Sunday, June 30, 2024

Unusual Sunday

I rested with God in the garden this morning....before the day's activities took off. I didn't pull a single weed. 

This Sunday we 3, Michael, myself and GG, were the only ones at church in Eagle River. Larissa and Noah are traveling in TX. Krista and Luke are also traveling in the lower 48 with the kids.  Carrie and the girls were on their way back from the lake. Jamin and Jared had gone on an overnight camping/fishing trip with Cory and Benny.  The girls were at MAG as Morgan, the young gal mentioned in this post, was getting baptized. On the way into Eagle River, we typically send out a message to group me, "How many seats do we need to save today?" and we begin getting responses. Seven seats have been the least, usually it's 12 - 14 and we've hit 22 several times. We don't have pews - I can't just tell them to "squish tighter" as we did in military chapels. It was relaxing to know we only needed 3 seats today, though we missed everyone. ::snort::   Krista or Luke send out another message, "Anyone want a drink this morning?" and they stop at a local stand and show up with lattes, Frappuccino's and Italian sodas. Good times. I had missed church at ACF last week as I was in church in Wasilla with CoRielle. 

We are starting a series on the Holy Spirit, and we really wanted to hear the message.  One thing I've heard a few times since we began attending ACF is "But they AREN'T Pentecostal."  Hmmm...I've seen God moving, Holy Spirit is active and transforming lives at ACF; people are being saved, the word is preached, people are being baptized, unbelievers are welcomed and loved, a community is being impacted in practical ways, the church is living life on mission...they may not have a Pentecostal label, but Holy Spirit shows up.   Michael and I thought this was a GREAT MESSAGE  (message begins at 16 min) on the Holy Spirit and it's a series...more to come! Even GG had a few "amens" to share. He was skeptical at first of going to church at ACF because it wasn't Pentecostal, but he HAS told me in the past, "they act more Pentecostal than most Pentecostal churches." I'm not sure what he means by that. ::snort::  We hope to watch the message again with the girls as they missed it - and I missed quotes I was taking notes and couldn't keep up. I'm learning to look up from my journal and snap a picture if Brian begins a quote - because I know I'm going to want it and I can't keep up. 

Michael and I at church.

 We're PROS at saving seats. If you ever want to come to church with us, we'll save you a seat.  Carrie and the girls got home during church, and we were able to drop over and fill up our tank with girl vibes before we headed back to the valley. 

MAG, where the girls were, was also having their church picnic. A good time was had by all AND THE RAIN HELD OFF for them. Bre sent these photos. 

Allie and friend





Bre and Jojo


It started raining on our way home from Eagle River. This led to a lazy afternoon yard work. We read, watched movies, had tea...all good. 

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