Bible School is Over and We are Going Home

Friday, July 15

I didn’t take pictures during Bible school on Friday evening since everything would be similar to the past two entries.

I enjoyed the children’s story which emphasized that God has a place for each of us in His Kingdom.

It was a bit humorous as 5 Bible characters started out in settings that confused them and did not fit with their life. For instance: Zacchaeus had a sling shot. Queen Esther was in a tree. Jonah sat on a throne. David was in the mouth of a large fish, and Goliath just stood their looking confused because nothing was right. Each person shared their confusion, then exchanged places a few times before finding their place in God’s Kingdom.

The children went to their rooms; we had a challenging lesson in the sanctuary by Larry Kreider; there was singing and closing thoughts – then it was over for another year.

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I enjoyed walking into classrooms during the week and watching teachers in action – and pray that godly seeds have been sown into the lives of each student – children and adults.

Bible School – Thursday

Thursday Evening, July 14

We did go to Bible school on Wednesday night, but I did not plan to take pictures. I regretted that decision when Dustan Martin began telling the children’s story. He had designed a “robot” that would make him a few of his favorite things.

He handed the robot a box of strawberries and after a blender sound, the robot (his wife was behind the box), handed him a strawberry smoothie. Then he handed the robot a few apples. After another blender sound, the robot handed him an apple pie. Then he decided to have some fun and gave it a container of nails. The blender made an awful sound and handed him a glass of nails and dirty water. The purpose of this story: Good things into your mind good things out. Trash into your mind trash out.

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Now back to Thursday night.

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bible school 2 (2)Cerwin and I sat on the back bench so I could take pictures from the sanctuary level instead of from the balcony.

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bible school 2 (11)His story was about a little girl named Katie who loved living near the ocean and drawing and painting. (Steve and Brenda’s son Kurt did the artwork for these illustrations.)

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bible school 2 (14)One day – just after Katie got a new sketch book and crayons – a bad storm came upon their house.

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bible school 2 (15)When her mother quickly outside to bring in the laundry from the wash line, she asked Katie to close the windows.

Katie was involved in her sketching and forgot about the windows.

bible school 2 (17)Meanwhile her dad was out on the sea fishing – not realizing that a storm was arriving.

bible school 2 (18)Suddenly a strong wind blew around Katie’s house and blew a curtain against a lantern – knocking it over and causing a fire that burned their house to the ground.

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bible school 2 (19)Katie was devastated and she and her mom had to move back to their old house while they prayed for her dad who was still out on the ocean. She thought that she could never forgive herself for being careless.

bible school 2 (21)Finally they saw a light from their boat, and when Katie went running to her dad, crying because her carelessness caused a fire that destroyed their house.

She was surprised when her father smiled and said, “It was because of that fire that I was able find my way home.”

The purpose of this story: God can do anything, use all thing for our good, and at times teach us lessons – even when we have been careless.

bible school 2 (22)After the children went to their classrooms, I listened to the first half of my brother’s lesson before going to their classrooms. I went later in the evening so I could capture some pictures of their crafts.

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bible school 2 (27)I don’t know what these little guys were doing, but I love this picture.

bible school 2 (28)This class was making checkerboards.

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bible school 2 (31)Our grandson Ian was helping one of the girls in his class.

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bible school 2 (39)Benny (our great nephew – from the bear hunting story in yesterday’s post) – wanted to show me his artwork.

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bible school 2 (52)These guys were decorating t-shirts.

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bible school 2 (54)I loved Jesse’s (not our grandson) shirt because I am partial to big rigs.

bible school 2 (55)Wow! What fabulous artwork.

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bible school 2 (58)This class was anxious to show me their pillows.

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bible school 2 (60)Making a note holder

bible school 2 (61)A finished sample

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bible school 2 (66)Some of the younger classes were outside enjoying playtime and a snack.

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bible school 2 (71)This class had just completed a scavenger hunt challenge.

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bible school 2 (74)Back in the sanctuary

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bible school 2 (87)Our missionary feature was (left to right) Will, Shelia, Blaine and Eli Copenhaver who serve with We Care Prison Ministry in Alabama.

bible school 2 (88)When Bible school was over and the sanctuary emptied, I took some pictures of the under sea decorations.

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bible school 2 (96)There is still one more night of Bible school. I will post about that tomorrow night.

Bible School – Tuesday

White Oak Church of the Brethren Bible School – Tuesday, July 12

I wasn’t able to attend every night, but have lots of pictures to post – from the four out of five nights that I did attend.

Bible School 1 (1)Gathering by class before Bible school began

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Bible School 1 (7)Grocery carts were available for food donations to Manheim Central Food Pantry.

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Bible School 1 (9)I was on the balcony before the teachers and children came inside.

Bible School 1 (10)It felt like we were inside an ocean.

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Bible School 1 (19)Tyler leading the singing

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Bible School 1 (24)Our granddaughter Jana (black top) helped to teach one of the grade 3 classes.

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Bible School 1 (30)Anthony (superintendent) welcomed everyone.

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Bible School 1 (32)The theme verse

Bible School 1 (33)Opening devotions by Deitrick

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Bible School 1 (36)Story time by David and his sons Caleb and Benny. “We’re going bear hunting and we’re not afraid.”

Bible School 1 (37)They went through swamps, rivers, and woods – squish, squish – swim, swim, stomp, stomp.

Bible School 1 (38)After each “difficulty” they reminded us – and themselves – that they were not afraid…

Bible School 1 (39)…until they met a “bear” – their little brother Elliot.

Bible School 1 (40)Then they went running back to their tent. 🙂

Bible School 1 (41)David asked if we noticed that they did not pray about their bear hunting trip or ask God to guide them. They just went – doing what they wanted to do. He reminded us to talk to God about each thing we do – asking Him for wisdom and guidance.

Bible School 1 (42)Going to their classrooms

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Bible School 1 (45)I went around to many of the 23 classrooms to take a quick photo. There were two classes for each age group from Nursery to Grade 6. Grade 7 and Grade 8 had only one classroom. Grade 9 and above were in the sanctuary.

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Bible School 1 (51)You may recognize the teacher on the right as our grandson Nathan. This was grade 7.

Bible School 1 (78)Taken from another angle when Nate was teaching. Our grandson Ian was in this class – just in front of the podium.

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Bible School 1 (56)Bible memory work was sometimes conducted in the quietness of the hallway.

Bible School 1 (57)I barely recognized the doorway to our Sunday school class room. 🙂

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Bible School 1 (74)I walked in this room and our grandson Jesse (orange) said, “Hi, Grandma.”

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Bible School 1 (79)After making my rounds, I went back to the balcony and listened to the adult lesson with Luther.

Bible School 1 (81)Each night we heard messages (skype, recorded, or personal) from some of our missionaries who were supported by Bible school. This is Zachary and Monica Nolt, their son Jaden and Damon Crouse who serve in Maine.

Bible School 1 (80)Craig Russell and his daughters Madison and Abigail represented their family who have spent many years in Brazil. They are currently in North Carolina where Craig is training missionary pilots. Craig and Shannon have two other children – Daniel and Emily.

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Tomorrow I will post pictures from another night of Bible school.

A Morning With Jesse

Thursday, July 14

7-14-16a (6)Everybody in his house was working, so Jesse got to spend a morning with me. I love that, because he is our only grandchild who isn’t old enough to stay at home by himself – so he is the only one who needs me now and then. 🙂

He spent the first hour racing on the X-Box while I did my morning clean up.

7-14-16a (7)Then we went to work in my office. I had him go through the leftover donation envelopes and cards from the Truck Rally and make sure each envelope had a card inserted and was stacked neatly.

7-14-16a (9)Then he counted two stacks of 25 and weighed them on my postage scale and came up with a weight for 100. After that he would weight them by hundreds. Now we have three boxes of 300 ready for next year’s truck rally. 🙂

7-14-16a (13)After he finished that job he wrote a note on back of a damaged donation card and handed it to me. 🙂

7-14-16a (18)Then he wanted to play darts in Grandpa’s workshop – next to my office.

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7-14-16a (15)Oops, it looks like one missed the dart board. 🙂

7-14-16b (2)It was a mutual agreement that we had earned an early lunch at McDonalds.

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7-14-16b (6)I needed some suet for our birds, so stopped at G & G Feed and Supply on the way home to purchase some and say hi to our granddaughter Diana who works there. She kindly took time to go with Jesse to visit the in-store rabbit.

It was a great morning. Then his mother came for him – when she was finished working – and I went back to my office – all by myself – without our sweet Jesse.

Construction Update on the Chapel for Houston, Texas

7-5-16 (1)July 5 – Glenn finishing work on the paneling.

7-13-16 (1)July 13 – beginning the installation of living quarter cabinets.

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7-14-16B (1)July 14 – More cabinet work

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7-21-16 (2)July 21 – This is what the living quarters looked like yesterday.

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7-21-16 (3)The chapel area

7-21-16 (5)The next step is to paint and letter the exterior.

It goes to Merv Zimmerman’s for sand and glass blasting on Tuesday. When that is finished, Cerwin will take it to Trans Equipment for painting, then to Eckert’s Signs for lettering.

Everything is still on target for delivery to Texas in mid-September. 🙂