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Lessons and Carols 2014

Another year’s children’s Christmas Program is in the books.  I’m filing the programs and music, sifting through pictures, and remembering again how much I really love what I do.  This year was definitely special.

Every year is special – that’s not what I mean – but this year was one of a kind in several ways.

A Summer Off in Youth & Family Ministry? 2014

by Shari Schwedhelm

Director of Faith Life Formation

We're all a little WEIRD... VBS 2014

VBS 2014 is in the books, and it was another one for the record books. The dreams and ideas that have been swirling around in my head since well before Christmas have now been realized or let go, and all the “VBS stuff” has been put away for another year. The dust hasn’t settled, and I’m already dreaming up ideas for Everest 2015… We’re headed to the mountain top!

Sports Camp VBS 2014 - Game Plan! Wednesday

Game Plan Sports Flash - Wednesday

Plans take time to develop.

Memory Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11-12  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” 

VBS 2014 Weird Animals - Wednesday

Wednesday at Weird Animals VBS!

Even when you don't understand... Jesus loves you!

Bible Story: Bible Story: Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.  John 13:1-17

Key Verse: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”  Luke 6:31

 

 

WOW!  Today we welcomed 295 children to Weird Animals!  Our water glass offering this morning also raised $90.18  for our friends in Bolivia to have clean, safe water.

Sports Camp VBS 2014 - Game Plan! Tuesday

Game Plan Sports Flash - Tuesday

Your opponent may not be who you think it is.

Memory Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11-12  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” 

 

Sports Camp VBS 2014 - Game Plan! Monday

Game Plan Sports Flash - Monday

We all have strengths and weaknesses.   

Memory Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11-12  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” 

VBS 2014 Weird Animals - Tuesday

Tuesday at Weird Animals VBS!

Even when you're left out... Jesus loves you!

Bible Story:  Jesus reaches out to a Samaritan woman.  (John 4:1-30)

Key Verse:  "For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus."  (Ephesians 2:10)

VBS 2014 Weird Animals - Monday

Monday at Weird Animals VBS!

Even when you're left out... Jesus loves you!

Bible Story:  Jesus heals ten lepers.  (Luke 17:11-19)

Key Verse:  "I am with your always, even to the end of the age."  Matthew 28:20 

Kaya Day 3 2014

Kaya Vision Trip 2014
Monday, trip day 3, home visits

Today was one of the hardest days for me, the visits to the homes.  As we visit the homes of families Kaya serves,  I face such a roller coaster of emotion.  Here we see face to face incredible sadness, incredible poverty, and yet beautiful strong spirits and enduring hope.

All around this city, every property is surrounded by walls.  Driving down the streets, we see brick, adobe, and stucco punctuated by doors and gates.  Today we saw a tiny piece of the story behind those walls.

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