Thursday, June 08, 2006

New 6th Graders Meet mosquitoes

Tuesday night was our barbecue welcoming next year's 6th graders to 3-D (Death Defying Discipleship, our jr. high ministry). We had a great turnout of 20 kids. There were several of the incoming students plus a few older visitors as well. We had hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by Brian as well as numerous chips and lemonade. We played a fun game where 7 kids had to get inside a bike innertube and walk a course of cones while the leaders threw water balloons at them. We also played Squirrels in the Trees and beach ball volleyball. After volleyball we came back to the picnic shelter where Nate talked a little about Luke 9 and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We broke up into small groups to talk about it a little more. During all this time the Adler Park mosquitoes were also treated to a fabulous feast. It is beyond my ministry skill to engage 6th graders on the question of what it means to deny yourself while they are being eaten, though we tried and the guys got some of it. We did have a good time. I'm still dealing with the shock that Levi Molson is a 6th grader. He was a cute toddler whose mom was in the housegroup I first went to when I came to the Vineyard. Theresa Schwaar's also a 6th grader this year and I still remember how she always wanted me to carry her on my shoulders when my group met at her house 5 years ago. Somehow since I've been in contact with the Schwaar's over that time I wasn't too surprised that we were getting Theresa. The Schwaars that'll rock my world are Ryan and Christopher if I'm still going this in 5 years. Them I remember being born. Anyway Levi was a shock. His family's been around the church but we've not run in the same circles. I didn't realize he'd aged beyond 5, but there he was Tuesday night. Oh well. We'll hit the stage soon where we've got students born after I started with 3-D. For those who are curious I counted 38 mosquito bites on my legs and am aware of several others on my upper body.

Verse of the Day

"And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?" Luke 9:23-25 (ESV)

16 comments:

annalu alulu said...

one time i had over 100. (not received all at once, just accumulated. new ones added to old ones still there equaled 100.)

Jenn Hacker said...

The "skeeters" here are so big, I can't leave Ziggy outside for very long, otherwise the "skeeters" will just pick him up and take off!

Tooz said...

The Back Pew guy has a lot to say about mosquitoes. My worst experience with said bugs was on a picnic in Montana when Granny "washed my face" with a watermelon rind. I had 38 bites before I could get the juice washed off. My own mother did that to me! And you all think you had a bad mama!

Lydia said...

Oh, our poor, poor mama. No wonder you have issues!! (Just kidding!)But I'm busting at the seams right now. Please forgive me!

Jenn Hacker said...

It's the hormones! Sometimes they make you cry, sometimes they make you laugh like a loon! (I'm guessing Lydia is in the loon stage right now.) Love ya'll!

annalu alulu said...

my one hundred is still more than mom's 38. nannah nannah boo boo.

bubba, did you get my message last night? you're home less than tim, who doesn't live there anymore (change your answering machine...just a reminder).

annalu alulu said...

there's a girl i used to keep in the nursery who went to prom last year. and another little girl, who was 3 when i babysat her and played barbies with her and listened to her sing "butterfly kisses" when she went to bed (she knew all the words), is a freshman at sayer and looking at colleges and serving our church faithfully. i remember the first time i heard her sing after i graduated college, i was outside the sanctuary and thought, "who's that woman?" then i went in and it was her! she was, like, 13!! yeah, it's weird to see kids all grown up when you remember them as little bitty kids.

Tooz said...

Yes, 100 is more than 38. I do remember my math. However, all 38 of those were on my face. I didn't bother counting the rest of them. Love you anyway, show-off!

Lydia said...

Everett, I had the baby!

Lydia said...

No, of course I'm kidding. I was just trying to see if you would post something new or if you'd even been paying attention to all these crazies who want to hear from you.

annalu alulu said...

preach it, sistah!

Jenn Hacker said...

Lest we bloggers are offended,
merely post, then all is mended;
We see you haven't posted here
in a time that seems a year!

Tooz said...

Surely you did SOMETHING worth blogging about last weekend!

Jenn Hacker said...

Don't know where you are, but I miss hearing from/about you!

annalu alulu said...

five days, bubba! FIVE DAYS!!

Everett said...

Hey Ann if you want to call on Wednesday after about 7:30 pm that would be cool.