Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Going to church in a boat

We're back from LBI! Check out my beautiful bride's blog here to get all the details of the trip.

Sunday morning, we were too tired from our trip to go to church, so we stayed home. We did, however, go to church on Sunday night to the best place for summertime church - The Culver Lake chapel! It's a little white church right on the lake that only meets during the summer months. The best part is their Sunday evening Float Service. That's float, as in, floating on a boat, in the middle of the lake. The church has a couple of pontoon boats that load up with people, a sound system, and an electric keyboard (with batteries), and go out into the middle of the lake and drop anchor. A bunch of boats come out, lash onto each other, and there you have it, a floating church service.

This is the church...

Here's their floating pulpit...

This is Pastor Beringer...

He's a great pastor. In a seasonal church like this, I can see how it would be easy for it to become "light" church, with just a nice message for people to enjoy, but Pastor Beringer preaches the Word of God, and doesn't water down anything. It's a great place to go in the summer!

By the end of the service, the sun is setting over the west shore. This is what it looks like.

It used to be that nobody else was allowed on the lake during the service, but now, boats have to be at least 500 feet away from the float, and any boats on the lake at that time can go no faster than trolling speed (that's slow!). Nobody really goes out during the service. It's very peaceful, and a great place to worship!

Afterwards, we got a fun high-speed trip around the lake, courtesy of our friends, Cindy & Gus, whose boat we were in. The boys loved it!

Here's a story about the church from the Religion section of our local paper. Click here


Dave said...

Jeff Nice pictures beautiful view. I got the pellets from farm side supply. They are on back order. Not enough supply. Price was not bad. Better try and get them now. May not be manny around this winter

Nana said...

i like the lake