Thursday, June 26, 2008

My Life this year...

via: Wordle

Grad, Soccer, and Youth Art show

Well Grad was fun yesterday! We enjoyed seeing all the youth, going to their houses enjoying food, laughter and time with the grads! I am very proud of them! They have grown up so much from the bunch of rowdy grade seveners that I met in my first year here in Hepburn. It's neat to see how their gifts and talents and aspirations have grown. Congrats to you all guys!

Tonight we are also doing the wind up BBQ for my U16 Soccer team who had another successful winning season. We had a great time this year, so looking forward to a fun night.

Jessica has been leading a group of youth girls teaching them art, they have so much fun each Monday night as they meet. I usually try to stay out of their way as they laugh, learn and grow together. Jessica has such an awesome gift teaching and making relationships with these girls, and tonight they are doing an art show of their work at our house so it will be a fun full night, soccer wind up followed by an art show! If you are around and reading this stop by the Art Show, it begins at 8pm.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cedar Lodge 2008

Cedar Lodge, was a blast! It's always so good to finish the program aspect of youth on a high. We had a great group there, and we had a blast. We enjoyed bonding and worshiping together. What a great time just being together and having fun and these guys love to have fun. I really love these guys. Here are some pictures that capture some of our times, there are way more on facebook:

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Some thoughts...

Youth program year is almost at the end. You can smell the completeness in the air, school is winding down, sports are coming to the end, and youth programs are closing, and grad is approaching. Youth energies are hanging by a thread as they plow for the final push to complete the year.

This is always a time that to me feels a bit odd; on one hand its nice to slow down a bit from programs and stay connected in relationship building. But there is always a bit of sadness too as some of my Sr. Students move on, graduate, move away, begin college/university, get a job and start the 'real' life. That always feels a little sad when you put a lot of your own life in their lives and then see them move away, but its good. There is a season for everything and it is grad, summer time.

Our little town is growing, there is construction all over the place, and all I hear out of my office window is the constant movement of heavy vehicles building houses behind our church. Its season of growth and completion all in one, from winter to spring to summer, and then it starts again. We live in cycles we live in seasons. I have been thinking lately about seasons and cycles and calendars and our business. Our lives are wrapped up in seasons, times, schedules, the biggest commodity these days seems to be time, how to fit anything in our busy schedules.

We are now in what is known in the church calendar as Ordinary Time. Rather than meaning "common" or "mundane," this term comes from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time. The 33 or 34 Sundays of Ordinary Time (23 to 28 Sundays after Pentecost) are used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world. My goal in this Ordinary Time, is to reflect on the importance of cycles and times in the year, to re-sharpen and re-focus my own mind and soul to the important and significant movements and actions with in our community. Rather then be goal oriented being more orientated on being present, being in the moment rather then quickly looking to the next season or cycle and then anticipating the next. That is what I find the hardest, I am always looking for the end of the rainbow, always pushing ahead to the next thing, and have really been missing on the significant NOW. That is my goal in this season of growth, and completion in this Ordinary time to spend time in the now, in the present. This is where I find myself, this is my season...

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth." - Ephesians 1:7-10