Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After Day 10

The Memorial Day parades were a great success and we had a great time  being part of them.  There were dance parties when the parade slowed down and the plane was a huge success with the parade go-ers.  Now we pray that God will move many of those people to send their kids to VBS.  We definitely enjoyed our time with the members of St. John's in Lannon.  They are such nice people and way too generous to us. 

We had to leave the Caira's, which was a sad departure, but we will be back with them soon enough.  We are definitely looking forward to being with them again.  Such fun people!

We are off for a few days, but that doesn't mean that work is not being done.  Hymn charts and arrangements need to be written and planning has to start for the soccer camp we hope to run in Arlington this summer.  Keep praying for us.  God has taken care of us so far and we have no doubt that he will continue. I pray that we keep him first in our lives, and continue to go to him for help.

"God's Word is our great heritage, and shall be ours forever.  To spread its light from age to age shall be our chief endeavor.  Thought life, it guides our way.  In death it is our stay.  Lord, grant, while worlds endure, we keep its teaching pure throughout all generations."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

After Day 8

Wow, what a great first week.  Here are some of the highlights from our first week in Lannon, WI at St. John's.  The Calebs and Sam painted a hallway of the school building.  All four of us collaborated on building a float (which consisted of a pickup truck dressed up to be a cloud with a airplane pulled behind it and a hot air ballon basket in the bed of the truck) for some Memorial Day parades to advertise VBS.  Sam and Peter built the plane, while the Calebs made the signs and basket. In addition to parade preparation duty, Sam and the Calebs put together a tri-fold to promote VBS to the congregation.  On Friday, we led the singing for the grade school's chapel service and Peter delievered the devotion. We gave two presentations to the 7th & 8th grade confirmation class--one on MLC and another on Fide hymn arranging and hymnology.  We gave a more in depth version of that hymn presentation on Sunday during the Bible Study hour.  We led worship once Saturday night and twice on Sunday morning, and tomorrow we are walking in two parades with the float we built.  It's been an awesome and rewarding week.

We got to spend some quality time with the Caira's (our host family) and even got to make them supper last night.  It was an odd combination of burgers, pancakes, eggs, and fruit salad...but hey, they liked it (I think). 

Next time we come here, we are looking to spend a lot more time with St. John's youth group, Wildfire.  We are going to try to integrate some members of the congregation into what we do musically.  We will be doing a lot of the prep work for VBS next time too.

Keep praying for us. God is taking care of us beyond what we deserve.  A prayer of thanks always goes up to God when we have our daily band devotion.  Thanks for reading.  Write us a letter or something.  We love to get mail. ;)

Monday, May 21, 2012

After Day 2

Hey. We've never done this blogging thing before, but a few people have asked that we tell them what we are up to on our summer trip helping WELS churches.  So, let your friends know if they're interested in hearing what we've been up to.  We will try to write a new post every few days...who knows if that will actually work?

Today was technically Day 2 of our summer, but it was the first day that we were all together for the whole day.  After leading worship in Mankato on Sunday (which was wonderful as usual), we had a "new member" potluck in which we were named honorary members of St. Mark.  We love the members of that church, so it was really cool to have them express how much they appreciated what we have been doing for them. 

We travelled to Milwaukee last night and got a good nights sleep.  This afternoon, we loaded up all our equipment at the Jeske household and drove to Lannon.  We moved into our first host family, the Caira's.  They are a wonderful group of people and their house is defintely way too good for us.  If anyone was uncertain about the blessings of God to us, this family is yet another blessing.

We got to speak to Pastor Koschnitzke about our involvement with their congregation this week.  We will be doing two short workshops with the catechism class, one about MLC, one about what we do with hymns.  We will be leading worship for the school's chapel on Friday which will include Peter giving a devotion for the kids.  We will also be giving a Bible study on worship principles, planning and execution on Sunday before worship.  That's all we know so far, but we will be meeting with some other folks who will get us involved with VBS planning and other odds and ends around the church and school.

Keep us in your prayers.  "Draw us to thee unceasingly; Into thy kingdom take us. Let us fore'er thy glory share; Thy saints and joint heirs make us."