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Let’s Go to the Hop! MPBC 2013 Father/Daughter Dance

FromAngela05Tonight the girls donned ruffle socks, high ponytails and poodle skirts, and Keith topped his white t-shirt and jeans with his letterman’s sweater and took his best two girls (after Mommy, of course) to the hop.

“Let’s Go to the Hop!” was the 1950s Sock Hop theme of this year’s Father/Daughter dance at church. Here are some more great pictures from the dance:

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A Day at Carter’s Mountain Orchard

Last Saturday was a beautiful day. The perfect day for a trip westward to Carter’s Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville. We weren’t the only ones that thought so; it felt like half the state of Virginia was there with us!

This was actually from our way down the mountain. Us on the right trying to get off, those on the left trying to get up.

While we drove up ourselves, we weren’t going alone. We met our Sunday School class and the Master’s Hand Story One (ASL class) for a picnic and some fellowship amongst the crowds.

The large crowds also meant the trees – especially in the Fuji grove – were more than a little picked over. Finding a great apple for her teacher was Kaitlyn’s quest, and when she found one that fit her specifications she was ecstatic. Of course, it took her and Keith climbing a tree to get to it, but that’s definitely part of the fun of apple picking!

Here are a few more pictures from our fun day:

My favorite family pic (Even if Kourey *isn’t* looking at the camera)!

Thirst No More and Master’s Hand/Story One (ASL) classes at Carter’s Mountain Orchard.


“But I don’t WANT to be a pirate!!”

It’s a case of life imitating art (well, Seinfeld, at least).

Kourey’s been afraid of the pirates that are part of our FAM JAM (think VBS for the whole family) theme this year. When I bought her a t-shirt to wear, she said she couldn’t because she was afraid of pirates.

I told her, “But with this shirt on you won’t need to be afraid of the pirates… You’ll BE a pirate! You can’t be scared if you’re a pirate.”

Kourey looked up at me with baleful eyes and proclaimed,

“But I don’t want to be a pirate!”

For those of you without a Seinfeld problem context, here’s a little remix from “The Puffy Shirt”:

Suffering – Luke 22

The following is Keith’s follow-up from the Thirst No More Sunday School class’ discussion and study on May 13 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

We live in a fallen world full of suffering. Suffering will come in all shapes and sizes. We can be certain that everyone will experience physical and emotional trials (suffering) during our lives. But we can also be certain that the God who has numbered our hairs is also concerned about our suffering.

Why does a God who loves us allow us to suffer? God gave us freedom which allows us the ability to make wrong choices. Wrong choices were made (and are still being made) which caused the world to fall into the condition it is now. There would be no pain or suffering had sin not entered the world. Watch the short video below; it explains this much be more completely than I just did.

Jesus is an example to us in many ways, including in suffering. Jesus knew the suffering he was about to endure and continued to pour His life into the disciples (Luke 22:14-20; and many others). We, likewise, should expect to suffer in this life. There are some preachers who want us to believe that we can avoid suffering and receive everything that we have ever wanted (if we name it, we can claim it). Like Jesus, we should try not to lose our focus on our mission (serving Christ) when trials and sufferings comes (this is easier said than done).

Jesus was also disappointed by those who were closest to Him (Luke 22:21-22, 39-40, 45-46). Judas betrayed Him (21-22) and the other disciples could not even stay awake a pray (45-46). We are often disappointed by others. Sometimes they betray us in the worst ways. Sometimes they neglect to care
for us as they should.

At the peak of Jesus’ emotional stress (suffering), He prayed to God and an angel came to strengthen Him (22:41-44). When we experience great stress or grief, we should seek God and He will strengthen us. We can seek God through prayer, scripture, worship, fellowship with other believers, etc.

Man has fallen in a hole. We, through our sin, have separated ourselves from the God who loves us. But God made a way back to Him through His Son (see video below) . Jesus came down into our pit and suffered as we do. We do not serve a God who doesn’t understand our sufferings.

Our Pirate of the I-Don’t-Care-Ibbean

Pirates of the I Don't Care-ibbean

The cutest pirate ever, excited about rehearsal for the “Pirates of the I Don’t Care-ibbean” musical that will anchor our church’s FamJam this summer. The musical was written by our children’s pastor, Jeff Smith, and it’s a fun play with baseball and pirates, and the kids are all so excited to perform.

Not your package VBS, FamJam is for the whole family and created uniquely by Jeff Smith.

FamJam: Pirates of the I-Don’t Care-ibbean!

Ahoy there matey! Grab your trusty scabbard and get ready to take the ride of your life on the high seas of adventure!

Faith journeys and water stories like Noah, Moses, and Jonah will teach us about faith that lets us walk on the water, just like Jesus did. Family-friendly, community minded, and the ride of your life!

5 – 8:30pm  • July 15th – 18th

Sing for Spring

Kourey and her friends were so excited to perform “Sing for Spring” a few weeks ago at church. The Preschool Choir put on this cute little musical (about 10 minutes), and invited their friends in the Children’s Choirs and Motion Drama team to join them in their concert.

First the preschoolers gave their performance, complete with several songs, a mini-God Rods (Holy Chopsticks??) performance, and several other props. Kris told Kourey that if she wanted ice cream she should sing loudly. As a friend of mine said “I guess she wanted TWO ice creams!”

Then the whole complement of kids joined together for a fun, fast-paced, full of motion medley called Sunday School Swing. They sang along with a video by the Go Fish Guys to this one (you can see the original Go Fish video here).

Then the kids choirs sang a few songs on their own. The picture of them above is just before they started a rendition of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” unlike any ever sung at a Gaither concert! Next the motion drama team impressed us all with a few touching performances. Then everyone broke for a sweet ice cream social.

Many many thanks to the leaders of the preschool choir – Shelly, Melody, Miranda and Christy!!