Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Parents, don't forget the parent's meeting this Sunday during the Bible Study hour!
Opportunity is one of those things “they” say doesn’t come around that often. They may be right…in regard to some things. One of the opportunities you have is to be involved in the life and ministries of our church. It will soon be time to make nominations for committee positions for the coming year. Following discussions with our church moderator SMAC has suggested that it would be good if we had some students on several of our standing church committees. Each of these positions will be a one year assignment. The open committees are: Music, Mission Development Council, Stewardship, Greeters, Activities, and Creation Care. I will be happy to give you more details on any of these committees. Most of these committees will meet once a month or once every other month. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees please see me so that I can pass your name along to the Committee on Committees. While this opportunity only comes around once a year, there are other opportunities that show much more frequently. More on that next week…
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Patrick, Michelle, Katie, Cal, and Becca made some friends in their family groups. They found each other on the square and were given gifts by their new German friends.
Not really sure what was going on here, but Jan certainly had these guys attention! This may be my first picture of Sean. I just wanted to make sure that I got one of him on the blog. Also pictured, Ed Pollock's nose and Will Crews' (I think) hat.
And last but not least I finally got a clear picture of Samantha's "Stained'glass toes!" This was a very appropriate pain job for this trip given the churches that we visited. We have truly had a great trip! On behalf of the students I want to thank the Church for allowing us this opportunity. Our eyes were opened as we were able to meet and worship with people form all over the world. Our students' world has gotten bigger. I believe God has gotten bigger for our students. No longer is this the land across the sea. Europe, Germany, and the Czech Republic are now places that we have been. Pieces of the Holocaust are something that we have experienced first hand. Hopefully, our students and this generation will not forget that horible tragedy so that it will not happen again! On two occassions during worship we were asked to speak out loud the Lord's Prayer in our own language. So, there we are in the midst of 6,000+ people from 89 countries speaking more than 100 languages simultaneously all the while recognizing that God (Gott) understands each and every one of us perfectly. Even as a thirty year old that is pretty mind-blowing. We serve a great big God! I look forward to this year as we seek after the heart of God to figure out what we can do to "seek justice" in our world today. The theme for the conference has been Dive Deeper. We have been asked to dive deeper in our relationship with God. We have been asked to dive deeper in the way we approach our world and those around us. I have placed the bar high for our students this year. I am asking them to come up with a way that we can tackle the big problems of our world. Look out world! Here we come!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
We had a lot of activity today. We started out the day in Lutherstadt Wittenburg. We toured the castle church and Luther's church, walked by Melanchton's home, and toured Luther's home. The pictures are the organ in Luther's church, Ian and Michael in the castle church, and my tour group in front of the memorial door where Luther nailed the 95 Theses. The original door was destroyed by fire in the 1800s. :(
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here you will find some pictures of the conference venue and the students singing at the first Fringe concert on Wednesday night. Thank you to those of you that have left comments on the board. I have passed those on to the respective students.
This shot is after they have sung while watching the other groups.
Here are some of the groups shots of our students practicing for the Fringe concert.
This is the actual performance.
A full group shot back at the practice session.
I wanted you to see the large venue where they are singing. The area where we are standing was full of people when our group sang Wednesday night and they did a GREAT job!
This was taken at the beginning of the first worship service. This group came down the ailsle with candles lit at a portion of the programming representing those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. This was a very moving presentation. There were not many dry eyes in the place after it was done. I know mine weren't.More pictures will come tomorrow. Sorry, I am tired! Thanks for your prayers!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Walking along the streets of Prague we thought we spotted Greg, but alas, we were fooled!
While the Crews' do make an adorable picture my favorite part of this picture upon further inspection is how tired Ian looks in the background.
Gardner and his ridiculous hat with Amy overlooking Cheske Krimalov.
Part of the group making our from somewhere to somewhere (Sorry, that's the best I can do).
Amy and Emma at the Castle in Prague. These guys are the Czech equivalent of the British Royal Gaurd. They solemnly do their duty and well, it is no laughing matter.
Walking through Prague.
Several of us stayed in the "Attic" in Cheske Boduvice
And of course it is always fun to take a picture of someone else taking a picture!
Any special requests? I will do my best to fit them in.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Things got a little crazy on the bus ride to Charlotte. We made it in PLENTY of time...
This one's for you, Carol!