Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lake Itasca Family Music Fest

Although this post is over-due, I can't continue with my August blogging without sharing about the wonderful weekend we had at Lake Itasca on August 6 & 7th. If you're looking for a great family weekend, we highly recommend the music, workshops, fellowship, and fun at the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival. Check it out in 2011!

In addition to listening to several very skilled family groups, we also enjoyed being involved with many of the activities on the grounds:

Stephen helped lead the mandolin workshop, while Matthias and Andrew helped with guitar, dobro, and banjo, respectively. Dad taught on family ministry and I shared a session on songwriting. Through the whole weekend it was exciting to meet so many other young people who were passionate about using their talents for God's glory!

We girls took our turn helping with the snack shack -- and yes, it was a wonderful treat to have our friend, Anna, with us!

And probably the largest undertaking was the two hours of "Storybook Musical Theater" we planned and led during the festival for the dozens of children. This year we focused on the life of Ira Sankey, the great singer who assisted D.L. Moody on many of his crusades. We shared about the importance of being a willing and clean vessel as we yield our talents to Jesus Christ. It was an exciting adventure and we truly hope the children had as much fun as we did!

Mr. Sankey and his colorful acquaintance

Teaching the memory work

I always look forward to leading songs with Matthias!

"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work."
2 Timothy 2:20-21


Megan.Margaret said...

Haha! Rachel, that picture of you and Matthias leading the song reminded me of PBC. I was just going through PBC pics last night :)

Lulu said...

It was lots of fun seeing you there!

Abigail said...

What an amazing ministry! Keep up the good work. :)

Aunt Michele said...

Happened upon your blog from a link on a Homeschoolblogger blog. Loved it. Keep up the great work with family and ministry. Refreshing to read!

JoyfulJewels4Jesus said...

It is very nice to see all of the delightful photos and notes about the music fest, Rachel!
Also, we purchased the songbook at the Radiant Purity Conference and I look forward to being able to play them! You are such a talented lady with a gift for music--what a blessing the Lord has given you!

Blessings, Rachel!

Lydia said...

It is always so fun to hear about your ministry.

I will be keeping you in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing opportunity to attend the festival. I live in Minnesota near the Twin Cities and only found out about the festival for the first time in my life, 26 years, a couple days before it began.

It looked like an amazing vacation and opportunity to meet new people.

I just wanted to know, for the future, will the Wissmanns be back next year or the following years?

Thank you for the wonderful and motivating posts.

Sarah said...

Awesome!! Everyone is GROWING!!

Looks like some kind of fun and great learning experience!!


Jon said...

Hey are ya'll planing on doing your Let Freedom Sing play again next year?

Charity U said...

Love all those pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hello Wissmanns!

My family enjoyed the music festival very much (as always)and being able to visit with some of you was one of my highlights of the weekend! My younger siblings absolutely loved the Storybook Musical Theater and I enjoyed it as well... we are still talking about it together! Your family's ministry is a great blessing and encouragement to us. Keep serving the Lord with gladness. I am praying for you all!

Sara F.

Abigail Prudence said...

Hi Wissmann family! I really like you site, and I was wondering... Where do you girls get your dresses? They are beautiful! I would love to know, as I am not much of a sewer if you can buy this style anywhere :)

May God Bless you all,
Abigail Prudence

Anonymous said...

sounds fun Wissmans!=)

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ajfcello said...

Sounds like fun! I always enjoy hearing about all the ministry opportunities ya'll have! God has used you in so many ways!
God bless!

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the white blouses and black belts and red skirts? They are sooo pretty!!


Anonymous said...

(in the top picture of the august 31st post I mean:)Sorry about that)