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Archive for March, 2006
Figures… plan a project to be indoor all day all week, and the weather will be beautiful! There are lots of signs of Spring…. like graffiti!
Yes, I came outside in the dark after painting all day and found my car had been vandalized by the youth of the church. Though, you can’t really complain about having “I love Pastor Karl” spralled across your window!
Another view of the artwork… Not visible in the glare is an Apple Mac apple. :-)
That’s right! It’s a PK Cruiser! (not pt)
So it was off to the car wash to get my car all cleaned at my local BP gas station.
I was curious if the auto car wash could get the lettering off…
It tried really hard, but I still had to hand wash the windows afterward.
This was cool, you could read the “PK Cruiser” in the rear view mirror. It is, of course, reversed on the back window reading from the inside, but reversed again when read in the mirror, so what you are actually seeing is double-reversed. I know, I am easily amused!
Back to “Signs of Spring.” On my drive in this morning, I had to stop due to a sleeping turtle in the road! Not sure how many people would stop to help this dumb little guy. (Can you say “road pizza?’)
Yes, he was alive, but rather shy. He just kinda glared at me, obviously annoyed that I disturbed his special sleeping spot…. in the middle of the road.
Funny, just a short walk away (for a human anyway) was a nice forrested yard with a lake! So I carried him there and plopped him down by the water.
The view here is much better than the middle of the road…. and no tires rolling toward him!
On my walk back I noticed that hidden in amongst all this bleak winter foliage were three little bright purple flowers forcing their way up and announcing that “Spring is Here.”
Funny, how we are often like that turtle. We are on our way to a better place, but often content to stop and rest short of our destination. And sometimes, even putting ourselves in great danger at the same time. But God enjoys stopping, picking us up, and taking us to where we need to be. And he probably chuckles at us too sometimes. And in the midst of a bleak world, he loves to give us little glimpses of good things that are to come.
So get off the road and push on…. the water isn’t really that far away!
Well, there is no going back now! The walls have been touched with paint, something they have been needing for a very long time. Now that I see how much it improves the atmosphere, even in the earlier stages, I am feeling bad that I didn’t start this sooner!
We are actually doing TWO major projects at the same time, but all in the hallways. The preschool wing is getting a blue base color, but will be mostly covered with murals as we create a Spring garden that is inviting to preschoolers. (Especially in winter!) The blue that remains after the murals will be the sky.
The difference is amazing! The current paint job on the walls and doors in the children’s ministry wing hasn’t been touched up in at least eight years (when I started working here) and was actually kinda gross in many places if you bothered to look closely. Amazing how blind we become when a place we love becomes ‘home.’ Hopefully, our new look will make it more inviting for others to make this their church home.
Kelly green? (Our preschool director, Kelly, dressed to match the project!) The door and window frames are being done in a light green, with the actual doors even lighter. There will still be murals incorporated into the doors, but we hope the green adds to the ‘outdoor’ look as well as add a calmin/soothing feel to ofset the busyness of the murals to come!
In the grade school wing we are trying to create a street in Bible times. We use DiscipleLand curriculum and so we want to create a literal “Disciple Land” where the children are immersed in the time they are studying.
My wife has many hidden talents. Unlike her husband, one of them is painting bricks. :) So far she has painted several hundred and managed to keep smiling at me! (That may be a talent too!)
Turning boring, old, peeling, yucky doors into wood grained doors from Bible times not only looks awesome, but prevents needing a perfectly restored surface to paint. In an old building, that is a blessing. (and a tip!)
Many church people are coming by to help to, BUT (if you are from VCB) we NEED more help! Come join the fun and excitement! What a treat to be able to say later, “I was a part of that!”
Even kids are getting in to the project. (though in spurts!) I think in time they will really appreciate that they were part of creating this Bible times environment! It’s awesome that they are able to contribute since we don’t need perfect painters, but willing painters to help lay the base colors for the artists to follow and do their magic!
To short to reach that high spot? Zaccheus climbed a tree…. Mandy climbed a pastor! :)
WHAT?!?!?!? NO DROP CLOTH!!! Hey, I wanna keep my job. Fortunately, new carpet is in the budget this year! The green carpet is original from decades ago! That’s one of the reasons we are pushing hard on this project, once the new carpet goes in, it would be harder to paint and remodel!
Steve, Kidology’s Web Director, came by today to meet with me while I painted. (Multi-taking always!) Here he is explaining a few of the finer points of Star Wars lego.
This is the dungeon where we will put the bad kids in shackles until they memorize Bible verses to be released. (this is a joke, fyi!)
Here is a taste of what it will look like when we are done. Though the bricks are just the base, there is a LOT more coming! Stay tuned to THIS OLD CHURCH!
Today was a great day! WOW! “This Old Church” (a new series here on PastorKarl.com) got into full swing! Our high school ministry is having an ‘at home retreat’ this week, meaning they are using their Spring Break to serve around home, instead of going somewhere. So I was given around twenty teens for today – the day we kicked off our preschool remodeling project.
You know the old saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen?” Well, at times it felt like “too many teens in the hallway” but boy oh boy did they get a lot done!
We got everything off all the walls where the painting will be done. Good thing the senior pastor is outta town! :-)
It’s fun to work with teens that I had in Kids Church when they were little kids. I did a little diggin’ on my laptop and managed to find a few. See if you can tell which of the girls above this is: (now painting the same wall!)
OR TRY THIS ONE:
AND which of these guys grew up from this little boy:
Too hard? OK, I’ll give ya an easier one:
Which of the people in the above picture is this GUY:
Still too hard? OK, fine. I’ll give ya an even easier one: (they don’t get any easier than this)
Which girl in the above picture is this???
But they weren’t the only ones who came to help… here is a few of the others, all to prove that given a good cause, teens CAN be caught workin’ hard! (most of them anyway) :)
Taping UNDER the drinking fountain, now THAT is dedication!
Another neat thing to see, is that a bunch of these big cool teens used to be on my KC Krew (serving in Kids Church) and still haven’t lost their heart to serve God. The boy above is Chip, and here he is with his KC Krew puppet, who he named Chipper:
Chip and Chipper!
And it was great to meet some teens from the youth group that I’d never met before. But what do teenagers do after hours of hard work….???
Watch VeggieTales! I guess they aren’t so grown up after all. Which is a good thing, because I was getting a little emotional here looking at these old pictures and seeing how they’ve grown up so fast! I’m so glad I got to be a part of their spiritual heritage and that they still love God enough to come back and serve in His House…. even once they became cool ‘big’ kids.
Always remember, “God made you special, and He loves you very much.”
THIS SUNDAY, March 26th, we are privileged to have Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller speaking at our church. They will be speaking in my adult Sunday school class as the conclusion of my course on Raising Rock Solid Kids (9:30-10:45am) and then teaching a seminar in the afternoon from 4-7pm. The cost is only $20, and a spouse is free. (limit one spouse per person, see Old Testament for details) And, yes, there will be food. WALK INS WELCOME!
These amazing trainers will inspire and entertain while providing excellent and practical training. They are the author of one of my favorite books, and permanent in my personal TOP TEN BEST BOOKS list, Parenting is HEART Work.
Watch the trailor for the seminar, it was very well done!
(Heart Seminar Trailer, 12.4 MB MP4)
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After several years of planning and prayer our remodeling of our grade school wing to become a street from Bible Times has finally begun! In fact, Spring Break week will be spent painting and working on this project. I’ll post pictures here as we go along, but I’m just excited to see paint actually touch the wall today as our primary artist begins experimenting with textures on the brick walls. We have some pretty cool ideas in the works, but if you have any ideas (or pictures) of ways to help make our hallway look like a street out of Jerusalem, let me know. I will probably make a thread in the Kidology forum once this gets going full steam!
This is the same artist who painted my Kids Church set, he is amazing!