Monday, September 6, 2010

September Meeting

Our next HomeBuilders meeting is September 12th.

Join us for a wonderful time of fellowship, encouragement, and good food!

The Ladies will gather together for a casual ladies tea and time of teaching with June and Rhonda Devine, while the men gather outdoors for a quick look at "The Characteristics of Biblical Manhood."

After our teaching time, we'll have plenty going on outdoors to make the day memorable for the whole family, including volleyball, football, and more food.

There will also be a possibility of showing the movies--"Homeschool Dropouts" and "The Duggars" for those who would like to view them.

The meal will be potluck style, so if you come, please bring the following items:

- a dish (meats, casseroles, sides, salads, etc.)
- desert
- and drinks

We'll provide eating/drinking necessities, along with some good Indiana air!

In an effort to be good hosts and accommodate everyone properly, we need you to RSVP, no later than Thursday, September 9th. If you absolutely won't know til the weekend just let us know that, and we'll work with you!

Be Blessed!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Welcome Spring 2010!

HomeBuilders is looking forward to a new season and meeting again this year...stay tuned for the details.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

HomeBuilders Harvest Party **UPDATED**

**UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to varying circumstances and will not be rescheduled. We will still consider having this event next year. Have a great week!***

It's that time of year again and you are invited to our home for our annual Harvest Party! In the past this event has been great fun dressing up in overalls, playing pumpkin games (pumpkin ring toss, pumpkin relay race, three legged races, whip-cream-bubble-gum blowing contest to name a few and this year possibly pumpkin bowling), haybale jumping, sampling fall dishes to the sounds of Turkey in the Straw, wood splitting, songs by the bonfire and of course--we can't forget the cocoa! The best part is that we get to do this as families and get to fellowship with friends old and new.

Here's the info:

Where: The Fuentes Home

When: October 18, Sunday
1 p.m.-6p.m.

to bring: A fall dish, lawnchairs, a drink
*When you RSVP I will let you know
what else to bring, we will need some help
pumpkins, haybales, etc!

*It is important to let us know as soon as possible if you are attending for planning purposes--the more in advance we know, the better as this event is right around the corner!*

Click here to view pictures of a past Harvest Party 2006 and 2007.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Fall, Ya'll!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Our Family Ministry

Our family has been very honored and privileged to be able to have a family ministry that meets once a month to encourage and strengthen the Christian family. We do this as a family, working as a team, to be able to host such an event. Yesterday we had over 60 people in our home!

It all begins with a potluck first, we had 2 grills going and everyone brought loads of food.

Daniel led us in worship and did an excellent job as always---thanks, Daniel!

New and old friends showed up--it was so great to see each and every single one of them. Many people drive from out of city and state to join us.

Steve led the men and challenged them as leaders of their homes and to be godly men. Fathers and sons sat together listening, sharing, learning and sharpening one another as iron sharpens iron. And best of all, encouraging one another.

I led the women and encouraged them in their roles of wives and mothers. The title of our study was 'Deception and Discernment'. Many women shared how the world has deceived women today with lies and how we have to have discernment as Christian women. It was a great time of sharing God's truths. Here are some pictures of them afterwards when they broke off into pairs to talk and prayer for one another. Above are Lisa, Rhonda, Laurel and Kathy.

Diane and Michelle

Juliet and Sande--I missed getting a picture of Joselly and Meghan.

Janai, my daughter, shared with the girls a clip of the movie 'Return of the Daughters'. She also led a study encouraging the girls to walk with the Lord.

Children had fun playing, there were so many, this picture only shows a few!

We also had enough time to squeeze in a few games of volleyball.

It was a sweet day of fun and fellowship and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to spend time with other Christian brothers and sisters in Christ. If you live in the area, be sure to visit join us at our next HomeBuilders meeting!

See ya'll next time!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blessed Beginnings!

We are excited to have started our group again this year with a kickoff last month in August! Many came to eat, visit, play and study the Word. It was a wonderful time with a house full of friends and family. We worshiped and shared what the Lord has been doing in our lives and prayed together. We talked about raising children for His glory and discipling, protecting, and equipping them in the world today.

Fathers lead us in worship...

Blessed Arrows enjoying a beautiful sunny day!

Husbands and wives are encouraged to raise their children for His glory.

Men and boys learn and apply the Word of God.

Maidens of Virtue...

A loving mother of nine blessings!

Join us for our next meeting:

September 20

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Summer Break

The BBQ went great---it was wonderful to see old friends mingling with new ones! It was great seeing the Ruiz's, Rodriquez' and Rivera's again. Anselmo even had his brother visiting. The twins got to enjoy a cake for their 2nd birthday. Too bad the battery was dead in our camera--we don't have a single picture to share. :( Oh well, maybe next time...

Just to let you all know we are taking a summer break....we will probably resume in September. We will update the blog and keep you posted by email.

Have a great summer!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Prayerful Twins

Here are our twins, they are praying for our next HomeBuilders meeting!

We are thinking about a BBQ...stay tuned for more details...

Monday, April 28, 2008

Marriages that Honor God

Marriages that honor God bring all glory to Him. In the world we live in today, marriage is viewed as highly disposable--almost equivalent to the fast food you had for lunch. In our narcissistic society, the selfish 'me-syndrome' reigns in all its splendorous destruction and sacrificing for our spouses or children seems to be extinct. But is that true? What is God's word calling us to? We strongly believe that a Biblical resurrection of the home and family life is essential to revival in Christianity today. If we have weak homes, we will have weak churches, and a weak nation. If we have no vision, we will perish. God's word must permeate every area of our life--especially the nucleus of the Christian home. We cannot impart to the next generation what we do not possess, therefore it is imperative that we learn what is takes to have a strong marriage and home today.

Join us for our next HomeBuilders meeting this Sunday on May 4th, at 1 p.m. at the Fuentes home to gain fresh, new vision for your homes. We will be discussing the roles of husband as priest, provider and protector and wives as loving and supportive help-meets.

What a wonderful opportunity for good food and fellowship and a chance to find out what the Lord is doing in others lives. Don't forget to bring:

Your family
A Dish
A Drink
A Happy Smile

If the weather is good, children are welcome to play outside (or you could bring board games for them, if you'd like). We've also recently bought a trampoline! Oh my, the children will have loads of fun on that! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Homeschool Workshop & Used Curriculum Sale

Come one and come all!

HomeBuilders would like to invite you to our Homeschool Workshop & Used Curriculum Sale on Saturday, May 17th--to encourage all homeschoolers to finish out the school year strong! Admission is free and children are welcome to sit quietly with their parents.

Schedule will be as followed:

Homeschool Workshop

9:00 -9:30 am Doors open (Used Curriculum Sale begins)

9:30-10 am - Worship/Announcements/Introduce Wells family (No curriculum sales during this time)

10-10:45 am "Finishing Strong" by Herb & Rhonda Devine

10:45-11 am - Break (Used Curriculum Sale resumes)

11:00-11:45am- "Steadfast Leadership: God's Call to Men" by Steve Fuentes

11:45-3:30 pm Used Curriculum Sale

Where: Hillcrest Baptist Church is located at 2825 E. Cleveland Ave in Hobart, Indiana, located right next to County Line Orchard. Click here for map.

Snacks and resources available for purchase.

Registration requested but not required for admission, please register at

Used Curriculum Sale

The Used Curriculum Sale is open to all, and all transactions will be done mainly in 'envelope style'. If you are interested in selling your materials, please bring them to Hillcrest Baptist Church on Friday, May 16th between the hours of 9:30-4:30 pm or on Saturday, May 17th from 7:30-8:45 am for drop-off and/or any other help you might need for pricing. There will be a small sign-up fee of $5 for all sellers. Please contact Tammy Hall at 219.477.4838 or email her at with any questions regarding the sale only.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Five Churches--One Family

Our meeting in March was the kickoff of our HomeBuilders group relaunching for the year 2008. We were excited to see old and new faces and the fact that five different churches were represented there that day---but still the one body of Christ--a family. We are not sure how we all fit, but so glad that we did!

Spring is in the air and Steve turned 36 this past week. We went on vacation to Kentucky to see the Creation Museum and also to Cincinnati, Ohio. We are still enjoying his week off so we will not be meeting for the scheduled meeting for April 6th. We will resume back on schedule on May 4th---first Sunday of the month and looking forward to encouraging mothers, fathers, husbands and wives in their sacred calling of building up homes the glorify and serve the Lord. Hopefully by then, the weather will be beautiful so we could use the backyard as well!

We are looking forward to gathering together as a 'family' soon. But until then---have a blessed time enjoying the spring air, our faithful Father and the precious loved ones He has given you...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Harvest Party 2007!

This year at our home we had our Harvest Party again! We had many friends and families come out to enjoy the day with us! We did many activities such as. . .

. . . talking and eating with each other. . .

. . . jumping over hay bales. . .

. . .pumpkin ring tossing. . .

. . . wheel barrow racing. . .

(uh oh!)

. . .corn shucking races. . .

. . .knocking each other off the logs. . .

. . .and playing more games!

Hay fight!!

Caught you, Amanda!

Marisela and Sande

Maria and Karen

Hudson and Jaime

Don't hurt yourself!

Steve making it higher!

Looks like Virgie needed a little help!

Then we settled down with a bonfire!
Our friend, Jay, sang songs and told stories for us when it got dark

(which is always a big highlight!)!

Hope to see you next time!

View pictures of our Harvest Party 2006

Monday, October 22, 2007

The 1st Annual NICHE Conference

This was the first conference held for the area of Northwest Indiana and it was a smashing success from beginning to end. Our family was blessed to be a part of what God is doing in homeschool families in the region.

Rhonda Devine teaching on 'The Five Homeschooling Unchangeables'

Ray and Tami shared the story of their homeschooling journey.

Dan and Kathy Piekarski as faithful volunteers.

The man behind the madness, Herb Devine and son, Daniel---both spoke at workshops.

Here I am with a cuddly baby, Elizabeth, that I was able to kidnap from a mom so she could sit in one of the workshops.

Homeschoolers were challenged, inspired and encouraged.

The resource table manned by faithful sons.

The Devine and Piekarski girls were in charge of the refreshment table.

Herb exhorting men to be the spiritual leaders of their homes.

Steve was the second keynote speaker at the end of the day teaching the 'why' behind homeschooling.

We are all looking forward to and planning next years annual conference ---hope to see you there!