Written by Eugene L.
Thanksgiving break was a good reprieve from work for the students and working people alike! On Thanksgiving day, those who stuck around Austin gathered at the 605 house to have a potluck lunch, complete with Thanksgiving staples like turkey (though one of them was bacon-wrapped!) and many different takes on mashed potatoes (loaded, cheesy garlic, breaded and deep-fried...), along with an incredible number of very creative side dishes and desserts. It was a time of food, fellowship, good cheer, and more food. It was evident that God had really poured out a lot of blessings in our lives - cooking talent for some, all the relationships in that room, the many little kids running around, the memories we could recount from this past year, and more!
After we ate enough to send us into sleepy stupors, we had a rousing time of games to wake us up. We made teams based on birth year and played a game of human bingo, where we had a chance to learn people's various hidden talents and audit bingo cards by having team members perform their so-called skills. One bingo audit was both terrifying and hilarious - each team's member with "good aim" was challenged to shoot a cup off another team member's head using a nerf gun. Success rate? Zero. But we had a good time anyway!
After human bingo, we split up into teams by class (freshman/sophomore, junior/senior, and Praxis) and had a time of performances and demonstrations. All the teams had 45 minutes to divide up their teams into groups and prepare to face each other in a trivia quiz bowl, an arm-wrestling tournament, a choreographed-dance-off, and a rap battle. There were some stellar performances and some not-so-stellar ones, but with bellies full, they were all fun to watch. The Fitz's also proved to be the strongest duo in the church - both Tim and Debbie won (or tied for first) for the brothers' and sisters' arm-wrestling challenges.
The juniors' and seniors' dance
To wrap up the fun, many of us went to the gym to play volleyball and basketball. All in all, it was a fun-filled and relaxing day that made us even more thankful to have our community!