Yep, I got this newsletter out at the beginning of a month. I know. I amaze myself sometimes.
I guess the biggest news I have to share is that Christopher finally got his braces off! After putting the orthodontist off for 3 months, all the filming was completed for the first 5 episodes of Literal and we were able to get rid of that metal mouth.
Not once but twice.
Finally, I put my foot down, made the appointment and told him he had to be finished filming by that date. And, it worked. He filmed the last scene he was in about 2 days before we were scheduled to have them removed. By the way, if you have not seen the children's latest project, check it out on youtube. They have released 2 of the first 5 episodes as well as several behind the scenes and preview videos. Each episode has its own explanation video as well. (You need to view those in order to understand the full scope of the project.) Episode 3 will be released on Tuesday, October 7. We received a really high compliment from some random person on the internet stating that their videos really deserved more views than they were getting. It made Christopher's day for someone to realize the hard work they had put into the project.
Yom Teruah with The Branch
One of the only commands for this biblical holiday is that you are to blow the shofar. Tradition dictates that you blow 100 shofar blasts as a "caller" calls out the names of the different shofar sounds. Gideon was our blower while one of our elders did the calls. Gideon got a little confused on a couple and blew different blows than was being called, but that's ok. I would get confused to if I was having to blow 100 times within the space of about 10 minutes. Christopher videoed the experience in parts due to us having some prayer time in between sections. You can see the last part here if you would like. I was very proud of Gideon as he fulfilled the command to sound the shofar on Yom Teruah.
It is time sensitive so I encourage you to pop over to the correct page. There is a video explaining what they are doing as well as a written page. Please join us in prayer about the task ahead of us.
Upcoming Family Events
Sukkot is a fun 8 day holiday that was one of three in which the Jewish people were expected to travel to Jerusalem to celebrate (Jesus himself did; see John 7). Most scholars agree that it was during this time that Yeshua (Jesus) was born. I find it very fitting that the LORD came to temporarily dwell with us during the feast that remembers the temporary dwellings that the children of Israel lived in during their years of wandering in the desert. Most scholars also agree that it will be at some point during these 3 fall feasts that Yeshua will come again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Our congregation will be gathering here at our house one evening during Sukkot to build a sukkah (temporary dwelling), have a fellowship, and any who desire will be sleeping out in tents in our yard. Just a few nights previous to that, the children will be having their 4th annual campout with their homeschooling group. The boys are keeping busy straightening up our yard for both campouts. It has been neglected too long.
What about Susan and Jonathan?
*Please pray for our friend's dad. He recently fell and with his age, their are many issues to deal with.
*Please remember our congregation, The Branch, as we seek the LORD to move in His pathway.
*There are some changes taking place at Chris' workplace. Please pray that the LORD will get the glory and we will know what to do as well as what not to do. It is not always easy to wait patiently as the LORD takes care of our bills and finances, but He is always faithful.
*I (Penny) also would appreciate your prayers for my mom as well as my sisters and I. Time moves on whether you are grieving or not. Please pray for my mama to find a purpose in her still being with us and joy in something.
*We need to make some decisions about Christopher's future: college, etc... We would appreciate you asking the LORD to guide us in His path for our son.