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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Daryll Clark Picks the Best Footballs for the Game


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

All-Nighter, Nighter, Nighter

Took 64 kids bowling on the first leg of the all-nighter. I am too old
for this. Thankful for good help!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Selinsgrove Seals - State Champs!

Congratulations to Cameron Benner and the rest of the team for beating
Manheim Central 10 - 7 and becoming PIAA AAA State Football Champions!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thou Shall Not Bet!?

Thanks goes to my friend Jeff for this funny video story. Be very careful of what you put on facebook . . .

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Interview at the OCC Press Event

Hopefully, this will be the last time I post about "Me" and my interview. And for those of you who thought the last video was of me . . . hehehehehehe. Anyway, here, finally, is my interview from the OCC Press Event. As usual, I stutter around quite a bit at the end, but that's nothing new. This was a priveledge for me to be able to promote our kids and my church and to Glorify Christ. It is nice to say that I met Franklin Graham, but I met just as many great people who are allowing God to use them. And, at the same time, I minister with a great bunch of people who are using their time, talents, experiences and gifts to change the lives of kids in my area as well. They might not be as well known, but they are just as valuable. It was an honor to be asked and I was glad I was able to help.

Another ??? Article

I know it seems a bit self promoting, but people really have asked about all of this, so I am going post about it.

You can click here to read an article about the press conference. It's on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association web site.

Kathy Schriefer OCC Interview

I have uploaded this video of Kathy Schriefer of Erie, PA being interviewed by Joey Turner, the "Follow the Box" guy. She has collected an "uber" amount of OCC shoe boxes over the last several years. She was interviewed just before me. Watch and listen!

Monday, December 7, 2009

OCC Press Conference

A lot of people have asked about my time at the Operation Christmas Child "press conference" last Thursday. So, I thought I would post a few pictures. First one is of Franklin Graham, me and Jana. We didn't get a chance to chat but Mr. Graham was gracious enough to stop what he was doing and get our picture taken together. Actually, I feel kind of bad for him as he was mobbed by hundreds of supporters and later by the media. The next picture is of a long time OCC friend, Mary Damron, better known to us as "Momma Gump" - as she was labled by Mr. Graham the first time he met her. In his book, Living Beyond the Limits, Franklin wrote an entire chapter about Mary. She was at the Processing Center with us the first year or so that we voluteered, and many since.


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

Backstage With Franklin Graham

I had the opportunity to meet a man who is allowing God to use him to
do some great things. His name is Franklin Graham, but it could be you.

Would You Pray?

If you read this before 10:30 AM this morning, would you say a prayer for me. This morning I will be part of a press conference at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center. Not that it matters, but I will use the same microphone as Franklin Graham will use this morning. They have asked that I share a little about the groups we bring each year and why it is important to us that we volunteer at the Processing Center. I think it is an honor and privilege to be able to share for two minutes about why we come and I am thankful for the opportunity. I am, however, a bit nervous. So please, if and when you think of me, would you please pray. And while you are praying, could you pray for our (my and Jana's) flights home. Jana actually leaves before me but I get to Harrisburg about 3 hours before she does. We had to take different flights. So we appreciate your prayers.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Billy Graham Library

Jana and I got to visit the Billy Graham Library this evening. It was
a great experience.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Few Memories from our OCC Trip

Here are a few things I will remember about our trip to the Operation Christmas Child processing center 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

A Few Random OCC Pics

I am not sure if I can tell you what was going on here or not. I know
this doesn't look like it, but these guys were really helping - just
having fun doing it. It was a really good time this past week.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

OCC Celebration Meal

Every year on Saturday night we go out to celebrate the work. We went
again to Buca di Beppos this year.

More of Our Boxes

More boxes we packed and now processing.

Found More of Our Boxes

Another couple of pics of kids and the boxes they packed.

We Process Our Boxes!!!

This morning we began processing boxes and found a bunch of boxes that
were from Richfield! More pics soon.

Friday, November 27, 2009

OCC - "Amazingggggggg Experience"

Copied from one of the kids' Facebook wall: "Worked from 8:00 til 4:00! Wow! It's a amazingggggggggg expirence" - talking about working in the Operation Christmas Child processing center.

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!!

Taking a Break At OCC

Lunchtime today! I was able to snap a pictue of some of the Newbies.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pictures in Video from Wednesday at OCC

Again, as promised . . . Here are a few of the pics we took at the OCC processing center yesterday. It's not my finest work, but you'll get the idea! Enjoy!



More soon!

Thanksgiving at OCC

Thanks to a bunch of people at home and people here, we were able to
have turkey and all the trimmings today. It was a great time.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Final Thoughts for the Day!


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.

As Promised . . . A Few OCC Pics

Here are a few pics from OCC. I hope to make a video of everyone's
pictures tomorrow so check it out then.

Getting Ready to Begin

Waiting for our assignment. Look for more (and better) pics soon!

A Chance to Share our OCC Story

So here it is. . . yesterday, before we left for the Operation Christmas Child warehouse, I received a phone call from Randy Riddle, Director of Domestic Operations for Operation Christmas Child. He asked if I would be available to come to the press conference they hold next Wednesday. They want to honor their volunteers and since we have been coming to OCC for 14 years, he thought it would be great to have someone share about our story (in one to two minutes). I was obviously honored and willing. They are willing to make it possible for me to stay here in Charlotte for a few days extra from our trip, I am certainly willing to stay. This project of Samaritans Purse is a great way for the youth and adults to share Christ's love to children around the world! Why would I not be willing share the story of why we come every year over Thanksgiving. So, if you think of it, please pray for me as I will probably be a bit nervous.

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

The Journey Begins

So we are on our way to Charlotte, NC. We hope to arrive around 1 AM.
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

OCC Trip - The beginning

We are gearing up for our trip to the OCC processing center in Charlotte, NC. We will be arriving late tonight (early tomorrow). I am planning to update this page a couple times a day via my phone and computer with words, pictures, and video. So, please check back often to keep up with what is going on. Please pray for us as we travel and work in the warehouse.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Courageous - The New Sherwood Film

COURAGEOUS
Honor Begins at Home

www.CourageoustheMovie.com

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

OCC - Here We Come!


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

Some "Psalms" from Mark Cable

Found this little "ditty" from a friend of mine, Mark Cable at his website www.markcable.com. I have enjoyed Mark's music since I was . . .errr. . . for a long time. I think you'll like this.

Hot Tub Story by Bob Smiley

Great story! I wish I had had this today when I spoke at JMS Chapel. It would have fit in with my talk. By the way, if you are looking for a speaker for a night, retreat, etc., don't call me - my wife Jana is so much better and likes (and wants) to speak. You can check out her web site at www.janagrantsnyder.com. Enjoy the video and take heed!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sherwood Clue Number Three - Fantastic Fun

Here's the link to the third clue for the next Sherwood movie. I think you I was on the right track last week. Well, maybe not about food, but what about the future? What do you think?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Liberty U Ski Slope

Part of the CRUX trip to ScareMare was visiting Liberty Universty. We
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

Sherwoods Second Video Clue

I am looking forward to finding out what the next Sherwood Movie will be. They are going to announce the title and storyline on November 15. Until that time, they are putting up video clues about the what the title is. Below is the SECOND video clue. (See the first clue here.) As I watch both clues, I think the title will begin with the letter "F". All three of their previous movies began with "F" - Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof. And the first clue used Firefighters and this second clue had the word "Fourth" in "Fourthcoming" highlighted at the beginning of the video clue. Also, both clues had people eating food . . . if you consider hot sauce food. Maybe it is about food. . . Fast Food ! ! ! . . . Fasting? ? ? Feast or Famine ? ? ? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Nothing To Say

I am sitting here thinking and I have nothing to say. So, if you have nothing to say, do you say nothing or do you say "I have nothing to say."? I have obviously gone with the latter, but I am not sure if I it is appropriate or not. I would like to say something - something worthwhile and meaningful to people. But, nothing comes to mind. Well . . . I guess if when I think of something to say, I'll say it then.

PA Grand Canyon Trip

My wife and I enjoyed a drive through the "PA Grand Canyon" recently.
It was a nice drive with great views. Below is just on of the pictures
I took with my phone.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Facing the Giants . . . Fireproof . . . ?

The people responsible for the movies Fireproof and Facing the Giants have decided to produce another movie! They will make an announcement about the project on November 15. Until then they are putting out videos giving clues about the latest movie. Below is what Provident Films says about the next film. Also, I have posted the first video clue.

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

October Winterland

Woke up to a beautiful picture this morning at our hosts' house near
Clearfield, PA. I don't remember snow this early, but I am sure it has
happened. I love the snow and love how God uses it to paint the
landscape.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Making Plans for OCC

We are about a month and a half away from our tri to Charlotte, NC and
the OCC warehouse. This is a good trip every year and this year
should be no exception. This pic is from last year's trip.

Fun with Football

I love this pic of one of the Jr High football players. We picked, in
a fun way, on this kid all year about his "do"!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Coaching Teamwork!

Tonight is the last Jr. High football game of the year for us. It is bitter sweet. I have really enjoyed my time coaching the Jr. High kids over the last two years. They want to learn and are willing to "buy into the system". At the same time, I am ready for a break and look forward to the extra hours for myself (and my wife - whose been very supportive).

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

My First PDYM Community Blog Post


I recently became a state mentor for Purpose Driven Youth Ministries and today I wrote my first post for the PDYM Community Blog! You can read the blog here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Illusions - I Love Them

I am looking forward to going to see Brock Gill on Friday night at Cedar Grove BIC Church in Mifflintown, PA. The following video is of Brock is humorous. I hope you enjoy it. Also, if you are in the area on Friday night around 9 PM, come and check him out! It is being sponsored by Cedar Grove and Highway 35 Student Ministries.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Free Football at Bucknell

After our win over Bucktail we took the team to a Bucknell University
football game. Today is Community Day so everyone gets in for free.
These are great group of guys.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Burger Bash at CRUX

A pic of just a few of the kids and the burgers the devoured Wednesday
night. In all we ate over 200 hamburgers!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Need an Angel - Sacred Road

I graduated with the lady who plays the mother in this video. Pretty cool.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jana to Speak at Simply Youth Ministry Conference


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

Comedy Night

Michael Joiner performs at Comedy Night sponsored by Highway 35
Student Ministties tonight. We had a great crowd, gave away an iPod
Shuffle, ate ice cream and had a lot of laughs.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Citizen's Arrest


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

Rowan Atkinson on the Air Drums

This is dedicated to all the percussionists I know. I also think it is very entertaining.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Movie Stars Local Comedy Night Headliner!


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.

A Month of Silence

I decided to stop blogging for a month for a few reasons.

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

Pool Is Now Closed

This is just a cute clip. And don't tell me you have never at least thought about doing this.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Playing Pickle at Ripkin Stadium

Spending the evening at Ripkin stadium watching the Aberdeen Ironbirds
play the Williamsport Crosscutters. Enjoying the weather and the
atmosphere.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Jana Introduces Acts @ WGRC Day

My great wife helps to introduce some of the "talent" during WGRC Day
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

A Short "Goals" Evaluation

I just looked at my last post. As far as meeting the goals for each day. . . I have met some, some others aren't pertinent now, and I haven't met others. It has gone better, though. I am going into the office today, on a Thursday, because some things didn't get done on Monday. I don't know how everyone else is, but, I find keeping a schedule while working with people isn't always as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of distractions that come up during the day that I can't control and things take longer than expected.

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

Daily Goals

A very good friend of mine challenged me to have goals that need to get done each day of the week and try to stick to them. "Iron sharpens iron" and I think this is a good idea. I also know ME VERY well and know that this isn't going to be easy. There will probably be some tweaking, but this is a start. Structure is NOT something I used to but I am really going to try.

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.

Pics from Camp Day 4

Here is more pics from camp. These are from Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Camp, Day Three Pics

Here is our third installment of pictures from camp. Camp has been great so far. It rained a while last night which changed our plans a bit. However, it didn't deter the kids from having a good time nor God from working in their lives. Enjoy the pics.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More Pics from Camp

Here are a few more pics, these coming from Monday and Tuesday morning. The audio has been deleted by YouTube because we used a song that is copyrighted, but you can still see the pictures. Enjoy.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Some Pics of Sunday at Camp

I am posting this before we show it to the kids this evening. Brian P. took the pics and put the show together which freed me up to spend time with kids and staff!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Camp . . . Sunday

It's "Tenish" and I need to be in bed. I am so tired but I wanted to let you know about Church Camp 2009 Sunday. We have over 90 kids who have, so far, been super. Our theme is "CSI, The Bible" and all the cabins have names of kids mystery book series'. Rachel did a GREAT job of getting all the details done for the week which makes it easy for me to do what I do best - encourage and make people comfortable. Justin arranged for most of the staff people and will be doing a lot of the leadership things. The team from Smith Corners Church did a good job of introducing the theme and Ben Hoover's campfire talk was good, especially for the amount of time he had to prepare. Everyone did their job and things seem to be going relatively smoothly. Thank you, Jesus, for giving everyone different gifts and thanks to all the staff for using their gift. Look for pics tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Camp Barrow Fun

As a wedding present, Jana and I received a really nice fire pit for use in the back yard. We have used it on several occasions and hope to continue its use. This particular pit was a bit more expensive than the Wal-Mart ones I have seen since and we probably wouldn't have spent quite that much for a fire pit if we had to buy it ourselves. However, we really do appreciate it.

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

Kazoo Hero!?!

While looking at the video of the Slow Ride at Bike Night at Cruiser's Cafe, I came across this commercial for "Kazoo Hero".  Check it out!

Cruisers-Cafe.com


Hey, Check out www.cruisers-cafe.com for some pictures of the Cruise In, Bike Night and a video by Andrew Weaver of Bike Night and the "Slow Ride" race. Also, you can vote on the Flavor of the Month of July. Check it out!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Off Road RC Track Almost Ready

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.

Crazy Socks Night

It was "Crazy Socks Night" at soccer camp tonight. Here is just a
couple of what we saw.

41 Kids 5 Years And Younger

Our VBS for kids 5 years old and younger has 41 students. Below,
Kelsey leads the kids in song time.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The following video was posted well over a year ago. I was looking at some of the videos I have posted and noticed that this video has over 5000 hits!! It is of a game we played at youth group. Somehow, someone has obviously linked to it. I hope you enjoy it!

Bike Night At Cruiser's Cafe


Here is an early shot at Bike Night at Cruiser's Cafe. (http://www.cruisers-cafe.com/). Looking for a bunch of bikes!

Sent from my iPhone



Monday, June 22, 2009

Soccer Camp 2009

Over 120 kids showed up for our soccer camp this week plus the younger
kids who are doing Bible school.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mark Cable's Latest CD Released


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.

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