Today we were back up from last week, but no visitors, so we weren't all the way back up to around 30, like we have been lately. We still had a sweet spirit in the services - numbers aren't everything! My Sunday school class has gone back down to two people now, because one of my students is now a teenager and his parents want him to be in the service. I think that's a good decision, although I did lose one of my Sunday school students. Another "loss" I'm facing over the next six weeks is that this same family left tonight for an extended trip to visit family in The Philippines! They will be back, but we'll sure miss them at church during the time they're gone.
Tonight's service was good, too. Wes picked up our study in I Peter again, and as usual, it was an excellent message. This week's sermon covered verses 14-16 concerning holy living. We had our monthly birthday celebration afterward, during which I learned that our Filipino members have eaten - and enjoyed - frog. Not just frog legs, but frog, the whole thing. They boil it, like you would chicken, then peel the skin back . . . these frogs are found in the rice paddies in The Philippines, but not so much anymore due to the use of pesticides in fertilizers. It's not everyday I learn about such an unusual dish! ;) They also enjoy duck eggs, with the baby duck still inside. One of the children likes to say, "Look, Mama! Here's the head!" as she gulps it down. Oh my! Well . . . the most daring thing I've tried since we got here is sushi, and that was the veggie kind! LOL I have also had calamari, which wasn't that bad.
As you can see, we learn all sorts of things at church! ;) Hope you had a good day and have a great week!