Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Falling for Fall

I love fall.  It means cool, crisp days; glorious displays of outdoor color; and cozy sweaters.

Around here, it also means Reformation Celebration and pumpkin carving!

Every year, our church hosts a Reformation Celebration to remember the day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door. 

Above, Sam tries his luck at the candy fish pond.

Below, everyone awaits the announcement of winners for the costume contest, handed out by our very own "Justin Beaver."

We also had some dancing to celebrate!  We had a caller/instructor who had us dancing Russian, French, Celtic and American folk dances.  Everyone seemed to have a great time!

The next day, it was time to carve the pumpkins!

The kids were not happy about the slime factor involved in removing the seeds, but their efforts paid off in a couple of very fine looking jack-o-lanterns.  

This scary fellow (below) showed up at the Reformation Celebration!  Anyone know who he is?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

God's love

Like most people, I have a number of friends around me who are going through rough times, even passing through the valley of the shadow of death with someone they love.  This quote from Paul David Tripp resonated with me when I came across it the other day.  It is from his essay "The Radical Implications of Eternity" in These Last Days, published by P&R Publishing.

Tripp builds off of 1 Peter 1: 3-9 by saying:

"God will take you where you never intended to go, in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own.  He will drive you beyond your strength.  He will drive you beyond your wisdom.  He will drive you beyond your own imagined righteousness, because he knows that true righteousness only begins when you come to the end of yourself.  We must not think of trials and griefs and testings as a sign of God's unfaithfulness and inattention.  They are a sure sign of his eternal commitment and covenantal love."