Pancake Brunch

Tomorrow morning our church is putting on a free, all you can eat pancake brunch from 10:00 till noon at the YWCA in Wausau. We have invited people, we have advertised, we have passed our many, many fliers. We have no idea how many to expect, but we are praying for a good turnout. We simply want to show  Christ’s love to our community and let them know who Harvest Baptist Church is, where we are, and that we care. This is quite a big undertaking for the small group that we are! So if you live in the area, please, come out and join us for a nice hot stack of pancakes! And then we also ask that you would pray with us as we seek to minister to those in our community.

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Resurection Celebration

We added something new this year to our celebration of Easter with the boys, and I think it will become a yearly tradition from now on. We made Resurrection cookies. The boys had a blast, and it was a wonderful opportunity to teach them again many details about Christ’s death and resurrection. With each ingredient that you add, you read Scripture and then have a corresponding action to represent the events in Scripture. You can find the recipe and instructions here.

Saturday night:

Sunday Morning:

  

We had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday with our boys and with our church family. We had a beautiful morning service followed by lunch and afternoon service. It was a blessed day as we remembered that we have a risen Saviour!

“Who is Bible Study?”

We have taught Isaac that the church is not the building, but is  God’s people. Often when driving through town we pass the building we rent for Sunday services and point out to the boys, “There’s the church” and Isaac is quick to remind us that’s not really the church, because WE are the church.

On Wednesday’s we have Bible Study in church member’s homes. It’s nice and cozy and works well for us. Yesterday, as we were preparing for study that night Isaac asked me if we were going to church or Bible Study. I told him it was Bible Study. He replied, “Who is Bible Study?” I said, “What do you mean?” and he repeated his question. Again I was confused as to what he meant. Then he looked at me very intensely and pointed to himself and said, “WE are the church, so who is Bible Study?!”

I just love that kid! 🙂

Our Chicago Trip

Two weeks ago Adam and I, along with two other couples from our church, went to Chicago for The Gospel Coalition Conference. The conference was Tuesday-Thursday, but Adam and I went down Monday and came home Friday, so we could have a little extra time for some sightseeing around the city. This is also the first time we have gone away together somewhere ALONE since we had kids! 🙂 We really enjoyed getting away together and being with eachother. But of course by the last day we were missing the boys terribly!

We really enjoyed the conference. The theme was “Preaching Christ and the Gospel from the Old Testament”. Each of the main speakers spoke from an Old Testament Passage and showed how we can see Jesus Christ in all things. The two sermons that really blew me away were Tim Keller’s message on the parting of the Red Sea from Exodus 14, and Don Carson’s message on Melchizedek from Psalm 110. Wow, I will never look at those two passages the same again. We learned alot, and were really blessed.

We also enjoyed having Jon and Heather Hunt, and my sister Katie and my brother-in-law Aaron there with us. On Friday after the conference the six of us spent the day together checking out  Millenium Park, Navy Pier, and Gino’s Pizza. It was a long, but fun day. The not so fun part was the nine hour trip home…which is supposed to take about 4 or 5 hours. Yeah, the traffic was pretty horrible due to an accident. But we made it home safe and sound at 1:00 in the morning. And we decided we are not big city people. The hustle and bustle, the paying for parking (or not being able to find parking!), the traffic and time it took to get anywhere, well, we were happy to leave that behind. We are thankful God has put us in a town like Wausau. 🙂

These are a few pictures from our trip:

At the Field Museum

Outside Soldier Field

Outside the McCormick Place where the conference was held

Under “the bean”

All six of us in “the bean”

Taking public transportation

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Outside Gino’s East Pizzeria

And yes, we added our names to the walls 🙂

Picnic at the Park

This past Saturday was our Church canoe trip and picnic. That morning the temp was hovering around 47 degrees. Not ideal for a race down the river….so it was called off and we just had the picnic. I think everyone was a little relieved they didn’t have to go out on the river that morning! 🙂 The day did warm up a little and we enjoyed a wonderful church picnic at the park that afternoon.

 

Shall We Gather at the River…

Last Sunday we had a wonderful time together with our Church family celebrating three baptisms. Since our church rents a building, we don’t have a baptismol…so we held our gathering at the river.  I have never been to a river baptism before, but there was something very special about it.

The weather man had forcasted thunderstorms for that day…but God answered our prayers and gave us a wonderful DRY day for our gathering!

After the baptisms we had a cook out and some wonderful fellowship. We sure do love being apart of the Harvest Baptist Church. God has been so good to allow us to serve Him here.

In a two horse open sleigh…

Some of our church family on our sleigh ride today. Yes, it was cold, but it was also lots of fun!

Yep, I’m still alive!

I think I have finally found a few minutes to post! It’s been pretty busy here lately and I just haven’t been able to find a block of time to devote to blogging.  Right now the boys are napping and I just finished pulling out the last of the cookies from the oven…

We have had some exciting things going on around here! A few weeks ago God sent a new family to our church. A family with seven children! We have been praying for God to increase our church, and especially for children. My boys are the only children at church, except for the occasional visitors, and I had really been praying for someone for my boys to play with. Well, God answered that prayer! This family has children from 2 years old to 18 years old. And Isaac has been having the time of his life with his “friends” as he would say. And not only that, but they are homschooled, which will be a great help when we start homeshooling Isaac. And they fit right into our little church family so well. Wow, God is so good.

We have also had the wife of an inmate who was saved in our jail ministry attending the past few weeks. We have been able to help and minister to her and her children, and it’s been an encouragement to her husband in the jail who now desires to see his family come to Christ.

But of course, along with all the good excitement there always seems to be a curve ball thrown in there. We found out about two weeks ago that our landlord has put our house up for sale! We had been “planning” to rent for a couple more years until we could hopefully afford to purchase a house. So we shall see what happens with this new twist. I am so thankful that I know God has it all planned out and this is not a surprise to Him. We will just have to wait on Him to show us what comes next.

Last week my family came up for a visit. Of course my mom always takes a ton of great pictures, so I will try to share just a couple of my favorites. It was busy as it always is when they come, but a good time together and lots of fun for the boys.

It’s hard to believe the summer came and went so quickly and here we are with fall just around the corner. And then not long after that Christmas will be upon us! The time seems to go by faster and faster with each passing year.

I better get back to my preparations for Bible Study at our house tonight. I have to figure out how to fit our growing congregation into my livingroom! 🙂

Please pray for the Dack family!

In a previous post I asked you to pray for the Dack family, part of our church family. Since moving here from Australia six years ago, they have been trying to get their green card. They were told this week that they have been denied! This is a very serious situation, and I ask you to please join us in prayer. They have already begun the appeal process, and are searching out what other options and helps they can find.

This family is a vital part of our church, and very dear friends to us. Please pray for them in this difficult time, and for God’s will to be accomplished. Even if you do not know them, I know it would encourage them if they knew others were praying. If you would like to leave a comment, I will certainly pass on the encouragements to them.

Thank you for your prayers!

“Experiencing God’s Peace” by Elizabeth George

02899_1_ftc_dpOur Ladies Bible Study is always such an encouraging and enjoyable time.  We meet once a month in my home and enjoy refreshments, fellowship, prayer and most of all a wonderful time gleaning from God’s Word.

Right now we are going through the Bible Study book “Experiencing God’s Peace” by Elizabeth George. The study is based on the book of Philippians. Every lesson if full of wonderful gems from the Bible that is so applicable to us as women. This study has been such a help and blessing to us!

If you are looking for a Bible study, whether for personal Bible study or a group study, I highly recommend this book.

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