Bria Connolly writing on our latest High School event, the Fall Day All Day, and why we care abut cultivating “Family Vibes.”
So, if you have been around the last few weeks you have probably heard somebody use the term “family vibes.” It’s not as weird as it sounds. This phrase came from reading through Acts 2 and seeing church develop that looked a whole lot like family.
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:44-47
People who care for each other, who do life together, and have a genuine love for one another.
This is the goal.
We want to see our students live out this way, and to care for each other in a way that leads people to Jesus.
Still, the question arose…”how?” How do we begin to look like this. It seems uncomfortable sometimes, or impossible to create a culture like that.
This is where “family vibes” arose. We start small doing things like a family would. Maybe that is just dinner, or opening up our spaces to one another.
Or maybe it is going to pick apples together and then pressing cider.
This is what Fall Day All Day was. A start to building a family mentality.
We gathered for brunch and ate homemade cinnamon rolls (thanks Aly). Even with amazing food, and an awesome space where Alex Lehnert was crafting cappuccinos, there was still an air of awkwardness as people who didn’t normally come together shared a meal and attempted small talk.
Then it was time for apples. We piled in cars and went to Detering Orchards. Everyone was amped as we rolled up to a pen of cows, ready for the petting.
The cow may look angry…but I promise, he was loving it.
And so were we. We stayed with those cows for a good while and then we made our way to get our apple picking buckets.
Then we were off! And you could see the family vibes infiltrating as new crews were forming and they went to get their picking on.
Buckets in hand, and as raindrops began to fall, each person had a mission of finding 22 apples, enough for a jar of cider.
And, oh did we pick enough! We left with 123 lbs. of apples, ready for the pressing!
Back at the Lehnert’s we all had our first experience with a real apple press. We are so authentic.
Everyone worked together and we pressed 12 gallons of cider! Pretty rad, if you ask me. Plus, it’s delicious. Who doesn’t want a warm cup of cider on a Fall day?
It take a lot of “family vibes” to bust out 12 gallons of cider, and everyone gave their efforts. It was so cool to see the backyard turn into a flurry of activity as everyone took their station, and to see the fruits of their labor pour into half gallon jars.
The sweet thing about fun days like this is that we have memories to build on. Everyone who was there has more a foundation to build family on than they did before, and that is what we are going for.
Our prayer this year is that we would head into summer looking a lot less divided and a lot more like family.
A big thanks to everyone who was a part of the Fall Day All Day (Especially the Lehnert’s!) and for being willing to invest in family.
Keep an eye out for upcoming events and opportunities to practice our “family vibes.”