Aug 24

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trying to play catch up a bit…I haven’t had a chance to post highlights from last weeks pictures, but will do so when I can.

Saturday was a free day for volunteers so they took to the NYC streets and spent the day exploring.

Sunday was a day of change in the PV Community. We said goodbye to three volunteers and hello to four additional volunteers. It is amazing even though the makeup of the community changes each week the PV spirit is always there. There was one volunteer who is spending both weeks with us, so we headed into the city for our traditional community day. After realizing we weren’t going to be able to make a Broadway matinee show, we decided to go the the Tenement Museum on the lower east side. We learned about the history of the tenements in New York and the families who lived in them. Our particular tour focused on families connected to the garment industry and it was really interesting. After the museum we decided to stroll around Little Italy a little bit and pick up some yummy Italian treats. It was a wonderful way to spend the day.

We returned back to the church just in time to welcome the incoming volunteers. Amazingly enough all 3 cars arrived within 3 minutes of each other. After catching up a bit we had a dinner and then had a commissioning.

We forgot to take a picture in from of the Tenement Museum, so we figured this was the next best thing. We asked if we could keep the fans they gave us for the tour so we could use them back at the church.

Aug 24

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trying to play catch up a bit…I haven’t had a chance to post highlights from last weeks pictures, but will do so when I can.

Saturday was a free day for volunteers so they took to the NYC streets and spent the day exploring.

Sunday was a day of change in the PV Community. We said goodbye to three volunteers and hello to four additional volunteers. It is amazing even though the makeup of the community changes each week the PV spirit is always there. There was one volunteer who is spending both weeks with us, so we headed into the city for our traditional community day. After realizing we weren’t going to be able to make a Broadway matinee show, we decided to go the the Tenement Museum on the lower east side. We learned about the history of the tenements in New York and the families who lived in them. Our particular tour focused on families connected to the garment industry and it was really interesting. After the museum we decided to stroll around Little Italy a little bit and pick up some yummy Italian treats. It was a wonderful way to spend the day.

We returned back to the church just in time to welcome the incoming volunteers. Amazingly enough all 3 cars arrived within 3 minutes of each other. After catching up a bit we had a dinner and then had a commissioning.

We forgot to take a picture in from of the Tenement Museum, so we figured this was the next best thing. We asked if we could keep the fans they gave us for the tour so we could use them back at the church.

Aug 24

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trying to play catch up a bit…I haven’t had a chance to post highlights from last weeks pictures, but will do so when I can.

Saturday was a free day for volunteers so they took to the NYC streets and spent the day exploring.

Sunday was a day of change in the PV Community. We said goodbye to three volunteers and hello to four additional volunteers. It is amazing even though the makeup of the community changes each week the PV spirit is always there. There was one volunteer who is spending both weeks with us, so we headed into the city for our traditional community day. After realizing we weren’t going to be able to make a Broadway matinee show, we decided to go the the Tenement Museum on the lower east side. We learned about the history of the tenements in New York and the families who lived in them. Our particular tour focused on families connected to the garment industry and it was really interesting. After the museum we decided to stroll around Little Italy a little bit and pick up some yummy Italian treats. It was a wonderful way to spend the day.

We returned back to the church just in time to welcome the incoming volunteers. Amazingly enough all 3 cars arrived within 3 minutes of each other. After catching up a bit we had a dinner and then had a commissioning.

We forgot to take a picture in from of the Tenement Museum, so we figured this was the next best thing. We asked if we could keep the fans they gave us for the tour so we could use them back at the church.

Aug 22

Friday, August 21, 2009

We picked up about 15 more kids today at camp, to the point where the two oldest age groups are almost maxed out. The youngest group still has the fewest number, which is very different from what we are used to. The activites during continue to be wonderful and challenging for the kids. Each day they have explored different ways to express themselves through different art forms.

For the volunteers, today was a bittersweet day. Most of them will be leaving over the weekend, so it was the last day with the kids. This week has really gone by quickly! As a community we gathered together for a closing prayer service to talk about our week. After we finished we headed into the city for a celebratory dinner at the South Street Seaport. When we came out the skies began to open up and threaten to rain. It made for some amazing pictures of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge. (I will try and post some over the weekend.) Once the threat of rain passed, we decided to continue the PV tradition of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. It ended up being a beautiful night to walk across the bridge. Once we got over to Brooklyn Heights we stopped to have dessert. Yummy!

I will post a bunch of pictures from the week over the weekend. It was really a wonderful week. A great community and a great bunch of kids. We are looking forward to next week.

Aug 22

Friday, August 21, 2009

We picked up about 15 more kids today at camp, to the point where the two oldest age groups are almost maxed out. The youngest group still has the fewest number, which is very different from what we are used to. The activites during continue to be wonderful and challenging for the kids. Each day they have explored different ways to express themselves through different art forms.

For the volunteers, today was a bittersweet day. Most of them will be leaving over the weekend, so it was the last day with the kids. This week has really gone by quickly! As a community we gathered together for a closing prayer service to talk about our week. After we finished we headed into the city for a celebratory dinner at the South Street Seaport. When we came out the skies began to open up and threaten to rain. It made for some amazing pictures of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge. (I will try and post some over the weekend.) Once the threat of rain passed, we decided to continue the PV tradition of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. It ended up being a beautiful night to walk across the bridge. Once we got over to Brooklyn Heights we stopped to have dessert. Yummy!

I will post a bunch of pictures from the week over the weekend. It was really a wonderful week. A great community and a great bunch of kids. We are looking forward to next week.

Aug 22

Friday, August 21, 2009

We picked up about 15 more kids today at camp, to the point where the two oldest age groups are almost maxed out. The youngest group still has the fewest number, which is very different from what we are used to. The activites during continue to be wonderful and challenging for the kids. Each day they have explored different ways to express themselves through different art forms.

For the volunteers, today was a bittersweet day. Most of them will be leaving over the weekend, so it was the last day with the kids. This week has really gone by quickly! As a community we gathered together for a closing prayer service to talk about our week. After we finished we headed into the city for a celebratory dinner at the South Street Seaport. When we came out the skies began to open up and threaten to rain. It made for some amazing pictures of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge. (I will try and post some over the weekend.) Once the threat of rain passed, we decided to continue the PV tradition of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. It ended up being a beautiful night to walk across the bridge. Once we got over to Brooklyn Heights we stopped to have dessert. Yummy!

I will post a bunch of pictures from the week over the weekend. It was really a wonderful week. A great community and a great bunch of kids. We are looking forward to next week.

Aug 21

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today was field trip day for two younger groups of kids. We took the kids to the Museum of the City of New York and specifically to the exhibit, growing up in New York. The kids were shown toys that kids played with over the past 100 years. They also got to play with a few including pick up sticks and view finders! At the end of the day the kids were asked to create their own mural of what it is like to grow up in New York now. The creativity was quite impressive. As far as field trips go, it was a great day.

Tonight for dinner we decided to give ourselves a bit of a break and eat in the air conditioning of the basement. We were treated to a very yummy smorgasbord. Two different salads, hamburger helper made with beans instead of hamburger (thanks!), chicken and a lovely pitcher of orange water to wash it all down. It was delicious and really hit the spot.

After dinner we decided to stay in the air conditioning and have our reflection in the basement. We were led in a wonderful reflection on the washing of the feet. We reflected and related our experiences in the symbolism of washing someones feet or someone else washing ours. It was wonderful to hear what everyone had to say.

We finally retreated back out of the air conditioning but decided to hang out on the stoop for a little bit to at least feel a little breeze. It is a gorgaous night, but still a little hot and sticky.

Aug 21

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today was field trip day for two younger groups of kids. We took the kids to the Museum of the City of New York and specifically to the exhibit, growing up in New York. The kids were shown toys that kids played with over the past 100 years. They also got to play with a few including pick up sticks and view finders! At the end of the day the kids were asked to create their own mural of what it is like to grow up in New York now. The creativity was quite impressive. As far as field trips go, it was a great day.

Tonight for dinner we decided to give ourselves a bit of a break and eat in the air conditioning of the basement. We were treated to a very yummy smorgasbord. Two different salads, hamburger helper made with beans instead of hamburger (thanks!), chicken and a lovely pitcher of orange water to wash it all down. It was delicious and really hit the spot.

After dinner we decided to stay in the air conditioning and have our reflection in the basement. We were led in a wonderful reflection on the washing of the feet. We reflected and related our experiences in the symbolism of washing someones feet or someone else washing ours. It was wonderful to hear what everyone had to say.

We finally retreated back out of the air conditioning but decided to hang out on the stoop for a little bit to at least feel a little breeze. It is a gorgaous night, but still a little hot and sticky.

Aug 21

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today was field trip day for two younger groups of kids. We took the kids to the Museum of the City of New York and specifically to the exhibit, growing up in New York. The kids were shown toys that kids played with over the past 100 years. They also got to play with a few including pick up sticks and view finders! At the end of the day the kids were asked to create their own mural of what it is like to grow up in New York now. The creativity was quite impressive. As far as field trips go, it was a great day.

Tonight for dinner we decided to give ourselves a bit of a break and eat in the air conditioning of the basement. We were treated to a very yummy smorgasbord. Two different salads, hamburger helper made with beans instead of hamburger (thanks!), chicken and a lovely pitcher of orange water to wash it all down. It was delicious and really hit the spot.

After dinner we decided to stay in the air conditioning and have our reflection in the basement. We were led in a wonderful reflection on the washing of the feet. We reflected and related our experiences in the symbolism of washing someones feet or someone else washing ours. It was wonderful to hear what everyone had to say.

We finally retreated back out of the air conditioning but decided to hang out on the stoop for a little bit to at least feel a little breeze. It is a gorgaous night, but still a little hot and sticky.

Aug 21

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Campers on their way to their field trip to the Museum of the City of New York.


The kids get an introduction to the exhibit, “Growing Up in New York”


Each child got a chance to play different games that were popular. Here these campers play pick up sticks


The day wrapped up with each group of kids creating their own mural of what it is like to grow up in New York City.