It is a commonly known fact among children’s pastors that sooner or later you are going to end up with pie in your face. If not figuratively, then literally!
Sunday was a super fun day in Kid’s Church! Our Virtue of the Month for January was “Resourcefulness” defined as “Using what you have to get the job done.” We decided to spend the month planning a ‘block party’ in Kids Church, but not spending money – using what we had to get the job done. The room was filled with fun games that were all fun but simple games using stuff from around the house. Shooting straws at targets, paper airplanes, rubber bands and Styrofoam cups, etc. Even bowling with a hamster in his hamster ball. (download video!)
But the kids favorite, of course, was “Throwing a Pie at Pastor Karl!” In order to get throw at pie at their beloved pastor, they had to get a ‘Pie Throwing Ticket’ by bringing something to the block party – food, decorations, games, etc. It was a messy, but lots of fun:
The 2nd favorite booth for the kids was HAMSTER BOWLING!!
(Don’t worry, no hamsters were harmed in the making of or playing of this game!)
The “PASTOR KARL AWARDS” Continue with with Day #2 and #3….
MOST AWESOME KIDOLOGY MEMBER / FAN:
Shelly, a devoted fan and super encouraging Kidology member, (aka, “The Kidologist Stalker“) brought me a DEW! NO WHERE in all of WDW can you buy anything made by Pepsi!
First she saved half of her last Dew for me, which I was rationing out in table spoons, and then she drove out of WDW to get me a whole six pack! That definately makes Shelly the cooest Kidology Member ever! While she may be one of the craziest and spaztic people I know, she is also an awesome children’s pastor as I discovered when I did a Kidology To Go seminar at her church in October 2005. GO SHELLY! BEST CARTOON VERSION OF ONES SELF:
If you go to Rob Biagi’s booth, this is the banner above his booth. I wanted to see how accurate the cartoon of him is… what do you think??
I can barely tell them apart!
BIGGEST RIP OFF:
A littel game here: This total of $18.72 in the Coranado Spring restaurant was for what:
a) Three Cokes
b) A rip-eye steak and Coke
c) Hamburger, Fries and a Coke
d) Salad, fruit and a Coke.
e) Slice of bread and a Coke.
Answer at end of post.
MOST CREATIVE CLOCKS:
Can you tell what all of these clocks have in common besides just looking the same?
MOST DEVOTED TO TRAINING:
I have run into Barbara almost every year at CPC. (one time literally!) Sometimes on the escalator, another time in the elevator, but it’s nice to see someone committed to coming and being trained year after year. Just goes to show that you’ve never been reaching kids long enough to not need to keeping up with what is new and effective. Thanks, Barbara, for being a great example to us young (and not so young any more) cm punks.
BEST BOOTH GIVE AWAY:
The suction cup to the forehead pen holder given away by Kids Kount Publishing was definately the best booth give away. It was so nice to just have a pen sticking out of your forehead anytime you needed to sign up for something in a booth and sign a credit card slip. Just pull the pen out of the holder, sign, and return to your forehead. I am sure this is going to catch on!
JoAnne Miller and Scott Turansky are the best! We will have them at our church on March 26th of their ‘Parenting is HEART Work’ seminar. They are the authors of the new book by the same name. I have rarely recommended a parenting book before because I have found them often to be focused on changing children’s behavior rather than focusing on the deeper issue of a child’s character development. I see lots of kids being ‘controlled’ but not molded. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of their book and the following is the endorsement I wrote that is partially quoted in the introduction of the book.
This book could transform your approach to parenting. Many parents are focused on getting their children to behave – but miss the heart. In the end, they often raise kids who know how to ‘act’ but not how to ‘be.’ The book not only offers sound, biblical advice but is seasoned with helpful examples from children’s lives and practical suggestions on how to address specific issues that parents face. It is easy to read and understand and yet offers a profound challenge for parents to consider that their spiritual legacy perpetuates only because of children – and their hearts. Parents ought not underestimate the value of parenting to the heart. There is a lot more at stake in parenting than merely getting kids to behave. This book will equip you to raise kids whose obedience is an overflow of their love for God. –Pastor Karl Bastian, children’s pastor and founder of Kidology.org
FASTEST STACKER AT CPC: (and most other places too)
Nate is the current World Champion Sport Stacker! He won by completeing the cycle in 7.96 seconds! That is pretty amazing! My personal best score (not in tournament) is 10.32. (Nate’s personal best is 7.79) The world record is 7.43 held by Emily Fox, BUT *** was recorded by hand before the current timing mats. So while that record is official, Nate stands a good chance at beating it one day! If you remember, I challenged Emily Fox to a Cup Duel and won! (read the whole story and watch the video) So it was only fitting that I now challenge Nate and add to my collection of videos of me beating world champs at their own game. (see what happened)
Well, that’s it for the PASTOR KARL AWARDS! Heading back home Saturday!
ANSWER TO RIP OFF QUIZ: A! (Granted one was a plastic cup with mickey on it, but that’s still the most I’ve ever paid for three Cokes!)
This is a great concept, basketball on the head. I have an inflatable version, but this is cool – helmet and goggles! It is easy to see who is ‘a head’ in this game! But heads are gonna roll if it goes bad! Talk about losing your head in a situation! Ok, enough puns, time to move ahead…
WINNER: Lisa Welchelor….
MOST LIKELY TO WEAR
THE SAME OUTFIT
AS THE LAST CPC:
WINNER: Lisa Welchel AND Karl Bastian.
Yes, this picture is from my meeting Lisa Welchel on January 5th at CPC Aneheim. After telling someone my fun childhood story about Lisa, they asked if I was going to wait in line to get another picture with her at this CPC. I said ‘not unless she is wearing the same outfit as in California.’ Later today, when showing last CPC’s post to someone else they commented, ‘She is wearing the same outfit.’ I laughed and said it must be her favorite speaking outfit. Then they noticed that I TOO was wearing the same shirt! So, I definately had to go get another picture with her. I gave her my blog, so if she actually reads this (Lisa, if you do, leave a comment below!), then I bet she’ll wear something else for CPC Kansas City, BUT it is a nice outfit, so I hope she wears the same thing again, and I will too, and I’ll go for picture number three with the same outfits!
COOLEST KIDOLOGY FAN!
WINNER: Cathy Burson made my day by stopping me to thank me for Kidology. As I have said before, (in the same post about Lisa), meeting real people in the trenches of ministry to kids who have found Kidology a big help is always the highlight of CPC for me. I love to meet in person those who benefit from Kidology throughout the year. Please never hesitate to stop me and introduce yourself! I may be the guy with the website, but YOU as just as important week in and week out ministering to kids, and I love the opportunity to meet you and say THANKS for your support and for all you do to reach and teach kids for Jesus!
WHO WILL WIN A
“PASTOR KARL AWARD” TOMORROW? You’ll just have to come back and find out!
OFFICIAL BLOGGER RANT: I’ve wasted over an hour trying to get blogger to accept it’s own formatting. It keeps saying I have invalid code and changing the formatting. I even redid the entire post from scratch. (those of you who got the email version twice, that’s why) For the record, the AWARDS are supposed to all be in all red and extra large, and the winners names in blue and larger. The perfectionist in me hates that the formatting for this post is not consistant, but it is bloggers stupid fault. I even lowered myself to try it again on a PC! (so its not a Mac issue!!) While I’m sure no one else cares or noticed, I had to post that the formatting errors are blogger not accepting its own code!
After a very full day at two WDW parks, today I was in the mood to chill out a bit. Sara was off to visit family, the Tanners were back to conquer another park (Magic Kingdom today, Steve’s third consecutive Magic Kingdom/Disneyland visit with rain!) while I slept in and then strolled the grounds. It’s a really nice place. Except for the Opryland in TN (2001?), this is probably the nicest place a CPC conference has been hosted. (and maybe nicer since it is outdoors and is in WDW) The grounds are absolutely beautiful. All the buildings are around a huge lagoon that you can even rent boats to go out on. I almost rented a bike, but it was sprinkling a bit and I didn’t know if it was going to get worse, so I stayed on foot.
One of the things I have always appreciated about INCM and the CPCs, is that they enable Children’s pastors and workers the opportunity to go to places they might otherwise not get to go. Why should only secular businesses get to take their employees to nice locations for training? After all, we are in the most important field and occupation: REACHING KIDS! And since children’s ministry workers are accustomed to often doing the grunt work around church and in many churches always getting the left overs in money and equipment, it is nice to see them treated like royalty, even if for only a week. It’s always a very encouraging experience to come to a CPC, and being here at WDW only makes it that much more special. Our location is the Coronado Springs Resort.
The theme is a cross between Southwest and Mexico. The best is “The Dig,” a swimming pool area themed after an archeological dig. Here is a picture:
I had heard they had a great water slide, so I suited up and headed over to try it out. Well, it definately fit the theme:
But it did appear a little bumpy, but I didn’t want to come all the way to Orlando and to Walt Disney World just to wimp out on the water slide, so I decided to brave it! I gave my camera to a nice old lady and asked her to snap my picture as I came down the water slide…
It definately was a thrill, though the stairs were a bit painful. I was just getting used the rapid BUMP, BUMP, BUMP and numbing up when I got to the logs!
OUCH! They definately need to rethink the whole water slide thing. OK, I like a well themed attraction, but this one is a little tooooo accurate to the era they are trying to represent. I hope I will be able to walk tomorrow!
Well, once again we left a day early for CPC so that we could take a bit of the local culture. Since the conference is at the Walt Disney World, we grabbed a park hopper and took in Animal Kingdom and Epcot, neither of which I’d ever been to. For the most part, everyone got along just great. This is Steve and Amy Tanner. For those who don’t know, Steve is the Director of Web Operations for Kidology.org. If you want a great write up of what Kidology is doing at CPC, his blog has a great description, I couldn’t do better, so read his.
First stop was the Animal Safari… and I was pretty impressed. There were a lot of animals and ride was a lot longer than I expected. We saw a bunch of animals you normally wouldn’t see in your own neighborhood, and the jeep ride made it a lot more fun than a trip to the zoo. (Where the animals are always indoors sleeping anyway.)
I won’t bog the blog with too many animal pictures, (I know its always better in person), but it was pretty cool so see so many animals up so close.
Here is Steve and Sara taking a picture of some wart hog type creature. Technically, I’m not sure if ANYONE actually SAW any wild animals, since everyone was looking at them through view finders and digital camera screens!
OK, now THIS was strange. Not sure the deer in my neighborhood stand on their hind legs to reach the better berries! Here’s a close up:
I bet even Santa’s reindeers can’t do that! I’d like to say i was quick with the camera, but actually, he stood that way for several minutes!
BUT I DID MANAGE TO GET A PICTURE OF A CAT THAT NO ONE ELSE TOOK A PICTURE OF:
National Geographic will probably want the negatives for the picture of this ‘CAT.’
The coolest thing, I think, is this huge tree that is carved all over with animals. You can see some of them here, but as you weave through the branched to get to “It Stinks to be a Bug” (or something to that effect) you see tons of animals carved in the tree. It really is a very creative work of art. Steve and Amy even discovered a carving that they said looked like a certainly family member, though I wasn’t allowed to blog which family member they said it looked like:
Next, we drove over to DINO LAND! I love how the world continues to promote the ‘meoter desctruction of dinosaurs’ even though all the fosil evidence points to a world wide flood destruction of the dinosaurs and that man and dinosaurs lived at the same time, but I guess you can’t have science supporting the Bible, can we? Oh, no! People then might have to accept the other things the Bible says, like personal responsibily for how they live. Sorry, I skip the sermon. Just hard to listen to all the lies presented as facts, but other than that, there was a lot of fun stuff to see and do.
And boy oh boy, the dinosaurs were sooooo realistic, I nearly gotten eaten by one:
I barely escaped this encounter with a furocious prehistoric beast! This area of the park was a little cheesy, but fun. The DINO COASTER was like a neighborhood carnival ride, but it was a lot of fun. As usual, I video-taped the experience for those who couldn’t be there. I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS, and while this ride was nothing near the excitement of the ones I recorded and posted from Cedar Point, you might still enjoy it.
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Next it was off to EPCOT Center, which I undestand stands for Experimental Pricey Community of Tourists? (well, the experiment is a huge success!)
In the United Kingdom, I bought a Brit Bobbie hat and whistle. And, just so the world knows, I knew something trivial that Tanner didn’t know: our American expression, “COP” for policemen comes from Britan where it stood for “Constable On Patrol.”
It was a good thing I got the hat and whistle, I was able to prevent my wife from spending all our money on tea stuff at the store that claims the biggest collection of tea in America.
But this Brit is really a RED BLOODED AMERICAN who would die for this country if his life were ever needed. Having been to 14 different countries so far, there really is no place like home – not even a close second. Don’t get me going, but this nation is worth fighting to defend. Every life lost defending it is a tragedy, and yet another reason we must win at all costs. It no mystery to me why so many people want to come here. No other place on earth offers so much hope and opportunity for ANYONE.
Evening brought time for the fireworks. While it was fun, it didn’t come close to the awesome fireworks at DisneyLand earlier this month. It had a great beginning that turned out to be the best part. Then there was a looooooooooong time of watching a big rotating globe with videos on it, and then a good ending. But the highlight, as mentioned in the title of this post, was getting to actually meet WALT of Walt Disney World!
Such a humble man, Walt is willing to work a common job as a store employee in the Mexican area of Epcot Center. Obviously, he just was there for a day to get close to the people. But with my keen eye for detail, I spoted his name tag and got my picture taken with him!
Even Steve Tanner, the ultimate difinitive Disney expert doesn’t have his picture with WALT of Disney!