Seasons performs “Drowsy Maggie” live on the Kids Cookie Break!
5 FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
#5-Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass create a time of innovative worship for all generations at Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster at 1899 Marietta Ave. Saturday, July 9th at 6pm.Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken during the concert. http://www.gbclancaster.org
#4-Southen End Community Association Fest Celebration! Saturday, July 9 from 4 – 10pm. Games, food, Titanic Slide, Obstacle Course, dunk tank & more. Pony Rides from 5-8 p.m. Free admission & parking at the Solanco Fairgrounds. FIREWORKS at 10. For more information call SECA at 806-0123 or visit secarec.com.
#3-Historic Coleman Memorial Chapel’s 7th Annual Auction & Chicken BBQ—Baked Goods/Children’s Games fun and fellowship. The church will be open for self guided tours. Located 1/2 mile north of Brickerville on Rt. 501. Colemanchapel.org.
#2-Celebrate 2011 at the Teen Challenge Training Center Friday-Sunday. Speakers, Camping/RV Sites, music, food & games for the kids plus inflatable attractions, a fishing derby for children with a fireworks display Saturday night, free admission! More info at teenchallengetc.com.
#1 -2011 Faith Festival on Sat. July 9th from Noon-8PM at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Freeland, MD. Free Event. Artists include:Brett Rush, Unsearchable Riches, Mount Zion Praise Band, Thru Me, & MORE. There will also be children’s activities in the “Fruits Of The Spirit” Childrens Tent. Benefits The Northern Baltimore Cluster Of “Volunteers In Mission”. http://faithfestival.webstarts.com/
The Liz Hess Gallery is a favorite stop on “First Friday” downtown Lancaster. The gallery is smack in the middle of gallery row. Lancaster artist Liz Hess is known for her signature “Red Unbrella” which appears on many of her works of art. Liz is also a woman of faith and this past Lancaster arts “First Friday” saw her open her new “The Quiet Collection”-a new series of paintbrushes and prose from the heart and hands of Liz. We visited Liz on her “The Quiet Collection” opening night. Here she explains how her signature “Red Unbrella” came to be.
LISA LANDIS- The Liz Hess Gallery is one of my favorite stops on “First Friday” downtown Lancaster. The gallery is smack in the middle of Prince Street’s gallery row-just look for the red umbrellas in the window. The gallery owner is Lancaster artist Liz Hess who is known for the signature “Red Umbrella” that she works into most of her paintings.
Liz is an amazing artist and she is also a woman of faith. I first met Liz when I had the chance to personally deliver 3 of her original paintings to a small village in Africa where they are being used by an Eastern Mennonite Missions missionary to explain the salvation story to the villagers living in Catel Village, Guinea Bissau.
Liz has a new series,”The Quiet Collection” and I was eager to stop by the gallery this past First Friday to have a look. It’s a series of paintbrushes and prose from the heart and hands of Liz. The paintings have been so popular, she can barely keep them in stock. She also works her red umbrella into the sacred series. Here Liz explains how her signature “Red Unbrella” came to be. I will post a new video soon featuring her new “Quiet Collection” paintings.
Stop by and say to Liz Hess at her Prince Street gallery downtown Lancaster this “First Friday”, June 3, 2011.
Lisa Landis takes the Kids Cookie Break on a field trip to Hershey PA to see the elephant bath with the Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey circus!
How Hurricane Felix brought destruction on a Nicaraguan village and how FIA is bringing the village hope
LISA LANDIS- In 2007 Hurricane Felix unleashed its power on the village of Boom Sirpi. The village is located along the Mosquito Coast (or Miskito Coast), Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Friends in Action Executive Director Tim Johnston and I visited with one of the village judges who was living in the village at the time of the storm. He talks about the storms impact and the hope that FIA is bringing to the people, who are still rebuilding after the 2007 storm.
LISA LANDIS- It’s been two weeks since my return home from an amazing trip with Friends In Action International (FIA) to Nicaragua. FIA is located in Middletown, PA. FIA is a team of people with diverse gifts and abilities who serve indigenous people groups and missionaries in remote parts of the world with humanitarian aid & relief projects while establishing the church.
Here is an example of how FIA is working in a remote part of the world. This video features several highlights from my visit to the small island Rama Cay, a half-hour boat ride from Bluefields, Nicaragua, on the Caribbean coastline. Approximately 883 people live on this tiny isalnd, which is the size of two city blocks. The island is overcrowded and FIA is helping to establish a village on the nearby mainland so there will be an environmentally stable and self-supporting community as the community continues to grow.
FIA is looking for people to come along side them as volunteers, work teams, and financial supporters so they can continue to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the Rama people. Visit FIAintl.org for information on how you can help.
LISA LANDIS- Jars of Clay is currently on The Shelter Tour stopping off at Grace Fellowship Church in Shrewsbury, PA, Saturday night for a SOLD OUT Show. The Shelter Tour features Jars of Clay, Matt Maher, Derek Webb, and Audrey Assad. They play Eastern University Sunday, April 17th in St. Davids, PA. Click here for ticket information.
We catch up with Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay 9:30 today at The 9 o’clock Coffee Break.
Enjoy this FUN Beatles cover that Jars of Clay made with Mercy Me, Matt Maher, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Afters & Lecrae on their last tour.
LISA LANDIS-I’m slowly easing back into the work week after an exciting time with Friends in Action Intl. reporting live from their work projects in Nicaragua.
We had some free time in Bluefields before we flew to Managua on Saturday. Here are a few of the pictures from our time in Bluefields. These are some of the places the Bluefields work teams get to experience, including trips to the market, the boat docks, & the town:
And here are some of the sites from our visit Sunday to Masaya, Nicaragua including “the lookout” over Lake Masaya:
Listeners can join Friends in Action work teams going to Nicaragua to build homes in May and June. Those interested can get more information or an application by calling the office at (717) 546-0208 or emailing FIA-USA@FIAintl.org.
LISA LANDIS- After our visit to the Rama Island we got back in the boat and traveled not far across the bay to the Rama Mainland. This is where FIA is working to build a village for the Rama people. A man named William is letting Friends in Action use some of his land to construct houses, teach the people agriculture, and generate wind power. This is where Karlita Bravo and her little brother and mom and dad live. They are the national missionaries with Central American missions who are partnering with the work of Friends in Action.
Here are some pictures from our Friday visit. The couple pictured is William and his cousin, the boats are their fishing boats and the cabin is one of the new cabins FIA is building to house works teams. The other house is the Bravo house and the base where Tim and other workers stay. I had a sweet siesta on their hammock. Nothing like being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle. The church is also pictured below. The shot across the water is looking at the Rama Island from the Mainland.
As you see we left to go back to Bluefields as the sun was going down. Next I will post videos of our Friday visit. I hope to post those as we wait in the airport Monday.
LISA LANDIS-Greetings from Bluefields, Nicaragua. Yesterday morning we left the hotel and walked to a house along the water where the family owns many boats and rents them to groups like Friends in Action. Here are pictures of our journey waiting for the boat, traveling across the Bay in the boat, followed by a visit to the Rama village which is the size of just two city blocks. In a future blog I will post pictures of our journey across the water to the mainland where Friends in Action is building houses, construction cabins for work teams, experimenting with wind power, and much more to creative a sustainable village. Here are some of the sights that we witnessed yesterday of the Rama village. There is a great need here and FIA is doing amazing things to bring hope to the future of the Rama people of Nicaragua.
I have many more pictures to share, but that’s all the time I have for now. We are getting ready to leave the hotel today (Saturday). Our flight to Managua leaves at 4pm.