Wednesday, August 27, 2008

CBC 100th Anniversary

This year marks 100 years that Calvary Bible Church has been incorporated as a Church. We celebrated this weekend with a CBC Homecoming that included event after event for people to enjoy.

It all started on Friday night with a Welcome gathering and a hymn sing. The dining hall of the Church was decked out with pictures and stories relating to the history of the church as well as things to display what is happening in the Church today. There was a yummy spread of food to enjoy before heading upstairs for a hymn sing...something our church usually only does once or twice each year. Immediately following the Hymn Sing was an ice cream social. As always...another nice yummy treat! The event was very well attended and enjoyed by everyone who was there.

We all woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to head to the Community Center for a big breakfast prepared for us by a group of men from our Church. Again, it was a nice time to enjoy fellowship with others during this celebration weekend...and to fuel ourselves for the Church softball game that was to follow!

We then headed to the park to have a nice little game of softball...while the kids played games with Karen.

It all start out just fine and the game was moving along when first base strikes again. One of our elders, Mark, was headed to first base after a nice hit and managed to step on the base wrong and literally broke his ankle. It was horrible. I saw Mark rolling on the ground...and everyone else instantly said "Its broken" because it was very clear by what his ankle looked like. Mark confirmed this statement. For a split second we all looked at each other and someone actually said outloud "what do we do". The funny thing is that Mark pipes in (while mangled in a heap of pain on the ground)...."how about call 911". Duh. So yeah..Cindy calls 911 while trying to hold herself together (which she did quite well) and the rest of the people who could stomach being close to him and his ankle held a blanket over his head and put something cold on his head.

After some prayer while waiting for the ambulance to arrive Mark was feeling a tad bit least not feeling like he was going to throw up and pass out...and he was acting like his normal self with laughter and jokes and was in great spirits while leaving with the ambulance.

At the hospital it wasn't as much fun with having to x-ray and set his foot..and then of course having to sit in the hospital until Monday waiting for surgery in which they had to put in a plate and a few screws to get it all back together. I believe he is on his way home today but will not be able to walk at all for at least six weeks. We were praying for him last night after our worship team practice..that he would still be able to make it to family camp...because it certainly wouldn't be the same without Mark and Cinny!!

Whats a 100th Anniversary Celebration without a little drama anyway??

We obviously ended the game after the broken ankle and headed home to try to eat lunch..although, after the scene of Marks ankle I honestly wasn't entirely hungry. We quickly got ready to head to Hesky Park to set up equipment and sound to have a concert there. There were lots of specials and One Voice numbers and our worship band played a few songs down there too. It was an interesting experience being the first time that we've played together outside...which is very different sound wise. Jessalyn sang a solo..with Shara accompanying her on the keyboard.

I'm not sleeping...I just can't open my eyes because the sun was SO bright.

Aaron and Lacy..

Shara and Jessalyn..

Jessalyn (and Vanessa) dancing..

After that concert we headed to the Church for some pizza...and then went straight to bringing all the sound equipment that we just set up and took down from Hesky up to the elementary school where we set it all up again in preparation for our Sunday morning service that we were holding there (because of space issues). There were many people who traveled into town for this homecoming weekend and we wouldn't have been able to seat everyone in our church for one service. Another late night of set up..and an early morning to prepare for the service.

Many more specials and things celebrating the history of our Church...more of our worship band to lead and the kids did a few songs. This was Ethan's stage debut. He was so cute:) He usually refuses any suggestion of him being involved on stage but for some reason this time he was cool with it and admitted having a good time.

Shara and Josh singing "Arise and be Comforted" with Aaron on accustic..and me on the djembe.

Then immediately following the service we headed back to the Church for an awesome BBQ and of course much more relaxation and fellowship. We stayed there till the very end and then came straight home with a nap on the couches on our minds. A nice two hour nap was very much enjoyed!!!

We now look forward to this weekend camping at Mechanic Falls in Maine with all (most) of our friends..and getting to lead worship again at the Oxford Church on Sunday!

...then school starts!!!