Monday, February 2, 2009

Christmas Eve Family Worship Service - check out the videos!

During the Christmas Eve Family service at Arvada Covenant Church our goal is to make sure that everyone that walks through the doors knows the events of the Christmas story;  or, if they already are familiar with the story, that they leave with a deeper sense of wonder, amazement and awe about the birth of Jesus Christ as a baby and God's unstoppable plan to be our Savior.

To make this work in a family setting with kids that are pumped and excited because it's Christmas Eve, we tell the story several different engaging ways. Adults sing hymns that tell the story of angels, wise men and shepherds while children costumed as shepherds, angels and wise men are led through the sanctuary.  We have enough costumes for any child that wants to participate.  We also use parents to portray the events of the Christmas story narrated with the text of the Bible.  One other modality we use to tell the story is video.  We interview children in the weeks before Christmas and ask them to tell us what they know about the story.  The videos are funny, sincere and always touching and make great transitions during the parts of the service.  If you'd like to watch the videos, they are posted on the Arvada Covenant Church website here: Christmas Eve Children's videos

We close the service with a 5-7 minute child-targeted message with a simple, repeatable bottom line.  Finally we all sing Silent Night and, instead of open flame candlelight, we use glow sticks.  These are a big hit with kids, provide a nice environment, are safe for everyone and give kids something to take home with them to remind them of the service.

During the family service, most everyone has the opportunity to be actively involved in some part.  The service lasts about 45 minutes and is a great reminder to everyone attending about the miracle and wonder of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Be sure to watch the kids in the videos.  c.u.t.e.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weekend Plans

  • Thursday night - attend the Advanced Placement orientation at SLHS - done.  same as last year but quicker and less boring.
  • Friday - fix my mountain bike: new freewheel and chain - done.  new cassette and chain (sram).
  • repair the Christmas tree lights and store the thing.  yes it's still out.  frayed wire from the kittens going ballistic inside the tree.  the ornaments are all put away.  done.  M14 and i did this in a quick 15 minutes.  now it's ready for next year.
  • shop and select carpet for stage in ministry room  no!  need to get this done!
  • make a plan for wiring and lighting layout in the basement no!  come on!
  • 2 couples over for dinner on Saturday done!  my wife is a great host.  we laughed and had a good time.
  • Red Rocks steps no!  come on!  decided to get home and help prepare for the superbowl guests.
  • Lead and teach at church done!  good times.  used mediashout to run almost everything in the large-group environment.
  • ride twice  rode once. and not very far.  rode with someone i hadn't ridden with before.
  • Super Bowl party at our house  done!  watched a good game with great friends.

need to get that carpet purchased and the lighting plan done.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Weekend Plans - update

I posted this list last week on Thursday:

Thought I'd throw down what i want to do this weekend and then check back with myself on Monday and see how i did...

  • Thursday night family hang, drinks with my wife  - had a great time out with my wife at Steuben's in Denver.  great food (grits and shrimp!) and great conversation with my wife.  Our love for each other is growing.
  • Men with Goats meet up - 4 of the 5 goats met on friday morning.  good conversation with good guys in different stages of life.  it's real and honest - at least i am.
  • ride 2 hours- 2 times - rode 3 hours on friday (31 miles) and 1 hour on saturday (chain broke)
  • Friday movie (with A16?) - didn't do this.  i wanted to see valkyrie but he had other things he wanted to do.
  • Saturday morning breakfast with men from church - didn't do this.  i was behind on sleep and chose pastor pillow, instead.  i heard it was a good gathering.
  • select  and purchase carpet for the Launch Pad stage - didn't do this and still haven't.  maybe tomorrow? 
  • Red Rocks steps with L15 - nope.  it was 20 degrees and snowing.  we opted out.
  • Teaching/leading at church - yes i did.  it was fun as usual!
  • Annual Meeting at church - yes siree.
  • get some stuff on eBaby - 2 new Leatherman Juice - a Bach 16M trombone? - guitar effects pedal - did it.  listed the guitar processor and one Juice.  hope they sell.
  • make a plan for wiring lighting in the basement. - somewhat but not so much.

the list was motivating.  maybe i'll do it again this weekend.  Do you make lists?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rider's Log 1.24.09 Big Dry Creek/Standley Lake Mud...broken chain

I headed west on the Big Dry Creek Trail this afternoon and rode around the north side of Standley Lake along the shoreline.  The water is lower in the winter so a lot is exposed that's normally under water.  there's open space to ride right along the water to the bald eagle boundary.  Gary (my mtn bike) and I had a fun time in the mud.  Unfortunately, the mud gunked up my old chain and it failed.  Too bad i didn't have my chain tool with me.

I skate pushed and rolled my bike down to the Sooper's at Church Ranch and Wads and Laura picked me up. 

I sure was enjoying exploring around the lake in the places where i normally can't ride.  I'll be back.

Distance:  about 10 miles  Time: about an hour  Avs:  i don't know.


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somehow my phonecam color got set on "aqua."  nice effect.  the first pic is of the shore of the lake looking west towards the mountains. the second is my bike with great globs of gooey, righteous mud.  i had to stand on stones to keep from sinking in the mud.  my chain broke about ten minutes after.

Rider's Log 1.23.09 - Coal Creek Trail/Community Ditch/Spring Brook Loop


Distance 31 miles.  Time: 3:10.  Avs: 10.5   Temperature: 27-32 degrees

Left from the Flatirons Church office lot around 9:30 with Michael Koehn.  We rode out to the Boulder County open space and took a clockwise loop on the new Spring Brook Loop South.  Nice loop of a about 2.5 miles.  Counterclockwise wise might be a better way to go.  Since it's been really warm the last week, most all of the mud was dry except for some shady spots in the BoCo OS up next to the mountains and in the trees.  The return was a bit cold and both Michael and I were a bit chilled by the time we were done.  We were cold toast.

Definitely a sweet ride for January.  It should be a good year.

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Boulder County Open Space

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Looking north at the flatirons

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Weekend Plans

Thought I'd throw down what i want to do this weekend and then check back with myself on Monday and see how i did...

  • Thursday night family hang, drinks with my wife
  • Men with Goats meet up
  • ride 2 hours- 2 times
  • Friday movie (with A16?)
  • Saturday morning breakfast with men from church
  • select  and purchase carpet for the Launch Pad stage
  • Red Rocks steps with L15
  • Teaching/leading at church
  • Annual Meeting at church
  • get some stuff on eBaby - 2 new Leatherman Juice - a Bach 16M trombone? - guitar effects pedal
  • make a plan for wiring lighting in the basement.

I'll let you know how i did.

Anyone have some great plans for the weekend?  Do tell.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My Tweetup Letdown

Sometimes i don't do strangers and crowds well.  Tonight was one of those nights.  When the crowd is a random mix and i don't know what the connecting points might be, i don't figure those out quickly and i feel awkward.  i don't feel sincere.  i'm better in groups of people that are like me.  it's easier, of course.  (see "things i wish i'd do better" on the left sidebar)

noisy places make it tougher for me to do crowds.  my hearing isn't so great in noisy places after 15 years of teaching large and loud band classes in small spaces.  my voice is low pitched so i feel like i have to shout to be heard; AND, when everyone is standing, i'm literally shoulders and a head above the rest of the crowd.  i have a hard time hearing the conversations.

i don't feel very interesting around interesting people.  i'm bummed cause i wanted to talk with the interesting people.  new people.  different people.  people that don't feel like they have to be nice but that are still kind.  (you all did look really cool and interesting, btw.)

i really like getting in fun conversations about little things or deep conversations about important things but mostly fun deep and important things.


well, that's my thing.  sometimes i deal with it. sometimes i don't. not so much tonight.

i think i might have a better chance if there's a future area tweetup that's outdoors or in a place i can hear better.  and everyone is like me.  and they'll all be quiet so i can talk. 

i did really enjoy going downtown/uptown/around town/through the city.  i like the atmosphere.  i want to get down there on my bike and ride all over the place.  be all urban and stuff and junk.

And to the lady that "lost $10 for her bus ticket back to Oklahoma" - good luck. i hope you make it wherever you're headed.  Sorry i didn't feel right helping you. i must say that  it was smart of to buy all those groceries you were carrying so you'd have stuff to eat on the bus.  ;-)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday 1.19.09

5:00 a.m.  Alarm goes off.  Hit snooze

5:09 a.m.  Alarm goes off.  hit snooze

5:18 a.m.  Alarm goes off.  hit snooze

5:24 a.m.  Alarm goes off.  wonder if i can sleep 15 more minutes and still make Panera in Superior by 7.

5:25 a.m.  Shower, etc.  morning routine.

6:50 leave for Panera to meet with Tim @7:00 - my friend and children's ministry colleague. 

7:10  Panera.  egg soufflé and bagel with hot tea.

7:40  Tim, delayed, arrives. i realize i could have slept those extra 15 minutes.

7:40  Catching up and thinking of the future.  He graduated from CU in December with a Mech. E.  BS.  Job market is tight right now.

8:50  Drive to work

9:15  Focus on God, his authority in my life and my position in relationship to that truth.  "This is a gracious thin, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffer unjustly....For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for yo, leaving you and example, so that you might follow in his steps."  I Peter 2:19-21

9:40  CM Ministry Team Monday morning check-in and prayer.

10:20 Update and print weekly to-do list.  Transfer items that didn't get done last week to this week's list

10:30  Talk with Pastor about tomorrow's brainstorming session for Relational Evangelism strategies.  Good chat.

11:20 Finish to-do list.

11:30 Review Elementary curriculum for February 8, 2009.  The Good Samaritan - Treat everyone fairly - even those who are different.

12:10 p.m.  Pull out Leader's Guide for 1.25 lesson and begin weekly preparations.  goal - get ALL the prep for this week done today.

12:20  Talk with ministry assistant about gathering a few people to reorganize a ministry storage closet.

12:30  back to preparing 1.25 lesson

1:00  quick meet to select activities for 2.8.09 1st-5th graders.

1:15  back to work on 1.25 material - outlining lesson

2:40  converting video file from QuickTime to AVI.  cracked the error code message i started receiving last week by selecting a different file destination.  (desktop rather than a my documents location)

3:25  outlining, song selection, powerpoint, video conversion, iPod loading done.  Starting weekly leader email draft to be sent on Wednesday.

3:30  Phone call from Phoenix Dave.  Got his advice on heart rate monitors.  Listen to new U2 single released:

4:00  Conversation about the future direction of the young adult ministry

4:35  Wrote draft email to send to leaders on Wednesday.

5:05   Finish this post.  Shut down.  Go home.  Successful day.  Tomorrow we become and Obamanation. 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rider's Log 1.18.09

19 miles  1:40.  11.9 AVS

Big Dry Creek Trail-Cotton Creek Trail-128th Ave-BDCT-home.

60 degrees.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rider' Log 1.17.09 - first ride of the year

It feels really good to post a January date for Rider's Log.

Rode my "time trial" loop.  Its a 20 mile lollipop that takes me from my house out the Big Dry Creek Trail to I-25, north on Huron to 144th, around McKay Lake, south past Legacy High School and back home on the BDCT.

Temp was 60 today.  I rode with long sleeve base layer and long sleeve jersey, full finger gloves and shorts.  i was comfortable.

Distance: 20 miles  Time: 1:33       (did this same ride 8.28.08 in 1:10)