Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School 2017 is a wrap!  Our new Children's Educator Coordinator was thrilled with the week.  She said she had nothing but positive and glowing feedback on the choice to move from the musical to the children's format.   The classroom teachers said the children paid much closer attention to the lessons because their friends or older siblings were involved!  That's a win!! 

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, 
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Vacation Bible School Rehearsal

Today was our final dress rehearsal and taping of our VBS production.  Rather than doing a musical production we chose to video tape the kids, my Bible Bowl student, as the Bible characters. 

The idea was that at VBS we would be sitting on stage in a Bible Drama class with Bible Class Betty.  Bible Class Betty would introduce the stories and would tell the class to, 'imagine themselves in the story.'  At that point we fade out on the stage lights and project the video tape production of the kids acting out the stories. 

We deliberately picked simplistic scenes and costumes complete with name tag signs around the kids necks as they acted out the story.  The simple format was to put more emphasis on the Bible lesson instead of the performers. 

I love the idea that the kids are teaching other kids.  You don't have to be a certain age to share the Bible.   

Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Deuteronomy 4:9

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On the Mend

The girls may kill me, but yes I did snap pictures of them while we were at the doctors office again today.  The girls and I have been sick for the last two weeks.  We went to the doctor a week ago and were diagnosed with a persistent cough and were each given steroid shots and antibiotics. 

We felt a little better with in a day of the the steroid shots but a week later we are not feeling any better.  So we are back to the doctor. The newest diagnoses says Frankie has bronchitis, Abigail has walking pneumonia and I have bronchitis AND walking pneumonia! 

We are now armed with stronger antibiotics and steroid pack.  Hopefully this will put us on the mend especially with VBS quickly approaching! 

the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants,
 harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses.
Deuteronomy 28:59

Monday, July 10, 2017

Swinging Clubs

It's Monday morning meaning we would normally be hanging out at the pantry, but today we were told to take the day off!  There is a large group of volunteers serving today so we got the day off.  Even better news was that Ms. Gina has secured someone else to take care of the paperwork! So we are clip board-less, no file folders to follow-up on, no notebooks, no volunteers lists, no work logs, no computer entry to worry about! 

We met up with our partners in crime, the Baileys for a morning of fun.  Normally the Baileys would be with us at the pantry but with the day off we all got to enjoy a little play time. 

We headed to Topgolf, a golf driving range of sorts with  climate-controlled playing "bays" similar to a bowling lane.  They also have an impressive food and drink menu!  We enjoyed some chips and queso and pretzel bites while taking turns teeing off. 

I'm not sure that any of us will make the Masters Tournament but it was a fun filled morning with great friends! 

Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow

    is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
Proverbs 25:18

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tournament Play

Abigail's select fast pitch team, RAGE got in a couple of games in bracket play this afternoon. After 8 hours of conditioning and practice on Friday, then three games yesterday, only two games were a welcomed change for today! 

She had a couple of good games.  She'n hitting really well these days and it's fun to watch her play!  The team didn't place but it was a good day.  Some inclement weather brought in a little cooler weather for the tournament. 

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Corinthians 15:57

Saturday, July 8, 2017

North Texas Fastpitch Camp & Tournament

Yesterday was the skills camp for the North Texas Fastpitch.  Today the teams began the pool play for all 14U-18U age teams.  

The girls played games at several ball fields around Plano.  Abigail's Rage team had three games today.  Tomorrow will begin the actual bracket play for placement in the tournament.  

Abigail caught for one of the games and played outfield for the other two. She's hitting really well and even though the team didn't do as well as we hoped, but there is always tomorrow afternoon. 

For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalms 149:4

Friday, July 7, 2017

She's Got Skills

My favorite softball player had to be out at the ball fields at six thirty this morning to check in for a softball conditioning camp.  Coaches from nine different colleges were on hand to give pointers to the high school players and meet the players.  

Abigail along with four other players from her Rage team attended the skills clinic where they were split up and assigned to new teams based on their positions.  Specific skill clinics were held for the catchers and pitchers. 

It was a long day, but the girl had a blast! 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day

This is a glimpse for the grandparents of Caleb’s Fourth of July celebration. Caleb was able to enjoy the fireworks and Independence Day celebration on the bay at Baytown.  

The minister at the Baytown congregation Josh, and his family invited Caleb to meet up at Mont Belvieu City Park for a cook out.  

Afterwards Caleb headed to Bicentennial Park for the celebration by the bay.  The first act was Grand Funk Railroad. The band has toured for the last 48 years, preforming hit rock ‘n’ roll songs such as “Walk Like a Man,” “The Loco-Motion” and their first No. 1 hit, “We’re an American Band.”

The headliner for the celebration was country music singer Josh Turner, who performs hits like “Lay Low” and “Hometown Girl,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go With Me,” and “Your Man.”  After his performance the city put on a spectacular fireworks display which was enhanced by the reflections on the water. 

All the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with their musical instruments leading in the celebration.  2 Chronicles 23:13

Monday, July 3, 2017

Just Another Monday

Just another Monday, which means we are back at the pantry serving our neighbors in need. For years the kids and I have served at the pantry every Monday.  On Wednesdays we pick up pizzas from a nearby city.  On Thursdays we pick up breads and desserts from a local grocery store. On Fridays we pick up at the grocery store, plus the local coffee house and pizzas from another local store.  

That's just our work on week day.  On the weekends I process the paper work from the three weekly outreaches, plus the Saturday outreach.  Abigail is a big help to me in setting up the upcoming weeks flyers, volunteer paperwork and computer outreaches.  At the end of each month I complete the multiple monthly reports.  

It's consumes so much of our time, it's almost a job.  The up side is that we've done it for so many years that we have great friends that help us out.  The photo on the bottom is our friends the Baileys.  They have helped us at the pantry and with recruiting donation though Ella's Girl Scout troop.  

The cases of formula pictured came from a pediatrician friend at church who has made several similar generous donations!  Other friends from church bring in monthly donations, many friends have come to volunteer their time with us.  Our great supportive friends, and knowing how much of a difference we are making have made that time worth while. 

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.  1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Sunday, July 2, 2017

David and Goliath Rehearsal

It's that wonderful time of the year, the time when kids 'Roll the Gospel Chariot;' when refrigerator art is made; and when Bible Stories come to life on stage.  That time is known as Vacation Bible School.

I've written a series of four stories taken from I & II Samuel.  The theme I picked was 'A Heart Like His.' It chronicles the stories of David's relationships with Saul, Jonathan, Abigail and Mephibosheth.  

This year we are working with an all youth cast.  I think there is something inspirational about the kids in the audience seeing their peers teaching the Bible stories.  Our youth interns were responsible for directing, filming and editing our stories. I'm looking forward to the final production! 

He raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
Acts 13:22