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July 23, 2008

Jr. High H2O

Filed under: h2o,jr. high ministry — Neil @ 12:38 pm

Tonight’s h2o is at the Cheesman’s from 6:30-8:00.  The bus will leave from the church at 6:15 & return at 8:30 p.m.  Here’s the map to the Cheesman’s:

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July 22, 2008

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Eating in Lorman

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 4:47 pm

Today, Amanda & I made a trip to Lorman to eat Arthur’s cooking at The Old Country Store. Southern Living acclaims that Arthur has the world’s best fried chicken (click here to read the Southern Living article). My taste buds agreed.

We also went a few miles out of the way to visit Rosewood.

Here’s a few pictures from today:

Drawing the News

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 9:30 am

As usual Marshall Ramsey captures the news w/ an image.

July 21, 2008

Change is Good

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 11:07 am

I saw this video on Tim’s blog & I stole his blog title (my creativity is running low do to my morning run & since then I’ve been out in the yard working – if you haven’t heard its HOT in Clinton today).

Week Off

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 8:05 am

I’m taking a week off this week (I’ll still be at both of the h2os). Here’s what on my agenda:

  • yard work – mowing, fertilizing, fix one of our gates, clean up some junk that I’ve piled up in the backyard
  • clean the garage
  • write an article (about how our youth ministry uses camps) for a new newsletter that Student Life is publishing
  • finish the summer newsletter for our neighborhood
  • write some thank you notes
  • sleep
  • run – I’ve been running between 3 & 3.5 miles 4-5 times a week for the past month, this week I want to increase that to 4 miles per day
  • read chapters 6 & 7 of Crazy Love
  • read unChristian

July 20, 2008

Sunday Reflections

Filed under: Parkway,Sundays,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 9:19 pm
  • Youth Sunday School attendance was better than I expected. Summer is always a season of low Sunday attendance & I expected today to be especially so w/ a lot of families on vacation, but it was actually pretty good.
  • We had pancakes in Sunday School. Sunday School is always better w/ pancakes & sausage. Thanks to the men & teen girl for cooking.
  • I attended the 6th grade graduation luncheon today. The food was from Chimneyville (my current favorite Clinton restaurant). I spoke briefly to the parents about Parkway’s Youth Ministry & LAUNCH.
  • I talked w/ Gayle for a long time this afternoon. It was the 1st time we’ve talked in several weeks due to the summer schedule. We’re very different, but I learn from her.
  • I preached tonight on 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
  • We ate w/ some friends tonight at Newks. Here’s the proof:

My view at Youth Night on Friday Night:

July 18, 2008

Youth Night

Filed under: Personal,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 4:49 pm

Tonight, the group is attending Youth Night at the Coliseum.  Its an event put on by the MBCB & I’m a member of the planning team for the event.  There are a lot of great speakers, but there’s no one I’d rather our group hear tonight than Francis Chan.

Francis is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA.  He’s also the author of Crazy Love, a book that Matt, summer intern, & I are reading & discussing together this month.  For the past few months God has been using Francis to speak to me.  I listen to Cornerstone’s podcast each week.  He’ has totally surrendered his life to Jesus & his preaching is biblical (almost too biblical at times – it makes me very uncomfortable).

Francis isn’t settling for “normal” Christianity.  I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.

I’m praying that God will use Francis to speak to the hearts of our teens tonight.  That they will become totally dissatisfied w/ religion & will totally surrender to Jesus.

Whew

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 11:31 am

According to this article the Clinton Starbucks is going to survive and not be among the 7 locations in Mississippi that will be closed.

I’m not sure what our high schoolers would do during the summer if they couldn’t get their white mocha frappacinos.

July 17, 2008

Summer

Filed under: h2o,Summer,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 4:53 pm

Summer is always interesting in youth ministry for the following reasons:

  • change of pace – it’s a very different pace than the school year
  • I always see a few students really grow in their faith during the summer, but I also usually see a few students really lose their way during the summer as well.
  • its both less & more – less structure & more hang-out time
  • unpredictable attendance
    • summer camps, baseball traveling teams, vacations, etc. all lead to unpredictable attendance at events
    • Tomorrrow night’s Youth Night at the Coliseum has an A list line-up (Steve Fee & Francis Chan) yet we’re only taking a van full
    • The movie night a couple of weeks ago ended up w/ a much bigger than expected crowd
  • Despite the unpredictable attendance I’m amazed at the average attendance of the h2os.  2 years ago we were hoping for a total of 20 to show up on Wednesdays.  Now we are averaging right at 50
  • I enjoy the summer, but I am glad that its only 2.5 months long

Here’s a few pictures of last night’s jr. high h2o:

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