

Jake graduated with a BBA in Finance from the Terry School of Business at UGA and works doing something his father doesn’t understand but is very glad people pay him to do it. He’s vibrant young man, full of ideas, plans and energy. I couldn’t be more proud.

The bride and groom will live in Atlanta near a bunch of friends and attend Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church. It’s a sweet joy to us that they’ve chosen to follow Jesus as husband and wife. And it’s a special joy that they’d go to AWPC. Pastor Walter is the first church planter who ever asked me to coach him. 

The Wedding
They will be married at First Pres in Macon where her dad is an elder and her mom is super involved. I think they know everyone in the county because her dad is a pediatrician. I’ll be co-officiating, Erica and Elysia are bridesmaids and Elizabeth will be joyfully crying in the front row. Most are betting I won’t make it through without choking up. We’ll see…

All of Jake’s grandparents, three of his great-grandparents and dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins will be attending along with Cat’s large extended south Georgia family and most of Macon. It’ll be quite the celebration. There’s even a live 8-piece band at the reception. Going to be a great party! Cat’s parents have been so gracious about this being a preview of the Heavenly Marriage Feast all believers will experience with our Bridegroom King Jesus! Something special!!

Prayer Requests and Thanks
I don’t usually ask for prayer on my blog, but I feel like it’s a good idea. Would you please pray for this new part of the Moon family? Jake is our only son and he’s named after me – James Ray Moon III – and with all my heart I want him and Cat to love Christ and faithfully serve Him long after I’m gone.

Since this blog is mostly about things I’ve learned in ministry, I want to point out how this ties in with CMM, church planting and gospel coaching.

My church planter coach Tom Wood, Wesley Horne and my supervisor Bob Cargo at Perimeter Church all reminded me during the intensity of the battle to keep focused on my kids and my wife, made me spend money on two-week vacations and asked me about taking Sabbath days and family days. Without their input, I would have done far less with my family, run myself and them into a ditch by working too much and not trusting God enough to rest.

If you are a planter, know a planter or supervise a planter, I can’t recommend enough that they get a skilled, certified gospel coach for their journey.

This is my personal favorite of the happy couple.