Friday, April 29, 2011

Our Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This is a record of the manner we spent our Easter Sunday as a family.

Tim preached during Sunrise Service at Cornerstone Church with the following verses as his reference:
 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ~ 1 John 3:16-18.

He did a great job challenging us to love the way God intended us to love.  It was indeed a great Easter message!  And for the first time -  he used programming concepts to illustrate his point.   This is something I wanted him to do for a long time.  I still wished that he did not use me as an illustration but what can I do - I must be the most obvious life within his observation ground.  :)  I thank God for helping him. He had to prepare his script after a long busy week.

Ueli and Sue

Preparation.   After coming back from the Sunrise Service I cleaned the house and prepared part of our luncheon with our friends, the Lippuners.  Tim, Shannon and Brahms went back to help in the second regular service and Sunday school.  Our menu included ham, potatoes, Caesar salad, green beans with bacon, Jell-O salad, herbed rolls, and carrot cake.  I actually did not do much of the cooking since Shannon made the rolls and carrot cake while Sue made the the rest except for the ham.  Everything was very delicious.

The two families - Lewises and Lippuners (including Nick, Ueli's dad) ate together again as we always did in the previous Easter Sundays.   We ate like a big family as we listened to our friends who just came back from a week-long mission trip to San Francisco.  It was very interesting and educating to hear about their experiences.

The  Kids

Nick L.

Tim and Ueli hid the eggs in the garden.  Now that the kids are taller than they used to, the eggs were hidden in much higher places.  The hunt began.  Both families are Christians and are aware of the true meaning of Easter - the sacrifice that Jesus did for mankind.  This activity has evolved from something a thought into a tradition.  Sue and I thought of the idea for a one-time event but the kids liked it - so we did it again the next year...and again...  I asked my friend if we should skip the egg hunt this time and her response was "Are you kidding?"  With that, the message was very clear.  The tradition must go on. 

Sue in the hammock.

Erich spots another egg.

Trading candies.

Anna and her grandpa.

Counting and sorting candies.

Navigating the vegetable garden.

Filipino Church.   A few weeks ago we saw a sign on East Bidwell Avenue for a Filipino church that meets at the Folsom Lake College.  Tim and I went to visit the church after the Lippuners had left.  It was a very pleasant experience.  It reminded us of the good old days when we lived in the bay area.  This church is a newly planted church.  The people who go there do not even know each other very well.  However, it does not matter because every Sunday they spend more time visiting than sitting down listening to their pastor preach.  Soon they will be like family. 

The Elders.

He is Risen Indeed!!! We believe in Jesus Christ our Savior.  He came to live among us and then died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins so that we could be reconciled to God.  On the third day he arose.  He has conquered death.  He has risen!  The bible says that "whosoever believes in Jesus Christ will have eternal life."  He gave up His own life so that He could offer Life for you and for me.  Do you believe in Him?  Do you accept his offer of Life or do you choose death.

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