Monday, August 10, 2009

Family Music Festival

As I sit here with my computer on the festival grounds, it almost seems quiet and deserted...a far cry from all the action and activity that took place here over the weekend! What a blessing it was to be a part of the 2009 Lake Itasca Family Music Festival! Despite the weather challenges, it was a very encouraging and uplifting weekend, spent with dozens of families. We enjoyed getting to visit with many of you dear blog readers, and cannot adequately express our gratitude for your encouragement and regular prayers for our family!

And now for a few pictures of the weekend...

Daddy taught a workshop entitled "Family Ministry Bootcamp", sharing Scriptures and principles that have helped to shape our family life and ministry over the years. There is such a need in our culture for godly families who truely love each other -- and love to serve together! We were encouraged by meeting dozens of families at the festival with this same desire.

Matthias and Stephen helped lead workshops for dobro and mandolin (respectively)


Singing HIS Praises!

We also had the special treat of leading two activity sessions for the children at the festival. We pulled out an old "Prairie Bible Camp" skit and had so much fun with the kids!

Learning Colossians 2:6-7 with actions

Teaching the 'theme song'

And finally, the weekend was complete as we were able to hear one of our favorite music groups share in song and testimony! The Berge family is no longer traveling together due to Melanie and Mindy having their own homes now. But a reunion concert is always a huge treat! Fellowship is such a sweet thing, and along each family's journey I think God places special people to encourage and uplift as we press toward's His best. The Berges have certainly been that for us -- We love you guys!!

"And let us consider one another
in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,
and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."
Heb 10:24-25


Anonymous said...

Looks like fun!!!

Kenna said...

Looks like ya all had fun! Loved the pictures!
God Bless!

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like you are having a blessed and delightful time! I especially enjoyed the "Sisters" photo...lovely!

May the Lord richly bless your family! Joyfully in Jesus, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

We had a great time over the weekend too! It was nice to reconnect with your family again.

God bless you all!
The Fraser Family

Hannah said...

It was so great to see your family! We had a wonderful time at the festival, and we really enjoyed seeing you play, sing, and put on the kid's show! Great job! :-) By the way, I love the pictures, Bethany. :-)

Beth said...

It was a great joy seeing you this weekend at the Family Music Festival here in MN.
Your family has a wonderful ministry may the Lord bless you as you go about His Will
Beth (another large family working for the Lord)

Anonymous said...

Looks like such fun! Hmmm, what else is there to say... Ah, yes! It must have been especially great to have a little fun with all the kids!

~ An Indiana Auaintance :)

P.S. hope to see you all in a couple weeks! :D

Melanie said...

Such fun pictures! We are so SO thankful for everything you did to make the festival so much fun and successful. And also for coming back the next day to help us clean up!...Wow! You are each one such a beautiful testimony of Christ-likeness to us and we love you all so much!

~Desiree~ said...

FUN!! I love the pictures, especially the sister one:)

banjoblazer said...

Wish we could have been there, but we sadly had other things going on. :(

Daniel Turack said...

Looks like you all are having a blessed time. Looking forward to seeing you when you get home.
In Christ,
Daniel Turack

Missy said...

Amen! This festival was so encouraging and uplifting! I have seen in a deeper way this weekend how abundantly blessed we are...and how thankful we should be! The peace, joy, and freedom that Christ alone can give us, is like nothing this world can ever know. What amazing grace!

It was wonderful to see you guys up there (and then again in Ridgeland!)and to get to know you a little bit! You have encouraged and challenged me on in the Lord. Thank you!

I am looking forward to seeing you all again sometime "down the road"! The Lord bless you abundantly as you continue to serve Him.

By His grace alone,
Missy Rowe

Anonymous said...

My family and I were there, and you guys did a great job!We listen to your cd over and over.Keep it up!God Bless!