Thursday, June 14, 2007

VBS Clean-Up

It rained the last day of VBS. It was Wednesday morning, I got a phone call from Gary H. that his father, Edwin had passed away. I had just visited Edwin and his wife, Stella, on Sunday. Edwin's passing was sudden and unexpected for me. He had had heart problems through the years. But still, there is a great deal of shock that one must deal with.

Playing outside at VBS on Wednesday was a bit, well, wet.

And as it was the last day of VBS it was also clean-up day.

Chloe and all the kids did a great job in cleaning up. The Oak Park Ladies' Aid will do a general church cleaning after VBS as part of their annual church cleaning. But thanks to the teachers, craft leader, and the kids, the impact of VBS will be minimal on their clean-up. Actually, the kids thought that the zoom-brooms were fun to use. Chloe, Zach, Josh and several others begged to use the zoom-brooms.

Regular readers of this blog will remember Josh. He's the one who froze his tongue on the bell tower. Well, he's smiling now as he cleans up the debris of VBS. They went from the Altar to the back of the dining hall sweeping up what was left over.

Kids were outside in the rain picking up the small scraps of evidence that they had eaten their lunches outside.

Tylor, Whitney, Shane, Dawn and others worked to pack up the Nativity sets so that the kids could work on them next year.

The Nativity set is an ongoing project from year to year. Each year the student gets a few more pieces to paint and build their set.
Now, VBS is done for 2007. It was a wonderful experience for me as a teacher. Yes, we had a few cuts and bruises from play. Yes, Logan lost a tooth: thankfully it was one that was ready to come out. And the kids got experience in learning the Hymns of Lutheranism so that they can sing them with gusto when they come about in the Church Year.

They also learned some Hebrew. Try this:
הללויה כל גויים
שבהוהו כל האומים
כי גבר אלינו חסדו
ואמת יהוה לעולם
Praise the Lord all the Nations,
Extol Him, all you peoples,
For great is His mercy among us,
and the truth of the Lord endures forever,
Praise the Lord.

And also,
הודו ליהוה כי טוב
כי לעולם חסדו
O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
For His Mercy endures forever.

The VBS kids can sing these in the native tongue of the Old Testament. And they know what the words mean. Christ the life of all the living. Christ the death of death, our foe. Praise the Lord.