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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?


Please help!

September 24, 2008

Here’s the deal –

My friend Bush and his wife Maris are down to the final couple days of their adoption and they are in need of help. They thought they would have all the money they needed by now but they don’t. Grants and adoption loan applications are out but they haven’t heard anything back yet. The deadline is this Thurs and Bush is selling prints of some of his incredible pictures to try to get the necessary funds to finish the adoption. If he can sell 140 prints at $35 a piece they will have all they need to make this adoption final.

Here is a link to his post with details.

If you can help, please head to that link and respond. Thanks so much for all your help!

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!

Cycling update

September 1, 2008

I haven’t given an update to how the cycling is going lately so I’ll bring anyone who cares up to speed…

Since I’ve been off the road I’ve been riding almost every day, about 20 miles or so.  Here’s a map of my latest route I’ve been using;

West Harpeth loop
Find more Bike Rides in Spring Hill, Tennessee

I use for logging my training and for mapping my routes. I’ve also, back on the 19th of this month, taken the ASICS ride 300 miles in 30 days challenge. I must say I’m smoking it because to date I have over 203 miles logged. I’ve been trying to bump my ride time up to 2 hours of riding a day which translates to a bit above 30 miles a ride. At this rate I’ll have about 300 miles logged in 15 or so days!

I’ve also lost about 7 pounds so far so I’m pretty pumped about all that. Hope to make the mooters and gut a thing of the past.
The only thing that bugs me so far is after I’ve been riding a half hour or so my little toes and my pinky fingers (mostly the left side) get numb. On the longer rides I sometimes have to stop and get the blood flowing to the appendages once again. It’s really a pain in the butt because I want to keep my pace up and keep rolling. I think this is a fitting issue with the bike so I’m going to talk with someone at the bike shop about it. Don’t want to put money into this bike as I’m saving for a better one but this numbness deal has to stop.

Other than that, I love riding and can’t wait to start riding with a group. I’ve been slowly getting necessary equipment. I got some bike shorts (with the padding in the rear) a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you, THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE! Next on the upgrade list as I save the funds or as birthdays come around is a pair of shoes and the pedals to clip them onto. That’s gonna help with the hills. I also have a cheap helmet. I tried on a decent one the other day and wow, what a difference! Way better fit, no sliding around on the ol’ noggin.

So there it is so far. I’m actually looking forward to my next physical which I’d like to get once I get down to my target weight of 150 or so. I have high cholesterol and I’m thinking all this riding and my diet getting better is going to make a big difference in that, hopefully.

See ya on the road!

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

Great pics on the beach, believe it or not!

July 29, 2008

While working at a beach camp for 9 days this month (fam was with me so it was awesome even tho I hate the beach.) my friend, and amazing photographer, Steven Bush blessed us by taking some pics of me and the girls. For a guy that hates the beach he got some pretty awesome shots of us. Here’s just a couple.


Ok, maybe that was more than a couple, but I just love them ALL!  Great job Bush!  Thanks!

My Road Bike

June 29, 2008

Last year I bought a road bike.  I’ve wanted to get into cycling for a while. For one, it’s much better on the knees than running, and two, it’s more fun… to me anyway.  I had a mountain bike but there’s no trails that I know of close to my house where I can just jump on my bike and go.  Also, I think I would kill myself racing down a pot hole infested mountain.  So I didn’t ride it much.  I love the road bikes but those were so darn expensive, a decent one anyway.  

But, on a trip to Toys R Us last year to get our daughter a bike, (we found one for her for 25 bucks!) I saw an aluminum frame road bike that was marked down from $120 to $25!  OK, in my book, that’s a no brainer.  What a way to get into riding at the mere cost of $25!  It’s an aluminum frame, 21 speed racing bike made by Dekra, called a Karma.  I’ve googled this bike and cannot find it, ANYWHERE!  The only bikes I find by Dekra are the chainless cruisers.  I figure this is just a bike they have discontinued, hence the low low clearance price.  So I took it to the good people at Harpeth Bicycles in Franklin, TN to get checked out, seeing as Toys R Us pretty much just slap their bikes together.  The Harpeth folks rewrapped the handlebars and repositioned the brake levers.  They also trued up the wheels and adjusted the brakes and gears.  The bike felt much better.  Thanks Harpeth!!

I realize I need to be fitted on the bike but I’m doing that as good as I can myself by way of the internet.  Some of you people out there who are avid riders are probably saying I need to have this done by a pro, and you are probably right.  I think I may do that.  Any thoughts on that one out there?

I also realize that this bike does not have the greatest equipment on it but hey, what do you expect for $25 bucks right?  If anyone out there rides and knows what they are talking about I would like your thoughts on upgrading the shifters to the handbrake shifters and finding a wider aluminum drop handlebar/riser combo if I can find one to fit this bike.  Is it worth it or should I just save for a better bike?

If anyone rides, please make yourself known, 🙂 Thanks!!!

Here’s a sweet pic of my bike.

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!

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

June 26, 2008