Friday, December 18, 2009

God Of Second Chances

One of my favorite blogs I read is ragamuffinsoul.com. Carlos is one of the most authentic and honest Christians I have read and follow. He is in the middle of putting out an album and was shooting some video for it and had an unbelievable moment with a man who joins him. What could happen in our lives if we really understood who the creator really is! Enjoy

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A video from Christmas @ theGathering

We had several videos at last nights Gathering. Here is one for your enjoyment!


video

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas @ theGathering

This is for JH and HS students from 7 pm - 9 pm. Please bring a wrapped present that cost under $5 for white elephant exchange. This will hopefully be an opportunity for you to reconnect with some friends, laugh and be reminded of the reason for the season! Invite your friends. There will be some funny up front games and videos...don't miss it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ky's Cookie Connection

Almost 5 years ago the Bronder family began making plates of cookies to share with families that have lost a loved one. It is their goal this year to deliver around 10,000 cookies! Come be a part of blessing families and helping them know their loved one is not forgotten. Check below to see where you are supposed to go tomorrow night...hope you can make it. Also don't forget to bring some cookie dough to bake if you can or pre-made sugar cookies to decorate.

HS students - 561 Haventree Hazelwood 63042
JH Boys - 1485 Burnside Ct. Florissant 63031
8th grade Girls - 15613 91st Ave. Florissant 63031
6th-7th grade Girls - 910 Townhouse ln Hazelwood 63042

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Conspiracy of Kindness Schedule


Many times the month of December is a very busy and hectic time and we often miss the chance to experience what God has for us. Therefore, Trinity Student Ministry is going to slow down and give you an opportunity to rest and spend time with your family. Here is the schedule for the rest of the year.

December 2nd- NO Gathering
December 9th - KY’s Cookie Connection 7-9 pm
HS students - 561 Haventree Hazelwood 63042
JH Boys - 1485 Burnside Ct. Florissant 63031
8th grade Girls - 15613 91st Ave. Florissant 63031
6th-7th grade Girls - 910 Townhouse ln Hazelwood 63042
(We are asking that you bring cookie dough to bake or sugar cookies to decorate)
December 16th - Christmas @ theGathering
This is for JH and HS students from 7 pm - 9 pm. Please bring a wrapped present that cost
under $5 for white elephant exchange.
December 23rd - No Gathering
December 24th– Christmas Eve Service 7 pm (invite your family)
December 30th - No Gathering

Also during the month of December there will be no Sunday school or lifeGROUPS. We invite you to be a part of our worship experience on Sundays at 10:45. Email Kyle @ stlstudents@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I love creative stuff...And this is crazy creative!

I believe God is the creator of everything and I think he has done a pretty good job. I also believe that because you and I were made in his image, we are also creative! Where are you being creative in your life? With your family, on your dates, for your homework, at the place you worship.....? Experience all God has for you now and be creative!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Escape 09

Don't miss this opportunity to get away for the weekend. We will be heading to the lake of the Ozarks from Nov. 6th - 8th and the cost is only $55 if you sign up by October 28th. This covers everything! We will be staying at Lake View Resort. Click on the picture below for the form to fill out and turn in. You must also have a medical release form on file.




Monday, September 14, 2009

I love creativity!


Saw this on a blog I read everyday and realized that The Black Eyed Peas are super creative, but I think God is the ultimate creative one. And if we have been created in his image shouldn't we be creative also? Where in your life are you being creative?

Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce

I am not sure if you watched the MTV VMA's last night, but if you missed it you missed a little bit of craziness. Go here to see the video's and then post your thoughts on here. My questions for you are:

1. Do you tear down or do you build up?
2. Do you rejoice when others rejoice?

I used to love Kanye, but he will no longer get air time in my ear buds!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Annoucements

The high school students are currently looking at "Why are there so many Gods?" on Sunday mornings. Breakfast begins at 9 for only $1 and the discussion starts at 9:30. The Junior High students also have a discussion group during this time.

WARNING: TOUGH TO WATCH PSA Texting while Driving, U K

I am the first to say I am guilty of this.

No more

Will you join me in no longer texting while driving.

Save your life and the lives of those around you

The message can wait.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Get Updates Sent To Your Phone


Do you want to keep up to date on what is going on? Do you need to be reminded of things? Do you want to be randomly encouraged? You can get all of this on your phone! Just send follow trinitystudents to 40404 on your phone. (standard text messaging fees apply)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

theGathering: Renovated!


DON’T FORGET THE NEW SCHEDULE

Starting on August 19th we will begin having two services...a Jr. High
service and a Sr. High Service.
This will be the schedule:

6:30- Doors open for the Jr. High(6-8)
7:30- Doors open for the Sr. High (9-12)
8:00- Jr. High Gathering Ends and Life Groups begin (Life Groups are our small groups and you are welcome to stay if you want. You must either stay for life groups or leave at 8 pm)
8:30- Jr. High Life Groups End
9:15- Sr. High Gathering Ends

Monday, August 3, 2009

My amazing wife

Every once in a while my great wife plans a themed family night...last friday we did a "Beach" night. We often miss living in Pismo Beach, CA and so we thought we would bring the beach to us! She is super creative and puts a lot of effort into these nights. Go to her blog and check out more pictures and some more details.

What do you do to develop and deepen your relationships? Is there a relationship that needs some work? Jesus gave us instruction on how to live and one of the most important things he said to do was to love one another. I believe part of loving people is to spend time with them. Who do you need to schedule some time with?

A Few Pictures....




Here is the group that went to "Embrace" NYC...18 high school students, 5 college students and 6 adults! Unbelievable group that accomplished unbelievable things.



Another great picture from our free night in Time Square.


The adult Guys representing at Coney Island!

Go check out over 700 more pictures here.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Seven-Year-Old Utah Boy Makes His Getaway From Church

PLAIN CITY, Utah Police in Utah say a 7-year-old boy led officers on a car chase in an effort to avoid going to church.

Dispatchers received reports of a child driving recklessly on Sunday morning. Weber County Sheriff’s Capt. Klint Anderson says one witness said the boy drove through a stop sign.

Anderson says two deputies caught up with the boy and tried unsuccessfully to stop the Dodge Intrepid in an area about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City. The car reached 40 mph before the boy stopped in a driveway and ran inside a home.

Anderson says when the boy’s father later confronted him, the boy said he didn’t want to go to church. The boy is too young to prosecute and no citations were issued, although police did urge the father to make his car keys more inaccessible to children.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rock the River

This Sunday we will be heading down to the arch grounds for Rock the River. We will be leaving Trinity at 12:30 pm and returning to Trinity around 10:30 pm. This is a free concert, but you will want to bring money for food or bring some food with you. Invite a friend and come enjoy a free concert featuring:

Flyleaf
Kirk Franklin
Red
Canton Jones
Hawk Nelson
Lecrae
Skillet

Friday, July 17, 2009

Embrace NYC: How Can I Help as a Parent?

+ Thank you for allowing us to play a role in your child's life. We do not take that lightly. We will do all we can to make sure your child is safe...that includes how we drive! If you need to get in contact with me please don't hesitate to call.

+ I wanted to let you know how you can help your students "Embrace" NYC:
1. Pray for them: pray for their safe travel and good health, pray that God would use them and challenge them and that they would return home a little more like Jesus. (remember just because they served for a week won't make them Jesus! You will probably still have some issues with them when they get home)
2. Be prepared to not hear from them every day. We will be busy from 7 am to 10 pm almost everyday. Trust that they are ok unless you hear from us. They will have some opportunities to call you but it may only be a few times. However, you can stay updated by visiting this blog or following me on twitter at:www.twitter.com/kbolt
3. Be Patient with your student when they return. We will be coming home after a long week of little sleep and a lot of walking and working. We will have been driving for two days and they will be tired. Don't expect them to come home and want to talk all night...some of them might, but I would guess many of them will need a few days to recover. Allow them to! Don't get frustrated or feel like nothing happened. They will have experienced life changing sights, sounds, smells and stories. Let them process and then share when they are ready. When they are ready...be there to listen and help them talk about it.

+ I will be trying to post to the blog daily, as long as the housing site has wireless Internet. And I will try and twitter several times during the day. You can check the twitter Saturday evening and find out if we have made it to PA. and then on Sunday around 5:00 to find out we made it to NYC.

Thanks again and see you on the 26th!

Flashback to Embrace Nashville

This is a video from our experience last year at "Embrace" Nashville (make sure and watch until 3:17). We leave tomorrow morning to head to New York City. We will be updated our blog daily! You can also follow Kyle on twitter at twitter.com/kbolt

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The King of Pop....

I sat in my office yesterday and watched the end of the Michael Jackson Memorial....along with over 1 BILLION others! On the right of the page was a spot for people to chat about what was taking place. As I read I got frustrated by those who were using Jesus' name and slamming MJ. Here is part of what Carlos Whittaker from Ragamuffinsoul.com wrote,

"I found it quite nauseating that I kept seeing “Christians” shouting that it was a shame that a child molester was getting such a grand exit, ect.
All I kept thinking was, “Dang. I sure hope these tweets don’t show up at my memorial service. Because if anyone does not deserve a good memorial service, it’s me.”
See here’s the deal.
Not one of us deserves any good and perfect thing we have been given.
Not one.
The second we as Christ followers begin to label “good” and “bad” then God help us all."

I am so thankful that in my messed-up-ness, that God still loves me and forgives me. I am in no place to judge Michael and his life. All I know is there are little kids with no dad now and that hurts me.

How do you feel about Michael?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Showing Love with a little FRUIT!

Join us next Thursday as we head to Soulard's Farmers Market to load up on fruit and flowers to pass out to those we meet on the streets downtown.  We will meet at 9:30 am at Trinity and return around 11:3o am.  Bring around $5 to buy stuff!  You will be amazed at how a piece of fruit and a smile can brighten someone's day.  

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tonight Game

Join us tonight as we head to the River City Rascals game. Cost is only $5 and hotdogs are on sale for $1. (You don't even have to like baseball to go!) Meet at Trinity at 6 pm and we will return to trinity around 10:30 pm.

Friday, June 19, 2009

"float in" Movie

video

Summer Camp 09 Recap


video

Summer Camp Equals:

great camp food (seriously)

whiffle ball in the amphitheater

7th graders being launched off the blog

Late Nights and Early Mornings

Trinity dominating in the tournaments! (volleyball, dodgeball and ping pong winners)

Slowing down enough to recognize God speaking to us

sitting in a circle and boosting one another

Students submitting their entire lives to Jesus

Worshipping with a great leader and experiencing God


Summer camp is an unbelievable opportunity to spend time together and to refocus on God.  Already looking forward to camp next summer!




Sunday, June 7, 2009

Congratulations Seniors

We celebrated in our morning worship service those who were graduating this year.  We have an unbelievable group of seniors this year.  Many of them understand what it means to be a servant leader and I am looking forward to what God has in store for each of them.  From left to right are: Michelle Hall, Stephanie Meinert, Sarah Billington, Aaron Wood, Leah Romine, Kelsey Wright, Justin Bronder, Justin Workman, Travis Mayes and Shea Powers.  Not pictured: Jordan Mills, Shelby Moss, Morgan Mueller, Mike Bierce, Donald Gibson, Derrick Marrs and Kelsey Brocaille.  Congrats to all of them!

Does your actions reflect your words

This weekend I went to the Kimmswick Strawberry Festival with my family and some friends.  We were anticipating everything strawberry: strawberry tea, strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, etc.  We arrive at the festival and are greeted by 40 - 50 tents...with only one having anything strawberry related!  A restaurant had a few strawberry desserts, but that is it.  Kinda of disappointing.  

In transforming churches, by Kevin Ford, he says this,

"Incongruence-the disconnection between what we say and what we do-is commonplace, almost expected, in our culture."

I wonder if we say we offer something as a church...but then don't come through on it.

I wonder if I say one thing about life...but then live my life another way.

Scott made the statement today in the morning service, that we are "Practical Atheist." We say we believe in God but then our lives do not reflect it.  

I am evaluating my life and making sure that my actions match my words...I don't want there to ever be a disconnection between the two.  

Do you?

If you want to be challenged, check out this message.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Trinity Medical Release Form...You must have one!

I want to remind you all that you must have a Trinity medical release forms to attend any of our off campus trips. If you don't know if you need a new form please email me at: stlstudents@sbcglobal.net









Thursday, May 21, 2009

Graduate Cookout


Come and join us on June 20th at 5:30 pm on the field at Trinity Church. This is a free event for all seniors and their family. If you are not a senior but would like to attend there will be a small charge for food. We will have a BBQ and then the seniors will compete against the Adult Leadership Team in a game of Volleyball. Come and celebrate with us! Please RSVP to Kyle at
stlstudents@sbcglobal.net

We will also be recognizing all the seniors during the worship service on June 7th and taking a group picture immediately following the service. Please be there!

Summer 09 Schedule

click on the picture for the calendar to become clearer.
Also...the float in movie is on July 11th, not the 10th

You Have to Be Rich to Be Poor

Do you make judgements about people who are poor?

Do you make assumptions about those who use food stamps?

Do you think you understand what it's like to be poor?

I would encourage you to go and read this story that the Washington Post released on Monday. I think it may radically change your views...and may even cause you to make a difference!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/17/AR2009051702053.html

Friday, May 15, 2009

Phil Wickham Sing Along

Phil Wickham is an unbelievable singer songwriter.  We do several of his songs at theGathering on Wednesday nights.  He just recorded a live album in Oregon and is giving it away free!  Go here and get it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Unbelievable

Sorry that I am posting another Invisible Children video...but it is amazing what is happening! Young people....listen to the end of this video and understand that you are not to young to make a difference!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Rescue: St. Louis

It was great to be a part of this with a group of our students. This video was put together by one of our college students. If you went or if you didn't, don't stop being a voice for the voiceless. Check out "the invisible children."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

trinity medical release forms

Here is an important form for you to make sure you have on file with us. You need this for NYC and for Summer Camp. Click on the picture and then you can print it out.

Monday, April 13, 2009

GODISNOWHERE VIDEO



This is the video we used to start the Easter service at Trinity. Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Huh? Are you kidding me?

The song is kinda catchy, admit it!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Help I'm A Parent of a Teenager

Tomorrow, Saturday April 4th we will be having a seminar from 10-12 that will focus on teenage culture, what your student is saying about you as a parent and how you can best benefit them.  I am no expert but together we can become better parents.  I hope you will attend this time and you may even win $150 to be put towards summer camp or mission trip.  We will be meeting in the worship center at trinity church.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

theGathering Bottles


They have arrived!  Represent the gathering wherever you go with a new "Sigg" bottle.  They are only $12 and can be purchased now.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Lets Go Bowling!


On Saturday, April 4th, we will be meeting at Dick Weber Bowling Alley and dominating the bowling alley...ok maybe not dominating but we will be having a great time together. We will meet at the bowling alley at 6:45 and it will end at 9:15. The cost is only $10!

You can also dress in your best 80's gear, with the best dressed getting a great prize package! (you don't have to dress up to come) Bring a friend and come have a great night.

Family Picture at the 80's Night

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

lifeGroups


Come join us for lifeGROUPS on Monday nights from 7 - 8:30. This is an opportunity to talk with your friends about real issues that teenagers go through: peer pressure, temptations, self image/self esteem, parents, friends, worry and more.


girls lifeGROUP meets here


guys lifeGROUP meets here

Monday, March 23, 2009

Embrace Chicago Recap

Couple of thoughts about the jr. high "embrace" Chicago trip:

1. I love Jr. Highers!

2. Every young person should take a trip and serve other people (hopefully in returning home, they begin to serve where they live)

3. The man who led the Good News Soup Kitchen said, "There should be no soup kitchens!  The issue of those who have and those who have nots should not exist. "  Beautiful idea...could this really happen?

4. Your relationship and mine with Jesus is a process and a journey.  You don't become just like Jesus over night...it takes days, weeks, months, years to become who he wants us to be.  The important things is that we keep moving closer to Him and His ways.

5. I can't wait to "embrace" NYC with the High School and College Students.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jr. High Embrace Chicago with Karen

Today we pretended to be homeless and we only had 2 dollars to spend on dinner.   We pooled our money and split subway.  We had one forth left and gave it to an awesome guy named Eric.  He had an eye bandage and said that some teens poked him in the eye and took his money. A witness took him to the hospital, paid for the visit and gave him some money that he would have had and more.  It was cool to see how God protects his children.  After dinner Jordan, Alissa and I went into a bakery and asked for the cookies that were broken and old. We got one, and after Jordan and I talked about how the lady behind the counter didn't really look at us.  We think that she thought we were homeless.  I think now I have at least a little more understanding and compassion for those in situations like homelessness or not being able to provide.  God really showed me new ways to look at people.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jr. High Embrace Chicago

It has been a great trip so far with the Jr. High students.  This is their first experience on a trip like this and they are all doing great.  We are working at Carole Robertson each morning in their head start program.  Yesterday, we worked at the Good News kitchen and served a hot meal to about 125 guests (picture above).  Tonight we worked at the Greater Chicago Food Depository sorting and boxing over 4000 lbs of bread!  It was a great experience for our students to work behind the scenes and to not necessarily see what was going to happen with all the food or get any credit.

I am excited for the small steps our students are taking:

Realizing that there are some in our world that really struggle just to make it every day.  

That they can make a difference.

That the world is not all about them...at least we talked about it a little!

Please continue to pray for us...tomorrow we will be headed into the city with only $2 each to buy dinner.  We will be put in the situation of feeling like we are homeless.  I hope they experience something like never before. 

I love being a part of what God is doing in the city of Chicago and watching Him do even the little things in the lives of jr. highers.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Anna's Going to Mexico


Anna is headed to Ciudad Valles, Mexico for a week with her Spanish 3 class. She is departing tomorrow morning early and I am asking you to pray for her and those she will be working with. Here are a few things you can pray for:
*Protection and safe travel
*Peace for those that have never flown before. (Anna would be one)
*Health and rest
*Group bonding
*Open hearts and minds to experience a different culture
*God's annointing on their ministry to the children and people of the villages.
*That their relationship with the Lord will be strengthened and renewed.
*That God's love will be demonstrated through this team and strong relationships will be developed between the team and the Mexician people.
*That God will create in this trip, a life-changing experience both for the team and the villagers.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Don't forget Blast...

Just a reminder that we are meeting at Trinity this Friday at 5 pm for Blast. Please remember to bring money for dinner Friday night and Lunch on Saturday. We will be staying at Trinity on Friday night so please bring sleeping bag, pillow and whatever else you will need. We will be done around 4 on Saturday afternoon. You can check www.monyi.org later this week to find brackets for the tournaments.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bizkit the Sleep Walking Dog

This is hilarious! Poor dog...but this is funny.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

GO HERE

Just posted to our blog for our current series: Losing My Religion...go check it out here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ash Wednesday Service 7 pm

Join us this Wednesday night at 7 pm in the Worship Center for an Ash Wednesday Service. We will be doing this with the rest of the church and then around 7:45 move down to the Student Center to wrap up our "Goin All the Way" series. Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of believers as a sign of repentance. It marks the beginning of Lent which is 46 days, (40 days not counting sundays) and is a time for believers to prepare themselves for Easter. During that time many people will give up something they enjoy (fasting), soda, sweets, computer, texting, facebook, internet, etc. However, what many people don't understand is that you are also suppose to renew in your life several things: prayer and what some call almsgiving, or justice towards our neighbor. So as we begin the Lent season together I would encourage you to do several things:

1. Attend the Ash Wednesday Service at 7 pm
2. Begin the practice of Fasting...so give up something
3. Begin doing something...emphasis on prayer and blessing other people
4. Visit a blog we have set up for the lent season : www.imlosingmyreligion.blogspot.com
5. Sign up for updates and scriptures through text messages: Send - follow stltrinity to 40404
6. Prepare your heart and your mind for what God wants to do in your life through these 46 days.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Losing My Religion

This is a video we created for our lent series starting this Wednesday with an Ash Wednesday Service and will continue on Sunday mornings at 10:45 am. Come join us as we "LOSE OUR RELIGION" together.  Also visit the blog at www.imlosingmyreligion.blogspot.com


Friday, February 20, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

So glad to live in NOCO

My daughter, KJ, has been attending Preschool now for about 5 weeks and I went to pick her up a few minutes early last week.  They were in the gym playing and I noticed the diversity of her 'friends.'  I have to say I am so thankful to live in an area that is so diverse.  I want her to grow up with kids of all colors and for her to not even notice someone's skin color.  My hope is that we all begin to see people as people and not by their class, their skin color, their gender, etc.  But we don't!  We make assumptions and judgements simply by the way one looks or what city they are from or what job they have.  However, I believe God is going to do great things in the days to come in North County and I hope I am able to be a part of it.

Paul said in Galatians 3, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ice Skating in Forest Park

On February 20th we will be heading to Forest Park to go Ice Skating.  It is only $6.50!  Sign up on here or at theGathering!  We will leave Trinity Church at 6 and return around 9.  You must have a medical release form on file with us to go.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

BLAST - MARCH 13TH AND 14TH

Every year the Nazarene Churches on the missouri district have a competition that consists of many things: singing, drama, art, sports, etc. If you are wanting to participate this year you must have all paperwork in by February 18th. The cost is only $15 and we will be spending the night at Trinity. We are putting together a girls volleyball team, a boys basketball team and a coed flag football team. If you are interested in playing on one of these teams please begin signing up this Wednesday.

Here is the paperwork

Here is more information on Blast

Monday, February 2, 2009




The chorus in the song says

"So give me something to believe
Cause I am living just to breathe
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe"

What is that "more" you are breathing for? I think this song represents how many people feel. I am trying to help the young people I work with to find their purpose from God, the one who created them and gave them purpose. So what is your purpose? What is it that you Believe in?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Embrace NYC Payment Due Soon

Just wanted to remind you all that a payment of $165 is due on February 8th.  Please place your marked payment in the "mailbox" by the Student Center.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Free Snowcones

I love the guys who actually take some and eat it! I wonder if The Church understand the mission that we have or if we are just handing out free snow cones. Some of us have experienced the hope and peace and grace that God gives and I hope we understand the importance of the message we have. It's not about getting people to punch their ticket to Heaven but to experience God's Kingdom in their life now.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Won't You Be My Neighbor

We are in our third week of our current series on Sundays called, "Won't You Be My Neighbor." Pastor Scott is looking at the book of Ephesians to help us understand what it means to be a good neighbor. Service starts at 10:45

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Winter and Spring Calendar

* You can click on the image above to make it larger

Goin' All The Way


On February 11th we will be starting a series called “goin’ all the way” . We will spend three weeks looking at the issue of sex, dating and relationships. We will look at what is causing the problem, what god’s plan is and what his promise to us is when it comes to sex and relationships. Young people are talking about it, hearing about it and possibly experiencing some of it! We will be honest about the situation and look at the truth behind sex and what God’s good and perfect plan is. Parents, please feel free to email me or call me with any concerns or questions you may have. We will be videoing the messages each night, so if you would like a copy you can request one for only $1. Don't miss this series starting February 11th!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sad to share with you

On tuesday we went in for another ultra sound, hoping that the baby's heart beat would be stronger than it was on sunday, unfortunately there was no heartbeat. We went in this morning for a D&C, which simply means they went in and cleaned out the fetal tissue. Heather is doing ok, a little drowsy from the anesthesia but in no pain. We are both sad and disappointed. We have cried many tears and prayed many prayers. We are trying to find our strength in "THE ONE WHO LOVED OUR BABY MORE THAN WE DID" and in the love we feel from the people around us. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and caring words.

Here is a scripture someone sent me on monday, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Monday, January 19, 2009

Holding onto Hope

Right now my wife is 11 weeks pregnant and on Sunday, Heather started spotting a little bit. She called the doctor and they wanted her to get to the ER as soon as possible. They performed an ultrasound and found that the baby's heart rate was 80 bpm and it should be around 140 bpm. They also determined that the baby's development was at 9 weeks instead of 11 weeks. The diagnosis was a threatened miscarriage and the outlook did not look very good. They sent us home and told us to visit Heather's OB Dr. today. So...our visit today gave us a little hope. After performing an exam, the dr. said there was only a little blood, no fetal tissue and the cervix is closed. They did not do an ultrasound today, but placed Heather on bedrest, gave her some medicine (progesterone) and want us to come back tomorrow for an ultrasound. We will let you know what we find out tomorrow. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Please Pray

Danny Harmon (one of our adult leaders in theVine) is asking that we pray for his grandmother. She was in a car accident and they do not think she will make it. Her husband was driving and is obviously struggling with everything. Please pray for peace and for strength for his grandma and grandpa.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Are you kidding me #5? Leave A Caption!

This is kind of an older picture...but wanted to make sure and share it with all the blog readers!  Leave a caption in the comment section...most creative caption wins a prize.

*I am in no way making fun of this child...I really do feel sorry for him, but I am sure when he is older he will look back and laugh...so lets help him now.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The wii is sweet, but.....are you kidding me?

This is disturbing in so many different ways. It is kind of long but a few to point out...notice reaction at minute 2:12 (scary) and 3:02 (ummm...is he really doing that) and 5:10 (is she buying love).

Tell me how you feel after watching this.

How Much Sleep Do You Get a Night?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

It begins in roughly 18 hours

I have been waiting for tomorrow for about 6 weeks now.  It is the beginning of something beautiful for my life, for trinity church and for our city.  I am anticipating great things in the days to come.  Tomorrow is the beginning of a new Lead pastor at Trinity church: Scott Marshall will teach for the first time!  It would be great to have you there to welcome him to our family, but also to hear his heart and what God wants to do in us and through us.  Go visit his blog and welcome him "home."

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Soles4Souls Shoes Collection

On December 7th I challenged the church to begin looking at the Christmas Season differently.  I asked them to consider giving less to the people they know....the sweater nobody likes or the gift nobody needs and to give their money, time and energy to those who may need it.  So...we collected shoes throughout the month of december and collected over 250 pairs of shoes which will be sent to a company called Soles4Souls.  They will send the shoes all over the world...thanks for being the Church. 

Hidden Valley Ski Trip

We had a great time at Hidden Valley, although there wasn't a lot of snow...mostly ice and mud (which aly found).  We had a couple of first timers and they stuck with it and did awesome.  Can't wait to go back again!