VBS season is more than one week. It is of course throughout the year, because of planning and preparation. But it really is for sure a two week process. The week before VBS is a huge work week. People are coming to the building and getting everything ready. There is a ton of work that goes into VBS each year. You mostly have to block off the calendar the week before, the week of VBS, and the week after to recovery. But this year we are not taking a break. We have a ton of other missional activities going on. After VBS we have the parade. The congregation creates a float, and we pass out materials about the congregation and water bottles with our contact information on them. We have expanded this by having a special family event at a park the next day. We are calling this “The Watermelon Olympics”. During the parade, we are going to promote this time, and hopefully some people from the community will come, and this will give us a natural way to connect with them. Hopefully, we will have some people from the community at the VBS too. This is harder to do, but we try. The congregation is moving into a highly busy season. We are doing well, the big ABC’s is doing well. So yes, the attendance is up, the contribution is up, and the building is looking great. The teen hike was powerful, with a ton of people coming. Like all churches, we have our issues, but like most churches, we are moving in a good direction. We are staying true to the Bible, working on reaching the community, and helping people have a strong support base in the congregation. In church, I try to stay pretty even, as we all know church is up and down, growth never happens overnight, but hopefully we will continue the positive course forward, and even increase our influence for Christ in this town.