So if this recent activity pops up on your blog reader or you happen to stop by I thought I would add a disclaimer. This is not an indication that I will again be blogging regularly -although I might. I have recently warmed up to the idea of blogging again and there have been many instances where I have found myself thinking… I should blog about this. So without any fan fare or self promotion on Facebook I submit 2 blog posts after 5 months without any.
Oh and another motivation was when Jan Buzza refered to my blog a few times at our tour dinner at Red Robins a few weeks ago. Someone actually reads this =) Thanks Jan.
What an awesome night. Deanna and I headed up to Gold River at 3pm and had a stellar drive as usual. The highway to Gold River has to be one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the nation. We went up for our quarterly kids night with the Northgate family in GR and it was a blast. We called it ‘School’s Out!’ and played a series of games the took things that you aren’t normally allowed to do in school and turned it into a boys vs. girls competition. We threw paper airplanes, spat spit balls and measures the kids reaching 121 decibels while screaming which to put into perspective is about the volume of a jack hammer, thunder or live rock music at close range and sit just at the level where any extended exposure will cause pain leading to damage… I love kids ministry =)
Now back to the 1/3 title. We had 52 kids out tonight which is twice as many as previous nights and accounts for 1/3 of all of the elementary aged children in Gold River! (There is about 150 in the elementary school) Now think about the impact that Northgate is having in tat community. It’s absolutely incredible to think that such a high percentage of the community is reached in one night. And what did they see and hear… The message of Jesus’ love, an expression of His love communicated through His people and a picture of a God that gives life and loves fun. One of the moms not connected with the church commented on the love that was apparent as we met, played and enjoyed being together. More that that I am blown away by our Gold River family that is tenaciously contending to see 100% of Gold River saved. They believe it, expect it, are praying it into reality and are putting feet to their intentions. Yeah GR family, yeah God now we get to watch as 33% increases to 100%.
My blog is dead and I’m a big jerk…
By the way… this might not exactly be me writing this blog! Hey! Check out http://www.chrislohphotography.com while you’re at it! 🙂
This past Sunday we had a great family event at Northgate: an 80’s ice skate. In the last minute rush to come up with an outfit Magnum PI came to mind. I decided against pants and Ryan and I quickly grabbed some old pants and a pair of scissors and the rest is history… or a old trend ready to make a come back. The short shorts were a hit, well maybe not at the grocery store when we went shopping with them on, but good for some laughs and a little debate among some ladies about who has better legs. Here’s a great picture that Adam took and a picture of the inspiration… my hero, Tom Selleck.
As you may know I love IKEA, half from a design perspective and half from a cultural perspective (I love Sweden too if you haven’t noticed). Yesterday while checking out one of my favorite Swedish news sites I noticed an article about a unique way IKEA is celebrating President Obama’s Inauguration next Tuesday. They set up a mock up of the Oval office, decked out in IKEA furnishings, at Union Station in Washington DC. They are offering to decorate and furnish any room in the White House for free if the Obama’s would like. You can take a shot at decorating the Oval office too at IKEA’s Embrace Change website. In economic tough times like this I think Obama would show commitment to change and affordable living (as well as an eye for good taste) by chosing to let IKEA work it’s magic. They can come redo my office anytime.
Here at Northgate we are blessed to have a full time tech guy and it is a huge blessing. Whether he’s fixing someones computer or designing graphics for the next sermon series it really helps to make things run a little bit smoother and look a lot better. So Rich here’s to you. You are an asset to our family and much appreciated. Oh and you have a wonderful wife and really cute baby =)
Here’s a quick sample of Rich’s work. I asked him on Tuesday if he could film me sharing a testimony for chapel at PLBC this week. I touched base with him on Wednesday and he immediately jumped into action. In just over 10 minutes this was filmed, edited and was being uploaded to youtube. The music is a great touch.
This past Sunday Ryan and I celebrated our 25 birthday. We had a great night at Adam and Janice’s with dinner, Ice Cream cake and great friends. I got some great gifts but I wanted to show one here that stood out in particular.This is the card and gift that Ethan made more me. I was his own idea and he had wanted to get a special type of Aero bar that said love on it but when he couldn’t find one he bought a normal one and made a new wrapper for it. Thanks Ethan!
*Oops the pic is reversed. I took it on my mac… gotta figure out how to fix that. For those who can’t read it it says (Pastor Matt and Love Bar on the Chocolate =)