Ahoy, Ye Crews!

Our 2008 Vacation Bible School is in the books. For the last several years, it has felt that VBS has been our final act of summer, at least as a church. Once we get through VBS, then the summer with all of its busyness (and people gone on vacations) is bascially over. This year we had Upwards soccer and cheer camp in June, Idlewild Christian Camp (33 of us participated in that) in July, our Mexico mission trip and then finally VBS in August. Whew! The old boring routine looks pretty good right now!

We had about 85 kids ages 2 through 5th grade, most of them not from our church, attend our VBS. The theme this year was from the Veggie Tale movie "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything." The theme verse was Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength" (NCV). In Veggie Tale speak, the message is that God can make all of us heroes through the strength of Jesus." The theme song, which we song over and over, was "Calling All Heroes."

We had a great group of adults leading the various activities, some serving for the very first time. Nathan Tanner did an outstanding job as "The Commodore" keeping the kids pumped up. The hard part was getting him to come out of character! Each year I am amazed at how my quiet little wife transforms into such an animated actress when she is teaching Bible lesson. The crafts, snacks and a science lab with experiments all reinforced the Bible lesson.

To tell you the truth, I really wasn't expecting too much from VBS this year; it didn't seem like we were stressing it as much as in the past (but we had so much else going on). Oh, me of little faith! It was great to see all the kids and all the enthusiasm. Some of these kids started with us as preschoolers and now are ready to "graduate" (to Middle School) and were talking about coming back next year as helpers. What even more surprising... Josh and Sylvia were talking Friday night about what we would do next year!