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  • April 2006 News

    Posted on April 30th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Resurrection Greetings!  April has been a wonderful month at our house as we celebrated Easter and enjoyed the coming of spring.  We found time for geocaching and kite flying, track practice (Stanley will run the 400 m and 800 m races plus compete in shot put next Saturday at Luther Prep) and the children’s Easter service (listen to them sing “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” – 600 Kb MP3).

    We were blessed with a totally unexpected surprise when Sallie’s parents, Pete and Nina from Mississippi, asked if they could visit us in Wisconsin!  We anxiously await their arrival on May 9th!!! 

    We invite you to broswe the rest of entries made along the way during the month.  As always, we love hearing from you so please take time to add a comment.  We close with a few photos.  God bless and keep you in his tender care.  Be enormously blessed!!

    A sign of the times!  It won’t be long before we are moving back to Milwaukee.  We will be very sad to leave Sun Prairie, but the good news is SENIOR year awaits!


    For Rent



    Dirty Stanley – He wanted to be a wolf!


    Dirty Stanley


    Geocaching boys – Our Travel Bugs are making progress.  Ben’s is in the lead, having traveled 571 miles to Fargo, ND so far.  Wow!


    Geocaching Boys


  • In the Name of Jesus Christ

    Posted on April 30th, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based On: Acts 4:8-12

    In the Name of Jesus Christ

    Out of a burning bush God commissioned Moses and said, “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”  Moses was concerned.  What if the Israelites ask who this God is who is sending him, “What is his name?”  The Lord responded, “I AM WHO I AM.”  Tell them “I AM” has sent you.

    What a name to be associated with.  The “I AM” who never changes – even in his love for us.  Imagine being sent to free the Israelites in the name of the Great I AM – you would have God’s grace and mercy to comfort the Israelites and also the power and authority to command Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.

    The Great I AM has given us another name by which we know him and in which we find grace and authority.  It is the name of Jesus Christ.  In the name of Jesus Christ we are saved and in the name of Jesus Christ we confess to others.

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  • He is Risen!

    Posted on April 16th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Easter joy has arrived.  We had a wonderful morning in church celebrating Easter, complete with

    • Three worship services,
    • Resurrection Harvest sermon by the Vicar,
    • Beautiful flowers,
    • Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Peace Lutheran Adult Choir (.mp3 – 1MB) ,
    • Brass and timpani,
    • Easter breakfast, and
    • An indoor Easter egg hunt (it was cool and rainy outside).

    Here are some picutures from our special day.

    Pastor Luke Werre and Vicar Kevin Draper


    Pastor and Vicar


    Easter boys


    Easter boys


    The Vicar and the flowers


    The Vicar and the flowers


  • The Resurrection Harvest

    Posted on April 16th, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on:    1 Corinthians 15:19-26

    The Resurrection Harvest (.mp3 – 3 MB)

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

    1500 years before Christ abandoned the garden tomb God commanded the Israelites through Moses to bring an offering at the beginning of the grain harvest.  As they started cutting down the wheat, barley, or whatever grain it was, each Israelite would gather a small bundle of the best stalks of grain they could find and bring it to the temple.  This was the first fruits offering. 

    With this offering the Israelites gave the first and the best of their income to the Lord, knowing that the Lord would also give them the rest of the harvest.  This handful of grain was only a small part of the whole harvest, but it was God’s promise to provide an abundant final harvest.

    This first fruits offering is a comforting picture of the resurrection harvest.  God raised Christ as the first fruits and assures us that all believers will follow.

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  • Happy 80th Birthday, PawPaw!!

    Posted on April 15th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Today is a special day – even more special than Income Tax Day – it is Rayford “Pete” Wilson’s (Sallie’s Dad) 80th brthday!  He was born April 15, 1926 in Bude, MS.  With a little camera magic (and some help from Scotty on Star Trek) we found a way to digitally join his celebration. We hope you enjoy the fun! 

    Watch as we celebrate PawPaw’s birthday (.wmv – 14 MB)

    Birthday video


    Yikes – Was a cake harmed in the filming of this movie? (.mov – 5 MB)

    Melted Cake


  • Good Friday Meditation – Why did Christ die?

    Posted on April 14th, 2006 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Good Friday Meditation – Why did Christ die?

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

    This is the day Christ died.  As we hear the Scripture lessons being read we can almost see the body of Christ – his back torn by the scourge, blood dripping from his thorn pierced head.  The nails in his hands and feet may be too gory to visualize, but there he hung on the cross to die.  Not simply the death you and I will go through, but a separation from God – he suffered hell itself.

    Why did Christ die?  Why did he suffer hell?  He didn’t break any laws.  He never sinned against any human being, but loved each and every one of us.  He never even sinned against God, but obeyed him perfectly.  Why did God punish him? Read the rest of this entry »

  • Golfin’ Ben

    Posted on April 8th, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    Benjamin used his allowance to buy a golf set.  We know Grandma Judy will be proud!



  • Travel Bugs

    Posted on April 8th, 2006 Sallie No comments

    Soon we will be taking our geocaching ( fun to the next level by setting some Travel Bugs free on an amazing race.  Travel Bugs are really serialized dog tags which you can buy for $5 from the geocache store.  When you buy one you actually get two – one to send out on an adventure and a second to keep.  Travel bug owners typically attach the bugs to a trinket or a keychain, give them a name and a goal (like visiting and being photographed at certain landmarks), and “drop” them in a geocache to begin their cache hopping journey.  Whenever they are picked up from one cache and dropped in a new geocache, the miles they have traveled and their new geocache location is logged on their own web page.  The owners of the travel bug even get e-mail letting them know of the bug activity.  Very cool!

    We found our first travel bug a few weeks ago.  It was named “Shop “Til You Drop” because it was attached to a Bloomingdale’s keychain. 

    We ordered 4 travel bugs a while back and today we shopped for something to attach them to and activated the bugs.  Each of our bug crew now has it’s own web page and is ready to begin their adventure:

    We decided it would be fun to see whose bug travels the farerest this summer.  We’ll keep you updated on their progress! 

    The Crew


    The Crew


    Our Bugs and Dog Tags


    bugs and tags
  • Fine Arts Festival

    Posted on April 1st, 2006 Sallie 1 comment

    Our family spent the morning at Lakeside Lutheran High School for the Fine Arts Festival.  Stanley performed on French Horn with his band as well as solo and recieved scores of “I” (meaning 1st level or superior) for both performances.  We were very proud of Stanley as well as all the other band and choir kids from Peace and the 14 other schools involved who performed.  We hope you enjoy some images plus audio and video clips from the event.

    Listen to the Peace Lutheran School Band play

    Watch them play both songs (.wmv – 29 MB)

    Peace Lutheran School Band


    Listen to the Peace Lutheran School Children’s Choir sing

    Listen to Stanley’s French Horn Solo – Anni Laurie

    Watch Stanley’s French Horn Solo (.wmv – 9 MB)

    Stans French Horn Solo


    Enjoy a few other images of the fun day


    Stan is ready to play


    Stans score