Sonfest 2009- Part 2

Posted: April 7, 2009 in Traveling
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I have finally found time to continue the Sonfest 2009 post started here. It has been an absolutely crazy last few days!

So, we left off with Universal Studios Islands of Adventuer last post….

Collage (Click for Larger)

Collage (Click for Larger)

Following a day in the parks we headed out about 2:30pm and drove back to the hotel. With about two hours till we met again many went swimming, I opted to spend a little time relaxing in the warm sun and talking with good friends! It was beautiful outside (and I must say a huge shocker to come back and it be snowing today!) so we stayed out as long as we could before heading back inside to get ready for evening services. Saturday night everyone was in their official ONEWAY t-shirts and we all met to eat a few slices of pizza and get ready for another night of service!

Live Painting

Live Painting

Saturday Night featured the teaching of Matt Pitt from The Basement! Matt is a phenomenal speaker, definitely the most enjoyable sermon of the weekend. The thing about Matt that really impresses me is not only how on fire he is for God, but how amazingly executed his sermons are! He has a DJ that travels with him and their timing is impeccable! It was great to see so many lives touched yet again. (On a Side Note I was able to watch Matt tonight on-line at his student ministry in Alabama… one of the best Easter Sermons I have ever seen!).

Girls Meeting

Girls Meeting

Following service we all headed upstairs to meet and both Tony and Joy did a wonderful job of really inspiring change and unity within the Student Ministry. After the meeting everyone headed back upstairs where, of course, we had to have another dance party in the hallway! Tonight we had a lot more people get involved and it was a blast! Then it was time to hit the rooms, pack and get ready for an early morning on Sunday!

Cupid Shuffle

Cupid Shuffle

Sunday Morning we woke up and headed down with our luggage. The elevators were packed and the line on our floor alone stretched a good fifty feet back. So we (myself, Chris, Cody, Michael, Robin, Michaela and Hannah) decided to walk down 12 flights of stairs carrying our luggage! It was a ways but we beat the people waiting on the elevator by about twenty minutes! Sunday’s service included… get this… a dance party! So I had to break out my dance skills and show ONEWAY what I had! I have video of this… who knows if it will ever make it on-line 😉 However for your entertainment here is a picture Sandy took of me doing the Cupid Shuffle! Following the dance we went into Praise and Worship, again led by Julian Drive, and then listened to Reggie Dabbs speak. Reggie did a great job of concluding the weekend and challenging everyone to go out and make a difference.

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

It was finally time to get back on the road! Making a lunch stop was first on our list, and after an hour we were on the road for good! The first thing everyone wanted to do of course was get a movie playing. However, the back two televisions were not working so of course I hear the “Gordy” (my nickname) coming from the back of the bus. I then get up to diagnose the problem. Someone had set their luggage on the old connectors and the power had been ripped out of the converter. So I attempted to get it back on. In trying however I quickly found out we should have turned off the electricity! I got one of the biggest jolts I’ve had in a while from it! Finally I was able to get it up and running so the back half of the bus was happy!

Tony and Joy

Tony and Joy

After several movies and many rounds of the card game “Mafia” it was time for dinner. We stopped by the Golden Carroll to eat. Of course this was a great way to end the trip, however after getting back on the bus we decided it was time to bring back Old Baldwin Church of God music… and bring it back we did! We had basically the whole bus (minus a few in the back 😉 up and dancing and singing along for a good solid hour! It was sooo much fun and definitely one of the highlights of the trip! It was especially fun for the “old timmers” like me who were at the old church.

Around 10:00pm we rolled back into the church, unloaded the buses and called it a night!

Find Pastor Tony

Find Pastor Tony

All in all it was an absolutely wonderful trip. It’s been an uphill battle with the changes at ONEWAY recently, however this weekend really helped to unify everyone and get them on the same page. It was amazing ot see the attitude change in many of the student leaders and I’m excited to see what this does for ONEWAY now and in the future!

Expect more photos and video coming soon!

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Comments
  1. Kelly Moody says:

    Hey Blake,
    Thanks for all the updates from Sunfest. I can tell everyone had a wonderful time in the blessings of our wonderful Lord. God Bless and Look forward to more updates. Kelly

  2. Thomas Ward says:

    Hey Blake,

    I love all the pictures of the youth group up top. I can’t wait to see your video.

    Keep posting,

    -Thomas W.

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