Thursday, April 27, 2017

VRSLY update

catching up on the VRSLY updates
shareable words with images
that bring words of reflection
and hope
for a networked world
looking for ways to encourage

Monday, April 24, 2017

Visual Faith- Fort Wayne, Indiana

A great Visual Faith event in Fort Wayne, Indiana
 this past Friday evening.
Two members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church
 in Fort Wayne obtained Thrivent Action grants
 for $250 each.
Publicity in their own church forums, 
as well as community outreach 
and sharing on social media
 brought in guests from a variety of communities.
This great team of  L to R:
Lana Hille,
 Pamela Bryan, Nayva Mulder, 
Teresa Davis and Faith Harless
worked together bringing their own gifts
 to plan and host a two hour Introductory event 
for Visual Faith- that was FREE for participants.
 I was able to bring 
Show and Tell for this event.
 Witness of the STORY 
of what the Lord has done in my life.
So that I may witness to His faithfulness,
and encourage others in their own personal 
IEP- Individual Education Plan
 in their Spiritual Formation.
 That they may BLESS OTHERS.
Concordia friends found each other
 at the event for a hug and catch up time.
There were door prizes 
and fun gifts for all attendees.
We tried some experiments with
 Praying Scripture and Coloring.
We talked about ways to slow down, 
pay attention and deal with distractions. 
We talked about HOPE for a new story
 in our prayer life and time in His Word.

A blessing for me was that there
 were friends of mine 
 from my
 growing up congregation
 of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 
Ossian, Indiana.
 There were ministry connection friends 
and a high school best friend,
and my two sisters.
 Moms and daughters,
Old friends and new friends.
We learned how the VRSLY app on the iPhone
(and probably something similar on other phones)
could allow them all to be 
deployed digital missionaries.

The Lord is blessing this movement 
of Visual Faith and we give Him thanks.
Want to find out more about 
connections and resources?
Downloadable materials
 for teaching and personal use
 are found in the Facebook Community here:
Great Lakes Visual Faith Community
Visual Faith Community- Indiana


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here and About - Tecumseh, Michigan

Time to explore a bit on some beautiful
 Spring days in Southeast Michigan

If you stop by this delightful town it is good to know 
they do not pronounce the name of their town -
like they do in Tecumseh, Nebraska.
 The Michiganders say Tecumsee.

This little guy was a trooper.
 Stores fit an umbrella stroller well.
Once in a great while on "the hunt"
you can actually find 
what you are looking for on your list.
This vintage grocery store food display rack-
has been given new life as a
 vertical toy storage space for grandson Jack.
Totes on sale- Michael's 
and a 20% off all purchases to boot.

Love the architectural details
 in these small towns.
Tecumseh was incorporated in 1824
in Lenawee County, Michigan,
 where M-50 crosses the River Raisin.
 Population about 8,400.
 We had lunch here:

Another great spot with wonderful displays-
Where we found 
vintage table cloths - $8 apiece.
Always great to stop for ice cream.
If you have a day out with girlfriends-
 the British Pantry is a great stop - 
everyone in town gave it a high five.
the british pantry
Funky photo but a fun day together 
on and Easter Monday no-school day.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lenten Journey Calendars- 2017

The Lenten Journey Calendars-
Sybil MacBeth calendar
With this calendar I used the devotional booklet-
Mercy, Passion and Joy- 
Reflections from the Writings of C.S. Lewis
Lenten calendar design by Bev Wicher.
This calendar Journey was called-
Faith Facts for Lent by Paul L. Maier.
This calendar design is by Pat Maier.
The devotions used for this one was
Living the Gospel Life-
 Lenten Reflections, by various authors.
I never really planned to do 
3 calendars for Lent this year.
There were just 3 devotion books
 I wanted to read.
 Then I couldn't decide which one
 I wouldn't do a calendar for this year.
I find it interesting that the words for each day
make such a RICH tapestry for the journey.
It is also a blessing that this 
spiritual practice is so "forgiving."
Get behind a couple days on a calendar or 2?
 Then catch up as you can.
Remember this is about 
"do as you can- not as you can't."
It was also fun to see snippets
 of calendars of friends
 who were participating 
along the way during Lent.
All in all - this discipline has been a blessing.

Calendars used here can be found 
in the Files section in the 
DC Metro Visual Faith Facebook Community
-2017 Lenten Calendars.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday Roundup

 Easter  Sightings at the Meiers
Jess and Dan and Jack
Mr. Jack

Blessed Easter 2017

 Easter at the Schumachers
 Christ the Lord is Risen today!
 Some vintage touches 
from "growing up years"
Joshua and Laura 
Griffin and Gordon

A lovely Easter Dinner-
We give thanks!

Papa with the Wilsons
 A special day out in the park!

Oh, we will feel the pain here 
on earth and the loss of loved ones.
But, we have been promised the eternal
blessing of life everlasting!
With Jesus.