Rush night was Sunday night. For those of you who aren't familiar with Rush night, it's when the two Sigma teams in our youth group are given limited space to decorate and cheer their team to a leading point score. The two teams compete during the rest of the school year both as a team and individually to score the highest points. They are able to score points through Bible memorization, church attendance, sermon outlines, daily devotions, visitors, etc....and at the end of the year there is an awards banquet.
This year our teams are the Alpha Theta Speed. Brother Chris and Mrs. Dana are their sponsors.
The other team is the Chi Alpha UFC (Ultimate Fighters for Christ) Bruce and I are the sponsors for this team.
The kids began decorating for their Rush Night a couple weeks ago. Speed was decorating like the races and the UFC went with boxing.
A lot of work goes into Rush night. There's banner making....
cutting letters for the team verses.......by the way, if you've never used a cricut for cutting out bulletin board letters or letters and objects for scrapbooking, you REALLY have to use one. I LOVE it!
Our team verse is 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:"
Bruce and the boys constructed a boxing ring.
Cassie and LeAnna made signs for the rounds.
Gary and Kendra made our UFC banner. The judges look for something that has the all the team member's names on it. So our names were on the banner.
Crystal and Hannah worked together on their verse banner. Hannah cut out the letters on the Cricut and Crystal began posting them. They did an acrostic for SPEED which said, Saved, People, Encouraging, Everlasting, Dedication. Their verse was Hebrews 12:1 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
Josie and Moriah, two girls from our bus ministry that have become involved with Sigma, worked on the signatures for their team.
Our team bought shirts and painted them for their team.
Things were coming together.
Everything was ready and finished by Saturday afternoon and the two teams were ready to RUMBLE!
Mrs. Amy, our resident cake baker, made this terrific cake for our dessert table. And it was sooooo good! Just like every other cake she makes.
I loved how she did the sides.
As people came into the fellowship building after church Sunday night, the teams began to yell cheers at each other and taunt the other team. It gets VERY loud. I thought for sure Justin and Jeremy would go home with no voice. They found shirts at Wal Mart, of all places, that said, "God is my victory lane." I thought that was neat.
Our team was thinking of cheers. One they did said, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, prepare to be killed by the UFC." They would also yell, "HEY SPEED! YOU GOTTA FLAT TIRE!"
Brother Richie, who is a wrestler, was KIND enough to let us borrow his belts for decoration.
Our food tables consisted of hot dogs with all the fixins', nachos and cheese with salsa and jalapeno' peppers, assortments of chips, drinks, and desserts.
Nathaniel and Gary came out ready to put on a show in the boxing ring.
Our ring girl, LeAnna, held up the Round 1 sign and then it was on!
After that match, they called over a team member from Speed. Wouldn't you know it would be Justin?
Bruce and I worked the concession for our side, along with Mrs. Vondie. Thank you, Mrs. Vondie for helping us there!!
Jacob and Bruce
My sweet Hannah girl
When things began to quiet down and the church had gone through the lines, the kids and sponsors ate.
Mrs. Dana...ain't she purdy? She found the CUTEST little baskets to hold their flatware and napkins. I loved 'em. They were black with a checkered flag look around the top. I thought they were really cute.
Erika, Jacob, and Josie
Hannah and Justin
Dustin and his dad, Brother Mark.
Jonathan got in the ring with the little ones and wrestled with them. It was hilarious watching these little boys try to take Jonathan down.
Before we knew it, every child in the building wanted in the ring to wrestle.
Caleb's dad had to be in China for his job and missed Caleb's first Rush night. But I'm sure he'll have a good time telling him all about it when he gets home.
Jamie C by his team's car
These were some of our tough ring girls. Taylor doesn't look so tough, but trust me...don't let that smile fool ya!
We had a great time and our team was pleased to know they took the points home that night. Both teams did a fantastic job and we're proud of all of them. We're looking forward to moving on with this year.