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Valentine’s Cards

This Valentine’s Day weekend we continued a tradition of making cards that expressed our love and appreciation for each other. We each picked a name from a bowl and dove in to an assortment of card stock, paper, markers and more. Each one came up with a fun and unique design for their Valentine. The next morning, we showed off our cards for everyone else to enjoy.

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Smash Brothers Showdown!

Let the smashing begin!

Let the smashing begin!

For one of our celebration nights this New Year we started off with a little friendly competition. We gathered up our game consoles, split into two teams, and pulled out Nintendo’s Smash Brothers. Some of us already had plenty of practice at this sport, while others were being introduced to the characters’ names for the first time. But the rules were simple enough for the amateurs amongst us: try to beat the other character on the screen before he beats you! Our two teams’ top two winners faced-off at the very end for a final round of smashing that kept the onlookers poised on their seats.

Dad is helping out.

Dad is helping out.

Team #1

Team #1

 

Team #2

Team #2

Our commentator for the final round.

Our commentator for the final round.

 

 

 

 

 


Balloon Powered Vehicles

 

Dual Balloon vehicle--powered by father and daughter!

A dual ballon-powered vehicle.

Every so many months, our fellowship enjoys the challenge and fun of building something new. This past month, we attempted balloon-powered vehicles! Each team designed and built their own vehicle with an array of cartons, lids, straws, tubes, and other odds and ends. Everyone had different ideas about getting the most mileage out of their balloons. After an hour or so of construction, we lined up our wheels and let them fly. The surprising results were not only fun but also instructive reminders on some of the basic principles of physics.

How exactly does this work?

How exactly does this work?

Preparing to launch.

Preparing to launch.

Let it fly!

Let it fly!

The elation of success.

The elation of near success.

Disappointing results...

Disappointing results…

We can fix this.

We can fix this.

 


Fiddle Night 2014

Watching the fun.

Watching the fun.

Earlier this summer we kicked up our heels to some fiddle tunes. Several of the young people volunteered their time  to organize and practice the music and dances as well as deck the back lawn with lights. We all enjoyed joining in on various folk dances, listening to a few solo performances and eating apple crisp. Even the cat seemed to be having a good time. The beautiful evening came to a close too soon for some die-hard dancers.

Trying to stay in line.

Trying to stay in line.

Find a partner!

Find a partner!

Switch places!

Switch places!

A mouthful of the best apple crisp.

A mouthful of the best apple crisp.

Mia the Cat.

Mia the Cat.

The evening winds down.

The end of a beautiful evening.


Pumpkin Carving 2011

This year we had even more creative designs for our annual Pumpkin Carving night. The subject matter ranged even more dramatically this time, from the Chronicles of Narnia to a cup of cappuccino and even a pumpkin carving himself! Some even used a drill to make holes in the pumpkin, making a wintery snowflake effect. The night was filled with the fun of looking at each other’s designs, cleaning up messy pumpkin innards, and reveling in the ingenuity that accompanies every pumpkin carving night.

Our designs included a leaf, Snoopy fighting the Red Barron, the self-carving pumpkin, a cappuccino, an owl, a mushroom grove, Mr. Tumnus and Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia, the names of two pet gerbils, another owl, the Lampost and Wardrobe from The Chronicles of  Narnia, and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.

Wow, we have quite a diversity now!

You can use this template of Lucy and Mr. Tumnus from the Chronicles of Narnia for your own pumpkin!

You can use this template of Lucy and Mr. Tumnus from the Chronicles of Narnia for your own pumpkin! You can use a drill to make snow flakes as well.


Harvest Party 2009

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For this year’s Harvest Party our theme was fairytales. Everyone’s costumes were creatively made with this theme in mind. There were a few dwarves, a number of gingerbread men and babies, Captain Hook and even Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

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It was a fun night of games, skits, laughter, candy and fellowship together.

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Pumpkin Carving ’09

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As October comes to an end we have our annual Harvest Party. In preparation for the party we carve pumpkins a week before the event. The pumpkin designs are to match the Harvest Party theme. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales.

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The Big Bad Wolf

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History Night 2009

historynight-076Anticipation builds each year as October approaches because our community gathers for our annual History Night.  With a special meal, stories, pictures and sharing we remember God’s faithfulness through the years.

This year we explored our how our mission as a community has developed. Community is not simply a novel calling, but a fulfillment of the Kingdom Vision.  Our mission is to “live together in such a way as to experience and express the Kingdom of God”.  It was exciting to see how we implemented seeing our lives together as the mission of God. It was an inspiring time and left us excited about the journey we are on together.

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Hammonton Scavenger Hunt

For our weekly Celebration Night on Sept 4th we had a Hammonton Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Each team was given 15 clues and had 1 hour and 5 minutes to figure out the clues, take photos of the places with an iPhone, e-mail them to me, and be back home.  Everyone had a fun time seeing how well we really know our town.

Clue #1  Bust of the one who sailed in 1492

Cristopher Columbus on corner of Vine and Egg Harbor Rds

Christopher Columbus on corner of Vine and Egg Harbor Rds

Clue #2  A very patriotic petrol company

Al and Rich's Texaco on the White Horse Pike displays a    (  ) flag

Al and Rich’s Texaco on the White Horse Pike displays a 30′ x 60′  American flag.

Clue #3  A great place to eat, but not owned by our Mrs. Kobus

Our Mrs. Kobus 1st name is Terina, thus the answer is Trina's Cafe on Bellvue Ave

Our Mrs. Kobus’ 1st name is Terina, thus the answer is Trina’s Cafe on Bellevue Ave.

Clue #4  A soaring cinema?

Eagle Theatre located on Vine St.

The Eagle Theater located on Vine St.

Clue #5  In 1775 Benjamin Franklin was the General here.

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Hammonton Post Office located on 3rd St.  Benjamin Franklin was the Postmaster General in Philadelphia in 1775.

Clue #6  Patron Saint of Social Justice

St. Martin de Porres church is located on Egg Harbor Rd

St. Martin de Porres church is located on Egg Harbor Rd.

Clue # 7  Kingdom of Samuel Walton

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Walmart is located on the White Horse Pike.

Clue #8  Home of the Hammonton Hawks

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The Hammonton Hawks play on the fields located by the Lake Park.

Clue # 9  A celebratory location every July 16th

The fetival of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is held on the grounds between 3rd and Tilton Sts.

The annual festival of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is held on the grounds between 3rd and Tilton Sts. every July 16th.

Clue #10  A “lovely” lady works here, Benjamin Franklin started the 1st one

One of the Librarians who works at the Library on Egg Harbor road is named Priti (pretty)

One of the librarians who works at the library on Egg Harbor road is named Priti (pretty), thus a “lovely” lady

Clue #11  Use to be owned by Rocky and Ralph

J Morano and Sons located on 8th St.

J Morano and Sons located on 8th St.

Clue #12  A place where you can purchase correctly

Shop Rite is located on the White Horse Pike

Shop Rite is located on the White Horse Pike.

Clue #13  The place where felines are being held for money?

Cat Ransome located on Egg Harbor Rd

Cat Ransome located on Egg Harbor Rd.

Clue #14  A highly caffeinated Canadian goose

This Wawa is located on 12th St. "WaWa" is Ojibwe for Canadian goose

Wawa convenient stores sell more coffee than anyone else is the area. This Wawa is located on 12th St. “Wawa” is Ojibwe for Canadian goose

Clue #15  A stylin’  insect

The Fashion Bug clothing store is located on the White Horse Pike

The Fashion Bug clothing store is located on the White Horse Pike


Fun on the Mullica

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We decided to do something different for Celebration Night and go swimming in the Mullica River. As you can see, it was an absolutely beautiful evening and we all had a lot of fun together.

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