Saturday, March 5, 2016

Northern Sights

We recently returned from a very restful vacation in Norway. It may sound crazy to travel north in winter for a rest, but that’s what we did. We were blessed to see the northern lights (the picture nearby is not one of ours), which are amazing. Due to reduced solar activity, the few glimpses we saw were fleeting and faint. We visited North Cape, Norway only 1,300 miles from the North Pole, and probably the most desolate looking place we have ever seen. Norway, especially the mountainous fjords and incredible river valleys, is a place we’d like to revisit in the spring.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Going Back to School

Bea, one of the young ladies in our church, invited us to make a presentation about hippies to her high school musical arts class. She had heard, correctly, that we were once part of the hippie movement of the 1960s. We told them about the hippies' search for love, peace, joy, and freedom, and how they ultimately failed to find these good things.

We were also able to tell them about the only one who is able to bring these good things to us through his life and death.

Monday, January 4, 2016

An Outing on New Year's Eve

Šárka and Honza invited us to join them for a visit to a pilgrimage church in nearby Provodov on December 31st. We all followed our friend, Roman Piluša, who has done reconstruction work on the church. Roman took us on a very chilly tour of the church's stations of the cross in the woods above the church; the wind was blowing 20 - 25 miles per hour and the temperature was well below freezing. Afterwards, we got a personal tour of the lovely interior. We were quite happy to finish our outing in a nearby, warm restaurant where we enjoyed a lunch with hot soup and hot drinks.   

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Party 2015

Last Saturday we hosted our annual Christmas party. We invited about 50 friends and most of them showed up at one time or another during the afternoon or evening. There was a good mixture of friends from our church and those whom we know through other connections. 

The Holy Spirit allowed us to create a warm, loving atmosphere. We think many of our non-church friends come just to experience that warmth. Please pray with us for genuine fruit from this time we had with them.

Here are a few pictures from the party. (We don't know who let those one-eyed guys in.)