Church was great, as always! There is an excellent "show piece" in the beginning that you don't want to miss! I know one big complaint about megachurches and their worship leaders/teams and services is that it feels more like a concert than a more intimate church service. Our church does a great job of not making it feel like a performance. But, I was stoked when they decided to "spice it up" tonight. I like concerts and videos and skits that add elements to the normal routine of services. They had some great song choices, but I was disappointed that they didn't sing the new version of "Because He Lives" that everyone seems to be singing and is on the radio, etc. We do sing it at our church, but we didn't this week. Oh well, the other songs were just as powerful. We also had 2 baptisms in our service, and Gary said there are baptisms in all the other 5 services at Franklin Rd. campus this weekend. Yeah, Gary and Benaiah were at church from 12pm to 7pm today and will be there from 8am to 2pm tomorrow! Benaiah is the big guy that helped to carry the cords that are connected to Gary's new "wipeboard toy" when it was moved on and off the stage. He also said his other job was keeping people entertained backstage so they would stay awake! Ok, buddy, that's fine. As long as you are helping somehow, lol.
I hope Gary's voice holds out! It sounded pretty strong still tonight after already preaching twice. There's also 2 services at the Shelby St. campus tomorrow morning. I believe they record the sermon from one of the services on Saturday evening and then play that recording at Shelby St. the next morning. They have a separate worship band there, and I don't know if they have the same or different song set, etc. Things start getting really complicated when you talk about having more than one campus. Eek! Again, I am working the nursery tomorrow and Jared is working in the 3rd grade room (where Keturah is!) at the 11 and in the 4th grade room at the 12:30. He hasn't worked in the kids' areas since we've been married. But, he's child safe and so am I again, so away we go helping out in the kids' areas. That means Abishai gets even more time with his friends and is going to be exhausted! I think once we get the grandparents and middles off to the airport tomorrow, we are all going to collapse!
It's a good thing Benaiah doesn't have school on Monday! But on Monday, I'll be teaching my first hour class at co op, hanging out for a bit, and then coming home to jump into packing. I told the middles to expect a bunch of things missing from their rooms when they return! Speaking of moving, we have found a better opportunity, and decided to follow that lead instead of the one we were going for in New Palestine. It's closer to church and a bit more in our price range, although with less square footage. Moving date will probably be in early June if all goes well. I'll let you know more as the pieces fall into place. We don't anticipate any issues with this one, save getting approved for a mortgage maybe, so keep praying for all those steps one must take in buying a house. It's a roller coaster for sure.
|They also had a game where you sucked through a straw to pick up a jelly bean and transfer it to another bowl. You just raised the clock and yourself and got x amount of tickets for how well you did.|
|It was tough going, but Keturah did get a few of them transferred!|
|Counting the eggs in his tower!|
|Abishai was confused with all the chaos, but Daddy helped him get a little painting done on his arm of a football.|
|Abishai, Mr. Clean, was confused as to why there was paint on his arm.|
|What kind of smirk was that, Justin? He's never too old for balloon objects and Minion t-shirts!|
|The Heritage Girls performed a skit about how Jesus and his resurrection is the center of the Easter story and not bunnies and Easter eggs. It was very good! Then they divided the kids up into age groups for the Easter egg hunt.|
|See, none of the 2-4 year olds were rushing to pick up the eggs!|
|A very well placed egg!|
|I'd rather run around, Mom, then play "pick up my toys" type of game!|
|I asked him if he wanted help, and he said, "Abishai." Meaning, "Abishai do it himself!" He still was a bit scared though, so I had to give him a little tug. When he went down again, he went on his belly, very safely.|
|Aw, nothing says I love you like using your brother as a chair while you eat your rice krispy treat!|
|Abishai tried wiping the football off by himself, so we just went ahead and removed it so it wouldn't bother him. Poor confused baby.|
|I love Baba's rattle!|
|New sparkle shoes matching Mom's "new to me" shoes! Every girl needs a little sparkle!|
|Handsome boy with his hand me down sandals.|
|Oh those killer eyes and blonde hair! And I think he was a little bit excited to have "friends" on his shirt, the bears, doggies and froggies. The green and blue combo makes his eyes pop!|
|I NEED to work on my photography skills, but here's a picture with more light on the left side of his face|
|New power stance as he eats his snack/dinner.|
|Cutie sat down on the ledge of the railing. He now wants us to pick him up so he can see above the railing.|