Join us Friday and Saturday, July 29-30 at City Square Park in downtown Chaska for River City Days. Every year we have a booth where we hand out FREE balloon animals and connect with the community. Last year we went through 1,300 balloons and connected with some great people. It is a lot of fun to see the faces of the kids who love our balloons. Each year we hear from parents who tell us that their kids remember us from the year before. If you are in the area, come on by and say, “Hi!”
I want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who helped us make River City Days a great weekend for The River. We had a booth on Friday and Saturday and lots of people from The River came by to help out. Over the course of Friday evening and Saturday we gave away over 1,000 balloon animals and we had 12 winners in our gift card giveaway. Thank you also to everyone who came by our booth to get a balloon, or to sign up for our drawing or to just talk and get information about the church. We made a lot of new friends and had a great time being in the community.
For those of you who are wondering about the drawing, here is a list of the winners: Jayd Laurentz, Nichelle Schwarts, Kerry Larson, Gary Sauber, Kim Lane, Tricia Brkovich, Barb Horel, Mary Lou Bullerman, Nancy Skoglund, Karen Scullin, Travis Ristow, and Sandy Lewis. If you see your name here, please feel free to contact us about getting your prize, or we will be sending it in the mail.
We gave away Dunn Bros. and Rex Cinema gift cards as prizes this year. The reason is very simple. We gave away Rex Cinema cards because that is where we meet on Sunday mornings for our worship services. And we gave away Dunn Bros. because that is where Pastor Rob hangs out most of the time since he has no office.
Then on Sunday, we moved our entire worship time out to City Square Park to join in a praise and worship time featuring 7 different churches. We were asked to provide sound for the entire event and then to also stick around and provide sound for a talent competition later in the day. Again it was a big committment, but we said yes. The main reason we were involved is because this fits in so well with who we are as a church. We believe very strongly that we need to come together as one Church in the community, and we also believe that as a church we are called to be in the community, so this event fit perfectly with those two core values. The event ended up being a great time of worship and it was wonderful to experience the different worship styles of the churches in our community.
Overall, River City Days weekend was a great success and there are so many people who helped make that happen, but most of all we want to thank God for providing in such a great way. We specifically said, in the weeks leading up to this weekend, that taking on all that we had to do was definitely bigger than ourselves and that we needed to trust God to come through in a big way. Well, He did!
Come and visit us at Chaska’s River City Days this weekend, July 23-24. River City Days is Chaska’s annual community celebration. It is sponsored by several local community organizations and businesses and features food, games, and arts and Crafts booths. The festival is held downtown in the Chaska City Square. You can check out the River City Days website at http://www.chaskarivercitydays.com/.
The River will have a booth this year with clowns making balloon animals, prize drawings for Dunn Bros. gift cards, and opportunities to talk with people from our church family and with Pastor Rob. Our booth will be located just off of 41 and 3rd Street. Come on by and visit with us.
Also, on Sunday, July 25 our worship time, which regularly meets at The Rex Cinema, will be moving out to the City Square at 9:30 a.m. Love INC will be having a fundraising Pancake Breakfast and we will be kicking off a time of worship music with 6 different churches from the surrounding area. Come on out and join us for this time of worship and breakfast.