Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall @ FUSION!

School has gotten underway and that means our Sunday night FUSION Gathering meetings will begin in just a little over a week!!!!  We can't wait to see you all.  Here's what you need to know:

FUSION Gathering (aka youth group) starts back on September 7th!  Each Sunday night we will gather in the fellowship room for snacks from 5:45-6pm, then head down to the youth suite from 6-7:30pm for our fellowship & Bible study.

ON SEPTEMBER 7th: While the youth play games and get to know each other, Lyndsie will meet with the PARENTS in the youth room!  Parents, please come this first night for this meeting.  I will have lots of great information for you including a schedule of items to put on your calendar, an overview of the fall with FUSION Youth Ministries, a couple of forms to complete, and I will spend time answering any questions you might have.

Make sure you check out all of the other tabbed pages on this blog!  They have each been updated with new information and pictures.  See you soon!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Project SPY: Day 6

Well today was our last full day here at Project SPY.  Unfortunately, we made another trip to the urgent care this morning.  Ethan cut his finger on a pocket knife and had to get glued back together.  He is doing just fine, though, and we found plenty for him to do with the use of one hand!  I am so excited to say that we all worked really hard and COMPLETED the wheelchair ramp at Ms. Sumner's house!!!  It was a total celebration when the last picket was screwed onto the hand rail.  We all cheered and stood in awe at the thing we had built together!  Ms. Sumner was so excited to see it and take her first walk all the way down the ramp from her front door.  

We owe so much to Rich Meiser, Jeff Postans and Adam (our SPY construction project lead) for being excellent teachers and leaders in helping us to build this ramp and complete the various other projects at Ms. Sumner's house.  I am so proud of the youth for being willing to learn new things, for encouraging one another, and for working together to serve others in Christian love.  They were truly the hands and feet of Christ this week, sharing God's love and grace with those they encountered.  I am so blessed to be in ministry alongside such amazing youth, and it is so incredibly awesome to be living into my calling each and every day.  People don't always get to say that they get to do what they are truly passionate about every day.  My heart and my calling are for journeying alongside youth as they explore, grow and live out their faith, and it is especially an honor when I get to live that out through things like retreats and mission trips.  I can't wait to keep doing what I love each day!

Check out our last day on the work site:

This evening was a campfire, smores and a talent show!

Tomorrow morning we will have breakfast, clean up, pack up and load up and it's back to Farmville.  A huge thank you to Rich, Jeff and Whitney for joining me in leading this youth mission trip, and thank you to each of you again for your prayers and support for our team.  You have been a part of our mission as well and we truly appreciate it.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Project SPY: Day 5

The weather was BEAUTIFUL today!  It felt like fall.  After breakfast, devotion and packing up lunch, we headed to the work site.  We made some great progress on the ramp at Ms. Sumner's house today!  Check it out:

A few of the youth even took some time to use some of the scrap wood to make a birdhouse!  Ms. Sumner was so excited and asked them to hang it on a particular tree in the back yard.

Tonight's dinner was the community cookout where all of the groups invite their home owners to come and have dinner with us.  Ms. Sumner was excited about the opportunity but wasn't able to make it.  It was neat to see several others from the community come, though, and fellowship alongside those they are in relationship with this week.  Even the mayor of Christiansburg and his wife came to eat with us and thanked us for all we are doing for the community through Project SPY.  

After dinner we had the opportunity to paint a few canvases as a group.  Our theme this week is "Spark".  How do we take that spark God gives each of us and fan the flame to truly ignite our lives for Christ?  So we were able to think creatively about the theme and put it into art.  Each person got a square to fill with their ideas.  I think we came up with some really neat and beautiful creations!  

Tomorrow is our last work day.  We are hoping to finish the ramp, but we're not sure we will be able to fully complete it.  But we are sure going to try!!!  Hopefully we can at least make it usable, then a team can come in next week to do some of the more cosmetic parts like the pickets for the railings.  Time to get some rest so we have the energy to get lots of work done tomorrow!