Friday, October 31, 2008

~Pastor Appreciation Dinner~

Our church planned a Pastor Appreciation Dinner for Pastor Mark & Pastor Cravens' family. They traveled around to 3 different homes for appetizers, soup/salad & main course and finally everyone met up at the Youth & Family Center at church for the dessert. At each place, a different person was honored with a gift/card. Everyone had fun and the Pastors (and family) were very well fed! :-)
The Pastor & his family arrive for soup/salad. I wasn't able to get photos of all the places they went. Each family chose one place to help out at and later we all met at the church for dessert.
All the salad fixings.
The homemade potato-ham soup was scrumptious! I ate two bowls of it!
Pastor Mark fills up!
The Pastor and his family.
Enjoying food and fellowship together.
Ryan poses for the camera!

"Let's get these pillows out of the way!"
"Now we've got some more room."
"Let's squeeze the Pastor!"
Ryan opens a gift from Simon.
Seth gave Christopher a book.
A bag full of goodies.
Meagan reads a letter to Ryan from Sis. Ogg.
Christopher reads a letter from Sis. Ogg.
On their way to the next stop.
Duane & I gave Pastor Mark 5 pounds of Reese Cups! I raided Wal-Greens 50% halloween candy stash today! Now he won't have to beg them off of little kids! :)
The two Pastors load up with desserts!
Is that sweet......Pastor & his wife.
All of the yummy desserts!
Pastor Cravens & Pastor Mark at the special table. They received cards/gifts from the church people.
Some of the church people eating desserts and talking.

A few of the ladies stayed in the kitchen. I teased them about wanting to stay close to the desserts so that everyone else wouldn't know how many they were eating! :-) Actually they were the ones cutting and serving all of the yummy treats!
Samuel chose a HUGE piece of chocolate cake for his dessert. After eating the ice cream and a few bites of cake, he found out it was too much to eat. I looked over as he was starting to shred what he could not eat. He made a BIG mess!
The guy in red is attempting to hide from my camera! :)The man in red reveals his face! He loves my candid snapshots! LOL
Duane snapped this shot of a certain someones FULL plate! :-)
I just had to take a picture of the gas price on the way home. It's been a LONG time since we've seen it this low.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Story, Some Games & A Whole Bunch Of CANDY!

Our church had a Fall Party for the kids. It was an alternative for trick-or-treating. Each child was given a fake dollar when they walked in the door. This dollar was worth 5 seconds in the candy tote. After the story, told so dramatically by Mr. Eric, they had the opportunity to earn more dollars by playing games, answering Bible trivia and saying Bible verses. The most time you could earn was 25 seconds! Don't ya love the red eyes of this group of boys! :)
Mr. Eric captured the children's attention with his storytelling!
Pastor Mark helps Callie with the corn hole game. After she moved up closer to the board, she actually threw one in!
Some of the bigger kids have to stand back!
Some interesting poses! :)
Callie had 25 seconds to get all the candy she could fit in the bag. Instead of grabbing handfuls, she selected the candy piece by piece and carefully put it in the bag. She was happy with her choices!
Elizabeth helps two of her kids.
Two girls fill their bags.
One of the Pastor's sons fills his up!
Simon fills his bag with goodies. He gave Mommy one of his Reese Cups. Wasn't that sweet!
I love how the camera captured the sucker flying in mid-air! Seth had quite the bagful of candy when his time was up.
Pastor Cravens' oldest son had the biggest bag of candy tonight! I'm sure his mother will be thrilled when he and his brother show her all the candy they won! :)
I told everyone this was the most invigorating experience ever! The rush of having 5 seconds to fill my bag with as much candy as I could was incredible! LOL
Kathy fills up her bag under the watchful eye of a hopeful little boy.
Angie and Julie fill up with yummy candy!
Is that our Youth Pastor with a bagful of candy!
He traded me 3 packages of whoppers and 1 Hershey bar for one little 'ole Reese cup. I guess we all know what to get him for the next food pounding. :-)
Elizabeth gets her 5 seconds worth of candy. She's looking for all the Reese Cups.
4....3.....2......1......You're done!
The littlest candy lover grabs a sucker!
Isn't he cute!