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Extreme Week Wrap-Up

I know it has been a terrible summer for my blog.  I have so much on my mind that I want to put here, but I just haven’t had the time.  Ever feel like that?  Well hopefully when school gets cranked back up I will be able to devote more time to it.  But for now, I will post when I can.

We had our yearly Extreme Week lasst week and it was awesome.  With over 100 students from the Pickerington Area attending throughout the week, many of whom are students that go to our church but are not involved in youth ministry, I deem it a huge success (plus nobody had to go to the hospital this year, so yay!!!)

Anyway, I thought I would post the extreme week video here for you to see.  Since we did Extreme Week at night this year, we didn’t get as many awesome pics, but playing games at night was awesome!!!!  Enjoy the videos!  The first is pics from extreme week…and the second is a video of me swallowing a live goldfish from a bet Imade with our students.  Enjoy!!!

 

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World Changers 2009

Just got back Saturday from our trip to East St. Louis, Illinois.  The trip was great/terrible/annoying/awesome/cool all rolled into one.  But that is a story for another day.  Anyway, here is the video I put together from our trip. Enjoy!!!

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Summertime Blues

I absolutely love the summer!  As a parent, we can take the kids to the pool, spend nights outside, ride our bikes, go fishing, all kinds of good stuff.  We can even get sunburned together…what a great family time!

And as a youth guy, I love it too! There are so many opportunities and so much time for building relationships with my students.  You cna go to lunch, play golf, hang out at the skate park, play some frisbee golf, see your teens at the local pool, man it is awesome.

But the one thing I struggle with is what to do with my Sunday Night Cross Current program.  I mean, we meet every sunday night at 6pm but is that the most effective way to use the summer?  With vacations, family events and the church schedule, there may be some weeks where I wind up with a handful of students.

And I’ve heard the argument that you shouldn’t shut down for the summer, it’s a time to ramp up activity.  Apparently some people thinking stopping a “program” for the summer means stopping ministry as well.  I never want to stop ministry.  In fact, if I decide to shut down Cross Current sunday night for the summer, it would be partly because it would free up time for me to do more one-on-one relationship stuff with my students.

So I ask that anyone who reads this would pray that I can discern what God wants for this summer for the students at Sycamore Creek Church.

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A Little Skyline Fundraiser

We really don’t like doing fundraisers at our church.  In fact it almost never happens.  We feel like the church is called to give back to the community not ask for handouts from it.  Now that being said there is a point where it is a win win for everyone. 

I feel like if you offer something of value for a fair price, then it is no longer fundraising, it is providing a needed service.  And there are also times where we can help out a business in the local community and they in return can help us out.  That’s a win-win!

skyline_logo_512x384And it is happening tonight!  Skyline Chili here in Pickerington, OH has graciously offered to host a benefit night for Sycamore Creek Church.  So anyone who comes in tonight and turns in the benefit coupon when they pay, 20% of their total order cost will be given back to Sycamore Creek.  We are using this money to help offset the cost of our Student Ministry WorldChangers trip this Summer!

So if you are in the area, drop by from 5:30pm-8:30pm tonight and help out Skyline Chili and Sycamore Creek Church!!!

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Money Problems….Try the Church!

We were sitting around the office the other day, talking about what God is doing at Sycamore Creek Church.  The atmosphere is great- people are building relationships, friends are being invited to church, lives are being changed!  Our numbers are up 16% from last year’s number…in fact the average for the month of January was something like 540.  And that is awesome!!!

But it is funny…we had this thought- ‘Is it possible that the terrible economic crisis that we are going through is causing people to seek refuge in the church?”

We would all like to think that our churches are just doing a great job reaching others, our programs are all top notch, and all of our people are living the perfect Christian life.  And I hope that those things are true of all of our churches!

But maybe this economic downturn can be a beautiful thing.  Maybe people will begin to see the value of God in their lives.  Maybe people will begin to rely on God and not the “used to be almighty” dollar.  Maybe when the economy turns around, we can build a huge youth room with the extra giving…ok maybe not! 

But God does do weird things…and maybe this could be the revival of 2009!!!

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Happy Birthday, Addison!!!

Today we celebrated Addison’s 4th birthday!  And it just so happened that it fell on a sunday, and so we decided to do a cake for Addy at our youth group tonight…

Just look at her face when they start singing to her…absolutely precious!

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More Convicting than any message…

Found this video on what on of the sites I visit frequently….and it really made me evaluate how I do at talking with others about my faith.  Thought you might like to see it.

This is a webvideo of Penn from the Famous group “Penn & Teller”. 

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