Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Fling 2014 Recap
April 17, 2014

This past Saturday was Lockmar Elementary's annual Spring Fling celebration. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to meet new friends and to attend to the safety of our Lockmar neighbors as they traversed the bouncy houses, inflatable obstacle course and slides. 

As the coordinator for the event, I had the opportunity to be there all day long. Besides getting one of the worst "farmer's tans" on record, I had the pleasure of meeting at least half a dozen parents from the Lockmar neighborhood. It was great to have friendly conversation with our neighbors regarding their love for ROAR sports, their interest in our school, and service times and activities at our church. Not to mention, seeing dozens of ROAR sports shirts wandering around the campus was yet another litmus as to how effective our sports outreach is being in our community. 

It was also a great pleasure of mine to see our 30+ volunteers investing their time as an "Inflatable Safety Officer" for the kingdom. Taking part in this ministry gives us great opportunities to meet people we would not normally meet and to serve them in ways that are unexpected and personal. It is a temptation to ask the question, "Is it really serving the Kingdom to stand and enforce inflatable rules?" At face value, the answer is, "maybe not," but if we remember that relationships are the bridge for the Gospel and that the Gospel changes everything in the lives of those who encounter it, watching an inflatable becomes something so much more. It becomes eternally significant. 

I want to extend a special "thank you" to all those who came out to set-up in the early morning, watched an inflatable during our many volunteer shifts, and came in the late afternoon to help clean-up after the event. 

If you would like more information about how to serve at next year's Spring Fling or about how you might be able to serve our local elementary school in more significant way, please contact me at