Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend of Worship

Hubby and I wanted to be able to get plugged in at our new humongous church, and thankfully our newly married class ended up being the best place for exactly that.

My title of "Weekend of Worship" could not be more accurate!  From small group Thursday night, Worship night Friday, Jeremy Camp Saturday night, and church on Sunday with brunch at our favorite restaurant after .... it was a perfect weekend (besides the fact that I may have lost some hearing!!!)  We did other things too of course, but these were the highlight.

I am SOOOO blessed to have met these amazing ladies (I knew Jessie already!) through our church small group!  I asked them if they got sick of seeing me four days in a row :)

Jessie, Jenay, Channah, and me

Hanging out after Worship night and roughly 250 baptisms!!
*Tyler (in the hat) - was one of them -- yay!!!

Kristin came to play too!

Then, the boys were starving and insisted on Denny's at midnight, classy!
It was packed for some odd reason .... lol!

Majority of "the group" went to Jeremy Camp's concert!  Bebo Norman and Natalie Grant opened for him.  It was incredibly inspirational and takes it to a new level seeing them live.  If you ever get the chance ... go!!

The only photo I took that turned out


'I Still Believe' has always been one of my favorite songs of Jeremy Camp's, but it means so much more now.  After being married a little less than six months, his wife died of ovarian cancer, and he wrote this song two weeks after she passed ..... (that video isn't the best version since it's live, but you can hear the story behind it) .... First, I can't imagine my spouse dying, and secondly, to write a song during such a painful and vulnerable time that will always remind him of her and what they went through.  I would be one mess with puddles of tears every time I sang it.

God definitely tugged at my heart all weekend, and it couldn't be better timing a couple days before a holiday of thanksgiving!

Ahhh, it's Monday,
but only a one day work week for me!
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40 comments:

Taylor said...

Oh my gosh how did I not know that about Jeremy Camp!

Kubin's said...

Sounds like a fun weekend!! I love those weekend filled with God's love!
Christe

Taylor said...

Me too! Hes one of my favorites!

Tiffany said...

What a great weekend! I'm so glad you have gotten plugged into a great church and you have such wonderful fellowship and friends! And Jeremy Camp...love, love!

Courtney said...

250 Baptisms!!!?? Awesome! Praise Jesus!

Teresa said...

What a lovely post Kelsey!
You are an inspiration!
I know your sparkle and spirit inspire many along the way!
Only YOU would take pictures at Denny's! Love it!
Greg and I haven't connected in that way with a church here in the Northwest...this tugs at my heart because I do yearn to melt into a church home.
Thanks for inspiring!
Happy Holiday Week!
XXOOXX

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Wonderful weekend! No better way to spend it!!

~KS said...

What an amazing weekend.... sounds truly awesome!!! I can't imagine going through what he went through and having the courage to write a song, and share it with the world.... wow.

KLaw said...

That sounds like a great weekend!!! So nice to have a good group of people to spend time with.

Nicole-Lynn said...

What a lovely weekend! I didn't know about his wife passing.. so sad!

d.a.r. said...

sounds like an amazing weekend!!!! I am so jealous of your fellowship, I hope I can find that in our new town!

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you had a weekend filled with worship. And I know exactly how you feel because I had one too! We saw Todd Agnew and Building 429 in concert, and it really set me on fire for God. Even better, I'm SO glad you have a small group of women that can build you up!!!

Carol said...

Sounds/looks like a fun weekend and it looks like you had great seats! Yay for short work weeks!

Lucy Marie said...

Sounds like a great weekend for you guys. There is absolutely nothing better than fellow shipping with fellow believers - especially those who are in a similar life stage as you are. I don't have much of that where I am - which is why I blog. It gives me a chance to connect with other young, Christian wives .. but nothing beats the real life interaction. I'm glad you have found a church where you can have that!

annie said...

Sounds like a great weekend! (O:

Allyson said...

that's really neat that you have people around your age to hang out with at church. they look like a fun group!

happy monday!

mommywonderland said...

Jealous!! Jeremy Camp is my all time fav!! Glad you have great friends! It makes livin a whole lot better huh??

krislyn. said...

Now that's a way to spend the weekend! I had some friends go to the concert and they loved it. By chance do you attend Eastlake?! My family and lots of friends attend and one of them was baptized on Friday - He said it was incredible .. and packed!

Have a great holiday week!

Leah said...

What a great weekend! I love Jeremy Camp and definitely want to see him in concert.

Katie said...

aww LOVE jeremy camp :)

Seen him a few times, and he is awesome live!

Ashley @ Ramirez Family said...

What a fun weekend! I wish Jared and I had lot of friends up where we live...but we don't =( I guess that is what happens when you move 3 times after graduating college and everyone starts moving around to take jobs.

OceanDreams said...

LOVE Jeremy Camp, he is amazing!

Kristin said...

Denny's at midnight is better than the Waffle House. Ah ha. Sounds like a lovely weekend!

Tatiana said...

That sounds like such and amazing weekend! Finding a great church and great fellowship it's hard to do at times; so glad you found this grate place! And 250 baptisms? That's insane! Praise Jesus!

Rachel said...

Wow I didn't know that about his wife, that's so sad :(

Sarah said...

what an awesome weekend

stepfabulous said...

What an amazing story for you to share. I had no idea about his wife, nor had I ever heard the song I still believe. We're in the process of looking for a church now. Difficult thing is my husband is 10 years older than I am, so we are looking for different things in a church that has a strong biblical message. He likes the old hymnal to be pulled out for at least ONE song during service, I on the other hand love praise and worship! How lucky you are to have found one that fits so well into your lives!

Jax said...

Wow.. I agree.. to write a song after something like that.. wow. And what a great, celebratory post for the holidays! I grew up in a house divided so to speak.. my parents, both Christians, were different religions so we would often go to both churches so I could experience both. All that really did was leave me a bit confused. But, I will say after some years, I've defintitely found my faith and it's a very fulfilling thing that I wish for everyone. Great post, chica! :) XOXO!

Allie said...

aww sooo cool! I LOVE Jeremy Camp!!! He makes me get cold chills all the time!!! How awesome for you guys!

katie + bret said...

Your hair looks like it is getting long! Super cute :)

Sounds like a wonderful weekend - Jeremy Camp has such a great voice!

xx

Meredith said...

Holy cow...250 baptisms?! I don't think I see that many in a year at our little bitty church!

I've always liked that Jeremy Camp song, but I never knew the story behind it...wow...thanks for sharing!

nifer said...

Kelsey, that is so awesome! I'm jealous of your inspirational weekend! I had a little piece of it Sunday morning when I went to church, but nothing like your weekend. It's a blessing to have friends like that; I'm trying to figure out where to get involved in my community so I can get to know people around here.

~ Jen

SassyCassie said...

It sounds like a great weekend!

Annie said...

i'm a tad jealous of your one day work week ;) lucky you!! i hope you have a fabulous week hun and a wonderful thanksgiving! :)
glad you had a great weekend!! looks like a lot of fun, great pics! you always look so pretty!

Cary Dale Taylor said...

I love Jeremy Camp. I missed his concert last year because of a bad traffic accident. I am glad you got to see. PS if you haven't seen Third Day... DO. They are awesome.

brooke said...

i love this post!! LOVE IT!!! and so jealous you got to see those three...i love them all!! natalie grant is one of my very favorites...her songs ALWAYS speak to me...they are so powerful!! what an AWESOME weekend!

bananas. said...

for some reason, denny's at midnight has the best food ever! i should know, i've done it many many times.

Laura said...

The first time I saw Jeremy in concert, he told that story, and it brought tears to my eyes...the way he tells it, then leading into "I Still Believe" is amazing. I'm glad you got to see him!

Kassie said...

I'm glad you had such a wondeful weekend!! I haven't found a church I really love here, I guess I've bene "church shopping." :) Yours looks fantastic, and full of plenty of young people!! Too bad all those guys are in the married group. lol. :)

sHw said...

Looks like an awesome weekend! I wish I had my close friends near :( And, I wish I had a church community that had more younger couples :( Hopefully, though, when my hubby and I move we'll find such a place :) Glad to see, too, that you and yours had a fabulous Thanksgiving :) Those biscuits and gravy LOOK AMAZINGGGGG!!!!

Cheers!
sHp

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