Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lake Itasca Highlights

Its been a couple weeks in coming, but we're still recounting the special times at the Lake Itasca Music Festival. Unfortunately, we weren't able to capture many pictures due to our other commitments. But here are a few from a friend's camera to show you a bit of the weekend, along with our highlights: 

Integrity, according to Wikipedia is "a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes." In that light, The LIFMF has utmost integrity! It is such a joy to watch the Berge [plus extended] family work together: serving, encouraging, teaching, organizing, cooking, ministering. And always with a smile and genuine love.

We marvel and seek for more of that selfless service in our own lives. Praying for the love of Christ to radiate from our words, actions, and attitudes. More than just excelling in music -- or any number of areas -- this is the challenge we desire to implement into our daily interactions. Investing in others and cultivating those relationships.

We were able to share several workshops over the weekend: 
Banjo, mandolin, dobro, violin, 
and Dad's teaching on Family Ministry & Revival. 

Hannah at the violin workshop

Another highlight was having Josiah's family join us for the weekend via airplane!

Charissa always enjoys making new friends!

A huge answer to prayer was the pristine weather. All who were present during the downpours last year understand how delightful the sunshine and mild temps were this year! This probably helped to draw the record crowds all weekend.

Working the Snack Shack

And of course -- a highlight for us is always the lively Storybook Theater. The facilities were packed as we transported the eager participants to the colorful land of India. Matthias & Hannah led the singing this year, teaching a couple new songs from our latest project. The children caught on quickly and sang with gusto! 

Stephen and Susanna taught the Bible memory verses, including exuberant actions and practical applications for each verse. How precious to hear children excitedly quoting God's Word! 

The drama followed the life of Ida Scutter, a missionary to India. 

Elizabeth & Hannah in their Indian saris, enjoying time with friends. 

And finally, it was a joy to share a couple concerts over the weekend. Music has such power to uplift, encourage, and challenge. Perhaps that's why the Word instructs to "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." [Col 3:16]

Again, thank you for your prayers! We're so blessed to minister together, knowing that many of you hold us before the throne. If you're looking for a great family get-away, mark your calendars for the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival, 2014 -- always the first weekend of August!

"I will praise the name of God with a song, 
and will magnify Him with thanksgiving!"
Psalm 69:30


Annie said...

I so enjoyed seeing these pictures and hearing about the music festival. Hoping I'll be able to make it next year! :)

Deborah said...

It was so fun to see you and get to spend time with you again this year! Cleaning together before hand was so enjoyable. :) Looking forward to seeing you again. Your family is such an encouragement to us.

Blythe said...

Looked like fun! I would love to go to a violin workshop,lucky you Hannah! ;)

Graham Donahue said...

Looks like fun. I wish we had a family bluegrass festival like that here in VA. Looks like you all were able to have a good time and that it was a blessing to you and those who attended.

PS: The new CD's are great. I enjoy them. Also, are you still using the upright bass I've seen in some of your recent pictures? I saw you were using the bass guitar in the above photos.

Sarah said...

Thank you for the update! it's so fun to hear all about your adventures! Does Josiah have his own plane? does Josiah fly? I don't think I ever knew that! its so neat :)
Great job all! looks like a wonderful weekend.

Amanda said...

What fun! Wish we could make it out there sometime! Its so wonderful to see you guys out there shining your lights for Christ! God bless you! Oooo, yes! Violin workshop! I play violin too, and I love it! :)

Anonymous said...

Does Rachel have an email address?

The Wissmanns said...

Graham -- Great question! We do use the upright bass and hope to implement it more. At this point Mom hasn't learned it well enough to play on stage. Dad can play it, but he's usually needed on the guitar at this point. We'll keep practicing to make the transition! Love that upright bass sound!

Sarah -- Yes, Josiah is a pilot. Actually, a flight instructor as a side business.

Anon -- You can contact Rachel at

Thanks for the comments everyone! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I've noticed that you girls dress in a way that is modest, feminine, and beautiful, and you always look so lovely and put together, but you're never too fancy or ostentatious. Do you have any tips from one girl to another on dressing well for God's glory? :)

Anonymous said...

Hello to all of the Wissmann family,
I love the pictures! Looks like u all had fun! Does Alythia have a email?
In Christ,

Talitha said...

Great pictures once again. Thanks for sharing! The Berges definitely give so much to make the festival so special for everyone. Yes, the workshops were also fun. I've been wanting to do/attend a cello one (but maybe cello isn't bluegrass enough).

Agreed! If you live in the area, mark your calendars for the festival next year- you don't want to miss out on the good times, great music, and wonderful fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. I'm already looking forward to next year. ;)

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