Archive for December, 2008

Children’s Ministry in Portables: Part 6

Posted on 30. Dec, 2008 by .

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Now that the outsides are painted and ramps and completed, all the focus in on the interior. The insides of these portables look so tacky with the wood paneling and ugly carpet and sagging tile ceiling. The plan is to replace the old ceiling tiles, sheet rock over the wood paneling and lay down a new tile floor. When we’re done, it shouldn’t feel so much like a “portable” building. Next is the decor.

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New volunteer t-shirt

Posted on 30. Dec, 2008 by .

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Since arriving at Gateway, I’ve wanted to give the Children’s Ministry an image. Don’t get me wrong, we have a great building with excellent environments. However, the ministry lacks a real image. The closest thing to a logo is a low resolution image of a boat, something we probably won’t be sticking with. We’re still a little way off from developing a brand, but we needed something now.

So for Christmas we decided to give all of our volunteers a new Kid’s Quest T-Shirt. It was our thank you gift for all of our volunteers as well as an opportunity to get Kid’s Quest out there. We’re still planning to build our brand later in 2009, but this is a fresh new look we can use in the meantime that is fun, fresh and not embarrassing for our volunteers to wear (you know what I mean?).… Read the rest

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When getting it done isn’t such a good thing

Posted on 29. Dec, 2008 by .

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A few weeks ago I posted a silly entry about “point of view.” I mentioned that I’m an extreme optimist. I actually really love this about my personality. But on the other side, it lends toward something not so good about who I am. This week I discovered another way this “point of view” isn’t the best thing in the world.

Where this point of view comes in handy is when it comes to getting things done. I’ve a firm believer that one can do (or get away with) almost anything if one is committed to the task. I set goals and then I get them done… usually. It’s part of my DNA.

However, where this is a weakness is that sometimes my “goals” are not realistic.… Read the rest

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Near Christmas disaster

Posted on 28. Dec, 2008 by .

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I’ve had a fantastic Christmas, but it almost didn’t happen!

Many of those who follow me on twitter knew what was going on and were praying for us. They saw the whole ordeal unfold.

For the past few weeks, Titus has been fighting off colds and stomach bugs. Last Sunday he was hit hard. We’ve never seen him so sick. He was throwing up, congested and downright lethargic. He’d just lay in his crib or or arms… so sad. We had plans to drive from Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA after our last Christmas Eve service. I wasn’t too concerned about Titus being sick since it was still several days away. Since he was so sick, Sara wasn’t feeling great and Sara had a lot on her plate as well, I kicked into over drive to get us ready.… Read the rest

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Children’s Ministry in Portables: Part 5

Posted on 23. Dec, 2008 by .

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When planning for our portables, we had to plan out our foot traffic. These buildings are almost behind our main kid’s building, so a clear path needed to be built. In addition, we had to create suitable entrances to the portable buildings and the rooms within. If we can expect 100-120 kids in these rooms, we had to create space or drop-off and pick-up lines. To solve these issues (as well as conforming to ADA standards) a beautiful deck was built to link the portables together and provide wheelchair access. We also intend to put in a door between the two rooms in each portable. This way parents can all walk into one portable door, go through the door that connects the two rooms and out the other portable door to exit.… Read the rest

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Children’s Ministry in Portables: Part 4

Posted on 22. Dec, 2008 by .

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We had a big task ahead of us. We had to help the portables blend in. Well, we didn’t really want them to blend in. We just didn’t want them to be so dang ugly. Honestly, Gateway is one of the coolest and most beautiful church campuses I’ve seen. It’s got a very modern, outdoor "shopping center" type of look. Portable just don’t fit into that genre of building.

Initially our interior designer developed a plan to paint and mural the outside of the portables to create a "destination" for the kids. One that would lure the kids to come and check them out. Honestly, I was afraid that this would make them stick out even more than an ugly portable would stick out.… Read the rest

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Saving money when renting a car

Posted on 20. Dec, 2008 by .

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Money is tight. Budgets have been cut. Here are two tips to save you money the next time you’re renting a car when at a conference. I’ve cars a few times in the last 6 months and these money saving tricks worked for me.

If you can arrange to rent a car in the middle of the week, you stand a really good chance in getting free upgrade. Business travelers usually pick up their cards on Sunday or Monday and they often get all the economy cars first. If the size of the car doesn’t matter for you, book the economy. You’ll usually have the option to upgrade when picking it up if you want. However, if it is the middle of the week, there is often a chance that there are no more economy cars and they’ll have to give you a bigger car.… Read the rest

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Name my environments…

Posted on 19. Dec, 2008 by .

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If you’ve been following this blog recently, you’ve read about our portable buildings. We’re working like crazy right now to get them open for the first of January. So much to do!

Well, we need to name the classrooms and boy could we use some help in naming them. To avoid using the word portables ever again, we’re referring to the space as “The Backyard” or Kids Quest Backyard. It’s fun and it’s fitting. Each building has two rooms, so were saying the backyard consists of 4 classroom environments. We need to name each of these environments. Here are the themes:

  • Underwater
  • Jungle
  • Tree House
  • Downtown City

Here is the challenge. Every room in our Children’s are has a two word name, each starting with the same letter.… Read the rest

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Probably my favorite SNL sketch

Posted on 19. Dec, 2008 by .

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I don’t know what made me think of this the other day. It was a random SNL sketch I saw several years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. If you’re watched SNL in the past, you’ll probably remember long running sketches like Sprockets or the Church Lady and the occasional one timers like More Cow Bell or Massive Head Wound Harry. However, I’ve never heard anyone talk about this sketch, but I’ve never forgotten it. Anytime I’m at Taco Bell, I laugh to myself as I read the menu. Unfortunately, I don’t have a video to show you. SNL stuff is hard to find online, especially if it is several years old. I’ve got the second best thing. The script. Take a second and read it.… Read the rest

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In case you’re wondering…

Posted on 18. Dec, 2008 by .

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If you follow this blog at all, you may be thinking… “Dang, Kenny’s writting a bunch of blog posts.”

Yeah, I am. The last few months have been marked with 1-2 week vacations of me posting nothing. I had many great ideas, I just didn’t take the time to write them down.

In addition, I’m trying to hit a personal goal. The other day I wrote about my goal of hitting post 400 by the new year. It was a very attainable goal, but taking time off slowed me down from reaching this goal. However, I’m very goal-driven and I’ve got it stuck in my head that I want post #400 to publish at 11:59 PM on December 31st. It will be followed by post number #401 at 12:00 AM on January 1st.… Read the rest

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