We, the people of Laws Mennonite Church, have just finished our annual church retreat. Pictures cannot begin to capture the fun, fun time of the weekend, but I still want to share some with you. These are some of the faces:
Jonathan and Althea blessed us with their presence overnight on Friday night
Jonathan shared in “Family worship” on Saturday Morning before they went on to visit relatives.
What a variety of people join us for Church Retreat!
If we were a large church, it could be highly inconvenient!
The way it is, it lends a great flavor to our time together.
There are things to laugh about, things to amuse . . .
Discussions to have, problems to solve . . .
Hugs to be given and gotten, children to hold and feed..
“NO, she’s NOT!!!”
Blowing up balloons can be daunting when you are so small.
It is great to have some time to talk and connect!
Our Beloved Son in law
Church Retreat can sure tucker a guy out!
It can make otherwise fairly sane people lose perspective. You go, Girl!
Of course we had lots of food! Ever since I can remember, the menu for Saturday night has been
(Hooray for Sam’s Club!)
It can be scary when you don’t know what the next relay is going to be!
The “balloon stomp” was a big hit. Literally! Some people came away with bruises.
Two of the last four contestants.
The Wheels Parade is always a big hit. Here the family of His Help meet prepare for the event. (Can you believe that Mrs Mast had her seventh baby just a few weeks ago. I think she looks great!
We had a splendid talent show. (This wasn’t it!) There were wonderful crafts. We had a softball game and a soccer game. The Youth Girls organized some challenging relays and exciting skits that caused us to laugh. On the last day, we had an ugly shirt/ugly hat contest and that motley crew up there is sum total of the brave participants.
A little girl and her ugly shirt.
Announcing the winners.
“Hang that fellow with that ugly shirt. And be quick about it. We need that rope for the pinata!!!
Turn around three times, Ethan, and wallop that red chili pepper for all you’re worth!
We had three pinatas — a frog, a red chili pepper and a soccer ball. Each took an exorbitant amount of energy to break, and each made an exorbitant mess on the floor. But finally, it was all cleaned up, the floors were swept and scrubbed, and the chairs and tables put away. The families gathered themselves and their belongings and headed home. Certain Man took his faithful truck and trailer and Cameron and her loot and went home. The camp caretaker came over and we were able to figure up the bill, do a walk-through to make sure everything was in order, and then I collected Blind Linda and went home, too.
Another Church Retreat is History!
(It’s all over but the laundry! E-w-w-w-w-w-w-w!)