December 31, 2008

Hands & Feet Reflections

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 2:04 am

What I learned from this year’s Hands & Feet (each Christmas our youth ministry spends 2 days serving the rest of our congregation):

Hands & Feet summary: Spent Monday working on Parkway’s campus (trimming trees, shrubs, washing/cleaning buses, cleaned children & preschool area, cleaned/scrubbed youth area, took down Christmas decorations, cleaned closets, etc.  Tuesday we visited 40+- homebound members.  Monday night we had a progressive supper.  Tuesday night we ate @ Sal & Mookie’s & then went to Pump it Up.

  • Biblical stuff works even especially in youth ministry.
  • Simplicity works.  I have 2 rules in youth ministry (be where you are suppose to be & be on time).  The group knows them so well I didn’t even realize until after the event was over that I didn’t even mention the rules.  They wouldn’t/couldn’t remember 10 rules, but 2 simple rules work.
  • 40 teenagers serving the Body of Christ for 2 days is pretty cool (they know what they are signing up for & do it anyway because of that each year).
  • Honest communication works.
  • 20 adults volunteered to serve alongside our teens.
  • I’m amazed @ how much some of our teens have grown recently.  A few were a looong ways off just a few months ago.
  • Is 40 teens doing ministry for 2 days better than 80 attending Disciple Now in a few weeks?  I’m not sure, but I’m thinking about it & rethinking our big events & being a better steward of ministry funds.
  • We have some great seniors.
  • We have a great group of teens.  We have a nice mix of growing disciples, yet to mature believers & teens who are not yet believers in Jesus.
  • How sad would it be to have a youth group (church) made up of nothing but believers?
  • Our teens likely learned more from doing ministry the past 2 days than they did in all the youth talks I did in 2008.

Pump It Up Video

Filed under: Videos,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:50 am

Unedited video (digital camera quality) from tonight @ Pump It Up

Hands & Feet – Boxing Pictures

Filed under: Pictures,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:45 am

Hands & Feet – Pump It Up Pictures

Filed under: Pictures,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:30 am

After supper we spent a couple of hours @ Pump It Up.

Hands & Feet Pizza Pictures

Filed under: Pictures,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:13 am

Supper was @ Sal & Mookie’s, a pizza & ice cream joint (there staff was awesome at making it a fun & smooth experience.  Feeding 40 teens & 10 adults ain’t always that way & why I usually stick to fast food.)

December 30, 2008

Hands & Feet Pictures

Filed under: Pictures,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 2:11 pm

Each year @ Christmas our youth ministry does 2 days of local ministry we call Hands & Feet.  Yesterday, we did tons of stuff on Parkway’s campus.  Today we have 8 teams of teens & adults that will visit nursing homes.  Here’s a few pictures from yesterday:

December 27, 2008

Big Easy Eatin

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 10:56 pm

We spent the past 2 days in New Orleans.  We visit there mainly to eat.  The problem is that we never have enough time (nor $) to eat everywhere we’d like to eat.  This is what we opted for this trip:

  • Friday Lunch – Amanda decided to do some shopping at Lakeside Mall when we arrived so I ate lunch @ Chick-fil-a while she shopped through lunch
  • Friday Supper – Crawfish Balls as an appetizer (a must when you visit Deanies) & a 1/2 Seafood Platter @ Deanies (1/2 platter is more than the 2 of us can eat)
  • Dessert – Beignets & Cafe au Lait @ Cafe du Monde
  • Saturday Breakfast – Omelets @ Mena’s
  • Saturday Lunch – Palace Cafe – our 1 nice meal for the weekend
  • Saturday Supper – Taqueria Corona; I know you don’t associate Mexican w/ New Orleans, but we love this place.  We were stuffed from all of the previous meals, so we opted for tacos rather than our usual California Burritos
  • Saturday Dessert – Cafe du Monde; we picked up beignets & cafe au lait as we headed back to Clinton

December 26, 2008

Saving Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 8:54 am

This film was posted by Carlos at Ragamuffin Soul.  It was created by the folks at Buckhead Church & used in their Christmas Eve service.  Its about 11 minutes in length, but well worth your time.

Christmas in NOLA

Filed under: Marriage,Videos — Neil @ 7:55 am

Amanda & I are spending a couple of days in New Orleans.  We lived there while I attended NOBTS & really loved the city.  She took me there for my birthday this year & now I’m returning the favor.

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 4:41 pm

Luke 2:1-20

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. 2 This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

4 And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, 5 to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the inn.

8 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. 12 This will be the sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: 14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on eart to people He favors!

15 When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. 17 After seeing [them], they reported the message they were told about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.

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