Monday, June 30, 2008

Riley's 6th Birthday Party

Riley (thats our dog) just turned 6 and our daughter, Kenedee had the great idea that we should throw her a party....Sooooo we did. What a great party! We had puppy ice cream, party hats, dog toys and special treats for Riley's friend that came to the party. This was an amazing night as a family and I am thankful for all of them...including Riley! Go here to check out a video!
My question for you is are you loving life? Are you taking time to enjoy the little things? Are you loving your family and understanding that it is relationships that are important? I would encourage you to stop...slow down...and remember those around you: encourage a family member today, either with words or with actions.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

You Gave Me Something To Eat!

Come join us this thursday at 9:45 at Trinity Church for our "love with action" project.  We are going to go to the Soulard Farmers market downtown and buy a bunch of fruit and then walk around downtown and pass it out.  If you can please bring $5 to help buy fruit.  This is a part of our SUMMER OF HOPE...Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."  

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Love with Action @ Bridge of Hope

Last friday we spent 7 hours doing a "Love with Action" project at Bridge of Hope Church in South St. Louis.  We cleaned up an alley next to the church, mowed their lawn, cleaned up the basement, "removed" two organs from the church, cleaned up the kitchen as well as a few other small jobs.  We ended the night with a bbq for the community and served about 50 people from the area.  It was a great night as we spent time putting our "Love in Action" and bringing hope to Bridge Church and their community.  (Not pictured: Tamara, Anna and Taylor Elzein)

This is an email I got from their pastor:
Dear Pastor Kyle, Trinity Teens and Parents,
Thank you is definitely not going to cover it!  I don't even know words to describe how you blessed Bridge of Hope and the entire community here in South St. Louis.The teens and sponsors worked so hard all day, even in the rain. Their work ethic and love for the Lord was such a testimony to the love of Christ. They truly are putting their LOVE IN ACTION. The work they have accompished here is much appreciated and will be easily noticed by everyone who enters our building. But the spiritual work that was done on the church lot...even in the alley...will continue to grow. I am very proud to host a group like Trinity. You all have such dear, tender spirits. You all have true hearts of servants. Also, the donations of food and drink were also such a blessing to us and the community. I'm pretty sure that we fed at least 50 people from the neighborhood, many of who stayed and fellowshipped. A wonderful time was had by all. I am looking forward to going to follow up with many of these people next week. I am also thankful for everyone who came and shared in the fellowship of the barbecue. People in this community really notice when people take the effort to spend time with them. You are all such an encouragement. The rewards will surely be eternal. Thank you for investing so heavily in Bridge of Hope and the whole Kingdom of God. Please come to us again, and remember us in your prayers. You are always in ours. May God Bless continue to bless you and keep you as His face shines upon you.

Pastor Shawen Farley
Bridge of Hope Church of the Nazarene

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Embrace Nashville College Trip

I just spent a week in Nashville with 6 college students.  It was a great trip with lots of great experiences.  We had some great discussions and I really enjoyed spending time with these students debriefing our days.  They each brought something different to the group.  We worked with several organizations in Nashville including: Nashville Cares, Y-Cap, Welcome Home Ministries and Good Samaritan Ministries.  I was glad to see God working in the lives of these students as they are each trying to figure out what God is doing in their lives and what he is going to do with their futures.  I believe  in each one of these young people and believe God is going to use each one of them!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

College Embrace Nashville

I am headed to Nashville, TN with a group of college students.  It is going to be a great experience for me and for these students.  I believe God will challenge each one of them and I believe will affirm what some of them believe God wants them to do, but I also believe that some of them may feel Him leading them in a different direction.  I am looking forward to being obedient this week and allowing God to use us however he wishes...may we be available and in tune with his voice.  

Please pray for me...I can't stand country music...some times God calls us where we don't want to go!