An Adventure at Opening Day

Let me begin by saying that before I moved here, I never thought that Opening Day was that big of a deal, but of course, this is Cincy.  So after living here for over three years, and adopting and falling in love with the Reds and everything Cincinnati, I decided to attend this year’s festivities.  Taking a vacation day off (yes, I had to say that), my son Jamie and I drove to downtown and took on our first ever Opening Day Parade here in Cincinnati.

I will sum it up like this: it will go down as something we will talk about for years to come!  We got to downtown early, parked in one of the garages close to the ballpark, and hiked it up to Findlay Market.  After checking out all the floats, cars, and even horses, we began to head downtown to look for a spot in which to see the parade.  It was at that point that we came up with an even better idea: we decided to be in the parade.  After all, we reasoned, what better way to see the parade than to be in the parade!

Looking around for some unknowing legitimate parade participants that we hoped to leech on to, my nervous son and I found a group that was dressed similar to us and began to blend in with their group.  We smiled and talked to each other and just kind of waited around in our place in line (toward the front of the parade).  After about twenty minutes of waiting, the parade began and we were on our way.

I wish I could tell you that we didn’t stick out from the group, but nothing was further from the truth.  You see, I decided that if I was going to be in the parade, I would really be in the parade!  I hooped and hollered, I clapped my hands, I danced, I led cheers from the parade watchers, and I slapped high fives with adults and kids alike.  We walked the entire parade route and we started to head for the game, but was stopped by one of the participants from the group that we had walked with.  She asked who we were and when we hesitated, responded with a wry smile, “you totally crashed our parade, didn’t you?”  As we all laughed, she invited us back for the next year, so we look forward to our next Opening Day! GO REDS!

40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Our church family is in the midst of taking time over a period of 40 days to fast and pray for the Kingdom to be advanced. Many of our family of faith have fasted a meal a day, a full day of meals per week, or some other item to remind themselves to pray and seek God’s face during this time.  I believe that God is pleased when His people are faithful and fervent in their prayers.  I also believe that God renews us as we seek to glorify Him.

As a result of this time of spiritual renewal, I am excited about this Easter as well as some wonderful plans for this summer and beyond!  This Easter weekend will have three straight nights of our Passion Play.  We have a Saturday Community Easter Egg Hunt.  We are actively seeking both a part time pastor of youth and a pastor of children.  We are beginning a summer feeding program for all children under age 18 to provide free food and fun filled and Christ centered activities.  We are planning seven small scale neighborhood block parties to plant gospel seeds each Sunday night this summer.  There is a youth camp, a mission trip, and a back to school celebration in the works.  This is not all that we have planned, but as you can see, we have many great things happening to advance the gospel and help people to Come, Grow, Serve, and Share!

I invite you to join us.  Be in prayer for the Kingdom work.  Be in prayer that we all stay encouraged in Christ as we get physically tired from the many hours of planning and serving.  May we all seek to serve Christ and His Kingdom!