Gimmie a “U” !! Gimmie a “W” !! What’s that spell? UNCHARTED WATERS!
Uncharted Waters is the Sports Camp Ministry we have used for the past two years to reach out to the kids in our church and community. (see last year)
We had 50 kids come divided between basketball…
and cheerleading. GO! GO! GO!
We had at least six kids make a decision to give their lives to Jesus and GO FOR THE GOLD that will last for all eternity!
The secret to the success of these sports camps is NOT me… I could never lead a sports camp (unless it was sport stacking!) What I love about the ministry of UW is that they do most of the work for us.
Here is the UW Team: Coaches Josh, Catie, Lindsay and Lisa!
Of course, a lot of work was also done and thanks are due to our Sports Camp director, Cherie and a bunch of volunteers.
Anna Maria, Barb and Cherie (not pictured: many more!)
What did I do all week?
Worked on my six foot unicycle shooting…. (still needs much work)
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY (to me) HAPPY ANNIVESARY (to me) HAPPY FIRST TIME SWIMMING (to Lukie) HAPPY HAPPY WEEKEND (to me and sara)
YES! It was my FIRST Father’s Day as a DAD, and it was a wonderful day. Luke headed off to church with me early as usual to ‘help’ me with my morning set up duties and then we caught the first service so we could watch the video I made on the big screen! It was a very nice Sunday… glad to finally be in a part of “Club Dad.”
After church it was off to Sara’s parents home for a DELICIOUS steak lunch and visit with my other awesome Dad. Sara’s dad is truly a father to me in every way… except that I don’t have any embarrassing pictures of him from when I was a kid.
Luke is so blessed to have the heritage of a Grandpa who loves God and has given his life to serve Him. Who knows, maybe Luke will be a third generation preacher? But even if not, what a blessing to be adopted into a family where both sides know and love God. It can’t help but be a wonderful influence as he grows up!
This was a SUPER WEEKEND – my first Father’s Day on Sunday, and then Monday was my 13th Wedding Anniversary to my beautiful and sweet Sara. Nothing unlucky about this 13! I’m lucky to have Sara for a wife, and now Luke for a baby! We’ve hardly changed in 13 years, as these pictures prove:
Here is Me and Sara (and Luke) this year….
And here we are 13 years ago…
See, we are the same now as then!
Anyway, back to today. For our anniversary we headed to one of our favorite get-a-ways: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Our anniversary gifts this year were simple but fun. A portable hammock that converts to a backback for hangin’ out with The Boy for me, and….
A cool chair for Sara with a shade cover, that also folds into a backpack for carrying. (for the husband to carry, that is!) Here is Sara chillin’ to her iPod.
Today was also a first for Baby Luke – check out his coooool swim outfit! It was Luke’s first time to the beach and into the lake!
He wasn’t very thrilled with the water, but sometimes when it comes to new things, you just have to get your feeet wet! I told him he had just taken his first step into a larger world.
But a little play soon cheered him up! Like most babies, being held up high in the air is like a roller coaster ride. So fun to hear his squeals of delight!
But all the fun and excitement eventually wore him out and it was nap time…. and the Napster coxed him into Lala Land with ease.
I could go on and on gushing about being a dad and enjoying my first Father’s Day – but sometimes a picture says a thousand words… (and keeps blog readers happy not having to read so much!)
Luke Given… From Heaven.
And just for family (I assume) click the picture above for a wallpaper sized version of the happy new dad and his bundle of joy.
Yes, it is FATHER’S DAY today… so what better reason to post some sentimental pictures of my dad – a DAD of DADS…
A great Nap Buddy…
Fisherman! (with me and big sister)
Handyman, and builder of his son’s first puppet stage!
A man of toys… here seen fighting over
a toy with the boy who one day would do Toybox Tales.
Man of the Sea… well, paddleboat anyway.
A man at one with his car…
A man a fashion… even matching his car!
A man comfortable in the kitchen… (did I actually EAT that?!?!?)
A man one with nature…
Camper Extraordinaire…Athlete of Athletes!
A persistant man who never gives up
even in the face of disaster!
An avid swimmer…
A man of many awards…
But the greatest award: World’s Greatest Dad.Yes, I had a great dad growing up. Not a perfect dad, but I had something better… a REAL dad.
A dad who made time for me.
A dad who sometimes helped me and other times let me learn the hard way, and always seemed to know which would be the better teacher.
A dad who sometimes went before me, other times backed me up, but always was there for me whenever I needed him.
A dad who challenged me, complimented me, or critisized me (lovingly) whichever would help me be a better man someday.
A dad who admitted his own faults before pointing out mine.
A dad who put his wife and kids above his own needs and interests… even suggesting eating at McDonald’s (which he hated, but mom and kids loved).
A dad who sometimes bought me toys, but more often helped me build my own.
A dad who sometimes gave me what I needed, but other times helped me work and save to get it myself.
A dad who knew when to give advice, and when to wait until I asked, which I often did as a result.
A dad who would sometimes go fight a battle for me, and other times coach me on the best response, whether it was to fight back or respond with a gentle answer, depending on the situation.
A dad who not only told me how to live for God, but modeled it… not in perfection, but in ever striving, ever learning, ever being a disciple in process.
A dad who never pretended to have arrived, but instead was simply real. I could never imitate a perfect dad or live up to a perfect dads expectations… but a real dad? That’s something I can hope to be too, now that I am a father myself, this first Father’s Day as a dad.
So, for all the walks, talks, camping trips, lectures, vacations, discipline, bedtime stories, laughter and fun dad…. THANKS!
Here is the first Father’s Day video I made as a father for our worship service on Father’s Day 2006.
UPDATE: Now on YouTube:
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Yes, that’s me and my dad in the boat, and my sister peeking over behind us. (17MB, Reqires free QuickTime)
Well, it’s hard to believe, but I just finished my fourteenth year of K.C. Krew. (Kids Church Krew) So we headed off to a friends house on a lake to celebrate a year of serving God together. I still remember that first KC Krew – I didn’t have a clue what to do with the kids, just a conviction that I needed to be trainig kids to serve in church, rather than just sit and be entertain/ministered TO. Since then, well over a hundred kids have been trained to serve God and given the experience of serving God at church. Several of my past Krew members are in ministry today and a few are at Bible college! But even those who don’t do vocational ministry have learned that serving God is a lot of fun and rewarding too. My prayer is that serving at church will always be just something they do. It’s no mystery to me why so many adults have no interet in serving, the church trained them through childhood and youth to come to church and sit and watch…. and then we wonder why they won’t volunteer. It’s about time we taught kids to serve at the age they want to anyway… so they will never stop! (I talk a little bit more about this in my Kids Church Book).
While there are many aspects to ministry to children – my KC Krew has always been my favorite. It is the KC Krew Kids I get to know the best and tend to keep in touch with over the years. I like to think it’s Jesus’ model of ministry – He ministered to the masses, but he poured his life into a hand full of young people who carried on His ministry after He left. I do the same. I teach a lot of kids, but the KC Krew are the ones I get to pour the most personal ministry and training and friendship into.
Go figure, it was in the 80′s just a few days ago, but in the 60′s for our beach party… but tht didn’t stop the kids from divin’ in! That’s what I love about kids. I wish I had their endless energy and enthusiasm!
Of course, FOOD is an essential ministry component. It’s what Jesus would have his disciples do!
As is some soft air target shooting. These army guys didn’t stand a chance! With God on our side, we can only be victorious!
And since Master Ron was around, we also added juggling flaming torches to our ministry skills.
The kids took to it really well! Nothing focuses your concentration like juggling flaming torches. I never was able to juggle pins, but put one end on fire, and suddenly I found I was pretty good at it. I guess fear of burning is a great motivator!
Actually, missing and catching the flaming end wasn’t so bad… though it did leave a black mark!
The back of my sweat shirt got nailed a few times… but hey, learning new ministry skills requires sacrifice!
One of the fun attractions at this house was the tree rope!
The adults could push the kids pretty high… but the real fun started after all the kids left. (Since I didn’t want to set a bad example!) I learned that the boys who live here jump off the roof with the rope swing… I just had to try!
Here is a video of me auditioning for “America’s Stupidest People” jumping off the roof and swinging down between the tree and the back toward the corner of the roof. I had images of a video of me smacking the tree or nailing the roof corner ending up on some TV home video show…. but I survived to blog again. (QuickTime 8.6MB)
At our pastors/elders planning meeting last week, we came up with a great idea that is sure to sweep the country! As our church is growing, we are talking about the options for handling growth and the possibility of a video-venue service – live music/etc. in the gym and then the message from the pastor on screen from sanctuary. (Just in discussion mode, VCBers, no set plans yet)
ANYWAY, someone mentioned that to make the video sermon enjoyable to watch, it would be important to offer several different camera angles rather than just one static camera showing one boring view from the back. THATS WHEN IT HIT ME!
I blurted out, “THE DAVE CAM!”
I slipped out to our Kids Church backstage and retrieved a helmet mounted webcam that I hooked up several years ago for Kids Church (where what/who I looked at appeared on big screen!) and returned to the serious pastor/elder meeting and plopped it on my boss’s head.
Pastor Dave modeling the prototype “Dave Cam”
I tried to convince the group that this was a fantastic idea! Not only would it create a great alternative view of the service, but it would provide a view of the service that few get to experience – the preacher’s perspective! See people nodding off or sleeping…. watch wives elbow their husbands at certain points of the message… watch kids looking up in a daze counting the ceiling tiles… teenagers passing notes…. people reading the church news instead of listening to the sermon….see who the pastor is looking at when he discusses certain points in the message(!)
The attention paid to sermons would sky-rocket since everyone in the service would know that the people in the alternate service or overflow room would be able to see them on the big screen. What do you think?
My idea got a few laughs, but was ultimately rejected at our pastor/elder planning meeting, and I even got to keep my job… so there will most likely never be a ‘Dave Cam’ at the Village Church, but….
What do YOU think of the idea of a “Senior Pastor Cam?” Why, you could even stream it on the Internet!!