Archive for July, 2011

Systems, Processes and the great F1 outage of 2011

Posted on 31. Jul, 2011 by .

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So, if you use Fellowship One, you know that there were significant issues with Check In today. Even if you don’t use F1, you might have seen the traffic on twitter about the issues. I know that for some churches, the slow-down was crippling. Most of the morning, I was watching the twitter stream and saw all kinds of tweets. Most were encouraging, some were certainly frustrated. I thought that it was interesting that today happened the way that it did because I’m in the process of finalizing my outline for a workshop I’m leading at the Kidmin Conference in Chicago and the subject of the workshop ties into what happened today.

Here at Gateway, check in was as fast as it always is… maybe even faster.… Read the rest

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Pray for my “Pirate” Face!

Posted on 26. Jul, 2011 by .

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Well, yesterday was a bit strange. It all started yesterday morning when I was brushing my teeth. I was rinsing and went to spit and realized that I couldn’t spit straight. Sounds weird, right? It was just strange that I was having difficulty doing something that I do every day of my life. I went to spit and almost spit water all over the counter.

I didn’t think too much of it until later when something was just feeling a little off. I went to a mirror thinking that something was wrong and noticed it when I went to smile. Only half my face was smiling. Really strange. I ended up going to the doctor and was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy.… Read the rest

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Justin Graves Band

Posted on 21. Jul, 2011 by .

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While at Camp Zephyr this month, I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Justin Graves… and his band. I’d never heard of Justin before this summer, but I’m glad for the opportunity to work with him. I actually wanted to give him props here on the site.

Here’s the deal with me. I’m probably not the best to to critique or describe the nuances or what makes one band great and another one not so great. When looking for a group to play and lead kids in worship, there are so many different directions you can go. Some musicians are really edgy… perfect for your angst-filled pre-teens and others are better suited for pre-schoolers (even though they think they’re rockin’ it for pre-teens).… Read the rest

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Illuminate Sponsorships… like hotcakes!

Posted on 20. Jul, 2011 by .

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Believe it or not, but Illuminate begins the 2011/2012 conference year in a little more than a month. Wow… I’m totally not ready yet. Ha! It’s going to be amazing. More details to come… I’m very excited though.

However, I’m finalizing the sponsorship process. Over the past few weeks I’ve been in conversations with dozens of potential conference sponsors and I’m wrapping up that process in just another 10-14 days. If you’ve not been contacted by me and you’re interested in partnering with Illuminate and promoting your organization/service, let me know before it’s too late. Click here to contact us and get involved!… Read the rest

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Camp Zephyr in Sandia, TX

Posted on 20. Jul, 2011 by .

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I figured that if I was going to write any more about camp, I better wrap it up this week… especially since I’ve had camp related posts for almost 3 weeks.

This is a shout-out to the camp I’ve been involved with the past two summers, Camp Zephyr in Sandia Texas. Zephyr is located on Lake Corpus Christi, only about an hour NW of Corpus. So, like most Texas Camps… it’s hot. Really hot.

However, I have only great things to say about this place. The staff is pretty amazing. They take great care of the camp and are always prompt and smiling. I remember one afternoon I remembered that I needed a hammer for an illustration. Someone got on the radio and said that I needed a hammer and within 5 minutes, I had a hammer in my hands.… Read the rest

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Camp Texas: #1 – Kids come from great distance!

Posted on 15. Jul, 2011 by .

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You know you’re at a camp in Texas when you have kids who traveled 7 hours or more to get to camp and never left the state.… Read the rest

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We’re having a _______!

Posted on 14. Jul, 2011 by .

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Woo hoo! We’re having a…. well, watch the video!

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The big gender announcement!!!

Posted on 14. Jul, 2011 by .

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So, we know what we’re having… but Titus doesn’t. So, we gotta tell him first. We’ll make the announcement at 6:30 PM CST! Stay tuned…

BTW, Grandparents do know. They may take cash bribes. :)Read the rest

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Camp Texas: #2 – Jalapenos

Posted on 14. Jul, 2011 by .

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You know you’re at a camp in Texas when jalapenos are served as a condiment at every meal.… Read the rest

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