Families, Fireworks, and the Force

On June 30, 2014 by Jamy Shaffer




Saturday night, we celebrated Independence Day a few days early.  Our community has a Day in the Park which ends with the traditional fireworks display the weekend before the calendar date.  I was amazed by the huge number of families that joined us this week.  So many stopped in to share the festivities and made our family of disciples even larger.  I hope I got all of the disciples who are new to the group in at least a few pictures. Christi brought Sydney, Alyssa, Alex, and I.   Chad and Cynthia even brought my niece Shelby to the event.  Both adult Fausts arrived with their brood.  Evelyn and David returned after a hiatus due to summer ball schedules.  Tiffany came along with El Alexander (I think I managed to get one picture of her along the way).  And even more new families joined us.  Prayerfully, they will continue to come and continue our Saturday night frolics.  But we all missed Lisa 🙁

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.  The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)

Along with the main even of the pyrotechnics, Jenny and Tony (with an assist from Obi-Wan) displayed their Star Wars fandom by engaging in an epic lightsaber duel.  I will see if I can post the video later.  If not, please “like” our Facebook page and keep up to date on all Disciple Day happenings!  We also made sure to share it with our miraculous friend John who missed the duel initiated by his daughter and son-in-law.  Many prayers on your continued amazing recovery!

Keith, Chris, and I went across the lot to Pizza Hut to feed the masses.  I think we ended up with eight pies after someone (who shall remain nameless) avoided temptation and DID NOT eat the five which he carried back.  I’m glad that I saved Keith’s slice and a few extra as he left to pick up his son Raine to join us.

In anticipation of the darkness falling, the kids were each given mini-lightsabers and “Amazing Arrow Helicopters.”  They were so amazing that I snapped myself more than once while attempting to launch one.  HAHA!   THAT is why the kids got them because only those of us of age could figure them out?!

During the light show, I sat with Chris and Luke.  I am so glad that Chris has found his calling if not in actually leading a traditional congregation but in leading our youth to follow Christ.  I adore the steps he takes most weekends with the young ones by having a fun event scheduled whether it be themed or just a night that turns into a free-for-all of laser tag.  He always puts a Christ-centered spin on each and every week.  I am so honored to be able to call him my brother.


“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16)


Obi-Wan “Ben”


I can’t be certain but I do believe that this is Tiffany (mother of El Alexander) behind that phone!

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