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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Noon Nonsense: What People Will Do For Their Pets

Not too long ago I posted a "Noon Nonsense" about a guy who would take care of your pet after the "Rapture".  Today's post is about pets as well.  I am always amazed at how much money people will spend of their animals.  I have heard stories about people who would feed their cats before themselves if they didn't have the money to buy food.  Well check this out.  The picture to the right says it all!  I hope President Obama reads this.  He will be campaining about health insurance for every pet soon!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Things I Didn't Know Before We Conceived! The Cat LItter Edition

We found out some really exciting news last week!  Jana is Expecting!  The big day will be sometime in December, we think!  I am really pleased and I know Jana is excited as well.  This will be a whole new adventure for me.  That sounds so clicheish, but I am sure it will be a different experience for me over the next nine months and way beyond.  However . . . I am finding out some things that I never thought about BEFORE we talked about conceiving.  I hope to blog about some of these things over the next year or so. 

Today I learned . . . Pregnant women aren't supposed to handle the cat litter!! 
Now I hate (well, not hate, but I really don't like) cats.  One of the things we talked about before we got married was that SHE would take take of feeding, cleaning up after, etc. the cat.  And, up until this week, she has done just that.  BUT, now it is MY responsibility!  Yuck!  Not being a cat lover in the first place, this has got to be the absolute worst job in the house!  I don't like to clean anyway, but, I can't stand the smell of cat, period, let alone the cat . . . poopie.  Her (Our???) cat is 15 years old.  She has been having kind of a hard time hitting the litter box.  And that is an understatement.  She seems to think the entire basement is part of the litter box!  Needless to say, I am not amused.  So, if you are a guy and don't like cats and you have a cat . . . think about me before you consider saying yes to a child. 

Before you get mad at me, I want you to know that I would do anything for my pregnant wife.  I love her and that is part of loving her.  So, I am not complaining about this as much as I am letting everyone else know a few things that I did NOT know. 

Noon Nonsense: Marriage Records

Having being married for just 15 1/2 months, some of these marriage statistics were interesting.  Some other stats were a bit disheartening.  A couple were downright upsetting.  Check it out here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Madi" Places First at the State Gymnastic Championship

A while back I posted about our church secretary being so talkative about her granddaughter doing so well in a gymnastics event in Colorado. You can read that post by clicking here.

Well, our secretary is at it again!  This time she is squawking about their 7 year old granddaughter, Madison "Madi" McDonald.  Madi, as she likes to be called, competes the "Level 4" of the USAG and recently won 5 medals at the state Championship!  Her most notable medal was for the "All Around" where she placed FIRST (see picture below)

Madison McDonold places first at the State Championship.

Just like her sister, Madi comes to the office occasionally and brightens our day.  All of us are proud to know her and wish her luck in the future!

Madison during her floor routine.

Noon Nonsense: Can You Count to . . .

I don't want to make a spectacle of this boy, but it is definitely different.  Check out this kid with polydactyly.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Learning About Israel

Tonight is the last night of Mission Conference at RMC and the
missionary and his wife came to talk with the CRUX students. There
were about 70 stuends and adults there.

Superchick - Alive Tour Video Promo!

Just got this video promo for the Superchick Alive Tour.  Our date is Sunday, May 16 at East Juniata High School near McAlisterville, PA.  Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door!  Get your tickets at or at the Guardian Angle Bookstore in Richfield, or Friendship Bookstore in Burnham, PA.    Seating is general admission and the tickets are limited.  Get yours early!!!

Noon Nonsense: Chili Grenades!

Take a look at this interesting way to fight terrorists and slow down would be thugs.  Goes to show you that God was very creative when he created this world!

Get Real Talent Contest - WGRC's form of American Idol!

I want to give a "shout out" to Dave Jones and Jana Snyder who produce a weekly radio show on WGRC in Lewisburg, PA Sunday nights from 8 - 8:30 PM called "Get Real with Dave & Jana".  They talk about youth and issues teens deal with on a regular basis.  Each year they sponsor a talent contest for kids ages 11 to 19.  They split the group into two divisions - 11 - 15 year olds and 16 - 19.  The preliminary rounds are April 8 and the top three from each age group will be invited into the WGRC studios to record a show where the audience will be voting for their favorite.  The winners receive a t-shirt, gift certificates, a cd and get to perform at Knoebles  during WGRC Day.  If you would like more information about the contest, go to or click here.  And even if you can't get involved with the contest, you could always listen and vote.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Noon Nonsense: Jail Time for . . . Breaking INTO Jail

Fearing retaliation, this guy tried to break into jail!  Do we treat prisoners too good?  I don't think they should suffer too badly, but if you try to get into jail . . . I don't know?  I guess it depends on the situation, and I don't know the whole story.  You can read the story here.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Noon Nonsense: Drive Up to Starbucks to Fuel Your Car!?!

With gas prices getting higher and higher, people are getting more creative trying to use less.  This "car-puccino" probably won't be cheaper, but it is kind of fun.  Read the article here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Noon Nonsense: A Two Truck Recall? ? ?

Toyota has had its problems lately having to recall thousands of vehicles.  However, they shouldn't have too much trouble with it's latest recall . . . for TWO trucks.  Read the story here

Superchick & Jon Reuben Concert @ East Juniata

We don't get the opportunity to have the "bigger" names in music groups in concert here in rural Central PA, but superchick and John Reuben, Bread of Stone and Luminate will be in concert at East Juniata High School, near McAlisterville, on May 16 at 6 PM.  They are bringing the Alive Tour to the 850 seat auditorium.  The group of youth leaders who call themselves "Highway 35 Student Ministries" will be promoting this event along with WGRC radio.  The best part is the price!  Tickets are only $6.00 in advance ($8 at the door)!  You can get tickets at or, if you live in the area, at the Guardian Angel Bookstore in Richfield, PA or the Friendship Bookstore in Lewistown, PA.  Let's pack the auditorium that night hoping there will be more opportunities like this.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Noon Nonsense: How Dirty Would You Have To Be . . ?

What activity would warrent a 100 hour shower?  Watch the video and find out why people were showering for hours. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Noon Nonsense: Scientists Have Found Life Where None Existed Before!?!

I am amazed at all the things we are able to do when we put our minds to it (and the money we need to do it).  Scientists have found life where they didn't think it was possible to exist.  And this life might be edible as well!?!  Check out the AP story here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Preparing For "Annie Get Your Gun"

I took this pic during practice at East Juniata for their spring
Musical this weekend - "Annie Get Your Gun". It will be a good show.
You should plan to be there.

Noon Nonsense: Yes, It Was Supposed To Be That Way!

Again, today's "Noon Nonsense" isn't so nonsensical, but it is a bit odd.  I think it looks really cool.  I will probably never get to see it in person, but I think it would be fun to do so.  Check it out here

Monday, March 15, 2010

Noon Nonsense: No Fertility, Just a bunch of Twins!

This really isn't nonsense but kind of . . . abnormal, I guess.  This lady is just prone to giving birth to twins.  Check it out here

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Pits at Richfield Raceway

They are racing tonight, like every Friday night, at the Richfield
Raceway in our Family Life Center. Here is a picture of the pits.

Noon Nonsense: Banning Salt in Restaurants

A New York State Legislator wants to ban Salt with $1000 fines for those who disobey.  Read the story here

Video: Jana Interviews Starfield

A couple of months ago I posted a pic (to the left) with Jana with Tim and Jon of "Starfield" during an interview she did with them.  The video of that interview is available on Jana's website - and on YouTube if you would like to see it.  There is also an audio version from the "Get Real with Dave and Jana" radio program (airs at 9 PM Sunday nights on wgrc radio & available here. 

FYI - Look for Jana's interview with Mike's Chair at Impact soon on her site as well!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Noon Nonsense: Duct Tape for the Prom

The area schools are busy planning their annual prom nights and there will be a lot of money spent on the formal wear.  And, while I have heard of this before, I thought I would post this idea for those who are creative and don't want to spend too much money. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Noon Nonsense: To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

I love using twitter - I wish more teens would use it and follow me - but, this . . . well, tell me what you think.  Actually, I am not sure if I really have a problem with it.  But, I know people who probably would. 

BTW - You can follow me on Twitter @

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Noon Nonsense: "Monopolising" the Drug Trade

I know we have had a number of posts lately about drugs, etc., but they are just so . . . nonsensical!  Who elese would pay for something with Monopoly money and get away with it . . . at least for a while?  Check it out here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Poll Results From PA Impact 2010

This year at Impact we used during the pre-show sessions and regular sessions to poll the audience and have some fun.  Everyone who had a cell phone, and could text, could participate in the polls.  Here is some of the findings . . .

  • 82% of the respondance would rather do without TV than do without music.
  • Only 11% of the people use twitter
  • Almost 80% of the students would rather have no homework for life than half day school days for a year
  • "You Belong with Me" was the favorite Taylor Swift song
  • 14% said they have devotions everyday while more than a third (33.5%) said the don't have devotions at all
  • Almost 1/4 of the students said they had a hard time believing God loved them
  • 33 of 202 respondance thought they sent or recieved 20,000 text messages or more a month!?!
If you want the entire report, comment below and I can email you a copy. 

Noon Nonsense. TV's, Cabs and Jail X2

What do you think goes through these people's heads?  I guess if shouldn't make assumptions when I don't know the people.  However, this lady seems to have a fetish for televisions. . . Check it out here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Impact Honors a Volunteer

Tonight at Impact we honored one of the volunteer youth workers that attended this year. Danny Reed, from the Thompsontownn UM charge has been working with kids in the area for quite a few years. Danny was given about $150.00 worth of books and youth ministry material. We also made this video of Danny.

Thanks Danny for your ministry to the students in your church!

Impact Free Time

Some afternoon fun at Impact 2010.

Saturday Morning at Impact

AJ The Animated Illusionist performs at the morning session.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Justin Fogle

Tonight we had a party for Justin Fogle, one of the volunteer leaders at CRUX.  It was his birthday.  Justin was in the youth group 16 years ago and more.  He has been committed to the youth for a long time and I thank him for his ministry to the kids.  I quickly put a few pictures into the movie maker and came up with this:

CRUX Slide Show Video

Here's a video slide show with kids from our youth group, CRUX. I used to make this video in about 15 minutes.

Go to and check it out . . . and use the promo code pmhdgvcq if you decide to sign up.

Noon Nonsense: Pickle Pops?

I am not a pickle fan, but my wife is.  I don't see how they will sell very well, but. . . who knows?  Check it out here.

SYMC Youth Groups

This past weekend at the Simply Youth Ministries Conference in Chicago, we saw a video/slide show of pictures of a lot of the youth groups represented at the conference. Our group is on and can be seen at the 2 minute mark. It was/is nice to see all of the kids who were represented at the conference. I just thought you might like to see this and pray for those ministries in the video as well as those you know right where you live. Here's the link:    SYMC Youth Groups

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Noon Nonsense: Fool me once . . .

You would think he would have been more careful - especially after if happened once before. I guess this guy doesn't learn really fast? Click here to see the story.

Youth Pastor Stereotypes

Here is Jake Rutenbar's newest video. It was shown on Saturday night of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. If you are a youth pastor or know someone who is, you will enjoy this.