Adventures on Promise Island God’s Lifesaving Love and Promises Are Forever!

We had 121 children and 31 adults join Kamalei (Abby Hutcheson), Hunter (Christian HeidtHarris), Madi (Jordan Becker), and Cooper the Dog (Anna Lee HeidtHarris) for 5 adventure-filled days on Promise Island learning about God’s lifesaving love and His amazing promises to us!

From adult and youth volunteers to nursery children, all experienced fun, learning opportunities. We offered classes for ages 4-14, and  special activities for nursery children. Through song and Bible stories, we learned that God promises us: “I Am With You,” “I Care About You,” “I Give You What You Need,” “I Will Save You,” and “I Will Answer You.”

Each day we enjoyed fun theme-related crafts, games, and snacks. We celebrated all of God’s promises with a special Water Day on Friday. The children (and adults) learned that God’s promises and love are forever!

On Friday night, we had a special island sendoff complete with a  hotdog and hamburger supper and a special viewing of Chipwrecked” on the big screen in Zion Park. At Friday night’s closing celebration, all of the Promise Island adventurers shared God’s lifesaving love and amazing promises with family and friends through song, prayer, skit, and slideshow. On Sunday, June 24, the Promise Island adventurers shared their favorite music during the 11:00AM worship.

We are sharing God’s promises and love with our 2012 VBS  sponsored ministry: Military Care Packages for the Army 603rd Unit out of Hunter Army Airfield. The kids made awesome cards,  collected $312, and several items (hard candy, black pens, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, ramen noodles, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches, popcorn, Pringles, Q-tips, eye drops, moist wipes, toothpaste/brush, etc.) for the Military Care Packages.

The VBS directors want to thank all who selflessly gave their time and talents, donated goods or money, and supported VBS with prayers. It took each and every one of you to make this year’s VBS such a success!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I held the picture up to the light, and squinted at the image of a snowy day in Michigan, forty-two years ago. There were my mom and dad, my little sister, Alice, and a neighbor girl all bundled up against the freezing cold beside a grinning snowman they had just built. I wasn’t there. I was eighteen, and all the way across town, tucked warmly into my very first apartment. Even then, snow was not my friend. But, years later, it made me smile to see that picture of my family, literally frozen in time.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” so the saying goes, and I believe it’s true. A picture can set your mind to wandering back down through the years; make the memories wash over you, and make you relive the past. As I studied that picture, I felt again that small hand in mine; saw again the laughter in my little sister’s eyes. A precious memory, especially now that she is so ill. I hugged the picture to my chest, and thought of days gone by.

I wonder how many days we have left to create more memories, my sister and I. Each time I go to see her I take another picture, trying to capture the moment. Freeze-frame. I see the hand of God in each one, and thank him for the gift of time, and for pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Every picture I take is a little miracle, reminding me that God’s kingdom has come. Not fully…not yet. But, it is here, now! In every place where there is hope of better things to come. In places where God is at work, restoring the world to God’s self. Wherever there is love and light and laughter, God’s will is being done, on earth as it is in heaven. Like a breath of fresh air, God comes, energizing us, encouraging us, empowering us to endure, until his kingdom comes in its entirety.

Look for those places! Search out the hand of God in your own life! This summer, every time you see evidence of God’s reign (freedoms won, kindnesses given, justice prevailing, suffering alleviated) take a picture! Capture it in time! Bring your pictures to church each week and let’s create a collage on the wall in the Zion Fellowship Hall called “Thy Kingdom Come!” Let’s comfort each other with the evidence that there is good to be found everywhere, and that God is very near.

When we put them all together, our pictures will tell the story of the movement of God in the life of the community of faith called Zion.

Together, we will create a picture that is worth a thousand words.

Happy Hunting!  <><

Pastor Barb

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand… Mark 1:15