JINGLE JAZZ – 2009

Christmas at the Movies – that was tonight’s theme for our Jingle Jazz presentation. All but one of our guests came. I was a bit discouraged at the one that did not attend because she was the wife of Jon’s co-worker who got fired. She very adamently didn’t want to come, and something came up at work that prevented her from coming. They are kind people, but she lives a different lifestyle than us, and I truly hoped she could make it. FOR THE GOOD NEWS. God answers prayer!!!! My boss and her boyfriend were able to come. My boss and I have never had any “spiritual” discussions. She knows my beliefs, and I do my best to have my life support what I believe. We really enjoy their company, and Jon and I try to play cards with them and go to dinner frequently. Lexi also loves their dog Ginger, so it works out well. I was rather nervous about inviting her to Jingle Jazz because I didn’t want to overstep the boundaries that are enforced by the staff/partner stigma at work, but Jon and I thought they would enjoy the evening.

I got an e-mail this morning from her that her boyfriend’s grandmother was admitted to the hospital and they were going to be with her. Ann (my boss) said she hoped to make it but that she would call me this afternoon. I had NOTHING to do at work today, so I prayed periodically that the Lord would allow them to get back in time. She called me at 5pm to tell me that they would be there. Answer to prayer #1. Then I started praying that they would enjoy the presentation as I imagined it was probably their first time in a church in a very long time if at all.

The auditorium was set up with seats groupings of four seats. We had purchased three sets in one row for all of our guests. Jon and I decided we would sit in the middle section with Myles and Ann to make them more comfortable. Let me set the stage for you as you came into our church tonight. When you walked up to the church, Darth Vadar met us (remember, Christmas at the movies). When you walked in the first set of doors, there was one of those big movie posters like you might see on the side of a bus stop shelter or subway wall. Then when you walked in there were lots of brightlights. There was a will call booth which looked like the old movie theatre ticket offices, you know the one that’s round with the glass around it. Then there was the concession stands where we got free popcorn, soda, and candy. All members of the youth group who were the theatre employees were dressed in white shirts and red vests.

So, anyway, we arrive, get our concessions and sit down. Ann leans over and tells me that this is a great way to introduce people to the church (EXACTLY what I was hoping for). As the program started, we walked through all traditional music with music and funny skits. Ann and her boyfriend laughed the entire time and were extremely impressed by the talent of our music team. I was so encouraged as I saw God answering my prayers all night.

Our other friends that came to the event also had a wonderful time, and we got to stay after and chat with them which was very nice and long overdue with all of them. We praise the Lord for answering our prayers regarding our guests. May He continue to tug at them until they visit with us again. God is answering prayers in all ways. For example, after 60 days or so of trying to sell my Buick, we have multiple people willing to look at it this weekend. We also are praising God for Becca’s progress this week. Jon and I are going to spend what’s left of this evening relaxing and preparing for our long drives tomorrow at the wedding.

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