Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The end of summer!

Wow, it's already the end of summer as we know it. School starts Monday. We love having the kids home, but we also love when they go back to school. I think all three are generally looking forward to school, Becca and Grady more so than Spencer. They will all be in band this year, and Becca will be in Middle School, both boys in High School.

We just returned from a 2 week vacation back to Washington. Of course the pictures are still on my camera so they will come later. I think it's time to update the Slide anyway! We spent one night out at Mayfield Lake, since half of Lake Tapps (at least half of the ones we know:) were out there camping. It was nice to visit with everyone who was there. We also went to Lake Tapps that following Sunday.

Then we went to Butch's sister's in Marblemount and shared with their church. Then it was off to Eastern WA. We visited a couple who moved from Round Mountain and then travelled southeast to Idaho. We spent one day just hanging out at the hotel doing nothing. We did so much of nothing that I didn't even take any pictures. Oops!

We got home Monday night and jumped back in the saddle of ministry. A lot of things still needed to be cleaned up and put away after VBS. Normally I do that the week after but since we left right away, it was all waiting for me when we returned.

We are gearing up for the start of our fall ministries, new Sunday School teachers will begin the 7th with their classes. I will be teahching the 5-7th grade as well as doing most of the teaching at youth group. We are still praying for a couple to come along that has a heart for youth and can take on that ministry full-time, volunteer of course!

Keep praying for us as we serve the Lord here in Round Mountain. We were challenged this morning by one of our Deacon's who has similar desires to ours for our church to grow together in unity as we reach out to the community. Pray that our church family was challenged by his message and that they would have a desire to grow in their faith and grow stronger as the family of God.

(New pictures coming soon:)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Check out the VBS Blog

Just a quick note for you to go over to the VBS Blog and check out the pictures from our Friday Night Finale. We had a great week with 41 kids and 28 volunteers. You can read more and see some pictures here!