Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pentecost Sunday - Brought To You By The Color Red

Today we had a pretty special service at church.

Matt and Sarah Rideout and their two little girls visited our church 
and got a moment to give a quick plug for the work they are doing in Haiti.  

Not only did most everyone come dressed in red but the red super hero shirts 
that dozens of folks chose to wear were Team John Randall shirts.  
John Randall is a darling little boy in our church battling pediatric melanoma.  
These shirts have become a symbol of solidarity and support from 
our church and community for this sweet family.  

We recognized the graduating seniors (including my son, Ben)

The seniors included not only our regular church members but also the seniors 
from the Presbyterian Home for Children who spent 
the weekend with our youth at Maranatha.  

Even our clergy got in on the act. 
(I was joking with Mark about the fact that he was wearing a suit jacket with his t-shirt.  
I told him I would give him $5 is he would wear his sleeves pushed up Miami Vice-style.  
He had some flimsy excuse about them not staying up.  
Let's just say that the $5 bill is safely tucked in my purse.  

One of the highlights of the service was the children's sermon.  
 30+ preschoolers and party noise-makers 
makes for a loud children's sermon.  

It was rather chaotic.
And hilarious.

Three of my favorite seniors.  
Especially that one on the left.
(Although the other two are pretty special folks in my book!)

I had honestly forgotten that this was the Sunday that we had 
signed up to sponsor the flower arrangement.  

I came in and sat down and my friend told me how pretty she thought our flowers were.
 They were amazing.
A beautiful, bright rememberance of our daughter Hannah 
on what would have been her 18th birthday
a lovely floral representation of Pentacostal flames.  

We have grown to love this sweet family.  
I know that we will be seeing them as often as possible in Haiti.

I hope that we see them as often as possible in Huntsville too.  

It has been a busy and joyful weekend.  
My heart is full.


  1. I smile seeing these! Ben graduating, Hannah's flowers, Mark's tee-shirt and jacket, Haiti's missionaries, Karen's animation with the children gathered, the sea of support ... Wonderful. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into worship yesterday!

  2. We were out of town celebrating Rick's Dad's 70th birthday and I so hated to miss this service, thank you for these beautiful pictures so I can experience it virtually! What an amazing congregration!