Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2012 Family and Marriage Conference

Winter winds blew some rain and snow our way this past weekend, but they didn’t dampen the spirits of our friends who attended the conference.  It seemed to us that many went away encouraged that the Bible has very powerful and practical solutions to the problems we all face in our human relationships.

Our guest speakers, Jeff and Beth Stull, taught a group of about 20 adults using principles from Paul David Tripp’s book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.  Miriam Grady helped us teach the children and prepared crafts and games for them; in her service to the children, she allowed the parents stay focused on the conference sessions.

The Lord definitely heard your prayers and came to help us.  Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who prayed for this event!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Výlov = Lots of fish and fun

Last weekend we visited our dear friend Mirka Štenclová in southern Bohemia.  Mirka lives about 45 minutes away from the largest lake in the Czech Republic.  Every two years, the fishermen who manage the stocks in the lake, drain the water in the lake and catch all of the fish.  This is known as a výlov.  When this occurs, it brings out musicians, chefs, fish lovers, and folks who enjoy eating and watching as the fishemen do their thing.  We joined the crowd, ate fish, watched fish being caught, listened to music, and had a really nice day with Mirka and her two children.     

Monday, October 1, 2012

Communicant's Class

Something very encouraging has started in the past few weeks: our church is holding its first ever communicant’s class.  Several of the older children in Sunday School have recently expressed a desire to join the church.  The elders discussed this and decided to offer a special series of classes to prepare them for membership.  As word of these classes began to spread (this doesn’t take long in a congregation of 40 people), several adults and some teens asked if they could be included.  The result is that we now have two different groups with about six or seven in each group!  The picture in this post shows the group of adults and teens. 

We are very encouraged about these classes and our students are as well.  Class time has been primarily devoted to discussion and the exchanges have been lively and meaningful.  Please praise God with us that he has brought us so many who want to make a public profession of their faith!