*Also posted at The Ramblings of a little Debbie
Wes, Katherine, Sebastian and I are enjoying our Birchman church family. The kids have made friends and are involved in Sunday school, RA's (Royal Ambassadors) and GA's (Girls in Action). Sebastian is learning the RA Pledge and once he's memorized it he'll earn his vest. The first night he attended the class was building race cars. An older boy (who turned out to be in Katherine's Sunday school class) helped Sebastian build his race car. Sebastian was so excited when I picked him up that night. The next week his class raced their cars. He won his first race and lost the second, but he had a great time.
Katherine is enjoying her GA class too. In October they studied how God tells us to help the poor. She learned about the ministry of a WorldCraftsSM artisan group in Southeast Asia. She also discovered how she can make a difference through WorldCrafts. Her GA class hosted a WorldCrafts party in December where ladies of the church were invited to come and learn about the WorldCrafts vision and purchase handcrafted, fair-trade products from artisans spanning the globe. The girls provided the snacks.
Wes and I love our respective Sunday school classes too. God has used the ladies in my class to teach me so much already. God is convicting, challenging, growing, and molding me. Some weeks it's hard to hear, but oh what a blessing when I receive it!
Last night was Christmas family night at Birchman and it was such a blessing to see our pastor & his wife, Dr. Bob & Mrs. Deborah Pearle, and our Minister of Worship/Music & his wife, Philip and Angela Griffin, host the children up on the platform where they sang Christmas carols; Deborah Pearle read We Believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury; and Dr. Pearle closed with having the children help him build the manger scene while telling them about Jesus' birth. It was evident that the Pearle's and Griffin's adored these children and once again gave me another reason to be thankful God brought us to Birchman.