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The New England Memorial Day Weekend

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The New England Memorial Day Weekend

The weekend kicked off on Sabbath morning, May 28, with seminars for adults and teens and Sabbath school for the younger crowd. The first seminars for the adults was by a member of the New Hampshire congregation, Vinny Del Signore. Mr. Del Signore expounded on biblical principles and character relating to our current world situation. Meanwhile, the teens and young adults attended a seminar presented by Andy Diemer, pastor for the New England churches. Mr. Diemer explained to his young audience the highest purpose for their lives: committing wholeheartedly to God’s way of life. The second seminar was New England church’s ministerial trainee, Josh Lamoureux, who presented a seminar for all ages. Mr. Lamoureux taught how to inspire personal motivation in others.

Following the seminars was a picnic style lunch and then Sabbath services. Split sermons were given from Josh Lamoureux and Andy Diemer. Mr. Lamoureux reminded us of the importance of our spiritual family. Mr. Diemer followed up with a message stressing how the Church must stand out as lights in this present evil world. The New England choir and guest members sang a rousing chorale piece for special music.

Much fellowship followed Sabbath services and continued through the catered dinner. Promptly at sunset, the dance started. DJ Briana Salva, with the expert help of her posse, revved the mixer’s engine and got the party started. The music featured oldies but goodies, line dances, and even a polka with plenty of other jiving tunes!

On Sunday morning, May 29, the young enjoyed games of volleyball and basketball along with swimming. Then, the Spanish-speaking brethren of the Southern New Hampshire congregation hosted an afternoon family picnic at the home of Julio Meran. Hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken, and hearty amounts of guacamole were consumed along with copious amounts of fellowship and fun.

Those who attended our first New England Family Weekend will attest that it was a worthwhile experience! Several visitors from other churches were so glad they made the journey and promised to encourage others to come to future events. Hey, it could be you. We hope to see you there!