April 11-17, 2021
Colonial Baptist Church
Blue Ridge, VA
This week we were in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains at Colonial Baptist Church. The church was set in a beautiful area of Virginia and we loved connecting and serving with the people at this church. The people were so sweet and they loved conversing before and after services. We had regular services Sunday-Tuesday. This congregation loved being able to sing, and it was really encouraging to hear the congregation lift up the hearts in worship.
It is good for a church to be able to sing together, cry together, but to also laugh together. This congregation loved Family Fun Night and really got into the games and activities. It was so fun to watch. Irish Concerts are always a lot of fun and we enjoyed this outreach opportunity that we had with this church.
Before the services, we held pre sessions. Riley led the teen pre-sessions, and each of the girls on the team took turns to do the kids pre-sessions. They would usually correlate with the lesson that would be taught later in the night during the kids program.
We had some special memories that we made during this week as well. We held our Master’s Tournament on Sunday night. Riley and Phil set up a 18-hole mini golf course throughout the entire church, and the team was split up into teams to complete it. We had a lot of fun spending time together and completing the course. At the end, Phil won the tournament and earned the green jacket. We also had an opportunity to make the pastor emeritus’ wife, Barb Wegner’s birthday special. We dressed up in funny costumes and played happy birthday and You Are My Sunshine. It was such a special and fun way to celebrate her.
This was a special week and we loved being at Colonial Baptist. We loved how Pastor Joel Wegner connected with each person on the team and how he got to know us each individually. It made an impact on our team, and made our time at this church so sweet and special.
April 18-24, 2021
Faith Baptist Church
After being in Virginia for a couple of weeks, we drove to the college town of Morgantown, West Virginia. We were at Faith Baptist Church and it was such a great week. We held regular services Sunday-Tuesday. After each service, you would see many of the team members talking with people in the congregation and sharing ways that the Lord has worked in their lives.
Wednesday night we did our Irish Concert which was a lot of fun. Faith’s congregation really got into the concert with clapping and singing along! It was such a blessing and enjoyable way to share Gospel seeds with the Morgantown community.
Prior to the Monday and Wednesday services, Faith Baptist Family provided a meal for the whole church family. The meal times were such a special way to connect with the church people and get to know them better. Both nights after the meal and before the service, the teens and our team would play a pickup game of volleyball or other games. It was a fun way to encourage them to come out to the dodgeball tournament.
On Thursday, our team ran a dodgeball tournament that was hosted by the church. It was an exciting tournament with some unexpected underdog wins! Aaron preached his testimony to around 50 young people. There was sweet fellowship while eating pizza and playing pick up games after the tournament.