September 26- October 1, 2021
First Baptist Church
St Francis, MN
After a special week of ministry in Grand Rapids, MN, we traveled down to St. Francis, MN to partner in ministry with First Baptist Church. It was a special week of ministry in that we got to see first hand the growth of this church. Because the church grew in numbers, they outgrew the auditorium, so we held our events in the gym to hold everyone! It was such a neat way for us to see how God is growing His church!
On Sunday, our team began the week with Sunday School with the teens in Sunday school and Aaron with the adults. We loved being able to worship with the church on Sunday morning. On Sunday evening, we did our Romans 8 singspiration. It’s always encouraging to hear truth from this passage and have the opportunity to respond in worship to our Lord! We even had a special treat- a dear friend, Joel Albright, played cello with us for one of the songs.
The Ladies Night on Monday was so sweet! The theme that the church put on was “Cookies & Cozies with the Coffey’s.” The ladies were organized in circles designed to look like a cafe which helped encourage sweet and uplifting conversations. The ladies not only enjoyed sweet conversations, but they also had the opportunity to decorate cookies and enjoy coffee, tea, and cider of course! Watching the ladies play bingo was also fun! We love seeing ladies bond over life experiences as they play together. Towards the end of the night, Steph Coffey gave a challenge on Luke 19:10 about why our Jesus came to this earth: to seek and to save the lost!
Mens’ night was on Tuesday. To start off the night, the men played different yard games- like corn hole, golf chipping, axe throwing, and nerf gun shooting. Once those games outside were over, the men enjoyed a barbeque dinner and did the man quiz. Aaron then gave a challenge on Romans 5:6-8 and how Jesus came to die therefore demonstrating the greatest example of love!
Throughout the week, we had the opportunity to be involved with the kids in the school. Aaron and Hudson preached in a few chapels with the middle/high school, and Phil preached in several kids’ chapels. During the day on Wednesday then, we did an all day Cola War with the middle/high school. They were split into two teams and played in several games throughout the day. There were also chapel sessions that split up the games throughout the day. Please be in prayer for these teens and the truth that they heard throughout the week will change their lives.
On Wednesday night, we enjoyed doing a Family Fun Night. We especially loved seeing multiple different families come from the school. It was so much fun to see this church compete against each other and laugh together!
Thursday night was our Irish Concert and another opportunity to give the good news to those who needed to hear it! We loved fellowshipping with so many church members after the concert. It was definitely a sweet way to end the week!
This week was such a sweet week in that we got to connect with good friends throughout the week. We are so thankful for friends and connecting with fellow believers on the road!