Life is merrily busy here at the Maxwell household. I finished Christmas Comes to Sunflower, and we’re enjoying Christmas activities intertwined into life. I’ll share about Sunday evening’s caroling soon!
Speaking of Christmas Comes to Sunflower, it’s exciting for me to send it to families as they complete the project. I marvel at the Lord’s goodness.
Walk Through Bethlehem was a great success. Between Friday and Saturday evenings, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary ran through their set of music and testimonies four times. It was delightful to see the joy the music brought to people. I noticed each evening a child in the play area, instead of playing with the toys, hung on the back of a nearby chair to listen to the music. It was a sweet moment. A family, who came to a conference two years ago when they were in the States from Australia, surprised us and showed up. They’re back in the States and decided to come to WTB after reading the blog post and being only an hour away. It was a joy to talk with them.
I especially appreciate the hours of time my brothers and sisters have invested in music practice. They diligently worked on arranging their pieces and spent hours practicing. We have one more music event coming up, which I’ll share about next week.
Merry Christmas from cold Kansas!
With Joy, Sarah
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
I said I’d share more on the music practice later, so here I am. Below you’ll find part of the reason :).
This weekend, December 6th and 7th, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary will be doing Christmas music and giving testimonies. Friday and Saturday evenings, they’ll be sharing from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:15 p.m.
A church in town hosts a “Walk Through Bethlehem” for three evenings during the Christmas season. Tours are given, and while people wait for their tour, they sit in the sanctuary, listening to live Christmas music. My family will be doing that music for an hour and half, Friday and Saturday evenings, for those who come and are waiting for their turn to go through “Bethlehem.”
The last two years, we had the opportunity to go through “Bethlehem” before their music time began, and it was an amazing experience. Church of the Open Door does a great job of portraying what Bethlehem might have been like when Jesus was born.
It is open to the public, and we invite you to stop in. The actual dates are Friday (6:00-10:00 p.m.), Saturday, and Sunday evenings (5:00-10:00 p.m.). If you would like to hear my brothers and sisters, they will be doing music Friday and Saturday evenings at the times listed at the beginning of the post.
If you live in the Kansas City area, the Church of the Open Door would be about a 45 minute drive.
The church’s address is:
Church of the Open Door 4800 South 20th St. Trafficway Leavenworth, KS 66048
I’ll include some pictures I took last year. We hope to see some of you there, and please, introduce yourselves. You’ll find me in the back of the sanctuary.
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2
Good morning! It’s a pretty October morning, and the delicious aroma of coffee is in the bus. I want to share with you about last weekend’s conference in Louisville.
We arrived a little later than planned due to some unforeseen circumstances, but set up went quickly. We’re thankful for the great help people gave us. The business session went smoothly, and the interaction and questions were wonderful. After that, people moved into the sanctuary for music and Be Inspired!
Saturday morning, sessions went smoothly. There were a number of families this weekend who had driven several hours to attend, and one had stopped in on their way back from vacation. We greatly appreciate every family’s investment of time!
Individual situations and needs are different, and it is a blessing to listen and then encourage others in the Lord Jesus. I also love when someone shares with us that they’ve been inspired by what has been shared. We met several blog followers, and they are a great encouragement to us as we talk.
This week, we were just able to get through all our panel questions, and it seems to be a great way to finish off the weekend.
We left home about 7:15 Friday morning. Belleville (St. Louis area) was supposed to be about a five hour drive. However, we hit a major slowdown, which cost us a little time. When we arrived at the church, we found out that we actually had spoken there many years ago (at least 10+). That’s neat.
Set up went smoothly, and so did music practice. A great group showed up for the small business session. There was good dialog and ideas offered during that time, and then we transitioned to the concert and Inspire! session.
Saturday dawned sunny and cool, a gorgeous autumn day. We began promptly at 9, and our day progressed quickly. Families were very attentive to what was shared, and our hearts were full of joy to see the Lord Jesus working. We saw old friends and met new ones as well. The panel discussion was our most diversified one yet. Not only were the questions very interesting and assorted, we couldn’t even hope to get through them all in the time allotted! Answering questions on the spur of the moment, makes one think quickly ;).
A special joy to me was meeting a new little baby, Gibson, who was named after a Moody character. If you remember from an earlier blog post, one of his brothers wanted to name their baby Gibson, and sure enough, that’s his name. It was a joy to hold him!
Saturday evening, we drove to a state park in Kentucky where we’ve been since. I’ll share some pictures on that later. 😉 We look forward to Louisville this weekend!
Joyfully His, Sarah
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” Psalms 27:8
Saturday in Leavenworth, Kansas brought about eight inches of snow throughout the day and evening. Steve was praying and looking to the Lord Jesus for direction concerning our trip to Gypsum, Kansas to play music for their Sunday evening Christmas service. This trip weighed heavy on his heart since he had no idea how well Uriah would handle in the snow. Steve was keenly aware that in the event of a problem, we wouldn’t all get out and give a push to get moving again. He also was concerned as to whether there would be sufficient heat to keep everyone comfortable.
Sunday morning Steve decided we would start out, and take it one step at a time, depending on the Lord, to enable us to take the next step. The first step was just getting Uriah out of the drive and loaded. To our joy, step-by-step, God gave grace.
Our plan was to take our instruments in to our nursing home church and play for them during our Sunday morning service and then head on to Gypsum, about four hours away. Grandad and Grandma and Nathan and Melanie were also joining us for the day with Nathan playing lead guitar for our music. Our hearts rejoiced as we watched the delight in our nursing home friends’ faces as they listened to the music, old hymns, and Christmas carols.
Not only was it Uriah’s first ministry trip, but it was the first time we have been asked to come to a church to primarily sing. Until about a month ago, we didn’t have any Christmas hymns that we could play and sing, but the children had worked diligently at arranging and practicing Christmas music by themselves and then as a family. Both Nathan and Christopher shared between songs – giving an evangelistic message with personal examples that I thought was very powerful. After the music, Steve preached for about a half an hour encouraging those listening to evaluate their personal walks with the Lord Jesus and to hunger for the Word of God.
The church welcomed us, fed us a delicious dinner, and invited us to join them for their Christmas fellowship after the service.
The bus did well on our snow-packed city streets and the slushy Interstates. It was very comfortable to ride in, except for the driver’s seat, which we hope to replace soon. The boys had furnished Uriah with an old recliner chair for Mom, an old sofa and love seat we had in the garage, plus a few dinette seats that came out of another RV. In addition, they put in a set of bunk beds and a queen bed. When pregnant Melanie needed to stretch, she could stand up and walk around. When Grandad needed to rest his back, he could go lie down. The beds were all filled when we drove home from 9:40 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., allowing some to curl up on a sofa or bench seat to sleep, while others talked the whole way home!
Our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord Jesus for His provision for our transportation needs. There is a great deal of work that has to be done, but it is our desire that Uriah serves the Lord faithfully with us for many years to come.
Trusting In Jesus, Teri
John carrying things out to Uriah Sunday morning.
Mary, Anna, and Nathan at the nursing home.
Nursing home service. (Thank you, Melanie, for taking the picture!)
The family at the evening service in Gypsum.
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