...a blog for the friends and family of dan, jen, worthy, william, calvin & christian

Friday, August 31, 2012

Christian's Baptism

At the end of July, we had Christian Aaron Beilman baptized at church.  It was the first baptism to be held at our church.  It was a beautiful visual and tangible reminder of God's love for His people and His children.  It was a beautiful Sacrament reminding us that God loved us before we loved Him.  It's a blessing to claim His love for our children among our fellow community at New City Wien.  

We explained to the older boys about baptism and even showed them pictures of when they had been baptized.  (They all love to see pictures of themselves as babies!) I must confess, I was a little intimidated about taking all four of our kids up front.  They all did rather okay.  Actually, I think Christian was the fussiest, but only because he was hungry.  

We're so thankful for Stacey for capturing the moment on film to be able to share with our friends and family.    And she even took some family shots for us as well.  

Our "blooper" reel

Christian Aaron Beilman 

Baptized in the Name of
the Father, the Son & Holy Spirit

Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

English Camp 2012

Finally, school has begun.  I've missed the regular rhythm of a "normal" schedule.  Most days here seem to have an irregular cadence to them.  So, I have a semi-quiet house - two kids are in school and I'm functioning on more than 6 hours of sleep.  Let's see how my memory works :)

In the beginning of July we had a group from our former-home church, Seven Rivers come to Vienna to lead an English Camp for kids.  First off, it was SO encouraging and delightful to have a group from our church here to minister to us and the kids.  We knew (almost) everyone rather well and just having familiar friends and faces around for the week was uplifting.  
Most of the Seven River peeps
They came in and ran an English camp for the local kids here.  One of our goals at New City Wien (our church) is to minister to the community outside of our walls.  This team came over to help make that happen!

It's difficult to sum up months of prep time and a FULL week of camp, but I'll see what I can do. 
We had 33 kids. Only 4 or 5 of these kids attend our church.  They were full days with lots of playing, singing, crafting, dancing, teaching and sweating. 

The kids seemed to have a fantastic time.  And all of us adults were completely spent by the end of the week. 

One of the girls that came from Florida was a very talented face painter.  Worthy seemed to get a new Star Wars face each day.  Jenny was amazing! This is Worthy as Darth Maul.

One of the very sweet parts of this trip is that one of the families that came had a son that Worthy was friends with while we lived in Florida.  It was so fun to see them get to spend time together and it was definitely a highlight of his (and ours)!  

All in all - a fantastic and blessed week.  We were SO grateful... and SO tired!