first friday picnic, baptism, and bible study at our place



Mat 18:20 “For wherever two or three people have come together in my name, I am there, right among them!”


We had about fifty people from our church family, and neighbors, come to our house on Friday for a church cook out, baptism, and Bible study.   As the hostess, I was happily busy trying to make sure the little details of the night came together (with lots of help from friends), but still made sure to take some pictures.  Rich and I hope to continue these “First Friday” (of the month) bible studies as much as we are able.  This was our very first one.

(The picture up there ^^ was when Rich was giving general information and the prayer from the front porch)


We put the food on the kitchen island.  My plan was to keep the meal simple, making sure that we had a good amount for the crowd.  I made hamburgers (meat from Costco, mixed with plenty of salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder, finely chopped onion and red pepper).  Rich grilled them on our new charcoal grill. We put hotdogs down at the fire pit for people to roast.  We also served tossed salad and chips, a bowl of olives, and whatever else people brought to share (potato salad, quinoa salad, coleslaw, fruit, etc).  Our guests provided the drink and dessert.



Our son Jacob, with his “second parents” Chris and Caroline who live just a few miles from us.  They have two teenagers who have grown up with my older kids.



Anna and her friend.



Anna’s (family) dog



Six children on the plane; there were kids swarming everywhere.   These church gatherings are great for them, because they can run wild.


Boys on trampoline.



dear sweet Shannon ~



David’s best friend from school came with his parents.  Dave thought he would be funny and photobomb this one.



Ryan spent the night.



Alex and Jacob



Alex and his wife Sara


We were all down at the pond getting ready for the baptism when I took these.



crazy teenage boys (except Michael; not a teenage boy, still crazy though)



Allie, with my daughter Grace, Alysha, and baby Asher





Shannon, Sue, Naomi (whose daughter was baptized), and Bev



Lydia, Barb, Tina, and Fran



Hope and her baby girl



They set up the sound system on the dock and we sang hymns along with John’s fabulous guitar playing.



During one hymn I ran up to the house to get Vanessa a juice box and took this picture on the way back.



Gary in the pond, with Stacia, who gave a lovely testimony of her salvation.





We were all so happy to share in Stacia’s special night.



Rich gave a bible study down on the patio (I was on the porch looking down)….



I stayed in the house to help watch babies and after the study was over the house filled back up again.   People ate dessert and visited while the children (and some of us adults, too) tried their best to hear The Lego Movie playing on TV.  The night ended about about 10.  Rich and I were wide awake from the excitement of the night so we buzzed around cleaning up the house together, and Jacob took this picture of us.



It ended up being one of those nights that we stayed up talking until after midnight.  It was a great.

Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you (and more) next time!