Today we only had one church service at 0930 instead of our usual 3 (8, 9:30, & 11) and we held the service at the performing arts center of the local high school. The community was invited and all the kids were invited to bring their backpacks. The church collected over 200 backpacks to give to the schools in the community for kids that can’t afford them (and they were filled with school supplies) and during Children’s Time, there were close to 30 or 40 kids that came up on stage for the children’s message and to have their backpacks blessed for the upcoming school year. It was really cool!! The service combined elements of our traditional (8 & 11) services and our slightly more contemporary (0930) service, the choir sang a really fun song that was part in English and part Swahili, and of course we had communion. There were maybe 300 or so in the congregation.
Then after the service was a free lunch – hot dogs, brats w/ sauerkraut!!, potato salad, chips, cookies, and pop. And there was a carnival with all kinds of games for the kids (and the kids at heart) and different areas set up to talk about the symbols of the church, hand out Bibles, talk about things that go on at church – Altar Guild, Prayer Shawls, Quilting, etc. I had volunteered to run the Halo on the Angel game – ring toss onto pop bottles decorated as angels. It was a lot harder than it looked, and I only had 2 kids that were able to get my "big" prizes (small stuffed animals) by getting 4 of the 5 halos on the angels. If you got at least one halo on, then you won a prize – pencils with various "Jesus verses" on them (WWJD, Jesus Loves You, etc), little plastic cross necklaces, small bubble container with a cross on top, cross bookmarks, kazoos & other noisemakers, etc. Every had a great time and I had fun running the game. Robert played all the games many times and we came home with a bag full of stuff. I don’t think we’ll need to buy a single pencil this school year. Some of the other games were bowling, bean bag toss, fish pond, cake walk, etc. We handed out LOTS of Bibles to both adults and kids and I think it was an overall success. The whole event was kind of like our intern’s final exam for being an intern. I’d say she passed!!
After everything was done, we did grocery shopping on our way home, and between store card savings and coupons (all on stuff we actually needed), we saved a little over $20!!!! Woohoo!! And then it was home to get the groceries put away and then we watched the NASCAR race that we had Tivoed. I got another loaf of bread going in the bread maker – Sunflower & Sesame Seed Whole Wheat. I made my weekly phone call home to Mom & Dad, and then after we went to Denny’s for supper. We don’t always get the best service there, but the food is good, usually fairly pretty quick, and not very expensive. And we got a military discount! After we got home, I got more stitching done.
Today’s high: 80