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Maine 2017: Travel Days / Pauper's Chapel

Posted by Josh Karhan on with 5 Comments

The girl's van -- heading to Chicago hotel!

As I write this first blog post for the 2017 Maine Team, two days of travel lay behind us while several exciting days of service and ministry await us. Here is the girl's van (plus me, Josh) smiling and ready to take off from Calvary church on Saturday evening after the whole team was prayed over and anointed for service by four of Calvary's elders. The three hour ride to the hotel in Chicago was over before we knew it...well, we still noticed it was a long drive...but we had a ton of fun! 

While I don't have a picture of the guy's van (plus Paula Kerr), I've heard great reports from them about their ride as well. It seems like most of the guys had the opportunity to share some of their favorite music genres with the van by sharing control over spotify. There were plenty of oldies but goodies shared too *cough* Tom *cough.*

Playing late night board games in Chicago

Once settled into the hotel, team bonding continued as several of us stayed up late to play several rounds of Codenames. 

Morning arrived VERY quickly today (Sunday, July 9), and most of the students were quite content to enjoy some hot coffee and a simple breakfast at the hotel before catching the shuttle to the airport. Parents, if you ever need your house to be just a bit quieter in the mornings, apparently the cartoon "Teen Titans Go!" is mesmerizing. 

Waiting to fly to Boston

Waiting to board our plane and enjoying some time chatting with teammates. 

After picking up our rental vehicles and driving the remainder of the distance to Maine, we made it to the hotel with just enough time to change into our church clothes before hopping over to the beautiful chapel that Pauper's Chapel meets in on Sunday evenings. 

Ready for Tom's sermon at Pauper's Chapel. 


Couldn't miss Logan and Ethan just because they were on the other side of the aisle! Speaking of the aisle, you can see in this picture decorations for a wedding. Josh Philipps, pastor of Pauper's Chapel, was performing a wedding in the chapel immediately after the service. 

While Josh conducted a wedding, the Maine Team from Calvary enjoyed some delicious pizza from the Portland Pie Company before enjoying several rounds of both "the quarter game" and "Mafia." 

Its been an eventful and fun couple of days traveling and hanging out with one another. I can already see Jesus at work in drawing our team closer together. Please pray the following over our team: 

  1. That Jesus would speak to each of the students in powerful ways during the morning devotions. 
  2. That He would draw us all closer to Him and to one another on this trip.
  3. That we would serve and minister to the Portland community in the Name and love of Jesus Christ, demonstrating true hospitality even so far away from home.

In Christ,

Josh Karhan





Tags: chapel, high school, maine, pauper, portland, united, pauper's chapel


Keegan Mebert July 10, 2017 9:54am

So glad to see that y'all made it safely there and that you enjoyed travel over! I can't wait to hear all of the experiences and opportunities that y'all will have serving in God's Kingdom this coming week. Praying that the God of all comfort will comfort y'all in everything that you do and say this week and that He would lead and guide y'all where he wants you to go. Have an AMAZING trip!
In Christ Alone,

Emma Brainard July 10, 2017 11:05am

I miss you so much Pip! It's great to see these pictures of you all getting along so well! :)
Praying that you all work really hard, fall deeper in love with Jesus and continue to grow as a team!
Because Jesus is Lord,

Emma Brainard July 11, 2017 4:11pm

Constantly praying for you all!

Keegan Mebert July 11, 2017 5:13pm

So glad to hear that y'all had a safe trip there and that you enjoyed the travel on the way! Can't wait to hear about all of the wonderful experiences and opportunities that y'all will be able to do to serve God's Kingdom in this coming week. Praying that the God of all comfort will comfort y'all in every way, through every action and in every word this week and that He would lead and guide each and every one of you to where He wants you to go. Have an AMAZING trip!!!
In Christ Alone,

Emma Brainard July 12, 2017 10:54pm

Praying that no news is good news! It was weird not having you guys at UNITED tonight. I love you Pip!
Because Jesus is Lord,