Sodastream & Marianna

We have a new blessing at Christ the Reconciler ... a Sodastream!

Why do we have a Sodastream?  (Besides it being another nice amenity for our guests?) Well, because Marianna came to visit!  Last time I saw Marianna, in June, I described Christ the Reconciler to her, and she said, "Oh, you need a Sodastream ... it's an Israeli product, you know?"  Well, I didn't know that, but the day before Marianna arrived in Elgin, I purchased one to honor her and support Israel.  I must admit I was not prepared for the wow factor of carbonation, check it out:

Carbonated Cielo is really good.  Adding syrup is fun, too:

Marianna's visit was wonderful.  Her teaching on Israel (click here to download or listen) was very helpful for our community.  And she's just filled with the joy of the Lord ... my children love being around her!  

It was very special to have her bless her own room at CTR:

Here are some other pictures from her visit.

Marianna introduced us to the concept of a Friday night Shabbat celebration

Marianna introduced us to the concept of a Friday night Shabbat celebration

Friday night dinner, before Marianna spoke about "Israel the Widow"

Friday night dinner, before Marianna spoke about "Israel the Widow"

Marianna is a very good cook, and blessed us with a wonderful meal on Saturday night

Marianna is a very good cook, and blessed us with a wonderful meal on Saturday night

Parents and children gather for Open Table with Marianna

Parents and children gather for Open Table with Marianna

Snacks for the trip home ... courtesy of Buc-ees!

Snacks for the trip home ... courtesy of Buc-ees!