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)