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Thursday, July 31, 2008

One Week Without a Post!

While some of you are frustrated, others are amazed that it has been one entire week without a post from me. It wasn't on purpose. I have just not taken the time out of my busy schedule to post. I really haven't thought about it . . . much. However, after today my life may slow down just a little and hopefully I will be back to regular posts. I do have a bunch of stuff to post but that doesn't mean it will get done. Keep checking in. I am sure you will find something you enjoy soon.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

An Fternoon At the Water Park

A couple campers pose fora picture while taking a break from the slides.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Camp Day One

Here is the video we showed the kids on Monday Night. It is a highlight video from the first day.

Safety Rules for the Lake

Here is one of the videos we played this week. I am working on getting the others loaded too. I am kind of busy this week. Everything is going great!

Friday, July 18, 2008

iphone Blend

I posted a will it blend before. I thought this was fun.

Friends at Dutch Days

Here are two reasons I enjoy Dutch Days . . .

Annette is on the left and Becky is on the right. I rarely see either (Becky more since her daughter went with us to Hungary and her son has been involved in our RC ministry) much. However, I can almost always see them both at Dutch Days. Annette, my cousin, and I spent a lot of time together with friend growing up. It was nice to see them both.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Day the Lights Went Out In Richfield

I don't have a long time to post today. I have to get the soda ready for the soda stand for tonight and get a bunch of other stuff done as well. But I am a little concerned about the fact that in the past two months I have been with people who were riding some sort of amusement rides when they stopped prematurely. Last month it was in Budapest at VidamPark and last night it was at Dutch Days. My little nephew, Isaac, was riding his first ever ride, the train, when all of a sudden the power to all the rides went out! It was quite humorous as I looked at the people at the top of the Ferris Wheel and remembered my friends who were on the roller coaster in Hungary. I have decided to post that video below for those who haven't seen it.

By the way, Isaac didn't seem to mind that the train stopped. He was having a grand time until . . . they came to take him off.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You Didn't Just Say "Carnival"!?!

This week is Dutch Days in our little town of Richfield, PA. During the hours of 6 - 11 PM our population will go from 700 ? to thousands of people and I am not sure exactly why they all come. But I do know what it means to me. "Richfield Dutch Days" is our town's celebration of its founding - now ALMOST 200 years ago. There are rides, good food, exhibits, contests, entertainment and a bunch of people at Dutch Days. But it is so much more than that. As you can see, I haven't used the word carnival at all. Because we don't think it is a carnival. What most people who have grown up in Richfield remember as a carnival was a travelling group who would come for a period of time with peep shows and freak shows and their rigged games, etc. The word obviously has a very negative connotation. Most people look at our four days as a homecoming celebration. If you have lived in Richfield at all over the past 40 years and for some reason have moved away, the week of Dutch Days is generally when you plan to come home for a visit. It is during this week that you will see the most people. I have family members who are coming from as far away as North Carolina this week. And others will come from farther away. I will see people I have seen since last Dutch Days and/or many more years ago. I look forward to reminiscing with these people. Yes there are those who come to Dutch Days just to ride the rides, eat cheap (but very good) food, and listen to the entertainment. Most would go to any carnival that is around at the time. But if you are a native of Richfield, this week is so much more, and I can't wait!

By the way, the web site they have set up for Dutch Days does not do the event much justice. However, it does give all the necessary information for the week.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Digital Dash Winners

We had a great time last night at our "Digital Dash" for the youth. Good turn out and some very creative pictures. Basically, kids were put into teams and given 90 minutes to take pictures that were handed out to each team. Each picture was worth points with bonus points for certain things. Below is the winning team. They each got 20 free downloads on itunes compliments of the Creation festival and a generous parent.

You could see more pics on the RMYouth group page on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kosek Does the Weather

I love the way this guy reports the weather. I am sure some don't like his irreverent (seems like I am stuck on this term or some form of it) ways
but I think he makes things enjoyable. I am sure he would get better ratings - I wouldn't post him if he did the weather in a "reverent" way.


I haven't been a very good blogger lately. I have been trying to catch up from our mission trip to Hungary, getting our camp for kids ready, planning and advertising Wednesday night meetings and other youth events, getting ready for Dutch Days, calling Jr. High football players, planning church services, etc. Not complaining, just giving information.

This morning I am going to Aaron's ordination "proceedings". Although it is probably necessary, I am not sure how Biblical this whole thing is. I am sure I have a lot of people who will disagree, but, most of the men who will sit on this board have very little contact with Aaron. How can they know, in a short time frame, if he is capable of being "Ordained". Maybe I am anti-establishment? I am happy for Aaron and think he should have the official title of "Rev." (However, there are many who would say that there is no man that should be revered, only God. I on the other hand obviously think this is a man-made institution and you can call it whatever you want.) I ALSO KNOW HIM AND HAVE SEEN HIS CHARACTER AND HIS APTITUDE. At the same time, I am not ordained and even though I am invited to the "examination" I am not really one who can give him the title. I don't normally like to post negatively and/or give this much opinion, but today, with everything else going on, I just feel like I can. Just so you know, I can probably be persuaded to think differently and would be willing to dialog with anyone. However, these are my thoughts today.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Ricfield Dutch Days

Our quiet little town will celebrate its founding in two weeks at "Dutch Days" July 16 - 19. Thousands of people will attend this annual event which will begin its 40th year with the Community Church Service at Basom Park on July 13 at 7 PM. I just found out this morning that they have made a web site for the event. Click here to get all the information.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Popularity of the Text

My sister points to the number of times her teenage daughter sent and/
or recieved text messages in a month. My picture is blurry but it says
over 8500 times. I have read that texting is the number one way teens
communicate. I believe it. Thank goodness for unlimited text plans!