Mission Church Fall Fest! It’s hard to believe that this was the 8th year that we’ve done this event, but it’s true! It gets bigger every year. Our people are faithful to volunteer and invite their friends each time. And it all results in a fun evening where people who don’t come to our church can connect with the Mission Church family in an easy going environment. Plus, it’s just a whole lot of fun. How can you go wrong with hay rides, inflatables, and a beautiful and crisp Central Oregon day? You just can’t!
Our friends, Tim and Julia, were the ever-gracious hosts again. They let all of these hundreds of people enjoy their beautiful property. And give people and opportunity to have a wonderful night with their families. Plus it gives the church leaders a chance to get to know people without having to worry about a church service or be under any kind of time limit. The Taylors’ generosity has been a huge blessing!
This year we had a few changes. We finally put any and all parking out to pasture, literally. Everybody, not just the volunteers, parked out in the back field. I think that’s a sign of growth when you know that the cars won’t fit out in front of the house anymore. It’s a good problem to have. Another change was the food. Sadly, we ended the annual tradition of a chili cook-off. It was a bittersweet decision. It was always a fun competition to be sure, but changing the food situation also meant that we ended the annual tradition of running out of food and having people, especially volunteers, leave the event hungry. Not good. So instead, we outsourced. And what was the solution? Food trucks, of course! It was pretty cool seeing the food truck owners come out with their families to enjoy the festival. They not only had a good evening of work, but also enjoyed all the fun stuff with their kids. I think it was a win-win!
And now here is where I get a little bit nostalgic. Sorry, but it just can’t be helped! Back in 2007, the Fall Fest started out as something we came up with so that when Mission Church had our very first services we would have some kind of event to invite people to. We wanted a chance to get to know people outside of a weekend service setting. It was actually very strategic. But honestly, we had no clue that we would still be doing it all these years later, and that the event (and the church) would have grown so much in that time. I realize that we’ve been doing this awhile, but every time we do this thing, or even on the weekend services, I still look out at the cars and think to myself, “People came! Woohoo! People actually showed up!” I’m hoping that I never stop having those feelings when someone walks through our doors and decides to give church a chance. Even if the first time they do it is out in a pasture on a ranch at Fall Fest.
This last picture I just put in so I could show you my new toy, the iPhone6. You can see it’s shadow as we’re taking the selfie pic. It’s a lot of fun. I do have one complaint, though. It’s so slim and skinny that it disappears into my purse too easily and now I’m having a hard time finding it when I need to dig it out to make a call or take a picture, which is really about the only two things I do with my phone anyway. Brent could run the world with his phone, but I’m still trying to keep it simple. Happy fall!