Those arriving on Father's Day, June 20 for the Sunday services found the sanctuary colorfully decorated for the Vacation Bible School June 21 to 25.
The Bible school theme, "Lava Lava Island," was depicted on the platform by tinsel palm trees and the "volcano." Wall hangings added to the scene.
Vacation Bible School attendance included 20 children on the first day. A closing Bible School celebration was held during the morning worship service June 27.
During the Father's Day Worship service June 20, Aaron Burbank assisted the Rev. Lonnie Burbank with the songs of praise including "God of Our Fathers," "This is My Father's World" and "Family Song."
The Father's Day message, "Honor Your Father," was from Ephesians 6:1-3, which urged honoring both fathers and mothers and stressed that children are taught by example.
Most fathers were honored with gifts by Pastor and Pam Burbank. Some of those honored included "oldest father" Jim Hendrickson, "youngest father" Nathan Wiedenmann, "father with the most grandchildren" Dave LaVoie, "successful fisherman" Lew Burbank and the pastor's own father, Aaron Burbank.
Pieter and Jackie Vandenberg of Ventura, Calif., spent the weekend of June 19 and 20 with his son, Chris and Jennifer Vandenberg, at the farm.
On Sunday, they had dinner at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill in Salem to celebrate Father's Day and Chris' June 20 birthday.
Paul and Betty Ronco joined family at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kathy Ronco, in Falls City Father's Day. Others enjoying the day together were Herman and Elizabeth Stout, Alan, Jolene, Eva, Becca, Jason, Jamie, Jacob, Megan and Brenda Ronco, Spencer, Jill, Jeffrey and Ryan Jones.
My sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth, celebrated her June 19 birthday with her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, and myself.
We took her for a drive to the coast, traveling on roads through Buena Vista and Suver and on Maxfield Creek Road to Blodgett, Summit and Nashville. Then we went to downtown Toledo and along Yaquina Bay to Newport.
It was a beautiful day at the ocean. We went on up the coast to Lincoln City where we had dinner. We traveled back through Grand Ronde.
On Sunday afternoon, her son Lonnie and his daughter, Lindsay Shellenbarger of Oregon City, brought her a large fuchsia hanging basket for the patio.
She received birthday cards from relatives and friends and calls from children and grandchildren.