A change of scenery……ahhhh!

Wow. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy a change of pace and scenery!  I know I would enjoy being with the wonderful people from Nebraksa (I *heart* Nebraska!) and telling them about the work South of the Border (www.cptlnmexico.wordpress.com)

I knew I would enjoy connecting with good friends, Dick and Sue Rockebach and Jean Knudsen and Diann and Lexi.  But it is refreshing to talk about those things that are important to me (helping people connect to each other, with significance and with the amazing love of God) and get some feedback from people who “get it” and “get you.”

I knew I would see a different landscape but ahhhhhh……staying with my hosts on the ranch…..gave me a deep, deep breath of fresh air…..all the way down to my toes!  I got to see a family of racoons eat some of the cat food outside the patio door.  I got to take a luxurious l….o…..n…..g SUnday afternoon nap and I slept in this morning.  I can’t remember the last time I actually slept in.  My phone mysteriously went black yesterday and so I was a bit disconnected too!

I think I have to find a way to include that change of scenery in my.life without flying on a tiny plane (that’s another funny story……)

I am enjoyed………ahhhhhhhhh!…….my trip to Nebraska!  (I meant to write I HAVE enjoyed……but now that I think about it,  I think I AM enjoyed!)

How about you?  Life crazy?  Maybe try a change of scenery……  Hey, this is San Diego!  Beauty is all around….go and explore your city.  Just stay away from little planes!

This is why we do this…..

What a moving message on the topic of peace today and what it cost!  Wow.  God’s Holy Spirit was working in a powerful way through the messsage. Before I could figure out what was happening, my eyes were leaking a bit and when I looked around I was not alone.  BUT what I saw later touched me in such a powerful way…….how this child understood the message and how it touched him in a powerful way!

Here is Anthony with his note to God.

Here is Anthony making peace with his sister Melia.

THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!  Sharing the one big truth of God in a way that the whole family is engaged…..yes, that the whole family understands and is MOVED by the power of the TRUTH of God….and that the TRUTH of God and His pure LOVE reach you deep inside. That is happening here at Concordia.

I am so glad that we are doing this experimental worship style.  Before beginning we supposed the impact but now we are SEEING IT!

You can see the worship and message of today on our video site. Just click HERE.  You will enjoy how we drive home the BIG TRUTH OF GOD in little snippets of drama, message and music BUT if you want to get to the crux of the message go ahead of the 48 minute mark and sit back and let the TRUTH of GOD meet you where you are.  Enter and engage.  Then let me know if your eyes don’t leak a bit!

Anniversary Happenings….

Yes, we are preparing for our anniversary of the preschool.  The centerpiece of the celebration is the launching of a new community art gallery starting with the art of the talented Concordia Preschool Kids.

Today I spent 11 hours prepping the art of the children.  Why do things take twice as long as you think they are going to take?  In my case, I think I underestimated the job by a whole lot more!  Thanks to parent volunteer Emi and my friend Karin who took pity on me late in the night.

The fun part of the day was looking….really studying……the art of the children.  I was floored!  What fun to see the creativity, the color selections, the technique, the fun and energy.  The teachers have done a very good job in inspiring the children, in teaching them many different techniques that they have used very deftly in creating their works of art!

Tomorrow we put up the special cables that hang from the special art railings and we hang the art. Then we paper it and create some anticipation and drama by making people wait anxiously for the unveiling next Saturday at noon.  We are already beginning to talk it up and create excitement.

Our neighborhood merchants are also celebrating with us by bringing some goodies to celebrate with!  Make sure you put it on your calendar……..Saturday, September 18 from 10 to 1pm.  Art show and unveiling is at NOON! Invite your friends, family, neighbors….people you meet at the grocery store…..EVERYONE!

Here is a sneak peek…….shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone I let you in on a preview!