Summer comes and goes in Minnesota and with a very late spring this year and snow still in May, I try to embrace all the warm weather that comes our way. July was so so and we did have some great days in August. Also with my summer comes Vacation Bible School at our church. This is a my 9th year as director. I remember the first meeting I went to back in 2005, they all looked at me and asked if I wanted to be in charge and I have been in charge since.
As the years past, the program seemed to get easier and easier. We use material from Group Publishing and the best part about it, they tell you exactly what to say and what to do. This is my kind of teaching. I have an amazing group of volunteers that step forward each year as we take on this adventure.
2014 was a big year for us. A little background of First Lutheran goes like this. In January, our pastor stepped down and moved on and the process of calling a new pastor began. Through many meeting and bible studies we narrowed down our choice to 4 candidates. In June we put out our first call to a pastor. At this time, we are meeting about VBS wondering if we should do it or not. We thought, "well if we have a new pastor, what a great time to meet and greet people in the congregation and community". On June 27th, the first pastor we called and his wife came to tour Ely (good sign right), had dinner with members and that following Friday we received his decline. Bummer. This was July 4th and panic started setting in. VBS is scheduled to start one month from today. What am I going to do? I don't have a pastor and he does the main part of the program. I put out a call for an emergency meeting, we talked, we contemplated and decided to move forward. We have one month to pull this all together.
Now it is time to be productive. I rounded up crew leaders, leaders and volunteers to set up, clean up, donate money and just pray for us. This was going to happen.
August 4th came and it turned out to be an amazing week. One grandmother asked me how do I have so much energy? I think it was God's plan to fill me with energy this week and keep me moving. I know I didn't do this on my own. We ended up with75 kids (3 to 11);19 crew leaders (12-18) and 20 volunteers (19-80). Everything was perfect except for a little mishap on Day 3. The kids seemed to have fun and the music is always is a plus.
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The week is done and We Did It!! We made is through. My faith was tested and I believe anything is possible with a little help (okay a lot) from up above. When in doubt, you can always PRAY.
A side note, we were in the process of calling the second pastor. He and his family decided to make a trip to visit Ely this exact week. What a great time to come and if anything he can see how awesome our community is and the support we receive from the community.
So there you have it. It has been a "productive" summer and looking forward to getting back to a normal routine and a little scrapbooking. Until the next adventure . . .
By the way, this photo of me and the giraffe. This guy has been with me since my very first VBS - Serengeti Trek (2004). I don't have the heart to let him go.
Happy day ~ Ann