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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.