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082116: DPC Love

So, yesterday on our way home from grabbing lunch, we see Wes’ mom pulling out of the church parking lot. We thought that was strange so we pulled in to talk. She rolled her window down and we said, “Hey. What are you doin?” And she, smiling, replies, “Nothing… Bringing Ice… Nothing.”

We looked at each other… “You’re being sneaky…”

“No, I’m not! See y’all in a little while!” And she drove off.

Huh? What just happened?

Then Wes reminds me that Joel and Tyler had planned an impromptu youth event, and all the kids were just dying for their pastor to be there.

Okay….

And Nicole had asked me earlier in the week if I had anything going on Sunday afternoon, she wanted to come and let me do her nails. But she never mentioned it again, getting closer to her appointment time…

So then I’m sitting outside chatting with my Aunt Mary and  I see Brandi and Jason pull by our house. I thought… That’s weird. They don’t have youth aged kids. Maybe they’re just coming for….

WAIT A SECOND.

So,  I went inside and I told Wes, “I think the church is planning something. I think they are planning something over there and it’s a surprise but I don’t know what on earth it could be. Brandi and Jason just came by.”

He looked at me like I was bonkers and said, “Maybe they’re just supporting Joel. You know he’s Jason’s brother…”

I rolled my eyes. “Yes. I do know that. It’s just weird. All the stuff that’s been going on…”

So, I dropped it. Mostly because it was 4:15 and Wes had just said, “You ready to walk over?”

So I grabbed my purse and we headed over.

About halfway there I hear Tyler or Joel one, shout, “They’re coming!” Yup, I heard you say that. I knew then my suspicions were correct.

Our church surprised us with a Pastor Appreciation dinner, with both of our campuses combined. They decorated, had SO much food, including all of our favorites (How? Because they sneakily asked me over a month ago what our favorite foods were!)

They even had us our own place settings, which were very much tailored to our interests and likes. Side note here: Brandi Wambolt is one of the most thoughtful and sweetest people on planet earth and if you are not her friend, you are truly missing out. I know you had quite the hand in our gifts and they were 100% on point. Wes got White T’s, shop towels, bottled Pepsi’s and Almond Joys. All of my stuff was OWL and adorable and I got Dr. Pepper’s and DARK CHOCOLATE. And Pens. So many pens. She knows us too well.

 

And I mentioned the food right? SO MUCH FOOD! I haven’t seen so much food I think since we did a Thanksgiving meal last year! And it was all so good. So so good. And the desserts? *SWOON*

And then they took turns on stage telling us what an influence we had been in their lives, and then they gave us the mic.

And I shared a little bit of what I loved about our Pastor, and then I shared a little bit about what I loved about our church.

You guys are so amazing. You help, when you see someone needs it. You clean even when you’ve got a title. You reach out when someone is in need. You all love Jesus and you all love us so much and it blesses my heart to be a part of this group of folks, and it blesses me so much more to be able to say that I help lead you closer to God in any way possible.

Afterwards we ate and talked and laughed with our big ole family.

Then they gave us a little envelope of cash that they had been collecting for a couple of months, they said? MONTHS you guys and no one let this party slip. And y’all have no idea how much this little envelope blessed us. And I was told by a FEW folks there were stipulations on the money – We had to at least use some of it on a family vacation.

We will. I promise you!

Then we came home and Wes dove into his presents.

The kids “helped” by losing screws and toting stuff off, so we put them on some TV so Dad could work in peace.

And we sat and talked about what a blessed pair we are, with our family that did so much for us, that HID so much from us, that has blessed us so much by allowing us to be a part of their lives.

Even when you call us when you are struggling, when you call us and just need us to sit and cry with you, when you call us because you are confused and need to ask some of the same questions again… We love it. We love helping you all with whatever it is you are dealing with. We love you guys so much and I am eternally grateful God called us to be leaders at DPC and I’m grateful that you all chose us to grow closer to God with.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it til the day I die, DPC’s got some of the best folks around. I love y’all!

042316 – 042516: #DPCchurchVAN

If you haven’t seen this… Watch it now.

This is officially our church van (or one of them.)

We did this in hopes to make people smile. We wanted it fun, we wanted it to be a reminder to folks and we wanted to brighten some days!

 

So if you see the van.. snap a picture with it. Post it on Facebook or Instagram and put the tag #DPCchurchvan so we can see it and find you and see your big ol’ smiles!

Hope you guys enjoy!

021615: Devotional: Matthew 25//Kitty’s House

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation.

And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

(‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭34-36‬ MSG)

I read this bright and early this morning (actually not so bright… just early). It literally brought me to tears when I came across:

I was homeless and you gave me a room.

I know that we would not have been able to do what we’ve done for Kitty without the tons of help and many, many donations to get him into his new home. I know that God was behind it all, from the first glimmer of an idea in Wesley’s head, to today – a built home, lacking odds and in’s, curtains and light switch covers. This house is almost complete, and there is a man who no longer is living like a less-than human.

He lived without so much for so long and no one thought to ask why or thought to change it.

But then God…

God sent him to us. And I know that we’ve changed his life. But he’s forever changed a lot of us too. And he doesn’t even know it.

If you’ve ever been on a mission trip – you help, and you help, and you help, and you go, go, go, nonstop 20 hours a day and you crash at the end of the day with some energy to spare. It’s God’s energy. It’s God’s strength.

And God has POURED out for us in this house! We built a house. It’s made of wood and metal and nails and it’s changed lives.

Way more than just one. I know for a fact. I sit here today, in awe of what God has done through us… and I’m simply amazed.

Those of you who have helped – in anyway at all – big or small….

Thank you.

The donations of money and items, the manual labor, the food boxes, the clothes, the prayers – oh my – the prayers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

To God be every bit of Glory, forever. He deserves every ounce of glory for this He has built. He used our hands, and our abilities. He used our judgement and our senses. He used our money and our efforts, but He did it. Not us.

Praise God for what He’s allowed us to help him do. He’s in on this and we are getting to see God move. I am so grateful to be a part of a church like this.

DPC Folks – You are like no other! I love you all.

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