Archive for April, 2012

Egg Hunt 2012

What is Easter without an egg hunt for the children to follow the service?    We have beautiful grounds to hide the eggs and all love watching the children scamper around with their baskets/containers gathering them.  We had so many eggs to hide that it officially became an “egg roll” where we just kept rolling them out of the containers, anywhere and everywhere on the grass!  When the children came out and were standing on the sidewalk before beginning, they were amazed at the eggs they saw.

There were quarter eggs, one dollar eggs, prize eggs for stuffed animals and dvd’s.   When the hunt was over, they were so excited with the number of eggs they had and the prizes involved.

Thank you to all who brought the candy filled eggs! You always give abundantly and our children reaped the benefit.  God is good!


Palm Sunday Easter Program/Drama 2012

On Palm Sunday, Jaci Gambrel, Sydney Portwood and Morgana Ballinger, from Kidz Church, sang “Mighty to Save” and “For All You’ve Done” with Dale Dufour leading and accompanying on the piano.  They worshipped in dance to “One Way Jesus” and participated in a reading with Kidz Church Leaders, Christopher and Dale Dufour.   Morgana sang and played “I Am” as a solo.  What a blessing to us, watching them worship!

Christopher Dufour wrote and directed “The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ”, a drama performed by several of our adults.  We viewed scenes from the Garden of Eden, the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  Everyone enjoyed the performance and appreciates the time and effort the cast members took so we could be blessed.   Our impression was “Wow!”  Thank you to Christopher and Dale Dufour, Charlie and Ollie Hall, Danny and Louise Spivey, Jeff Peal, Jody and Betty Bartley, Bonnie Harris, Gail Osborne, Missy Bartley and Pastor Ballinger.


Sun Rise Service 2012

There is just something about a Sun Rise service that makes one look forward to it all year!  Is it the effort of getting up so very early? Is it the darkness that is at the beginning of the service?  Is it the stillness of the early morning hours or the sense of the outside with birds chirping and occasional car passing?  We have had many Sun Rise services and have just finished our third one held outside.  A few have been when very cold, but this year was a pleasant 51!  We use tiki torches and candles for light and this year used a cross.

We sang Easter choruses to begin our service, then Gail Osborne (Mary Magdalene), Charlie Hall (Peter) and Pastor Ballinger (Beloved Disciple John) gave monologues that told how they felt after Christ was crucified and then again after His resurrection.  Shirley Gambrel sang, “The Tomb is Empty Now”.  Sister B talked of John 3:16, of the love of God to send His Son, how God loves us just the way we are but wants us to have the heart of Jesus.  As the darkness changed to light, we observed communion with thankfulness.  Such a sweet Spirit hovered around us!

As service ended, of course, there was the question, “where do we go for breakfast?”  We always eat!!  We continued fellowship at Golden Corral in Nicholasville.

Easter is such a happy, holy time!  Maybe we will see you next Easter at 6:30 a.m.  It is always so good to have people attend Sun Rise service for the first time and hear them say how blessed and happy they were that they came.  See you next year??

Bro. Herman Roy Sept. 5, 1930-Mar. 25, 2012

Our church is mourning the passing of one of our elder members, Cecil Herman Roy.  Bro. Roy began attending our church several years ago and then joined in 2009.  He came to Sunday morning service on March 25, feeling good and looking forward to watching UK basketball that afternoon.  Later that night he had a massive heart attack and went home to Jesus.

We are so glad of the time we had with Herman.  He loved to sing, he loved to listen to gospel music.  He left behind four sons and a daughter and their families, and a special great granddaughter, Morgan, that he would bring to church with him.

Thankfully, Herman loved the Lord!  His passing just re-inforces the need to be ready at any time to meet our Maker.

Herman, you will be missed!