This past weekend was a God filled weekend.
Friday night S and I went to see Casting Crowns and Matt Redman. They were amazing!!!! Oh my goodness, I LOVE Casting Crowns, and even with Mark Hall having voice issues they were still awesome. So great to have a night out with my gal. ;o)
Saturday night was the spaghetti dinner fundraiser for our Ethiopia Mission team. It too was awesome. We really have a great team. We had a great set up, Ethiopian colors, pictures, mums (cause they were on sale and beautiful) and music by the African Children's Choir.
Not sure how many we actually served but we were able to bring in 1400.00! How great is that? Not bad for Spaghetti huh?
We had the opportunity to serve and then receive incredible blessing from the homeless community in our church neighborhood. Our church sits on the oceanfront so there is a large community of homeless persons that use our grounds to sleep on at night. We served them dinner and in return they stayed to help us clean up. It was hard to drive away in my warm van, to my warm home while they prepared their 'beds' in the overhang of the fellowship hall in the cold. What a humbling reminder of the 'good life' that we lead.
I had a conversation with one of the ladies about a Tupperware container. I was giving it to her to hold some left over brownies we had. She was going to wash it and bring it back to me. I started to tell her that we had just cleaned out our kitchen and had more of those than we needed.... I stopped myself. I was getting ready to admit my extreme gluttony to a woman who carried all that she owned on her back.
God showed us His glory....and then His mercy all in one evening.
I woke up sick Sunday morning and spent the day lounging on my couch watching a Hallmark marathon of Love movies. I thought alot about those that we had served the night before. wondering what else I could do to be the hands and feet to these people that sleep outside of our church, as we prepare a mission team to take care of children a world away.