Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Day of Rest

Posted by: Erika and Laura

Today started off with the great habit we are developing of 20 mins of devotions. Our continued study of I John brought us to chapter 3 today. We are discovering awesome truths of our relationship with God. Everyone was grateful for the well-needed extra sleep we got because of our later start for church. At ten o' clock we headed out for Disciple's Point church. The service began with an open-mic time, where anyone could share praises, prayer requests, etc.. Benji, Cole, and Erika quoted a few passages of Scripture that we are memorizing from I John. The sermon was given by a guest speaker, and his topic was Psalm 131. After the church service, we feasted on a smorgasbord meal hosted by the members of Disciple's Point. It was a wonderful experience to be in the company of other believers who were so welcoming and inviting to us.
After lunch, we returned to Long View Ranch, where we had some time to relax before paintball and horseback riding. Each of the girls rode horses except for Bergen and Katie, who rocked the paintball course! The guys all took part in paintball - which provided some heated battles between Mr. Hood's team (Katie, Cole, Kevin, Mr. Smith, Benji) and Caleb's team (Bergen, RJ, Sam, Heber, Dylan) - with Caleb's ultimately winning 3-2.
Another delicious meal followed horseback riding and paintball. Tonight we had taco salad for dinner, a Long View Ranch classic. For nightly devotions, we watched a video about the parable of the prodigal son. We learned that the story is not just about the prodigal son, but about the older son as well.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Riter was not able to join us for church or afternoon activities, as she has not been feeling well and decided to rest up. Please keep her in your prayers!
Sophomores signing off! (sorry, no pictures today!)


Blogger The Wieses said...

Thanks for the blog! It was fun to read about the smorgasbord, horseback riding, and especially the paintball! The book of John is full of great verses of spirituality. It was a beautiful warm day with ocean breezes here, but I would trade it for the scenery you are seeing any day. Blessings to all. Lisa and Kevin Wiese

4/10/2011 10:25 PM  
Blogger The Wieses said...

P.S. Meant FIRST John. And BTW, CONGRATS on breaking the Sophomore Record for wood-filled trucks!!!

4/10/2011 10:32 PM  
Blogger Carolyn Gannett said...

Hi Sophomores!
I have many great camp memories from my teenage years, and I envy you. Don't think I am quite up for paintball at this time in my life...roller coasters, yes, paintball, no! You are being prayed for. Keep up the good work.
Mrs. Gannett

4/10/2011 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Reed said...

OK, who fed Mrs. Riter gluten? I loved the picture of the whole crew...wish I had seen Hubert (Heber) actually laboring....that would have been yearbook-worthy! Longview is the place where God first started moving our hearts to work with foster kids. You never know where you'll be when He calls you!

4/11/2011 7:03 AM  
Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

Hi Sophomores!!
Glad to hear all is going well in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee!
Following your blogs and praying that you will be blessed by your time there and your time of study in 1 John. How wonderful to know Jesus like John did:)
I miss you Hope, and I am glad to hear that Benji is leading worship so nicely. There is a pic of Casey playing her guitar in worship on the junior blog too!
So proud of all you guys!
Love, Mrs. Kunmann

4/11/2011 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Hood, said...

We are praying for you Mrs. Riter! Hope you are feeling better today. How fun you all played paintball. Way to beat your Dad Caleb! :) (Love you honey!) Hope you are having a great service day today as you are out in the community. Remember it's not just about serving those outside and in need but it's also about serving each other. Love you all!

4/11/2011 2:43 PM  

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