Friday, April 21, 2017

A Day of Remembering

April 21st is a bittersweet day for me. For most of my life it meant celebrating my Grandma's birthday: Grandma Washburn, my maternal grandmother. She died in 2003, one week before her 85th birthday. Fourteen years gone; I hate that she never got to meet any of Daryl's and my children. Today would have been her 99th birthday. 

In the late 1970s-early 1980s, Grandma worked as a secretary for Goodyear on 22nd Street in Tampa. Her boss the store manager was a young man named Rob Keller. She introduced him to my mom and I. After he and mom got married, Dad always called my Grandma Washburn his "Mom #2". 

Six years ago today, my dad died on Grandma's birthday. Here's a handful of pictures I found today in a box I brought from my parents' house in Seffner. Good memories. I miss you Dad. 

1982 - This is actually the first day/week that Disney's Epcot was open. I got to talk to the robot! 

Father of the Bride dance - 1999
Ordination 2008. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Celebrations and a Birthday

The Easter bunny apparently visited our house while we were at church......




And these candy bags came courtesy of church folks for the boys!

We changed clothes and headed to Seffner to see family and celebrate Easter. Grandaddy's been busy getting more work done on his koi pond and waterfall which is looking great! 

We had a great lunch and then celebrated this guy becoming a teenager.  Thanks to Grandmommy for the wonderful Bucs cake! 

He got some Amazon gift cards and some new Nerf guns!

And then the kids got to hunt Easter eggs in the backyard! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday Worship

We had four wonderful worship services for Easter at the church totaling 1485 people! What a blessing! Pastor Loida preached the sunrise service and Daryl assisted and then Daryl and I co-preached the three regular services. Lots of special music, video and lighting this morning made the day super special. 

Sunrise worship outside....

Contemporary worship in the Family Life Center....

Choir lining up to process at the 8 and 11am traditional services. 

And the handbells played the prelude from the narthex, then accompanied the choir on their processional hymn. 

Loved the beautiful Easter cross in the narthex; it made a perfect spot for pictures. 

Love these three guys. So handsome! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Family Picnic, Egg Hunt and More

Saturday morning of Holy Week means it is time for children and their families to gather for a Picnic and Egg Hunt at church!!! So thankful for our Children's Ministry Director, Faye Umble, and her fantastic crew of helpers who pulled off another great event this year! The kids hunted eggs in three different groups and in between they could do crafts and play games inside the Family Life Center. 

Wesley and his buddies 

Davis with the Easter Bunny 

Davis' age group hunting eggs on the playground. 

Listening to the Easter Story told through the Resurrection Eggs

Time for lunch. 

Several of the youth group came out to help with setup and cleanup - and had some fun hanging out. 

And then the youth decorated the sanctuary with all of the Easter lilies and went to Sonic together! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Holy Week Services

This week we had the wonderful privilege of hosting a Maundy Thursday service at the church that was a little bit different than the service last year - this year we not only served communion, but also washed feet. It was a beautiful and meaningful service that Daryl designed. All of those who had their feet washed are very emotional. 

Then Good Friday was spent celebrating with our combined clergy peer group of ten local United Methodist churches and the Life Enrichment Center. There was a wonderful combined choir and one of the clergy from each of the churches spoke a short meditation in between the music. I got to represent Community. 

The clergy of Oxford, Christ Leesburg, Lady Lake, the Life Enrichment Center, New Covenant Summerhill, New Covenant Lake Deaton, Ocklawaha, Wildwood, Community Fruitland Park, Morrison Leesburg, and Belleview along with our District Superintendent. 

Just a small part of our Community UMC group - including some of our youth!