Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Second...I am happy to be here with Keri in these final days and I would not consider anything else. However, I am sad to be missing my brother's wedding tomorrow. So let me say Bro...I love you and I am sad that I am going to miss your big day, but please remember this one thing for me. Bend a little at the knees, don't lock them...you will want to, but don't. This helps circulation and therefore helps you to not faint. Love you man...have a great day...and a GREAT NIGHT...wink.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The book and syllabus you see here are the beginning of the end. I am hoping I will get my work done here at Caribou. I better go so I can start reading.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
We should have dvd of the trip for you to purchase. The dvd's will be $5. By putting the dvd in your dvd player you will be able to watch all the videos we show Wednesday, the slide show, and if you pop it in your computer you will find a folder with a ton of digital pics from the trip.
The $5 goes to the junior high technology fund. This fund helps us continue to make these videos, buy the software that we use for the videos, buy the blank dvd's and cd's, and more.
Some of us will get old and forget things like the little details of Kentucky, who was on the trip in 2007 and where did I park my car in the Wal*Mart parking lot? However this DVD will help you remember most of those things. DVD will not be on sale long...once the files are deleted you are out of luck. I tried to work out a deal with Blockbuster but they were not having any of that. Actually the church library does not even want it.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
This team had a great trip down, great ministry during the week and now on the way home they are getting slowed down left and right.
The trip just would not be a trip without a blowout. They were only stopped for a few minutes; they put the spare tire on (something that had never been in the trailer until junior high made the suggestion). With the spare, the turn around was quick.
We said the team would be ready to be picked up around 7pm. It will be later. I will keep you posted.
I tell you this for two reasons...pray that the team is able to get on the road soon and expect a delay in arriving home.
Come back later this morning for more updates.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The students will be ready for pickup around 7pm Saturday. If you want to get there around that time GREAT! But please understand that students will not be excused until all the unloading and cleaning is complete. If you show up you may be asked to help, which could be fine with the team. Once we are in a good place with all the particulars students will begin calling home.
Parents, please start a load of laundry Saturday night. We have been asked to show up Sunday morning, in our VBS shirts to be prayed for as part of our summer mission team commissioning. We will do this at the beginning of each service Sunday morning. If you cannot be there we understand, but please try and please have a clean VBS shirt on.
Same for Wednesday night...it would be great to see you in your VBS shirts at the Kentucky report night.
And finally I wanted to drop you the final devotional of the week. See you all tomorrow. I will post again if I hear form the team.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Drive to the park/creek
Have a baptism ceremony
Head back to camp for a little free time/ clean up time
Do lunch at Pizza Hut
The famous souvenir shopping at Wal*Mart (I think this is today)
Then off to VBS
Free Time/Camp fire
The little down time is appreciated and the Pizza Hut is a blessing. All the grease and caffeine has been coming to them in limited supply. This is just the boost they need for their little bodies to make it through the rest of the week. Which reminds me of a story, but all I will say it when you are getting a salad at the Pizza Hut buffet try not mixing up the pudding with catalina dressing.
The baptisms this morning will be a really cool experience. We have always done them at the pool at the old camp we stayed at. Last year we went back to the creek, something they did 10 years ago, and it was awesome.
Worship in song
Verbal Challenge (What is baptism and Why do we do it?)
Worship in song
I know the parents that have students being baptized wish they could be there to see it live. Let me say I am with you this year. I miss being on this trip and today is no exception. The baptism service is one of my favorite moments on this trip. I guess the encouragement to the parents that are missing this is that even though it would be great to be there live and have them do this in the sanctuary, this experience is an amazing one for our kids.
Things to pray for:
Pray for good conversations, with yesterday being the day the Gospel was shared we want to see great connections.
Pray the Pizza Hut will have room for them and the other customers will not get angry at our group or Pizza Hut because of the size of our group.
Pray for kids attitudes. As the week winds down it is easier to get cranky and short with others.
Pray the leaders would continue to lead well and that the students would be great listeners and servants.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Erin also said students have been stepping up left and right…I don’t want to spoil any stories for next Wednesday when we have our report (Please come and bring friends and family - 6:30-8:00 June 20) but it is always encouraging to hear how students like Kayla H. and Corrine H. have been proactive about getting ministry arranged and ready without being asked. I love seeing students step up!
I also heard that David S. was sitting with some VBS kids that did not have any money to put in the offering, so he pulled some money out of his own wallet and gave it to them so they had something to put in the plate as it passed by. It is great catching kids doing cool things.
I hope to have some pics to share with you later tonight or tomorrow. Have a great day parents…know God is doing a great work in and through your kids!
Here is Wednesday's devotional for those who have been following along.
Cannot get really close but you can get an idea of where your students are...
Bethanna Baptist Church from the sky
Bulan Community Church from the sky
Cody Bible Church from the sky
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
There are so many areas to be covering in prayer. One specific request I have is for the staff and students who are teaching the large group lesson each day. Erin Vesta and I were able to work with the students who volunteered to take on this extra responsibility. They put so much time, effort, and creativity into their lessons and I pray that God will bless their efforts. Student teachers include: Amanda Taylor, Haley Harms, Margaret Larson, Aubrie Sabin, Britta Carlson, Caroline Evans, Brendan Wheeler, April Harding, Ian York, Aneka Culp, Nic Gaudry, Jaime Tuneberg, and Katie Steely.
No, it is not a project to raise the final $300 I need for my espresso machine, but just a worth while.
The IL Dept of Children & Family Services (DCFS) is in urgent need of filled backpacks for kids ages 10-18. These are for kids who have been removed from their home for various reasons. In most cases they do not have time to take any items with them, so this is a great opportunity for us to give them something they can call their own as they wait in an office downtown for placement.
Attached is a list of suggested items to pack, and instructions for where to drop them off when full. Backpacks can be new or "gently" used. This list can also be picked up at the Info table on Saturday at borderlands or at the receptionist desk during the week.
THE BACKPACK LIST
Just got a call from Erin as she was making a Wall*Mart run. Cody Bible Church built new bathrooms in the church and Erin said those took up a significant portion of where the older students met for VBS. So she was out buying a canopy so the teens could meet out in the hot sun. We have not used our canopy for 8 years so we just donated it to someone 2 years ago...bummer!
I needed to talk to the camp director at Calvary Campus to get some information I needed on my end and He just wanted to say thanks for al the kids are doing. He said they are doing a great job.
Just a reminder, if you or a relative want to send your special student a note just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your students name as the subject.
As for today’s devotional thought…just remember sometime we have to dredge through stuff that is not always exciting to get to the stuff God has for us.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Devos here are todays
Free Time (if time)
Right now the teams are finishing up at their churches for their first day of VBS. Today we should be praying that our students and staff have good conversations with each other, that the leaders are clear about what needs to be tightened up, and that all the teams get the rest they need.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Today's schedule is a little different from the rest of the week. Everyone woke up early (probably 6:30/7:30). Did devotions, ate breakfast, cleaned up, packed up (they take all the VBS stuff for the week today), drove to their church, attended service, ate lunch, canvased (door to door passing out VBS flyers), dive home, eat dinner, debrief the day/review tomorrow/pray and worship, maybe a few minutes free time (30-60), then off to bed by 9ish.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Here is the pic I took this morning...the "360"...I just edited all the pics together, click it. Talk to you all tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I have a few friends at Starbucks and they might be able to hook me up with an employee discount but I want the best. they have good machines, but I cannot afford the $1200-$1500 automatics that they sell...even with the discount.
However this is the glorious monster I would like to own. I got a few gifts of cash and I was told the most significant portion was specifically for an espresso machine. Currently i do not have the financial backing for what is pictured but I have a great start. This guy is $1000+ but what a machine. Automatic, self cleaning, I think it even has a milk attachment so I never have to froth if I don't want to. The cool thing about this guy is I can get it for even better than the Starbucks discount (see the company perks chart). I have a good friend who is a wholesaler and he knows a guy who sells this beauty wholesale (see how the money things is working out...WHOLESALE!!!!!). I have to take a trip in to Chicago, but if I get a super deal on it it will be totally worth it! I will let you know how it all goes. And no...I will not hook you up with my wholesale connection to don't ask;)
Monday, June 04, 2007
Anyway, Keri calls me at 4:30 to see if I wanted to do dinner with her parents at the Pizza Ranch and I instantly said yes. But I told her I could not be home until 5:30. I did not know this but she loved that...she knew we could not arrive until 6:00...she was thinking of some way to stall me, but I did it myself. Weird. Anyway, we finally arrive and the place is jam packed and I saw one empty table in the back, so I make my way to it and Keri starts opening the door to the private room. I noticed that the room was dark, closed off and a big sign saying "RESERVED." I said what are you doing...the room is reserved, we can't go in there...I thought she was crazy.
As she opened the door of this very dark room my mother-in-law kind of blocked my way so I had to kind of peek in and I saw a few faces. I am thinking...Keri, you got to shut that door, people are hiding for some surprise party and we are going to ruin it for them. Then the lights came on and a ton of people yelled SURPRISE!!!! And I thought what the heck have we done now...they yelled for the wrong people...then I realized I knew everyone. It was for me and I fell for everything that happened all day long.
Anyway, I am not usually this confused. I just have notthought of graduating from seminary with my masters as a huge deal. I mean I know it's pretty cool, but I also did not expect all the grand celebration. Thanks to everyone for coming and to those who put it together and for making me feel special.