Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Year–New preacher…

The new year at our church has started out to be an exciting one! We welcomed our new pastor this past Sunday. Like all good southern churches, dinner-on-the-grounds was held after the morning service. :)

Other than weddings and funerals, I’ve never (in my 8 years attending there) seen our church more crowded than it was on Sunday! So exciting! Some people even had to sit in the balcony, and we even had to sit in (gasp!) DIFFERENT seats than our normal ones! ha…

There was such a sweet spirit in the church that morning, too. So many smiles and hugs. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it was wonderful. Such a breath of fresh air.

I pray that it’s just the beginning of big things that the Lord will do in our church.

I pray he grows us, changes us, and makes us more like Him.

Something fun they planned for the new pastor and his family was called, “Pound the Preacher.” Church members were asked to bring a pound of something to stock the preacher’s new pantry. Isn’t that fun and thoughtful?!?

Here’s what we took: DSCN3632

Since our new preacher is originally from Alabama, and is an Alabama fan, DW wanted to do something orange or blue to welcome them. :)  How much orange-er and blue-er can you get than oranges and blueberries?!?!

I am so excited to see what this new year holds for our church!

I never take pictures of AB on Sundays, but I actually did take one this week! Since she’s so adorable I’ll post it, too! :)DSC_6539

~amw~

10 comments:

Tamara Ann said...

I'm so excited that y'all are so excited about the changes taking place in your church! And I LOVE the orange & blue gift!!

Tania said...

What an exciting time for you all. I love the gift that your family gave to your new preacher.

Carrie said...

Sweet, sweet picture of Annabelle! The oranges and blueberries and too much. I am so glad y'all have gotten a new pastor.

Immeasurably More Mama said...

Perfect gift to welcome your new pastor! :) Where oh where did you find that orange and blue ribbon plaid ribbon??? If this is the kind of picture you get of your sweet girl on Sunday then you should have a photo shoot every week! Love it!

Charon Benton said...

I love the pound the pastor idea! That is AWESOME!!!!! Y'all need to "convert" him to be a Gator--we can't have a Bama fan preaching to our people! HA! Mandi told me how packed it was at the church sunday! I'm so happy for y'all!

Hines House said...

How exciting for you guys. I always love the "poundings". We hoewever started out on a much sadder note. The first Sunday of the new year we voted our pastor out. Please be in prayer for our church during this time.

Steffie said...

The gift was very clever :) You should take pics of AB every Sunday! I take one of Ava every week, she is just too dressed (and cute)to pass up the opportunity!

Rebecca said...

Just catching up! I love your Pound gift! Such a great idea!

And...the Christmas Clearance...girl, you racked up! That's awesome! I love your garland and all the ornaments. I dream about one day having my home all decorated like PB does for their holiday magaizines...very smart to shop piece by piece while it's on clearance! Can't wait to see what all you do with it next year!

Crystal said...

Love, love that pic of AB, so sweet!

Danielle said...

She looks like such a BIG GIRL in that picture!! I love that she is already wearing her pearls! :)