We have had an amazing time at Church the last few weeks. We are a small congregation that has weathered some terrific storms, but the Lord has never left us. The Church has two mottos:
This doesn't represent a loosey-goosey theology but rather, we want everyone to feel welcome and we will do what we can to accommodate changes in plans, weather, etc. It has served us well. We have a retired pastor who visits us very frequently, usually bringing a song to sing before the message.
"We love the Lord, we love His Word, we love each other."
This guides us in all we try to do and gives us patience with each other. Everyone in the Church loves each other--I don't think there is a bit of the back-biting or 'murmuring' that can tear up a church in short order. We have had some wonderful experiences this last year with people returning to the Church. The first person Michael baptized here has returned with her family. They have been back about a year, and her oldest daughter will be baptized on Easter morning. This has blessed Michael more than I can describe. These last two weeks, another former youth member has returned with her 4 children!!!! So, we had a "house full" on Sunday morning. Peggy and I colored eggs with them and I brought out the flannel graph again. These kids have not ever seen anything like that; they were thrilled with it and with everything we did. Years ago, when Brother Matt Ward was working with the children, I asked him to look into the old flannel graph stories. He did and he used them for years. When his family moved to another state, he left the boards and figures here with us. When I took everything out to get a story ready, Virginia said, "that's my childhood right there, Momma." Mine, too. We had a dear lady in my elementary school who would bring her "Character Ed" cart around once a week, and she would tell us a Bible story using these flannel graph figures. I can remember them so clearly. My favorite was the story of Esther!
My friend Janice Wilson and I have talked about how much the old ways still have their appeal--Hawaiian Punch and store brand cookies can make snack time a feast and flannel graph stories can still feed the souls of these little ones. We had two infants (less than a year old and not yet crawling) and 5 kids 8 and under. Most of them had not colored Easter eggs before. We had a blast! Here is a picture of Virginia and one of the littles I took a few weeks back-
Look at that hairbow! Her mom always has her festooned with something pretty like that, and it always stays put! That's a miracle! Look at those cheeks.
This is the second spring break week of the semester for the University, but I am still teaching my dual-enrollment group at the high school. They are off next week, so I won't have to go out there on the scheduled days. So, it's kind of like having twice the break. I am trying to get things done around the house and to get caught up on my grading. It was good to be able to sleep in this morning. Our weather has been cool and overcast. I still have the flannel sheets on the beds. Michael always says he feels like he is on a flannel graph with his flannel pj's!
I am looking forward to the special services we have this week and to Sunday's beautiful blessings.
Hope your week is going well.