Celebrating Easter

Someone recently asked me if I celebrate Easter. I said “Yes,” but before I could expand on that statement, there was an interruption, and the conversation never resumed. That question has been swirling around in my head, though, and as I’ve thought about celebrating Easter, I’m reminded that we as a culture (and perhaps as…

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Amazing Jake’s

Wally, the interns, and this group of Team FUN’ers enjoyed a weekend outing to Amazing Jake’s in Mesa. Because of the generous budget of the First Things First Foundation, the participants traveled in style — Hummer limousine style! I think they found it just a tad more appealing than our 2001 Ford van. Here is…

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We are healed!

He is the Healer.We are the healed. Hallejuah, what a Savior! Click below to view a creative, powerful presentation of

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Kids Klub 3.17.10

Emily and Hilda led the kids in some energetic singing. Then, it was off to classes to learn about Jonah & the big fish! I think nearly every class had some type of craft project. There were some intense fish decorators.

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Caleb has tricks up his sleeve….

Whan a youth leader says, “Well, we’re going to do a little activity, and I need two volunteers,” that’s a time to be afraid. Especially since the contents of that mysterious blue bowl on the table are covered with a towel. Especially since that bowl most likely contains something fairly high on the grossness scale.…

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Dare 2 Share 2010

This past weekend, our interns and a group of teens attended Dare 2 Share’s Blaze conference in Phoenix. Joining our group were leaders and youth from Paradise Valley Mennonite Church. The conference is based on Isaiah 6:1-8 and is designed to help youth understand The Fire That Burns (God’s Glory), The Fire That Destroys (God’s…

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Carpe Diem

This neighborhood is a transitional one. Nearly 60% of its residents are renters. That means they move a lot. Fortunately, they often move to different homes or apartments within this same community, and we’re able to maintain connections with those families and children. Sometimes, though, they move beyond our feasible reach — to North or…

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2010 Auction

Here are just a few auction highlights in photo form. It takes many volunteers to make auction day go smoothly, and regretfully, I didn’t get photos of them all. Auction Cashiers – Hilda, Andrea, & Stephanie (with Ro and Delia there for moral support) Burger Griller – Arlis Unrau from Pryor, OK Bake Sale Crew…

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