Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sunday: After service - lunch together

there was so much work to do but God provided for it all - volunteers and food to feed them!

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Sunday's finishing touches

we finished up decorating on Sunday after service

this is room for the toddlers! how fun is this!?
look at the lobby! they made a waterfall and a pond with REAL FISH! (thank you Jen Rathmell!)
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Allison Forbes with us in shirt

Even though Allison (CCM/CCO family) & Derek are serving the Lord in India, she was still able to bless us in so many ways.
One way is she designed (again) this year's t-shirt! It came out awesome! Thank you Allison so much!
We miss you and Derek mucho and hope to see you soon.

Here's Chandler showing us the sweet designs.
Below is Okinawan favorite, Roy Higashi and new comer Mark.
The team is all sporting the sweet shirts and getting ready for the morning check-in!
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VBS Prep began

God blessed us with a good, dedicated group of folks that came out to help transform the church into SonRock Kids Camp!
It is awesome to see when the body of Christ gets together to use their gifts and talents and work together to build His kingdom.
Please pray for us, we are hoping not only to love on and minister to our own church kids but their friends and our neighborhood and community too!

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First stop: Family Mart

I think it was Jon Horne that said, "When you're in a Family Mart, your close to home." or something cheesy like that.
As has become our tradition with CCM, we stopped at Family Mart after the airport pick up.
Some of the returnees knew exactly what to get.

I am pretty sure we gave the workers that night a big surprise when 22 people all of a sudden invaded their quiet store.
Becca (blue dress) is a 3 time Okinawa/ Japan returnee! Her dad is a great guy and two years ago, they came together to serve. Shout and love to Noe!

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Calvary Chapel Montebello team

For the past few years, we have been blessed by Calvary Chapel Montebello.
They send out a team that comes to help us with VBS and various outreaches.
This year's team was a group of graduated seniors that forewent their normal senior trip, so that they could come on a missions' trip to Okinawa and bless our kids and help in our outreach.
This is a great group and we are looking forward to all that God has in store with them, through them and in them!
Thank you Pastor Pancho for loving on us all these years!
On the Rock!

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Friday Nights Girls' Study

Before we left to pick up the Calvary Chapel Montebello team, I was able to sneak two pix of the Girl's bible study.
That night, Jaci was sharing with the girls her testimony.
It has been a blessing to see and hear all that God has done and is doing in her life.
The girls were encouraged in the Lord and to keep close to Jesus.

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Surprise Guest!

Guess who is back on Okinawa? Our dear brother in Christ, Keith Duggan aka "Doogie".
We were so blessed to see him again. Doogie is visiting for about a week.
He is attending Moody Bible College full time and came out to visit and just like the Doogie we all know, jumped right in to serving!
It's been like old times having him back - except we're missing his girls!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

DONE for the Day

WELL we are done for the day and everyone is resting.... or finding more mannly things to do like Andrew and Don (decorating just wasn't their thing).......

2009 VBS decorating!!!

Team Okinawa and Team Montebello work together to transfrom our modest church into a WILDERNESS CAMP

The FOOD arrives YEAH!!!...and the young ones were the first in line go figure!

OK now we are all FULL and ready to finish up the decorations!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

our new blogster & all round awesome gal

So if you've noticed that we are actually having some regular posts that is because God has blessed us with Jaci (pronounced 'jay-cee'). She has such a servant's heart. That's her in the green t-shirt with her just as equally awesome husband, Andrew. Both of them recently have given their hearts to the Lord fully and they haven't looked back! God is doing great things in their lives and using them in wonderful ways. Pray for Jaci, she will be sharing the gals at this Friday's Girl's Bible Study! Andrew has been plugging in and helping with our youth!
(the pic is from her baptims back in March!)
So enjoy the fun new posts... thank you Jesus for Andrew and Jaci!

The Murdock Family

We said "sayonara" to the Murdock family this past month as well. Bryan and Jamie were blessed by the arrival of Haden during their tour here. He's the cutest little guy. Well, the Murdocks are off to Las Vegas where Bryan gets to continue to fly those cool F-15's!
We love you guys and will be praying for you! Say hello to the French Familia for us!

Solar Eclipse in Okinawa!

Today we experienced a solar eclipse. It wasn't a complete total one but good enough. I heard the best place to see it was in China. Anyways, it was still pretty cool. The last one I remember was back in 1988 or so. I was at Kadena High School standing in the parking lot with the rest of the school.

I tried to take a picture of it through a tinted glass but you can't see the crest.
So I took a picture of the tv that had it. :)

This shot was live and it was from China.
One more attempt through the tinted glass... looks like I took it from a space ship huh?
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The Adams Family

This past Sunday, we prayed for the Peter & Karen Adams. Peter serves in the Air Force and they are moving back to the states. The Adams are a blessing and we will miss them much.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sunday Mornings

We were blessed today to pray with Pastor Rick as the Fitzgerald family dedicated their son, Ethan to the Lord.
With the summer upon us, that means military pcs season too. We prayed for Ryo, who will be heading off to college & for Dr. Robinson & his family - CCO loves you guys and will miss you! God bless!
Just a few announcements

A few snap shots of our Sunday morning
God's Word
God's people
Breaking of bread (if donuts count)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Starting in the Book of Ruth
read the 1st chapter for next week!
A few reminders..... Mens Breakfast at Awase Medows, cost is about $6.55 ALL are welcome it is an awesome time to have fellowship with other men from the church! This Sunday after second service is our Japanese Outreach AND
Son Rock Kids Camp
is just around the corner. If you are interested in helping or would like more info. contact Farah Phipps!