The concept of giving is emphasized a lot throughout the holidays, yet often there is an idea of giving with the expectation of receiving something in return. One of the most life-altering lessons that I have ever learned was how to prioritize blessing others and expect nothing in return.
The stickers that adorned each box of cinnamon rolls that we shared during the holidays to bless others, changed designs on a yearly basis – courtesy of my mom and aunt’s world-renowned graphic design skills. In this one from 2017, they went for a festive polka dot combination. Photo by Lori Tippett
One of the most frightening times of my life was when I found out that I would be in charge of the conduct, schedule and safety of a group of seventh-grade boys at a church ministry’s summer camp, but looking back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing.
That’s me, Jack Gienke, camp counselor, at the top-right of this photo with the “W” cap, ready to take care of several middle school boys whose parents trusted me with their most-prized possessions. But as I reflect back on that summer of 2015, and reflect further back on the time of my life when I was around their age, I recall fond memories and life-changing experiences for me and for these boys. Photo by Jack Gienke
Following beloved fairytale characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, “Into the Woods” is a fun, fast-paced musical that challenges the audience to consider moral questions about good and evil as small, hidden elements of the Gospel message propel the story.
Photo and gallery by McKenzie Sheehy
Cassie Sampley (left) and Nathanael Pezzo (right) act out a scene during a dress rehearsal leading up to the premiere of “Into the Woods” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Additional shows run on Friday and Saturday at the same time with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.