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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!

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

What teachers make. (Rated PG-13 for language and gestures)

June 26, 2008

Lemonade Brigade!

June 24, 2008

So this is the first time I’ve really had time to post about my saturday with my little girl and her lemonade stand. When I’m home, especially for such a short time, I don’t want to be sitting in front of my computer. I want to spend my time with my girls. So when Cadie wakes me up at the crack of dawn, I’m up and we’re doin’ stuff! Then when bedtime rolls around, I crash.

Even though Tracy and some others have blogged about the lemonade stand, daddy wants to dote on his little girl here. Even though she is a typical 6 year old who get’s bored easily and is very shy at times, she did a great job with her Crayons sponsored lemonade stand on Saturday. Her cousin, and a couple friends (thanks guys!) sat in front of the Kroger with her in Spring Hill from 10 to 1 and made $155 for Real Hope For Haiti! As Tracy said in her blog, a dollar may not do much here but in a country like Haiti it can literally save a life! The Roberts family is so happy to support such a great ministry and will continue to find ways that we can help. We will try to come up with more ways that Cadie can help as well. Simple things like lemonade stands or car washes or selling some of her toys in a garage sale are easy ways for her to contribute to a serious need in the world and keep her aware of the world outside of the American borders.  

If a 6 year old can do this all you grown ups can do something!  No matter how big or small.