Monday, July 24, 2006

Italy comes to Cali

Wendy and I welcomed in Antonio and Ignatia Fante, our friends and pastors from Italy this weekend.

They happened to be at a conference in New Jersey and our church flew them out to the West Coast for the weekend. So we threw a little Italian Party with all our friends, family, mission supporters, and former team members. It was a cool time to reflect on all that God has done, watch our video, and pray together. We ended the night with GOOD pizza, as good as it can get in California: Lucia's! That was just Friday.

Saturday, bright eyed and bushy tailed, I (Tony) got up to PCC by 7:30 am to help serve the women for their all day conference. It was a cool time to help and support the ladies of PCC. Wendy went and had some cool times connecting with her friends.

The whole day ended with a concert by Sara Groves ( who is a very great writer and story teller and my friend and fellow PCC pastor Matt Nightinale ( blasting the night away to a couple hundred sweaty souls. The Kerrs came and joined in the sweat fest with us which was cool! (Saturday Night July 22nd 8pm)

It has been so HOT here. Over 110 degrees. And no one has AC--most houses, our "church building", etc. Ahhhhh, our house is a sauna, and all over our county the window AC things have been sold out. So we have on on order to come by Wednesday!

In between doing the women's conference and the concert. I snuck the Fantes to San Francsico for a quick mini-tour. I took them to our Favorite Italian Restuarant in North Beach called MONA LISA (which they loved and our waiter, Luciano, of course was a cool Italian guy) and our favorite CAFE GRECO and then to Coit tower (the site of our first Kiss and engagement
to Lombard St, and a quick Wharf perusal.

The Fantes came over to our house Sunday morning for cappucino! Wendy made it and they liked it. Thankfully. I was worried because when I took them to Starbucks and they called it "dirty foot water!" It's ok for them to be coffee snobs-cause because of Italy and Chicago, I am a pizza snob!

Here is a picture of four years of Italy teams

trying to all fit at one table in a cafe in California. Sunday afternoon for lunch July 23rd.

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