Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our Church

is amazing. For many reasons. Here are just a few:

Their childrens program is fantastic. Better yet, Natalie loves her Sunday school class and talks about it all week long. She will be bouncing in her car seat Sunday morning telling me she is excited and can't wait to see her boys and girls. :) Afterward, she tells us what they talked about, the songs they sing, the actions they do along with the story, and she always remembers to tell us what snacks they served!

They have four different classrooms as well as a big room for the preschool children. We drop her off and she goes into her room and plays for a little bit with the other kiddos. Then they have their story and rotate rooms to do coloring, crafts, snacks, and then into the big room altogether to worship with music, singing and some dancing. After that, they usually have a show with puppets or other objects on the big stage that ties into the bible story. It's amazing what they do for these kids and I appreciate it so much!!

Our leadership is inspiring. Our minister is energetic, funny, and full of wonderful ideas. He recently did a sermon on generosity and tithing. We were expecting him to ask us to give after the service, and instead, he handed out envelopes to everyone sitting there. They had money in them, and he challenged us to pray over this money and get creative how we were going to spend it and give to others. We were instructed to NOT to give it back to the church, and not to use it for ourselves. Our church gave out $10,000 to the congregation. They want us to be a generous church that helps others. Have you ever heard of anything like this??? I sat there looking at this money with a lump in my throat. I'm sure many felt the same way. Stories are coming back in of what people are doing with this money to help others. It is so neat to be a part of this. Mike and I have not yet given our money yet. We are praying for an opportunity, for God to show us what He wants done with this money. I will let you know in a later post what we do with it.

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