It is close to 30C today and Ray is out at the Provincial pasture - sorting cattle. It is hard to imagine but that man can get into more stuff! I have been watching DVD's for Ladies Bible Study and College/Single Bible study, cutting out my new Sunday school kit, making new roll sheets for Sunday, working on the ladies Christmas tea that will be on November 20th and trying to figure out teachers for Sunday. We are missing a couple of teachers from our roster and would appreciate your prayers on our behalf to have people in place for every age group.
Since I last wrote we took a little road trip to Hudson's Hope, BC and toured the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. It is one of the largest earth filled dams around. I was not too keen on going underground to see all the mechanial workings of the dam but that was right up Ray's alley. We stayed in a 3 level log lodge which was built and run by a couple from Switzerland. So very serene there and the evening meal was scrumptious. It was a relaxing time even though we talked and planned church happenings the entire time we were on the road. We went fishing on Charlie Lake in Fort St. John and caught some Walleye and one Northern Pike. Those were new for us up here so we enjoyed our adventure. We had to purchase fishing license for BC since our Alberta one did not work for them.
We have had several brand new married couples start coming to church and we had 3 couples over for lunch after church on the 23rd. We made some homemade ice cream and it was the first time some of them had eaten any homemade cream. It makes our hearts rejoice to see the couples starting out their marriage attending worship. Now, if we can get them into a Sunday School class.
Ray and Ivan did a wonderful remodel job on the baptistry and we are ready to use it some more - that IS the point. Seeing people birthed into the Kingdom. We are waiting to see if anyone notices the improvement!
I mentioned Luke's speech at the Nokia center and if you want to see what made us and his parents sooooooo proud - you can go to this website http://www.aisd.net/AISDTV/specials.aspx and click on convocation and then click on student speaker Luke. Laura received so many encouraged words via emails and calls. Quite the little speaker! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. He mentions the "kid entrepreneur contest" that he won last year but he says it a little fast and in case you don't catch it that is what he was referring to. He had to form a business, market and sell a product and talk about it. He was making men's christian jewelry and doing a good little business!
Since the 30th was a 5th Sunday we had a special service with all singing. The group did a great job and we have some very talented folks. We also recognized all the children that were being promoted into different Sunday school classes. I am losing 4 from my class but gaining 5 little girls!! What will Hope do with those?
As always it is our honor to call you friends and we draw strength from the Lord and your prayers for us and our ministry. May you be richly blessed as you serve our blessed Savior in your area of the world. Until we meet again. Hope
I will do a post with just some pictures....