Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Day at Church

Posted by: Megan Jones, Shannon Lee, Mrs. Wenzel

Good evening, all! We had yet another awesome day at Long View Ranch. Tennessee was exceptionally cold today, and everyone had to bundle up. We had breakfast at 8:45 this morning, which allowed everyone to sleep in for a little while. After breakfast we had personal devotion time, and then we loaded up in the bus to drive to church. The drive was about 45 minutes long, and along the way some students played games to pass the time.

We arrived at the church, which was based at Tusculum College. It was a rather small church - it was so small, in fact, that they usually meet in a cafe at the college. During the service the sophomores did three skits. The skit group performed very well. The preacher came up after some praise and worship and talked to us about the story about Ezekiel in the valley of bones. His message was that we have to listen to whatever God tells us to do, no matter how impossible it may seem. He has a plan for us in everything that we do. We had an ending song and prayer - afterwards, we headed down to the cafe to have a potluck lunch. Members of the church had all brought in their own dishes for us to enjoy - we had pulled pork sandwiches, scalloped potatoes, casseroles, chips, desserts such as cake and brownies, and iced tea and pink lemonade. It was all very good and we are thankful for their generosity.

After church, we went to Walmart so students could pick up things they needed or wanted. We stayed there for half an hour and left just a little bit late thanks to some sophomores who were on the wrong side of the store. Then we departed for Long View, arriving at about 3 PM. We had free time until dinner at 6, which was nachos. For devotions tonight we all headed down to a bonfire, wearing our warmest clothes. Some sophomores made s'mores and huddled close together with blankets for warmth. We had a time of sharing, songs and prayer. Some students have chosen to go inside to stay warm and not get sick, while others are going to stay by the bonfire for a little while.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. It is getting colder, and students are starting to get sick and dehydrated. We all need to be at our best health tomorrow, as we are going to be working hard for Long View once again.

We are all very tired, but excited with all the things that God has been doing for us. Over and out! ~The sophomores


Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

Drink plenty of water and wear everything you have! Layers!!! Just some motherly advice! Also, you don't get sick from cold weather, you get sick from viruses! But lack of sleep and proper hydration could lower your resistance! So rest well, bundle up, and drink your water! I'm glad you have Mr. Hood and Mrs. Wenzel along to help you stay healthy!

Miss Joanne and I prayed a long time for you all tonight at youth group...for protection, for health, for safety, that you will be a blessing to others and be blessed...

3/29/2009 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello 10th graders! It sounds like things are going well. I love how you keep us updated on the food! It looks like you are getting much accomplished. I pray that you will all get a good nights rest tonight and that the Lord will give you the strength for all that He has called you to do. I can't wait to hear all about the trip when you get back.
-Mrs. Riter

3/30/2009 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all! I think I am going to TN for the food alone! The smores looked very enticing.... Isn't it great to breathe cold, fresh mountain air? Hope you have a great day today, with lots of new adventures. Thanks for keeping us posted. Love, Mrs. Harrison

3/30/2009 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brrr! Do your best to stay warm! I continue to be amazed at the amount of work you are doing, but not amazed by what a blessing you have been to others! It gives me a warm feeling inside to know that you are serving others so well! God Bless, Mrs. Stapleton

3/30/2009 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sophmores,
Isn't Tennesee BEEEEEEEEEEEAutiful? Don't let the cold get to you. Enjoy one of God's greatest creations. Hope you make some great memories this evenng and come home with lots of stories to share. I love you all.
Mrs. Blickle

3/30/2009 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Mrs Wilson said...

Great job blogging!! I'm sure it was demanding to have a long, cold, muddy day of ministry work and then somehow find the energy to write about it, not to mention find an internet connection and upload pictures! But your posts have really helped us to pray for you better.

If you're not too exhausted Tuesday night, please make a quick post when you get back home to let us know you arrived safely.

Have a safe trip home. It's nice and WARM back here in FL!!!

3/30/2009 10:22 PM  
Blogger Sangree said...

Work, fun & worship...that's awesome! Glad to read a little of how God is doing great scripture to support this...but in my never to be humble is everything now and rest when you get home (no, not in class Wednesday)! Impact lives for eternity!
Mark Sangree for the Sangree Team

3/30/2009 10:44 PM  

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