We Belong To God, we are His creation and He desires a relationship with us.
The challenges we face in life are much easier with God by our side. The
suddenness and finality of life’s end is extremely challenging. Don’t wait,
there is no guarantee that when it is our appointed time to leave this earth
that we will have time to make things right with God. Don’t think for a
moment that our relationship with God is something that can take a back
seat. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Seven years ago on August 7, 2004 I had the pleasure of performing
a wedding ceremony for John Mackay and Olga Taku. I remember the day well
and have often joked about it; both the Bride and Groom were late for the
ceremony. But the thought that struck me was the note on the church sign
that day, “Does the road you’re on lead to my place?- God.”
Saturday afternoon August 6, 2011, I was with Olga and John again,
this time to say goodbye, John was headed to God’s place. I stood next to
them both once again, this time to provide comfort and peace for Olga as she
let go of John as he peddled down the road that led to God’s place.
John inspired us all to live a life of unconditional love. John was
intelligent far beyond my comprehension. He was eccentric, it didn’t matter
to him if his hair was combed or his clothes matched. His could speak
several languages and was an accomplished musician. But there was one thing
that John didn’t know, the word “no”.
Maybe it was too small of a word for him to bother with? Maybe he
just didn’t think it was worth his breath to utter? For whatever reason John
never used the word, he never said no to anyone. He was there, putting his
life aside to help in any way he could, whoever needed it and whatever the
task, he gave it his all.
John’s life reminds me of two important lessons we can learn from
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of
prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a
faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but
have not love, I gain nothing.
Matthew 6:25-34; "Therefore I tell you, do not
worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body,
what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more
important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a
single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like
one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry,
saying, `What shall we eat?' or
`What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all
these things, and your heavenly
Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his
and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry
for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
taught us that there were things in life that mattered more than knowledge,
clothes, hair or even our own body; he taught us that unconditional love,
the same love we receive from God, is the only thing that matters. When we
learn to value what God values then we are on the right road.
John lived a care free life, he didn’t play games or manipulate
others, he had no hidden agenda, he wasn’t looking for what he could get out
of you. John was honest, transparent and loving. It didn’t matter who you
were or what position you held, he loved you anyway.
His smile and whimsical approach to life will live on, not only in
me but in the lives he touched. Olga, his wife, shared how thankful to God
she was for bringing John into her life, he was the perfect husband. She
could never get him angry.
Pray for Olga, our Church and me, as we try to comfort one another
in our time of grief. Also, praise God for giving us John to remind us of
how life should be. He was truly an inspiration to all the lives he touched.
He was on the road that led to God’s place. Today he is home resting in the
arms of our Lord. Thank you John for your love.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
VMRS RETURNED TO ACTION - Rev. Scott checked in with this
report. It has been a few weeks since I have been at the track but last
Saturday night I knew I had to put everything down and be back with my
Family on the VMRS. This year has brought a lot of uncertainty for many
people with jobs and finances. We have seen the numbers at the track dwindle
both on the race track and in the stands but one thing I know for sure is
that God still sits upon His throne, He is still in charge.
The whole VMRS family headed north to Scarborough, Maine with very
heavy hearts last weekend. We all had lost a friend the week before when
race director John Hoyt unexpectedly passed away. With the race getting
rained out at Stafford the Friday before we all knew this evening was going
to be tough. Fellow Race Chaplain Ray Pavkov came to assist me as we knew
there would be a lot of questions.
As we arrived at the track early in the morning some competitors
were already there and we had a chance to talk. This day wasn't going to be
just about the racing on the track but it was going to be about everyday
life and who we are as individuals. We had the chance to have some very
meaningful conversations; over and over I heard “We are glad you are here
with us.” Even in the midst of turmoil these guys knew that they had a
friend that they could trust and a friend that they could turn to.
This same friend is found in Jesus Christ who went to the cross for
every situation that we walk through on a daily basis. Never allow the
things of this world to get you to a place of no hope. Turn all your cares
upon Him and He promises never to leave you or forsake you.
Before the night was over we had to do what everyone had come to
do. The Armored Chariots rode into the ring to do battle at the famed Beech
Ridge Motor Speedway. Once again the boys put on one heck of a show and Mike
Holdridge walked away with his first VMRS feature win. I was really excited
for these guys, they may not have the big budget like others have, but at
the end of the day they tasted victory. This is what makes this series so
I was also very happy to see young Joey Jarvis take down the 5th
place spot as I knew it meant the world to so many who were suffering with
the challenges of the weekend. I told that young man to believe in himself,
allow God to do the rest and he will see amazing things in his future.
The Bible says " Those who honor God, He will honor" and on this
night He honored all of us. I am more and more humbled by the day to be a
part of what He is doing on this Earth. Everyone be blessed this week and
see all of you next week on the Connecticut shore at Waterford.
WMT MAKES THEIR SUMMER VISIT TO SMS - Last Friday night saw
the Whelen Modified Tour back at the famed Connecticut half-mile for their
annual August visit. It reminded me of the old days when Friday nights meant
Tour Mods at Stafford. The pits were full and the heat was on. Tom Rodgers
Jr. rebounded from a disappointing Riverhead event to qualify second fastest
but it was Doug Coby who sat on the pole.
Racing heads up takes some getting used to, I am not sure which I
like best. To ask the pole winner to start as far down as tenth is tough but
it does add some early race excitement.
Rodgers grabbed the early lead but Coby wrestled it back at lap 15
and held it until the lap 87, about the time the first caution flew. After
the shuffling caused by pitstops TC worked his way to the front and battled
with Mike Stefanik until the end. TC took home the victory followed by
Stefanik and Santos.
It was a great finish for the Flamingo Racing Team and Mike
Stefanik. This was the first time in a long time that Julie, Mike’s wife,
wasn’t the voice he heard in his ear. Julie was at home resting and
recovering from the events at Riverhead.
Julie and Mike want to send along their deepest appreciation for
the outpouring of concern for them during the last week. Julie was
overwhelmed with encouragement and well wishes. I think it is always
surprising to us when we see how much others really care.
The WMT heads to NHMS for their second visit of the year, this time
to support the IZOD Indy Car Series. It should be interesting to see how the
championship battle progresses. Right now just one point separates Silk and
Pennink. Stay Tuned!
LEE SPEEDWAY PREPARES FOR THE OLLIE SILVA CLASSIC - This
week at Lee USA Speedway had a full schedule of some of the most exciting
racing this season. It was great to get a Taste of what’s around the corner
with the “Ollie Silva Classic” just two weeks away. They had the S.T.A.R
cars on hand and that helped many fans see what the Modified division looked
liked several years ago. With a six division night of racing Bob Watson kept
everything rolling smooth.
There was talk that “Max” was going to be on hand to meet the kids
tonight. Well Max Zachem came to mind but it was “Max” the mascot from
Manchester Monarchs giving the Green flag for the Late Model Sportsman
Also on the schedule for tonight was the “Meet and Greet”. I think
almost every fan was on the track to say hello to their favorite driver and
get an autograph. One of the fan favorites on the track was Kayla Cavares
#22 Limited Sportsman Driver, mentioning she must have signed 85 autographs.
Its drivers like Kayla that help promote the sport, she shows that you can
juggle school and racing by being a honor student. She also proves racing
isn’t just for guys.
One mom was pleading with her daughter to come out of the race car
bribing with an ice cream then some fries. The little voice of “No” turning
the wheel back and forth visions of racing. Drivers like Kayla Cavares,
Danielle Simoneau, Michelle Fushpanski, Heather Desrosiers and many other
talented female drivers that help make these dreams grow for other females
to turn into drivers someday!
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CLIFF KULIKOWSKI & SUSAN ZINSMEISTER- This Christian brother now Atlanta, GA
commercial Direct TV dealer, Atlanta Antenna, transplanted from Brooklyn, NY
tied the knot.
RON & GLORIA HANNA- This Amsterdam, NY Fonda Speedway fans have their 12th
anniversary and were wed as an early birthday present for Ron who celebrates
on the 19th.
BOB & DEBBIE YURKO- This couple can be seen recording the action at
Monadnock and Thompson weekly have their special day. As I heard one
anouncer put it "she must be a saint"
JOHN & DENISE DURLING- This Grandview Speedway Late Model driver and wife
from Reading. PA share their 9th anniversary.
DON NEUENBERGER- Fort Washington, PA former NASCAR driver.
CHRIS URBAN- The grandson of Bob Pratt and grandson of Richie Pratt, Sr.
JOHN TEMCHAK- Canterbury, NH NHIS Victory Lane Staff Member.
FRANKIE SCHNEIDER- The "Master of Dirt Modifieds" from the 1950's through
early 80's is now retired. God Bless, Frankie.
ED ZWICKEL- "Bubba" drives the late Model #1 at Riverhead Raceway and is
said to have the best BBQ in town; at least in the pits.
KEN WALLACE- Dallas, PA SCCA driver.
CRAIG Von DOHREN- BARTO, PA dirt Modified driver.
JERRY YOUNG- Plainfield, CT LM driver.
RICHIE GALLUP- Agawam, MA Modified driver.
RON HUMES- Islip, NY Modified driver.
LONNIE RUSH, JR.- Pickerington, OH CTS driver.
SCOTT GAYLORD- Lakewood, CO NASCAR West driver.
LENNY CHANDLER- Windham, CT fan and friend of Jimmy Broderick.
DAN COLEMAN- Griswold, CT former Modified championship owner and expert
LINDA BRADY- The wife of Stoughton, MA legendary NASCAR WMT 00 owner, Joe
WILLIAM WOOD- Son of Tammy and Steve. Tammy is the daughter of Doris
Bradley, sister to Judy and Sally.
RUSTY WALLACE- St. Louis, MO retired NSC driver now ABC commentator.
LAURA DENNIS- Ocean, NJ long-time Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT fan.
MERL BREHM- Mechanicsburg, PA Sr. Champ Kart driver.
JOHN DURLING- Reading, PA championship Grandview Speedway Late Model driver.
A.J. ROMANO- Johnstown, NY dirt Modified driver.
SAM SCHMIDT- Las Vegas, NV part-time IRL driver.
MARIO FIORE- The famous Agawam, MA NASCAR Modified Team owner.
DICK CLARK- Long Island occasional NASCAR WMT driver.
MARCEL DUSSEAULT- Somerswoth, NH former NASCAR KNPSE Marc Motorsports team
GEORGE FOSSETT- Gray, ME fan.
KENNY HOLLIS- No. Easton, MA AARN race fan.
ADAM LEE O'BRIEN- Kyle Petty's biggest fan and son of Tammy from Boyertown,
DR. JERRY PUNCH- Cornelius, NC much loved ESPN/ABC racing announcer, but
most importantly, Joni's husband.
ERIC BEERS- Northampton, PA WMT Modified driver.
LOU PRIOR- CT former ProStock driver.
BILL KISER- Concord, NC NNS writer.
MARK BOURCIER- CT based veteran racing writer.
DAWN SANSEVERINO- A daughter of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed and wife
MICHAEL JIVANELLI- A son of Hampton Bays, NY Riverhead Raceway driver Dan.
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