Merry Christmas from the Rankin Family!
Our first year experiencing Death’s Door was incredible! The presentation was a huge blessing and the turnout each of the three nights was awesome. My two littler sisters, Susanna and Phebe, were even convinced to be angels on the last night of the presentation. They did a great job! Our whole family is looking forward to helping out even more next year!
As you can see below, the pillar that I (Luke) am toting was no easy task. Sadly though, it turns out it was just some foam covered in plaster! I really thought I was getting somewhere with my workouts. 🙂
We have enjoyed participating in our church’s crusade this year. The crusade is continuing every night through Wednesday, with pre-music beginning at 6:45. It is open to the public; everyone’s welcome!
Some of us are involved in a Good News Club at a local elementary school. It’s a wonderful way to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with kids. Our family had the opportunity to volunteer for the Good News Spectacular at the TD Convention Center on Saturday, and we had fun making over a thousand snow cones! What a great turnout!
Some of us were able to ring the bell for The Salvation Army. We had a fun time singing Christmas carols while we rang! If you’d like to see one of our favorite Christmas movies, check out Silver Bells (2013) with Bruce Boxleitner. It’s funny and sweet and gives an insight into The Salvation Army.
We have had a wonderful week! Priscilla held her annual Christmas Recital at our home with two of her sisters, Susanna and Phebe, participating. What a great turnout! Priscilla was thankful for the over 60 folks that came out to enjoy the children playing and the food and fellowship afterwards. What a great bunch of kids!!
It came as a great shock to us that we got snow! Susanna and Phebe made two snowmen and we named one “Benji”, and Mama called the other one “Benny” (in honor of the storm Benji).
We support Released Time for our local public schools! We had a wonderful evening listening to David Rives’ talk on God’s creation. We loved how he showed multiple Scriptures supporting recent scientific discoveries. The “Bible Knows Best”!
The Lord blessed us here in South Carolina with a cloudless view of the total solar eclipse of the sun on August 21st at 2:38 p.m., 2017! We marveled at Bailey’s Beads and the crescent shaped shadows that appeared. God is so creative! Our chickens started going to their coop to roost, and the crickets were chirping. God is Awesome!
Our church had a spectacular patriotic celebration. We also enjoyed our small town’s fireworks show.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!!
Our family was so blessed to attend the concert of Ivan Parker from the Gaither Homecoming Friends at Hyde Park Baptist Church on Friday night! We especially loved singing along with the old hymns as well as the songs “Mama’s Rocking Chair” and “Midnight Cry.” We had a great time! Ivan Parker’s on the spur of the moment “sermon” meant a lot to us and was just what we needed to hear. Perfect timing from God.
What an exciting night some of us enjoyed at Laurens’s First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! We loved Mayor John Stankus’s speech, and the free trolley ride made our night as we passengers were directed in singing Christmas carols and hymns as we traveled around town. The free chocolate and cookies were delicious, and it was fun to visit the new museum site and do some of our Christmas shopping in the downtown stores that were open for the evening. Nothing compares to small town life!