Announcing “Shore Youth”

March 19, 2008

Big news!   I have obtained the domain  This blog will now be found over there.  All posts have been moved to that site, so this will be the last one here.

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Lazy Weekend

March 16, 2008

I am just wrapping up a pretty sweet weekend. On Thursday, we had the Kutless concert at the Tabernacle. My girlfriend and her sister came down for the concert and stayed for the rest of the weekend. We went to the zoo, watched Bee Movie (great movie filled with Seinfeld’s humor), worked on a jigsaw puzzle, and saw Horton Hears a Who (also a great movie). Overall a pretty relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Youth Min posts will resume tomorrow morning.

Kutless Concert: Wrapup

March 15, 2008

As mentioned earlier, we hosted a Kutless Acoustic concert on Thursday night at the Tabernacle.  It turned out to be a great event.  Over 350 people came for the concert, including 60 people that bought tickets at the door!  These were great numbers for a off-season event in OC.  I also met some great youth workers in the area.  Overall, a great event.  Next up on the Tabernacle schedule: summer!

Kutless Concert Tomorrow

March 12, 2008

Most of my focus at work has recently been on tomorrow’s concert at the Tabernacle: Kutless is performing an acoustic concert. Yes, the rock band Kutless will be at the Ocean City Tabernacle on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. They will be performing all their hits, along with many tracks from their Strong Tower worship cd. Esterlyn and Chris Taylor will be opening for Kutless. Tickets can be purchased from our website or at the door.

Kutless Acoustic

Since this is the off season for Ocean City, it has been rather hard to generate interest in this event. Most of the local youth groups heard about the event, but surprisingly few groups are bringing their students. Recently, I have been learning how difficult it is to host and promote youth events during the off season. Are there any “off seasons” in your geographical location, and how do you deal with them in ministry?

Luggage is Here!

February 27, 2008

Finally at 6 am Wednesday morning, I received my lost luggage.  Yes, the same bag that I was without for the entire National Youth Ministry Convention.  This was the bag that I had last seen at 7 am on Friday morning.  Welcome home.

Lost Luggage

My Birthday – 2008 Edition

February 5, 2008

On a winter day 23 years ago, I was born.  My entrance into the world would prove to foreshadow things to come: I was screaming and I came out backwards.  Go me and my birthday!  As I am 23, I realize that I am no longer a kid, and most people are thinking I am an adult.  In this past year I have started Grad School, worked hard at my job, and have grown as a person and a Christian.  In the next year, I hope to continue in my growth (personally and spiritually, hopefully not physically!), gain more experience in ministry, and figure out what God has in store for my life. Isn’t that what any 23 year old wants from life?  

Polar Plunge 2008

February 3, 2008

Today was my church’s annual Polar Plunge.  We started this event back when I was in High School, and I have been a part of it almost ever single year.  This year, we had the church community sponsor Plungers, with the money going to the upcoming missions trip to Haiti.  My family and I thought this was a great idea, so they sponsored me.  In return, I put ads on my body for my family. Here are the pics:

Before the Plunge I kept warm with my Carharts. 

 Polar Plunge 2008 Before

I drew my ads on with a Sharpie, with ads on both arms and over my heart…

Polar Plunge 2008 Side

 … as well as a large ad on my back.

 Polar Plunge 2008 Back

We got a sizable group from the church to this event, both in participants and in viewers.  I don’t know how much we raised, but it will be used for a good cause.  Hopefully we can promote more unique ways of raising money and awareness for missions trips in the future.