Signs of Spring…

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 …

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This Old Church – Part 3: No Going Back Now!

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 …

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This Old Church – Part 2: Teen Mania

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 …

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PARENTS! It’s not too late to join us!

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)

This Old Church – Part 1: It has begun!!

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!

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