Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Friday....and I'm pretty sure I am annoyed by every song about Friday..which is sad because it's a good day...

Nothing like a long title to get a post started. 

that ridiculous rebecca black song.  that's what i was thinking of....but then i googled songs about friday and realized most of the songs about friday i found I don't actually know...so maybe they aren't so bad.  but that rebecca black song....not cool.

Well it is Friday, frustrating Friday to be exact.  I'm pretty solid when it comes to video editing but today's project is just getting to me.  It may have to simply be a failure.  It's just not coming together.  But those things happen.

Stacy, Kate, and Jackson brought me a picnic lunch today and Kate rode her tricycle in the church parking lot.  Never thought I'd be posting that in January, but I'll take it.  My parents are coming in for the weekend(weather permitting) but we haven't told Kate yet.  First, we don't want to get her hopes up in case the weather turns bad there or here.  And secondly, it'll be a fun surprise for her.  It will also mean we should have some time to paint the living room this weekend.  Painting is hard work, but the house is really starting to feel more like home. 

This Sunday is Youth Sunday.  Get pumped.  This is always a great Sunday at New Life and our teens do such a fantastic job.  We also tend to have a lot of visitors on Youth Sunday, so that's always a plus too! 

Currently Listening to: Jesus Culture
Currently Reading: The New Breed by Jonathan McKee and Thomas McKee
Currently Working on:  Finalizing details for Sunday morning.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weekend In Review....a day late...

It was a great weekend at New Life.  Stacy taught in the Awaken services and did a fantastic job.  We knew we couldn't go through this series on relationships and sex without hearing a female perspective.  Worship rocked the house both services, we had a rare 10 out of 10 winner for our opening game, and if the three second service attendees who came to first service this weekend would've come to second service, we would've been out of chairs.  What a great problem to have! 

As for Life Groups, it was a great turnout despite the impending supposedly bad weather.  Enjoyed our group time and then enjoyed watching some football and snacking on soft pretzels.  It's crazy to have that many teens in our house every week, but it is so much fun and such a blessing to us. 

Today I'm releasing the first teen ministry newsletter, The Update.  And I know it seems like an old skool thing to do, but I think it's going to be a good communication tool because I'm going to make it available in several different ways.  There will be hard copies available at the church, but it will also be available through our website, teen facebook page, church facebook page, and I'll probably even link to it from this blog.  Improved communication is never a bad thing.

This Sunday is Youth Sunday and I couldn't be more proud to say that we are rockin' two bands for the two services.  The first service Awaken Band is ready and will be leading the worship first service while the second service Awaken Band leads in second service.  I hope our adults are ready to rock for Jesus.  I've also had a sneak preview of Tyler's message for us and am very excited to hear what he was to share.

Currently Reading: The New Breed by Jonathan McKee and Thomas McKee
Currently Listening To:  needtobreathe - The Reckoning
Currently Working On:  Finalizing "The Update"

Have a great week everyone! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday...As Quiet As It Gets Around Here....

Well it's Friday.  And around here that usually means that I'm the only one in the office for the whole day.  Our secretary is here in the morning, but for the most part, it's just quiet.  Well today was slightly different.  The guys(and when I say "the guys" i usually mean Larry and Josh) came in to get haircuts and there were several people cleaning so things were actually quite busy around here this morning.  But now it's quiet again.  And I'm not teaching this Sunday or next Sunday(my wife is teaching Sunday because the sex and relationships series needed a female perspective and the week after is Youth Sunday) so here I sit being able to do what i need to do beyond this week which doesn't always happen on Fridays.  I have some thoughts, but before I do:

Currently Listening To: I listened to Rich Mullins this morning.  Can't beat that.
Currently Watching: The Simply Youth Ministry Show live online
Currently Reading:  Almost done with Generation iY by Tim Elmore(hopefully finishing today)
Currently Working On:  Transitioning from my ministry being birth-12th grade to being 6th-12th grade and the potential for college ministry.

Which brings me to this:  I am excited to share that we have hired a part-time Children's Director.  She is the perfect choice for the job and has jumped in with both feet.  Since I arrived here at New Life it has been difficult for me to try to advance both the children's ministry and teen ministry.  As Larry recently put it, it's like trying to serve to masters or trying to be married to two women.  I can be real on this blog:  The success of the teen ministry(extreme growth) would not have happened if I had tried to split my time, effort, and energy between the two ministry areas equally.  I jumped into the teen ministry full-on and basically attempted to make small changes and maintain the Children's Ministry.  There simply weren't enough hours in the day.  And the biggest issue:  Sunday mornings.  We have our two teen services running at the same time as our adult services.  That means I am never physically in the building for any children's classes because I am teaching the teens.  So rather than cutting me in half, we hired someone and it's fantastic to be a part of a church that take's steps of faith instead of retreating.  A weight has been lifted from me and I feel like it's given me renewed focus.  For these reasons I am so thankful for God's leading in this situation. 

But what's the future of the teen ministry?  What's the next step?  Well the truth is, it's time to start looking at facility options.  Because the teen ministry has grown to the point where we need a larger facility with some specific features that would meet our needs and help us grow(i.e. larger worship space, gymnasium, etc.)  It's part of my job to dream these sort of dreams and pray for God's guidance as we move forward.  This is something I do everyday and look forward to the future both tomorrow, and years from now.  God is working through the teens and through everyone at New Life, I believe that's undeniable.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Weekend in Review and Other Stuff...

Back to normal should have happened last week after being on vacation for a week, but it didn't really happen.  Maybe this week? 

Here's the weekend in review:
Sunday morning we kicked off our new series "Girls and Boys."  It's a series on relationships adapted from Doug Fields' "Power of Sex" series.  The first message was all about why this matters and some basics on what the world says vs. what God's plan is.  I think it went well and despite what I expected, the awkwardness level was pretty low.  Worship went well in both services.  I couldn't be more excited that we have a band in each service and both are constantly moving toward excellence.  Probably the most memorable element Sunday was Matt's lip sync video of "Never Gonna Give You Up."  We've always had positive response to these videos, so I try to bring them back once a year or so. 

Sunday night at Teen Life Groups we made what I think is our first attempt at having all four groups not only discuss the same topic as each other, but discuss the topic being taught on Sunday morning.  We're using a format where I give each leader 5 questions that directly relate to that morning's message.  It definitely worked for my high school boy's group and we'll see how it goes for the rest of the series. 

This Sunday my wife will be teaching in the Awaken services.  I just didn't think I could be very convincing teaching a message called "What a Girl Wants." 

Currently Listening to: a random 90's Christian music playlist on Spotify....love me some Spotify..
Currently Reading: got a Morf magazine this morning, will probably check that out today sometime.
Currently Working on:  videos for this weekend's Awaken services.

Check out Matt's Lip-Sync from Sunday.
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