Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Miscellaneous

- Our church participated in the Elkhart County 4H Fair Parade yesterday afternoon. The Elkhart County Fair is the second largest event in the state of Indiana (2nd only to the Indianapolis 500) and, I believe, the 3rd largest county fair in the country. The parade is by far the largest event in our town and county. Thousands of people line up the streets and sit in the Fair grandstands to see all of the floats and groups walking in the parade. It only makes sense for our church to be involved in something like this ... something that allows us to touch thousands of lives and hopefully show people what Jesus can do in a person's life.

- This year the theme for the Fair Parade was Rooted in Our Community ... or something along those lines. Can't remember the exact phrasing. We decided to build a 20 foot cross and carry it along the entire parade route. The idea being that we are rooted in the Cross which helps us be rooted in our community and give back as much as possible. And, we WON! We won first place in the "Open Float" division. Not sure what all that means and I know we didn't build the cross to win a prize. We just wanted to try to bring attention to Jesus Christ through the cross ... but it's also cool to have won.

- Along the parade route we also passed out some HUGE "Chiller" freeze pops! These things were almost 18 inches long. It was so fun to pass them out and see the look on people's faces when they would get one! The only thing larger than the eyes of the kids were the freeze pops themselves!

- After the parade, my family and I were able to spend a few hours at the Fair. This was Ezra's second year and Mercy's first. They loved looking at the animals and walking about but, by far, their favorite part (yep, even for Mercy) was the tractors. They could have spent the entire day playing on those things.

- We wrapped up the book of James at Grace Community yesterday. If my math is correct, I believe we spent 10 weeks going through the book of James. To my knowledge that the longest series we've ever done as a church. We don't typically spend that much time on a series, but it was a great series for the summer and, honestly, just so good. Incredibly hard to hear at times (my butt was kicked more than once, that's for sure) but really good stuff in that book. We kick off our new series next week.
- I was able to play on the worship team yesterday morning. Ezra and Mercy both LOVE music, so during the 3rd service Carol had them in the back of The Link to listen to the music and to watch me on the worship team. It was so cute. Hearing them yell "Hey, Dad" or "Daddy" a few different times ... priceless.
- I was able to go on 2 dates with my wife last week. Man, that was fun. We normally do two dates a month, but it just worked out that we were able to go out twice last week. I loved spending time with her. One night we went to the Boathouse restaurant in Winona Lake. We at on the padio beside the lake and then walked around the town for a bit. The second night we went out to Red Robin with some friends. Lots of laughing and a great burger.
- I have a busy week ahead, but get to leave for a vacation at the end of the week. We are going to Tennessee. Can't wait!

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