Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle

Last Saturday we had our Super Saturday VBS. And I am still recovering. We lived up to our theme, it was a jungle in there.

We explored the nature of God: our creator, father, provider, strength, and shepherd. We sang, we learned, we played, we blew bubbles, we ate, we made crafts, we sang some more... and by the end of the day the little monkeys wore us out. As you can see some handled it better than others.

I think it is safe to say that this has been our record for participation from our members. These guys and gals really made it all come together. A+ in participation and cooperation, A+ in appearance and presentation, A+ in coordination and management, C in attendance. But hey, we are not in control of who comes. We had a good turn out from our own, but not many visitors. Oh well, we will be ready for a mob of kids next year, we got this VBS thing down pat.

Look at these cakes! And those decorations you saw earlier. This is why every congregation needs and Amy. She did not do it all on her own mind you, (Kimberly was her sidekick and I am pretty sure that everyone who wandered into the kitchen found themselves helping) but she was the mastermind behind our decorations and menu. (Check the Super Saturday VBS post on Kimberly's blog for the full menu

And did you notice we had themed T-Shirts? Thanks to Cindy we all matched.

Thanks to Kimberly all the children had awesome crafts to keep their busy little hands out of trouble.

And all our teachers did an awesome job teaching the children and decorating their classrooms.

Thank you so much to all of our teachers, helpers, whatever you want to call the job you did, thank you for doing it. We love you and thank you.

Did I mention thank you for these pictures? I cannot say enough good things about my beautiful wife. There is not a single thing that I do that she is not involved in. I steal her ideas, post her pictures, and benefit form every help and insight she gives. I love this woman.

Hope you all can see how awesome this is and can join in with us next year to make it even better. I won't tell you next years theme but I will drop a hint, ARrrrrrrrrr!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rocking out in Memphis

At the end of last month, I had a chance to go visit my best friend, Josh Manning. I was going to make the trip to Henderson TN (about 7 hours away) by my lonesome, but the boys in our youth group decided they would like to tag along. We thought we would make a pit stop at Memphis, see the sights, see where I went to school, play some disk golf, eat some awesome food, and see a band. We were to meet Josh in Memphis and spend the night with him and three other Freed-Hardeman University students, before going to see Freed in the Morning.
So, we got to Memphis and stopped at a few places we thought looked interesting.

Seeing sights: Check

We drove around (I got lost) trying to find disk golf disks for about an hour and a half. When we finally found a sporting good store that sold them it was dumping down rain.
Disk Golf: FAIL!
So we went and took a short tour of my life by visiting the Memphis School of Preaching.
Visiting my old School: Check!
By this time we were hungry so we went to the greatest hot wing establishment in the history of forever, Ching's Wings. If you go to Memphis, there is a unwritten rule that you only hurt yourself if you break. Go down to Getwell Rd. and eat at Ching's Wings. It's a rule! I didn't write it, I'm just telling--ok so maybe I did write it, but it's a good rule. We ate about 40 of our 50 wings and I must say, this is the fist time I have ever seen a meal that these boys could not finish, or wanted to be able to finish more than this one.

Eat some awesome food: Check, Check! Yum...
So with full bellies and happy hearts we left Ching's to go to down town Memphis a hear a band. Which seems to have placed my name near the top of the boys' awesome list.
See a band: Check!
By now we were worn out and headed to Henderson to spend a night with the Freed Students.

Joshua Manning

Emory Buckner
Two guys not shown here (hey, you can't expect me to have pictures of everything).

They were a lot of fun to hang around, and they were kind enough to give us a place to stay and allow us to play video games all night on their big screen TV.

Night with Freed Students: Check!

The next morning we were to go and see Freed-Hardeman University... but I may not have realized that this was school break time and there were no tours to be had. Out tour was nothing more than a drive by with me telling which building was what. Which worked out because we needed to get back to Mena before nightfall anyway.

Oh well, 5 out of 7 ain't bad, especially when you throw a trip like this together at the last moment. On the ride back we talked about the benefits of Christian Universities and planned a lot of things for the youth and education department. Good trip with a great bunch of people. I'm looking forward to our next road trip!