"Rain rain go away come again another day..." That's the song I was singing the day before the Fall Fun Fest. Weather forecast for the day...100% chance of rain! I was concerned that the weather would keep families away, but it was the opposite. I think we had record attendance. We were able to move everything indoors and the only thing we canceled was the wagon rides.
This day is a highlight of the year for me because it allows our families to have fun together and invite their unsaved friends and neighbors to experience Christian hospitality in a non-threatening way. I always get to meet people who live in the nearby neighborhoods and don't have a church home. We encouraged people to sign up to win a door prize and to let us know how we can pray for them. It's a privilege to invest in people's lives who need the Lord and who live in our backyard. Hopefully they had a good experience; and the LifePoint family showed them kindness and they'll want to return on a Sunday morning. The kids enjoyed things like face painting, the bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, games and crafts.
The parents were excited about tasting all the different chili recipes and voting for their favorite. This was our 9th year for the competition and Stacy Stinnett, who finished second last year, was awarded first place this year! You can find the winning recipe here. We added a new contest this year, a Fall Bake Off. Eleven people brought their favorite cake, brownies, crisps, muffins, pies, tortes and other goodies for the professional chef, Chris Henderson, to judge. Chef Henderson attends LifePoint and works at Table by Market District in Carmel as a restaurant chef. The winner was Amy Stone with her Pear Walnut Cake. Doesn't that look yummy! You can find her recipe here.
Organizing an event like this takes a huge team. Thanks to all 60 of you who gave of your time to help lead a game, serve food, and donated candy and items for our door prizes. An extra special shout out to the committee who helped me come up with all the ideas and making it happen: Crystal Baer, Libby Davis, Hannah Rubsom and Shelley Speiden.
I feel so blessed to be serving the children and families of LifePoint,