Monday, June 29, 2009

June At A Glance

Hello All,

Did June just go by that quickly!? Wow! So, here's June in a blog post:

• Renae has finished her first grade year with the distinction of being a "gold medal" winning reader. Apparently, the requirement for acquiring said gold medal is 20 minutes of reading per night. Renae, with her love of reading, FAR EXCEEDED that requirement. She received her medal on her last day of school...I'm pretty sure she lost it that same day!

• When last I blogged, I mentioned that my Father-In-Law had a book that was about to come out. Well, it's out and its a good read! Check it out at the ICM website, which can be found here.

• I also mentioned that Dan was going to speak at our Men's monthly Steak & Study in June. He did and he did great. The men who came were blessed, especially some young men that came from a local skate park in the area. Dan gave an altar call at the end of the evening and three young men from the group responded. Pastor Jono, Kingsfield's Youth Pastor, spoke with them afterward and reported that they were incredibly impressed, remarking simply that "church was 'expletive deleted' awesome!" My Father-In-Law is not the slick young Pastor with all the right cultural expressions. But he faithfully exposited the Word of God, called sinners to repentance and God powerfully moved in the activity of salvation. God is always faithful when His methods are trusted!

• This last week was our church's Vacation Bible School. I wrote an entire post about last year's V.B.S. here. This year's V.B.S. was even better than last year. Brenda Paternostro, Kingsfield's Children's director outdid herself again this year, producing an environment based on the sub-plot of a movie premiere. The movie "Abbondanza" was to reveal the real nature of life in abundance. The days were filled with games for the kids, energetic worship and great skits. All the kids who came had a great time. Our kids haven't stopped talking about it, nor have they stopped listening to the CD that comes with the week!

• Proud Daddy moments from last week's V.B.S.: Caleb praying in front of the entire assembly at the end of Wednesday's worship! I loved his simple spirit, but was surprised to hear "Lord, we beseech thee to make thine will apparent to our hearts..."

• Worship at V.B.S. is truly an amazing sight to behold. All 80 something kids doing hand motions, dancing around, laughing, meant that there was pure joy in that sanctuary. Watching that reminded me of Psalm 16:11, which says, "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." It's also pretty awesome to watch my daughters trying to re-create the experience by performing the worship songs in their room! If only we adults could be so inspired!

Most of what I have written tonight gives me pause for thanksgiving. Whether it's my children or the activities that I get to partake of and witness, I get to enjoy a wonderful life.

I hope that you are enjoying yours.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Steve Harvey Introducing Christ

This is pretty powerful. Watch the crowd and Steve Harvey at the end. It will leave a lump in your throat! I have no idea what the context is or where he stands on things, but for that night, he got it right! Hope you enjoy.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

12 Years Later...

"It was a Friday night in Redlands when I married her. It rained and we never got any cheesecake at our reception, but all of our friends were there and it was one of the best nights of my life. Since then, there have been so many more wonderful times and each of them have been shared with her. What excites me most is not what lies ahead. What excites me is that whatever lies ahead, it will be experienced with her!"

I love you sweetheart! Happy Anniversary!

To all who have been a part, in big and small ways, thank you for being a part of our lives.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez