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Feedback on the first sunday of “Serve”

November 11, 2008

Nov. 10th marked the first Sun. of “service” for my church, Journey. The idea behind this is rather than hold more church services to facilitate the number of folks attending on a Sun. morning, why not send some of them out into the community to serve. We chose to name this endeavor simply, “Serve”, and the first outing was this past Sun.

It was my turn to play drums on the worship team so I wasn’t able to go out. But my good friend Darren was able to go out with his family and I got some very cool insights from his experience. The first Sunday’s act of service would be going around the community with a bag and a note attached to it asking for food donations for the food pantry at a local mission called Graceworks. Graceworks is like most food banks around the country right now. Their requests for assistance are up dramatically and the donations are down. Tina Edwards from Grace Works was quoted as saying that the supplies in their pantry are the lowest she has seen in the 5 years she’s been with the organization.

You can read this for more information on Graceworks.

Next Sun. the Serve group will go back out to those same homes and pick up whatever folks leave out in the donation bags provided last Sun. to bring to Graceworks. Very simple for anyone receiving these bags, you don’t even have to leave your house to make a difference. Darren mentioned that as he and his wife along with their 4 kids roamed the streets with their little red wagon, one of his daughters said that she wished church was like this every Sunday. What a great way to expose your family to being a part of something bigger than yourself.

Why can’t church be like this every day? More services, or more service?


Great weekend

September 23, 2008

Last Fri. and Sat. I headed down to MS with one of the worship leaders at my church (Drew Cline) and my pastor, Jamie George. It was a two day event for BSU of MS to encourage students to get involved with missions. Kind of a stretch for me to get behind a hybrid drum kit of sorts, blending hand percussion elements with the basic kick (although tiny), snare, hat of a regular kit and using things like brushes, rods, and my hands to play worship songs with Drew as he lead worship on his acoustic guitar. I felt very inadequate as hand perc is not my element but found the opportunity intriguing! Drew seemed to like what we came up with musically and I must say it inspired me to morph this hybrid kit even more with other interesting elements and set ups. Looks like we may be doing more of this together and adding someone on acoustic bass as well as myself and the bass player singing BGV’s. I love how this is stretching me creatively! I’m also very excited as to the types of events we are aiming for, bringing the idea of being mission minded and thinking along the lines of serving others as part of our daily walk with Christ. It was so wonderful to see how the act of servanthood is peaking the interest of college age individuals. I loved hearing the story’s of those that have gone overseas as well as all over north america and the ways in which these trips changed students for the better.

Looking forward to doing more of this with Drew!

Sarcasm is the enemy of intimacy

September 1, 2008

Pastor Jamie said that this morning and it rang out to me like a bell.  I think sometimes I tend to be a bit sarcastic (ok maybe a lot) to the people I love.  I’m not trying to be mean, just a reaction I have, probably from my yankee roots, hehe.  But I know when the sarcasm is shot in my direction it does something to me, makes me feel low, and angry.  Although I try not to show it, I laugh it off.  It hurts, even when it was not meant to.  I think I should be more aware of how this affects the people it’s directed to.  There’s a separation that happens, a definite killing of intimacy between people when this exchange is made.  I don’t want something as stupid as a sarcastic remark for the sake of a laugh to tear apart the community that God has put me in with others.  I know I can’t change overnight, but God help me to be more conscious of my words.

Hanging with old friends

August 26, 2008

Man, it was good to see my buddy Brad Duncan on Sun. night.  I haven’t seen that ugly biker in a long time, and I sure have missed him.  He moved back to Oregon over a year ago and started a church doing some pretty amazing things in one of the most unchurched regions of our country.  His church, The Shift, has been doing some amazing things in it’s community in the short time that it has been around.  I love hearing about the people Brad encounters and how he shows the love of Jesus through simple acts of compassion, both one on one and through the ministries of The Shift.  Brad definitely attracts people who are rough around the edges, with his biker “good looks”.  Brad is truly being a light in a dark place and I had a great time down at Nashville’s Dan McGuinness Irish pub Sun. night hearing more about what God is doing in the Pacific North West through The Shift “…a kind of church for those who hate church”.  What a great slogan for a church.  They are doing what Jesus did, loving on the unlovable.

Here’s a bad pic of my buddy Brad and our mutual friend Kiwamu (or Josh to those who can’t pronounce it) at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub

Wednesday, @ Camp

June 26, 2008

What a great Wed. I had.  We are playing at a camp in Clarksville called Super Summer.  Great leadership at this one and it’s held at Austin Peay University.  But I’m only an hour and a half from home here and I decided to head down to the house Tue. night after we lead worship and sleep in my own bed, aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  We only play in the evenings at this camp (one of the great perks!) and I got to spend a whole day at home on Wed. WOO HOOOOOOO!

So my Wed. at camp was spent with my girls at the Longview Rec Center in Spring Hill (or the Hill as I will forever refer to it as from now on, hehe) lounging around the pool and re-reading one of my favorite books, Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller.  Man, I love how this guy writes, so descriptive in the most unusual way, and so very candid.  His statement about how a boy views his father is so much like my own, “…the blended composite of love and fear that exists only in a boy’s notion of his father.” an accurate comparison to my own childhood view of my dad.  I feel a few blogs coming out of this book for me.

I ended up taking my little girl with me back to camp Wed. night and had an amazing time of worship with the boys and followed it up with a great day today for Cadie and I.  Just hangin’ out, riding my bike and her scooter down my the river.  She has so many questions about being a college student as she hangs out in the dorms with me today.  She doesn’t quite understand why a child would leave mom and dad to stay at a school and not see her parents for weeks on end.  She is very curious about it though, haha.

This post was pretty random but, all that to say, Wednesday at camp, and NOT at camp, ROCKED!

Who is this guy?

June 18, 2008

Or a better question would be, “who does this guy think he is?”.  He does NOT represent Christ in ANY way, nor does his church.  It’s people like this who give non believers the impression that God is a great big foot waiting to stomp on us the minute we mess up, all the while laughing at us in disgust.  freds little video depicts a little man spewing hate that I’m positive saddens God.  How can someone read and apply to their life the words of Jesus and harbor so much hate?

I don’t get you fred.