Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Price of Gasoline Putting a Crimp in Your Travel Plans?Route 104 Businesses Announce Summer Gas Giveaways
With the unofficial start of summer coming this holiday weekend, families and couples are anxious to get in the car and take a road trip. But, as the price of gasoline continues to skyrocket across the Valley and the entire region, travelers are beginning to wonder how they’ll be able to afford explore new and exciting places.
A regional marketing group made up of local businesses along Route 104 have come together to offer a promotion for the summer months. In June, July, and August, the “Explore Route 104!” group will be giving away one $50 Sunoco gas card per month. Participating businesses include:
· Cruisers Café
· Irvins Country Tinware
· Meiserville Inn
· Penns Creek Pottery
· Shade Mountain Winery
All five participants will have entry forms and a red bucket at their place of business so patrons can easily enter to win the free gas cards. The gas giveaway is open to local residents as well as visitors. The purpose of the summer promotion is to encourage people to explore Route 104 and try their luck at winning one of the gas cards, which will be raffled off monthly.
Consider exploring Route 104 this summer with your family and friends. For a map of Route 104, and information about special events, sales, live music, festivals, and car shows along the 104 corridor, please visit www.Rt104.com
We have added five more states on the quest to have a visitor from every state view the "Bunch of Stuff" blog. The new state are:
That makes 36 states! There are only 14 states left. (I have the ability to state the obvious.) Next week I will let you know what states we still need. In the mean time, tell your friends and have them tell their friends.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I just hung up from a conference call with the Ark Almighty people. They have signed up over 4000 churches so far in this campaign. I really like this idea. Hopefully it will be a "Giant PR Campaign for Christianity." I also received two tickets today to a private screening of Evan Almighty on June 6 in Baltimore, MD.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
When audiences met Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) for the first time in the 2003 hit comedy Bruce Almighty, he was a tortured Buffalo news anchor competing against a higher power for the top job at his station. This summer, Carell reprises his role in the follow-up comedy Evan Almighty, which follows Evan as he bids farewell to his old career to pursue an illustrious life as a congressman in suburban Virginia. But things take an unexpected turn when God himself (Morgan Freeman) hands Evan the unusual task of building an ark that will save mankind from a flood of epic proportions.
With no choice but to follow God’s orders, Evan sets out on an adventure of a lifetime that tests his faith, befuddles his family, and serves as the ultimate act of random kindness.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Our small groups at church have been discussing "Changing Your World Through Kindness" by Steve Sjogren. In this book we have talked about how small things done with great love can be used as spiritual warfare. I have been struggling with putting what we have learned into action. Today I picked up snail mail from Youth Specialties that has been around here for a couple of days. In the envelope was a flyer for ArkAlmighty.com. Youth Specialties, Steve Sjogren, and others have teamed up to produce this website and organization. This is being produced in advance of the movie "Evan Almighty"(opening June 22), the sequel to "Bruce Almighty". In the movie, "Evan sets out on an adventure of a lifetime that tests his faith, befuddles his family, and serves as the ultimate act of random kindness." I was a little leery at first but I have really enjoyed the small group discussion and now I hope to implement it at Richfield. Here is what http://www.arkalmighty.com/ says about the program.
ArkALMIGHTY is a good deeds program that matches up the needs in your
congregation with the talents and skills of the members of your church.
Gathering the needs of your attendees, these requests are compiled on a website
administered by your church. Then, the members of your church can easily search
through the needs and find ways they can help.
The ArkALMIGHTY.com website is designed to enable youth groups and
churches to easily get involved in practical and tangible volunteerism. There
are countless needs out there that, up until now, have had no way to be met. But
now they do, thanks to ArkALMIGHTY. By searching your church's ArkALMIGHTY
webpage, your congregation will soon see just how much need there is in their
midst – and that they can be the catalyst for change.
So head on over to ArkALMIGHTY.com and sign up today. Act fast and
you'll receive a FREE Ark Kit to help launch ArkALMIGHTY in your church.
ArkALMIGHTY - Get on Board!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Less than three months until football pre-season!!! 89 more days. Have I told you how much I enjoy coaching football. It is a lot of fun and a great way to give away part of my life with teenagers.
Check out www.tigerfootball.cc for more information on the team.
Therefore, I am going to try this Blogsvertise to see if it really works. I will donate to my youth group fund with money that comes from this endeavor. I hope it works!
If it doesn't work, I haven't lost anything except a little bit of my time. So, Blogsvertise, here I come.
Perry Noble has a post that I liked concern Dr. Falwell.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
A 52-YEAR-OLD Greek mother has given birth to her two grandsons, after getting legal permission to be a surrogate mother for her daughter, a doctor in Crete said.
Here's the whole story. Let me know what you think.
Friday, May 11, 2007
I did get to meet a couple from PA - Dillsburg to be exact- while at Yahooz. His father is a member of the Jacobs Brothers - a local PA gospel singing group. They are here for the Beeson Institute as well. Small world.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I got to hear a bunch of successful pastors and teachers the past two days. Adam Hamilton, Dr. Lieth Anderson, Dr. Jim Jackson, and Miles Mcpherson all did teaching on Healthy, Winning Staff Teams. Here are just a few tidbits from Wednesday and Thursday:
- You can never hire enougth staff to carry on the ministry.
- The board should set the rules of the game and boundries of the playing field.
- The purpose of an organization is to "free" and not to "bind".
- "Don't waste your shot on those who fight for sixpence a day. Save your shot for the epaulet men."
- There is no spiritual gift called "sitting in church".
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
"Master Plan for Staffing" From Dale Galloway . . .
Eight major comcepts you need to know in order to build your dream team:
1. Choose people who have the same philosophy of ministry as you have
2. Hire persons who are ministry centered rather thatn performer centered
3. Select someone who either can do something you can not do or who can do something better than you can; otherwise, you don't need that person
4. Put the staff person over an area of ministry. Give them ownership and responsibility to grow as large as possible.
5. Everyone should have the same "#1" job description: To recruit, equip and train lay leaders in your area of ministry.
6. Recruit the strongest staff leader you can get to join your dream team.
7. You have to change a grow every time there is a new staff person so you can help the new staff person be successful.
8. Staff should have areas of specialization as well as common ministries that all staff will be responsible.
NEVER ADD A STAFF PERSON TO REPLACE VOLUNTEERS!
"Leading through Transition" From Mike Breaux:
1. Know who you are.
2. Own the dream.
3. Share the Load
4. Communicat vision over & over
5. Three steps forward, two steps back
6. Refuse to let ANYTHING get you down.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Anyway, he was telling fish (get it) stories at lunch and mentioned this whopper, literally, of a story about a giant catfish. Click here to see the entire story. F.Y.I. I can't say that I endorse everything in the article.
Here is a snapshot:
The monster fish announced itself with four resounding whacks of its tail, thrashing against the net that had trapped it in the pale brown water of the Mekong River.
It was a fish called the giant catfish and it was the size of a grizzly bear, taking five boatmen an hour to pull it in and 10 men to lift it when they reached the shore in this remote village in northern Thailand.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
There are only 100 days until the first official practice of the football season! The other day I was checking out my myspace friends and found this video that someone made. I found out it was a friend of one of the cheerleaders. The guys name is Pat. Enjoy.
I had to blog about this!!! I just received a phone call from the other assistant football coach. I had told him I was having football withdraw. Well, he called to tell me where I could get my football fix. He was at a NWFA game in Harrisburg, PA. National WOMEN'S Football Association. That's right . . . Women's football! One of his friends plays for the Pittsburgh team. Here's a news article and the "local" teams' website. I have to see this for myself!
Friday, May 4, 2007
Here is the weekly update on getting at least on visitor from each state. This is kind of disappointing . . . This week we have not added any new states. :( While we have had a good number of returning visitors, no new visitors from the remaining 24 we are looking for. Maybe next week will be better. So far this has been an enjoyable activity. I hope you will continue to read.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Today I made some final plans for my trip to Kansas City for my third Beeson Institute For Advanced Church Leadership module next week. The module, "How to Build Healthy, Winning, Staff Teams" will be held at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS from Tuesday, May 8 to Friday, May 11. I have really enjoyed the other modules I have attended and have learned a lot. The days are filled with lectures on the topic for that module with "processing groups" following. These groups allow interaction to help sort out the things you have just heard. At the same time they try to work with churches who are prolific in the topic at hand. Some of the guys are taking the modules for their Masters degrees and a few are working on Doctoral degrees. The rest of us are just . . . there learning.
I will get to hear Miles McPherson from the Rock Church in San Diego, CA, Mike Breaux from Willow Creek, and others from successful ministries around the country.
I also like the chance to get out of Central PA and see different areas of the country. I always try to eat at local places that aren't available here. Also, the Royals are in town Tues - Thursday, so maybe I will get a chance to go to a game - they play the A's.
Then on Friday the module is over at 11:30 AM and I am taking my rental car across the state of Missouri to Saint Louis for one night to visit my cousins.
It will be a nice break and yet a great learning experience for me.