Happy 6th Birthday Mary Allen!

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Mary Allen turns 6 today!  Yesterday we celebrated with a fun party with her  friends getting  “make-overs” (Latin American style) at Edith Cordova Salon.  Edith Cordova owns the most prestigious salon in our city and she also happens to be a member of our church and missional cell group.  She so generously offered to throw a party for Mary Allen, all we did was show up!

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Our friend Edith, beautiful inside and out!

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A good Sunday. . .

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Our first breakfast fellowship was a hit. . .

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Followed by Sunday School, which is new and fun for our young church . . . .

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And then one of Allen’s apprentice’s, Esdras (below), beautifully led in worship for the first time. . .

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It was a good Sunday for Cristo Rey. . . .

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Celebrating : one of the fun ways we live in community!

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As I mentioned in an earlier blog post,  last year I excepted my friend Carolina’s (pictured above) request that I be the photographer for her event planning business.  It has been such a fun blessing to have this creative outlet of working beside such a talented person. Since she plans mostly children’s birthday parties, it is a very fun job!  Earlier this week, her youngest daughter turned one! Carolina threw an incredible party with an “ice cream shop” theme.

Celebrating is one of the fun ways we get to live “in community” with others.

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We are so very thankful for this family, they have been such great friends to our whole family!

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Community Easter Party

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Our missional cell group hosted an Easter party today as a way to serve the community and get to know our neighbors better. It was a huge success.  Pablo and Emilio did an incredible job with some “egg games” and telling the story of Christ’s resurrection. And of course the Easter egg hunt (not a Peruvian custom) was a hit! While the kids were on the hunt for eggs, our cell group members were able to talk to the parents, inviting them to our missional cell group in the neighborhood as well as inviting them to our downtown church.

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Viernes Santo Candle Light Service

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Tonight was a special night of remembering the last 7 words of Christ.  We had a beautiful candle light service in our living room with our Cristo Rey church congregation and many of our neighbors.  The service moved our oldest daughter, Abigail, to tears. She was truly waited down with the thought that the Son of God suffered for her sins. She could not imagine how Mary must have felt watching her dear son suffer on the cross. All the more can she (and we) can rejoice Sunday morning!

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