The Promised Land?

At church Sunday, one man called the Greensboro area the Promised Land.

We left Tennessee right away Friday morning. The drive was not smooth sailing. Some sections were pretty curvy because we were on the edge of the Smokies, and we also encountered a long slow down due to an accident.

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We arrived at the church mid-afternoon and after figuring out where the sessions would be, we jumped into set up. We definitely felt the lack of Joseph being with us, but the others pitched in to cover.

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Friday evening’s round-table sessions were good, followed by the Heart, Soul, and Spirit session. The “new” music group did an amazing job, and I still am struck by how much Jesse sounds like Joseph! They rallied well.

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Saturday also went well. There had been a request for me to give a girls’ session, so I did that Saturday morning and was blessed by an attentive group of girls. We love seeing people’s interest and eagerness for each session. God is good!

One fun side note. We encourage people to get to know each other. Two couples started talking, and they found out they both had driven 2 1/2 hours, which led to to the fact that they were from the same city. As they talked, they discovered their children worked at the same restaurant! They also found that their children each knew their parents were going to a conference but had no idea it was the same one. Talk about an amazing coincidence!

A sweet family provided us with dinner Friday evening and then lunch on Saturday. Thank you, B family!

We always enjoy meeting new friends, and we’re grateful for those opportunities, along with seeing old friends too!

Love,
Sarah

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A colorful lunch.
A colorful lunch.
Some sweet friends of ours with Mom and Anna.
Some sweet friends of ours with Mom and Anna.
Apples and pizza.
Apples and pizza.

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“For our heart shall rejoice in him,
because we have trusted in his holy name.”
Psalms 33:21

Tennessee Hearts: Part 2

So I’ll finish out my Tennessee report with more pictures. We all love seeing families energized about what the Lord has in store for them!

We obviously missed Joseph (a lot!), but we’re thrilled for him and Elissa.

Fellowship during break time.
Fellowship during break time.

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A look from the front before a session started.
A look from the front before a session started.
This sweet family was from out-of-state, but on their way to a family camp, and the timing worked perfectly to drop into our conference.
This sweet family was from out-of-state, but on their way to a family camp, and the timing worked perfectly to drop into our conference.

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Our conference coordinator and myself
Our conference coordinator and myself

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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11

North Carolina

This weekend has been wonderful. I’ll leave with you a preview.

Practicing Friday afternoon after a fast set up.
Practicing Friday afternoon after a fast set up.

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“For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”
Psalms 103:11

Tennessee Hearts: Part 1

We received a warm welcome in Tennessee yesterday afternoon. Set up went smoothly (and quickly too!), and we were grateful the heavy rain had stopped. Our coordinator and some of her friends provided us with dinner, which was delicious.

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This was our first evening Energize! conference, and I was surprised by the great turnout for the 5pm round-table sessions. They are bonus sessions because we know some families can’t make it to those with the dad’s work schedule.  A little after 6 pm (round tables go to 6:30 generally), we asked if there were any young people interested in learning to write, and if so, I would do a little spur-of-the-moment session with them. Apparently there was interest–a lot of interest–as I soon had a room full of anxious listeners. We had a great time together. I wasn’t sure how it would flow, but it went well.

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These little girls were in the back of the Schedule Triage session, and I believe stickers were a highlight.
These little girls were in the back of the Schedule Triage session, and I believe stickers were a highlight.

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Part 2 coming later. We’re looking forward to Greensboro this weekend.

Love,
Sarah

“Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.”
Psalms 100:2

The Day Before: Part 2

Our two families were soon joined with our sweet friends CJ and JD from Idaho and also the C. family. They all were a tremendous blessing. The C. family headed up and served the rehearsal dinner while CJ made all the beautiful sunflower cupcakes and decorated them.

Before we left Kansas, Mary and John, with help from the C. family, picked several buckets of sunflowers, and we carefully carried them with us from home for the rehearsal dinner. Mary was the decorator for the rehearsal dinner and the C. girls helped so much with that as well.

Sarah and Ruthanne
Sarah and Ruthanne

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Squeezing in some work.
Squeezing in some work.

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Anna Marie and I worked on tulle, lights, and pillars.
Anna Marie and I worked on tulle, lights, and pillars.

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Working through details.
Working through details.
The finished product
The finished product
Joseph and Elissa's wedding coordinator.
Joseph and Elissa’s wedding coordinator.
Practicing their song.
Practicing their song.

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“Come and see the works of God…”
Psalms 66:4

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