Here I am…in my office…post-Sonshine…procrastinating on writing my newsletter article (of course, by the time my secretary reads this I WILL be working on my article, I promise).
Anyway…we had a great time at Sonshine Festival. We heard lots of great music from the likes of Jars of Clay, Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Toby Mac, Hawk Nelson, Peder Eide, Barlowgirl, David Crowder, and much more. That list is definitely not listed in order because that would be to hard to do. But Hawk Nelson is a group I never really listened to before but I am now developing a new appreciation for them. All the groups were (and are) great examples and very open about their faith. It was fun and inspiring to hear them and worship with them. And for $68 for the weekend…for all that music…you just can’t beat that.
Our group consisted of my wife and I along with one senior high girl from Salem with a group of 10 from Our Savior’s. There were more adults than youth in our group, but everyone had fun. We camped in tent city where there were thousands of tents crammed in together. It is hard to describe the scene but trust me, it was a zoo. The “city” never really completely died down. There was activity all night long for all four nights. My wife and I came home on Saturday and let me tell ya…a shower and my bed felt great on Saturday night. But over all it was a great experience and we are already looking forward to next year.
I haven’t said much in this area for a while but here’s a quick update (just in case you were wondering). All the cement is poured and now they are on the brick work. Red-ish (basic brick color…whatever that is “offically” called) bricks will be placed on the side of the ramp and a brick wind break is currently being built on the north side of the ramp by the sanctuary door. The time table for completion is still mid-August sometime. I will get some pictures posted soon.
One week to go…
After this week I will be out of the office for a couple weeks. On Sunday I fly to Chicago for a special meeting on evangelism and outreach. I was invited by the synod office to attend this meeting (I will discuss this more in another post this week). After I get back on Tuesday I go on vacation until Sunday. On Sunday I am still out of the office but for continuing education. The week of Aug 3 – 10 I am at the Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference. A free conference in the Okoboji Lakes area (about 20 miles from here). That too I will write more about later. So this week I have a lot to get done before I head out.
With that…I leave you with this quote I came across…one I used in my sermon yesterday: “We are not in the land of the living, but in the land of the dying — someday we shall be in the Land of the Living.” What a great reminder of the hope we all have in Jesus Christ.
Take care and have a great day!