Thursday, October 30, 2008

Volleyball Champs...

Well, Tuesday's championships were very exciting, and that's understating the fact! Both our girls and boys teams played better than anyone could have imagined. The girls had to make a comeback in their first game as they were down by 8 point, but they pulled off a victory to end as champions. The boys started out in a great rhythm and held that for their two-game victory. I'm very happy they won and enjoyed watching both matches, but to see their great sportsmanship and testimony was even better!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What's Going On...

Here is a copy of the posted schedule for the coming week, to give you an idea of what's going on... Always something going on!

School Portraits...

One of my "side jobs" over the years has been to take portrait pictures for the SCCLC yearbook. While taking more than 1,000 pictures this last week, several of the high school kids wanted to get some group pictures too. It's been fun to capture the students each year, but it's even more fun to look back through the old yearbooks and see just how much they change!

Birthday Celebration...Purity Commitment...

Bill and Bev Smith are good friends and coworkers at the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center. They recently invited me to join their family and the ninth grade class in a celebration of their son Nick's fifteenth birthday. Along with the celebration, they asked me to help present and pray for Nick as they gave him a "purity ring." It was a great time of fellowship and, I pray, a good challenge for Nick and all of his classmates!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

JV Finals...

Tuesday, our JV boys took on the International School for the season championships in volleyball. They struggled through and lost the first game, but changed their strategy and turned the tables in game two by starting with an 8-0 scoring run. They ended up winning the second and third games and are this year's champion within their league.

The girls played for first place this afternoon in soccer. They played a great game and really picked it up in the second half fighting hard. Unfortunately, they couldn't take the lead but held on to second place in the league.

It's been so much fun to watch and support our young people throughout the season. Win or lose, they've displayed wonderful sportsmanship and represented the school well.

Next week, the varsity teams play semi-finals for both volleyball and soccer. I'll keep you posted...

Mid-Semester Bible Study and Dinner...

Monday, we celebrated the end of the first quarter at Bible study. Since we also had makeup soccer games that afternoon for the varsity boys and girls, we decided to make it an evening of celebration. Immediately following the games, we headed to my place for dinner, singing and a challenge from Scripture.

I shared from James 2 about the apathy many of us go through spiritually. I was challenged through the study in my own relationship with the Lord and many of the young people shared that it was good timing for them as well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Surgery went well...

It seems that surgery went well and dad is home recovering fine.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

October 7....and an important prayer request!

I'd rather have pictures here...but I don't have any right now, so just a short update...

Chapel last Wednesday went well. I spoke on the theme Jesus, The Revolutionary, challenging us to remember that although Christ was Gentle, Meek & Mild, He was also a revolutionary. Not only did He challenge the thinking and practices of His day, but He wants to continue to revolutionize our thinking and very lives today!

Friday's open house went well. I helped the senior class and their sponsor with the dinner before hand. We had approximately 170 people attended and they all seemed to leave satisfied. Afterward, several juniors and seniors invited the sophomore guys to go and hang out together. So 13 of us went Karting and then came back to my house for Sundaes, play ping-pong & Wii, and just hang out together. They seemed to have a great time.

I did get sick over the weekend. I guess it's like a sinus infection, but I've been trying to get my rest and be a good patient. I seem to be on the mend.

Also, over the weekend, I helped to keep track of Steve and Becky Swope's kids. We've been encouraging the couple (he is the director of the school) to take some time they did. I had fun hanging with the young-uns...oh, they're old enough to care for themselves, but it helped me feel mom and dad could leave worry-free. I also helped by filling in at church in Steve's absense. He was in charge of Sunday's service including communion.

Last night we had Bible study continuing in our series from It's Not About Me.

My father had surgery last week, but due to complications he is back
in surgery today, Tuesday, October 7, at 1:30. Please be in prayer for him & the surgery to relieve the extreme pain he is experiencing.