Periodic Pondering

In connection with this summer’s Sunday theme (What Were They Thinking), I’m interviewing members of our congregation, highlighting the different events and groups so we can get to know Family of Christ people even better. -Solveig Nelson, Summer Media Specialist 

What Were They Thinking?    

Mission Day Camp took place this past week. 30 kids and 10 youth leaders spent the week serving others. They made meals at St. John’s for people experiencing homelessness, sorted school supplies, packed backpacks for Twin Cities Kids in Need Teacher Resource Center, sorted/repacked food at Second Harvest, served at Feed My Starving Children, and projects at church! They also participated in several Bible Studies that focused on the verse “Through us, God can do more than we can imagine,” Ephesians 3:20, and celebrated their service with a day at Valley Fair!    

Colton Kinneman-Mission Tripper  

Colton went on the Urban Immersion trip from two weeks ago, finished his 3rd year at Mission Day Camp this past week, and is preparing to leave for the Whitewater rafting trip this Sunday!

Question: What do you think was your favorite part of the Urban Immersion Mission Trip?

Colton: “Cooking a dinner with 7 dollars. We made a ramen, potato, carrot thingy-ma-bober.”  

Question: What do you think strengthened your faith on that trip?

Colton: “Probably learning how impoverished people live with such difficulties.”  

Question: “What do you think has been your favorite part about Mission Day Camp?”

Colton: “The people.”  

Question: “How have you seen God work through you Mission day campers to help others this week?”

Colton: “Probably when we went to St John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska and cooked a meal because we helped homeless people and the person who usually sets it up was really thankful and happy.”  

Question: What do you think you’re looking forward to most on the Whitewater Rafting trip?

Colton: “Whitewater rafting.”

Kay Ross-3rd year Mission Day Camp, Kay brought in 5 of her friends to camp this year. Evangelism at it’s best.

Question: What do you think has been your favorite part about Mission Day Camp?

Kay: “Helping others who need our help.”  

Question: How have you seen God work through this Mission Day Camp group to help others this week?

Kay: “By having us do the things that God wants us to do to help people.”  

Question: Moving forward the rest of the summer, how do you think you’ll take what you’ve learned here at Mission Day Camp out into the world?

Kay: “By being kinder to other people, no matter who they are.”

Logan Boie-1st year Mission Day Camp and Drama Ministry  

Question: What do you think has been your favorite part about Mission Day Camp?

Logan: “My favorite part was probably Feed My Starving Children.”  

Question: How have you seen God work through Mission Day Camp to serve others?

Logan: “I think we definitely helped a lot of people. By giving them food, and by helping people get school supplies so I definitely think God helped us do that.”  

Question: What was being a part of Musical Day Camp like?

Logan: “It was really fun, especially because my brother directed it and it was fun learning and doing the songs.  

Question: What do you think others should know about Drama Ministry and if they are thinking about joining?

Logan: “It’s really fun and we practice like once or twice every week. And it’s fun performing for people.”  

Question: Do you have a favorite past role or skit you’ve done?

Logan: “No, they’ve all been really fun.”

A Few Announcements:

MIDDLE SCHOOL GAME NIGHT! On Sunday, July 21, 6:00-8:00 PM, Middle School students (including incoming 6th Graders!), are invited to a night of board games with a speedy twist. Bring your favorite game from home to play. And we will have desserts! Bring a friend and feel free to bring a new/gently used game, movie (or donation) to donate to a local hospital.

5th ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY IS JULY 24 We are getting prepared and making all of our fun plans for another terrific Church Block Party! The date is Wednesday, July 24 and there will be gargantuan pizzas and cookies! This year’s band is “Distant Edge,” featuring our own Aaron Eiden. There will be jumpy-houses for kids, face painting, lawn games, a fire truck, a Young Adult Fundraiser, and much more. Plan on coming to our fabulously wonderful Block Party July 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM.      

BLOOD DRIVE Memorial Blood Center will be at our block party sponsoring a blood drive from 5:00-8:00 PM. Please sign up to donate, they are running short on supply this summer and your donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions talk to Kim Schaeferle: and enter sponsor code 4049.  

COLLECTION FOR REFUGEES Here is a way you can help newly arrived refugees in our area by participating in the Refugee Co-Sponsorship Model of the Minnesota Council of Churches. By collecting and providing personal hygiene items and household items, we’ll offer a sign of hospitality. See the receptacle box in the narthex for your donations of toilet paper, shampoo, tooth brushes, soap, and deodorant.    

THE EL SALVADOR TRIP returned this week. 20 people visited the school and students that Seeds of Hope supports and learned more about El Salvador. Be sure to ask about their experiences and read their blog,      

ROOTBEER AND HYMN SING For the worship portion on Wednesday, July 31, we’ll enjoy a good ol’ fashioned hymn-sing complete with root beer floats out on our church lawn. Come help us sing our faith! 

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