Thursday, December 31, 2009
Daryll Clark picks out the game balls for the 2010 Capital One Bowl tomorrow. Thanks to Jay Paterno for the pic. Watch the game tomorrow at 1PM
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
You can click here to read an article about the press conference. It's on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association web site.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Lastly, Jana took a picture of me standing and sharing during the press conference. We also got a video which I will try to post a little later.
In all, we had a great time and met a lot of great people, who were able to chat with. I learned a lot about the project that, even after 14 years of volunteering, I hadn't heard/known before.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
- This symbol <3>Kevin Milliken "surfing" on a luggage cart
- Mike Hummel laughing out loud (lol for those who text) while watching trucks run into a bridge
- Rubber band balls
- Craming 27 people in a room to eat and have devotions
- Four sets of siblings working together - + two mother and daughters
- Trying to use outdated gift cards to pay for Buca's
- Processing shoeboxes from our church (and kids processing their own boxes they packed)
- Laughing with everyone and getting know kids better
I am sure there are more. If you went this year, what are some of your memories. If you have gone in the past, what do you remember? Please comment if you would.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
And this from a leader: "We just returned to the hotel following our day of work at the warehouse. Again we were on the special line and hopefully we will get the priviledge of finishing our work there tomorrow. I have to say that I continue to be impressed not only by the entire Samaritan's Purse staff but also by the sensitivity and commitme...nt of our group. We are a very blessed and lucky group to have this opportunity. Please continue to pray for our group"
Glad to read these!!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Just want to write a quick sign-off post before going to bed. It was a really good day. The kids (and adults) worked well, didn't complain (except for what time they had to get up.)(Let me know if making them be ready for lunch at 11 AM is too early). Tomorrow is a rest day (not that we need it too much after only working one day) since the Processing Center is closed. We are going to have the traditional Thanksgiving meal of Turkey, potatoes, stuffing (or is it filling or dressing), cranberry sause/salad, etc. thanks to donations of two turkeys and time from others to make and debone them. We are also awaiting the arrival of 10 more people from RMC and 25 from the Holidaysburg area. I would love to get some of the students to share about the trip and hope I can do that tomorrow. I am thankful for the little we can do to show love to kids around the world. If you ever have a chance to work at the processing center, or get involved any other way, DO IT! You will be glad you did!
BTW, check out Jana's blog to read her thoughts about the trip and more pictures.
We work today from noon til 7 PM. Please continue to pray for us and check back here often for updates.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Our van has no radio, which doesn't bother me but, others don't agree.
Therefore, we have rigged up two speakers plugged into a power
converter and a mac computer running on batteries. For the first time
in my ministry that I can remember, I am NOT sitting in the front of
the van. It is great and weird at the same time. I love the fact that
I don't have to drive and yet I don't feel like I am in control. In
all, I am glad that others are taking ownership of this aspect of
ministry. Check back often for more updates, etc.
Sent from my iPhone
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Honor Begins at Home
ALBANY GA – Nov. 15, 2009 – Sherwood Church, home of the hit independent movies FLYWHEEL (DVD only), FACING THE GIANTS, and FIREPROOF (2008’s top indie film), at its Sunday evening service tonight, announced the theme and title for Sherwood Pictures’ fourth movie. Senior Pastor Michael Catt, Executive Pastor Jim McBride, and ministers Stephen and Alex Kendrick—collectively the leadership team of Sherwood Pictures—made the announcement.
“The movie is about fatherhood and the title is one word: COURAGEOUS,” Alex Kendrick said, briefly outlining the plot. “Four fathers who are all in law enforcement—who protect and serve together—go through a terrible tragedy,” he said. “They begin looking at their role as fathers . . . and they begin challenging one another to fulfill God’s intention for fathers.”
That single-word title, Pastor Catt said, echoes God’s call for men to “rise with courage” in their homes and as leaders. This at a time when 4 of 10 marriages end in divorce* and more than a third of all children live away from their biological fathers.
“The statistics on fatherless children are devastating,” McBride said. “And because the family is the building block of society, one important place to rebuild families is through fathers who stay and lead and love.”
“God led us,” co-writer and producer Stephen Kendrick said to the audience of church members, many of them volunteer crew, cast, or catering in earlier Sherwood movies. “We believe God is calling men to rise up with strength and with leadership in their homes, with their families and with their children.”
“For more then a year we’ve prayed to be sure that we’re pursuing God’s idea and not our own,” Catt said. “With action, drama, and humor, this film will embrace God’s promise in the Bible to, turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I am looking forward to next week! We (our youth, CRUX) will be leaving on Tuesday afternoon for Charlotte, NC to the Operation Christmas Child warehouse to help prepare shoeboxes to be sent to needy children throughout the world. This will be our fourteenth year travelling over the Thanksgiving vacation week. There will be 26 people attending this year and I expect it to be a great time of ministry, fellowship and fun. I have posted many times about this event and this year will be no exception. Look for posts with reports, pictures and possibly some videos during our trip. Please check back often so you can be praying for us and the shoe boxes we will be preparing to send.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
have two kids from the church who attend there. Below are some
pictures of the new all weather ski area they have installed. You can
ski there all year long! Anyway, the first pic is of the ski jump and
the second is of the veiw from the lodge and the small tube run. The
kids have been great.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
From their first movie, Sherwood Pictures has been focused on more than entertaining moviegoers. Theirs is a true ministry endeavor. And each step along the way, they have seen the audiences grow and the impact enlarged.
After much prayer, creative brainstorming, more prayer, wise counsel, and still more prayer, Sherwood Pictures is ready to move ahead with their fourth motion picture.
On November 15, 2009 we will find out the movies title and its story line. Until then http://www.thenextsherwoodmovie.com
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This year has been really fun as the coaches have really worked together well. Two of us are the "paid" coaches and the other three volunteer their time. We have worked hard to make sure everyone is equally involved in the coaching process and I really value their input. All have taken ownership of their respective areas of coaching which makes my job so much easier. I love the fact that they are bold enough to do what they think is right and humble enough to take someone else's opinion. They are a great bunch of guys and I appreciate them a lot.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I am excited for my wife, Jana, who is going to be part of a "Heart to Heart" panel discussion at the Simply Youth Ministries Conference in Chicago on February 26 - March 1. She will also again be the "Small But Might Affinity Group Leader" during the conference as well. I love the fact that she will get to do the things she loves and minister to others on a national level. In that vein, if you ever need a speaker, counselor, or an all around good person to talk to, go to her website. She will do a great job. www.janagrantsnyder.com
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Okay, well tonight, I was driving to football practice and I looked into the rear view mirror and saw a police cruiser. I happened to be talking to my wife on the cell phone and didn't have my seat belt on. So. . . I didn't want to give the cop any reason to stop me. First I got off the phone. I then came upon a section of road which is 40 miles per hour (not that anyone goes that slow). So, I slowed down to about 42. The cop stayed right on my tail. Now this section of road goes through a small village and the 40 mph speed limit goes on for ever. Before the limit jumps back up to 55 mph, there is a section of road where there is a dotted (passing) line. When I got to the dotted line, the police car passed me and sped up to a speed much higher than 40 (remember, I was going 42). My question: Should I have made a citizen's arrest or not? Let me know what you think.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Star of this new movie will be at East Juniata High School on Sunday, September 27 at 7 PM as the headliner for Comedy Night! The show is FREE and sponsored by Highway 35 Student Ministries. Before the show, Steadfast, a local Christian band, will be playing outside. Tell everyone you see! Below is the announcement about the new movie "The Grace Card" from www.gomemphis.com and here is the link for the entire article (Which I don't necessarily endorse)
Louis Gossett Jr., who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1983 for his portrayal of a hard-nosed Marine Corps gunnery sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman," will be in Memphis next month to shoot "The Grace Card," the inaugural feature from Graceworks Pictures, a new faith-based local production company.
Originally titled "The Life Giver," the movie was written by Dr. David Evans, a Memphis optometrist, and later polished by Howard Klauser, who wrote Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys." A veteran writer-director of "Passion Play" productions at the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Cordova, Evans also will direct the film.
"The Grace Card" will star actor/comedian Michael Joiner as a bitter Memphis police officer forced to confront his racism when he's brought together with an African-American pastor-cop.
Evans and Calvary church members, who have been active supporters of the production, hope to replicate the success of "Fireproof" with Kirk Cameron, a 2008 Christian-themed movie produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., that earned $33 million at the box office.
Shooting is scheduled to begin Oct. 14.
1. Football season started and Youth Group started early. I was just too busy.
2. I wanted to see if it was really important to me.
3. I wanted to re-load and do a better job when writing.
So, here it is about a month since I last blogged. Football is well under way and running and the same with Youth group. I also really did miss blogging. I found myself having to say "no" to myself a bunch of times. And, hopfully, I will be writing more and better posts. Let's see.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
at Kneobles this afternoon. She is also representing the radio show
she does with Dave Jones on WGRC ON Sunday nights at 8:00 PM - "Get
Real with Dave and Jana".
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here are two examples:
Monday. Something I HAD to do but it wasn't on my list for the day was to call for reservations for Operation Christmas Child. I couldn't call before 8 AM, but I knew that last year, one day late meant almost not getting spots. What I thought would take 10 minutes of my time took almost an hour.
Wednesday. Diane has mentioned last week that the churches phone bill was excessively high this month. So, I thought Wednesday would be a good time to take 10 minutes and call the phone company, since we weren't having youth group that night. Unfortunately, that 10 minutes lasted well over an hour.
Now you say, that's just two hours of your week. Yes, but neither were part of the "schedule" for the week and these types of things happen all the time. Which is partly why I am going to the office today. And, those are just two examples of things that mess up the schedule. There are also visits from people who want/need to talk, phone calls, machine break downs that need attention, and the list goes on.
I want to you to know that this is not a complaint session. I want it to be more of an evaluation of how I am doing with my goals. In the long run, I think things are much better and I want to try to get better at keeping a schedule. Some of the goals are set during the school year and therefore my time is a bit messed up. So this will be an ongoing process.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Goals for Sunday: Regular church, evening church or 1:6 group services.
Goals for Monday: Staff Meeting (including sending out email about Sunday Service), Wednesday prep. (including sending out phone tree & Facebook), Update Youth Facebook page, and contact two kids and one leader. Any left over time will be used for meetings, other church responsibilities (office, visiting, outreach planning, etc.), and church camp prep./planning. I will try to make this an every Monday ritual. Also, I have a Church board meeting the last Monday night of the month and a council meeting the second Monday night of the month.
Goals for Tuesday: One on one meeting with Paul or Aaron, contact service participants about Sunday's church service, Contact at least two students and one youth leader, Wednesday night prep (announcements and games, etc.), Youth group schedule planning (retreats, Impact, outreach, fellowship, etc.). Any left over time will be used for meetings, other church responsibilities (office, visiting, outreach planning, etc.), and OCC prep./planning.
Goals for Wednesday: Prepare room for Wednesday night, Finish prep for Wednesday night, Contact as many kids as possible at lunch (When school's in session and other ways during the summer months), Wednesday night youth group meeting. There isn't usually a lot of time left over.
Goals for Thursday: Day off
Goals for Friday: Church service prep, clean up youth room - if necessary, contact at least two students and one leader, Update Youth Facebook page, Any left over time will be used for meetings, other church responsibilities (office, visiting, outreach planning, etc.), and church outreach event planning
Goals for Saturday: None. However, this day can, and usually will be used for getting things done that didn't get done during the week.
Other things I have to plan/get done: Monthly Youth Staff Meeting, Outrach events (Highway 35), Mission trip planning, and I am sure there is more.
Details are not my strong point so I am sure I have missed a bunch of things that need to be done. This also doesn't personal study, and things that I consider volunteer ministry, such as teaching Sunday School, Praise Band, sound tech, and other stuff. I know almost all of you don't care about this stuff. This is one of those posts that are for my benefit only and I hope people will help to keep me accountable.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Well, the other night we were invited to our friends to roast marshmallows, etc. It was then that I realized that a fire is a fire, no matter the pit.
You don't need to have a fancy pit to make a fire. And you can have as much fun with a wheelbarrow for a fire pit as a real pit. Some have said the wheelbarrow pit is a bit "redneckish", but I just think it works.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
After a month more of delays, the Remote Controlled off road Richfield Raceway will begin racing on Saturday - weather permitting. Tonight was a practice round, the first time the track was really ever used. A lot of work has gone into this endeavor. Thanks to all who have made it possible. Click here for some pictures of the track(s). Click here for the race track website.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We have used Mark Cable many times at Richfield for Teens, Men, and Families. He always does a great job. His latest CD is out. Here's the news release. Check it out!
York, PA - The new studio CD from Mark Cable, WHERE I HAVE TO TRUST YOU, was officially released today. The disc includes 10 brand new songs from the singer/songwriter and marks his 21st album release. Cable, who is known for thought provoking lyrics and real life story songs, delivers once again with the very timely WHERE I HAVE TO TRUST YOU. Many of the tracks deal with themes such as trusting God in the midst of difficult circumstances, humility, thankfulness and recognizing Who ultimately is in control. The CD currently is available online and is part of a Special Release Promotion offering CDs at half price. For more details go to www.markcable.com.