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Harvest Festival Yields Family Time

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I was a teenager in the 80’s and now a forty-something wife and mom of two teenagers. Where did the time go? Life really does move fast amidst sports, homework, music lessons and so on. I also remember the days of diapers and feedings very well. Most days it seems like I am just making it through the day in survival mode before I hit the pillow to repeat it all over again. Last Sunday afternoon, 543 GFCers took time away from survival mode and took their family to Fender’s Farm for our annual Harvest Festival. Family memories were made and quality time was spent.

Bill Cosby once said that the heart of family is memories. What memories did you create with your family? Was it finishing the corn maze faster than the average man? Watching your little one hug a goat? Was it riding the cow train with your child and laughing as you were tossed about? Was it spending time basking in the beauty of God’s creation with those you love the most? Events like this are so important at GFC, because families are important.

Our mission is to join God in building a community, to reach a community. On Sunday, that bond of our church family was strengthened. We laughed together, worshiped together and spent the afternoon with our church family. We even had student small groups decorate their trunks to give out candy to the younger kids of “their church.” I know those young men and women will remember spending time with their peer groups and looking outside themselves to serve other members of their church family.

Isn’t that what a community is supposed to do? Shouldn’t we build up and strengthen our families by encouraging them to spend time with one another? Shouldn’t we get to know and love other members of our church family by spending time alongside them as well? Shouldn’t we encourage different generations to come together as one celebrating God’s creation? It was a beautiful day for building. I feel blessed to be part of this church family and look forward to taking this journey together.

I encourage you to take advantage of another opportunity to make memories with your family while sharing the love of Christ with a child in need this Christmas. You can pick up a family experience booklet which includes ideas and instructions for a fun, family friendly way to pack a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child and make family memories while reaching a child in need. Shoe box and family experiences can be picked up at the GraceKids check in area November 3rd and 10th. You may return your filled shoebox ready to go on November 17th and 24th. I hope you take part in this incredible opportunity.

Jennifer Daniel

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