Archive for June, 2010

>We had an awesome week, June 19 to 25.  A group from Friendship Church in Springdale, Arkansas came up to help out.  We worked Ice Cream and Answers and put on a Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair. The group was awesome and did a very good job.  Keep in mind that everything we do is new and possibly the first time it’s been done this way.  We set up several booths in sojourn; face painting, balloon animals, origami, science experiments, percussion instruments, puppet show, crafts, and couple of games.  We were open from 10 to 6PM each day and invited people to come in and engage in our booths.  The Arkansas group was very talented and friendly and were able to connect well with the people of Council Bluffs. Children would squeel with joy.  The mall was soon filled with children with cat faces, spiderman faces and balloon animals of all sorts.  By the end of the week, Friendship Church had given out over 500 ice cream cones and engaged with around 170 different people.  It was a very good and exciting week.  I’ll write more later and include pictures. 

>Summer Camp

Posted: June 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

>I was the camp pastor at Weir Bible Camp from June 14 to 18.  It was very fun. I preached eight times and really enjoyed myself.  The camp is in the southeast corner of Kansas.  The weather was warm and sunny with the occaisional violent rain/thunder storm.  Valerie Richardson ran a very organized and interesting camp.  The theme was “The Living Dead” and we followed a Zombish concept throughout the camp.  My part was to teach in the mornings and preach in the evenings.  We tried to make the preaching and teaching as interactive as possible and even incorporated several worship stations during the week. Eleven students had a significant encounter with Jesus Christ; salvation, rededication, or assurance of faith.  We struggle to categorize young people’s encounters with the Risen Lord and as a result we’ve come up with these three groups.  I think it is very difficult for a Junior High student to figure out the nuances of these three concepts.  The bottom line with these 11 is that they had and encounter with Jesus and decided that being a follower of Christ was better than any other option.  I’m excited that they’ve found a solid relationship with Christ! 

>Sojourn Church present the Sojourn Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair. Come to the Mall of the Bluffs between Tuesday June 22 and Friday June 25, 10AM to 6PM each day, to participate in the festival. There will be interactive arts and crafts such as face painting, origami, crafts, a giant paper wall mural, music and poetry and puppets. The event is free and is designed for children, though some young teens may enjoy it. Sojourn is in the Mall of the Bluffs, 1751 Madison Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa.