Saturday, October 31, 2009

Praise the Lord! Congrats! Woo Hoo!


That was even better than last year's festival. The Spirit 95 guys were impressed and the parents were complimentary as well. Chere did a quick analysis of the registration cards and found that 20 kids came who were not from the church and who said their decision was made after either reading one of our door hangers or hearing our ad on Spirit 95. The gym looked great and the kids had a great time. The Drama team turned heads (and hearts we hope) and the word is that Pastor and Mrs. Schroeder would like them to perform Sunday morning soon. The kids received a nice bag of candy (nice job mixing that up guys) and Peter's games even impressed the game guy (who gave us a fabulous deal on the games we rented. Thanks, man). Remember to thank the Balloon Guy if we see him again (and we just might), remember the parents who gave of their time and treasure (so we could do that radio broadcast). Thanks to the folks who came in and provided security. Also thanks to Luke and Michael the college guys who were faithful from balloon filling to clean-up. We love you guys.

God blessed every aspect of this week. Even Joseph's head would couldn't stop him. He was right there on Friday night! God even postponed a soccer match so I could have my boys with me. Thanks a million. I love you guys.

Fearless Leader

Friday, October 30, 2009

Last Minute Stuff

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight and helped set up. We suspected it, but now we know. Peter is a genius. What great games he built. I am blessed to have him at my side in this ministry. Please be at the church between 5 and 5:30 p.m. I like us all to pray together before the kids come. We also need to take care of last minute details. If your folks still want to donate candy, we'll be glad to ake it, or if they want to bring their pledge check, I'll be depositing it soon. If you signed up for a name tag I have one for you. I also printed some blanks for people who forgot. If you want to wear costumes, the word is propriety! Thanks

See you tomorrow!

In Christ

Fearless Leader.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Time for pledges, please!

If you are one of the folks who pledged funds for the broadcast fee, it's time to send in your check. Many people asked me when I wanted the money and I told them I'd collect it the last week of October. I will be needing that soon. You could send it in with your teen Wednesday or bring it by Friday night. We appreciate all the generous gifts you have provided. We try to save our funds all year long to make this event special. Your gifts have made it even better. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you. Pete, Kim, Chere and I couldn't do it without your enthusiastic support. Please pay for a successful outreach.

In Christ
Fearless Leader

Monday, October 26, 2009

Parents! We Need You!

It's time to call on you once again for chaperone duties at the Fall Festival. I mean, come on, where else would you be? Is anything ELSE happening in town? :)
Please e-mail or call ASAP to tell me if you can assist in security duty. We need EYES and EARS to make sure kids are safe here.
If you have Next Level shirts, wear them. I actually have an extra Large (not XL, just an extra one). If you would like to have it, let me know. I would need you from 5:00 to about 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Mr. Cooper has already agreed to set up sound, and some non-NLM parents have asked if they can help! Wow. We are so blessed to have you. PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP.


Fearful er...Fearless Leader

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sneak Peek at NLM Fal Festival Commercial

Here's the commercial I recorded at Spirit 95 that will be running all next week. See if you can recognize some voices. Google won't let me upload sound without video so I had to make a little "logo movie" to go with it. Enjoy!

We need drivers tonight!

Mr. Pete tells me you were all relunctant children to help with passing out door-hangers and posters. I KNOW he must be mistaken and perhaps was even talking to a different youth ministry, because I KNOW he couldn't have asked MY Next Level group for help only to hear crickets in the room. THEY LOVE TO HELP.

Please ask your folks again if they can be at he church at 6 p.m. in their van for a 1-1.5 hour outing to distribute our posters and door hangers for Fall Festival.
If your folks are up for it, maybe we could get something to eat after? It's a school night so we shouldn't be out too late.

Come on Level Up and help out (please?).

Fearless Leader

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Festival Update

The days are flying away! We need names for passing out fliers and door hangers for Thursday evening. I have a parent teacher conference Wednesday (at Brown County) and I have Andrew's conference Thursday from 5-5:15 p.m. The soonest I can imagine being there is 5:45 p.m. so let's make it 6 p.m.-8-p.m. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a flashlight in case the darkness catches us on the end. I need parents with minivans so we can split up and cover lots of area. I will send one car out with posters, ut since I have Thursday off, I may do that myself. We'll see. We will have plenty to do.

Van parents please let me know if you can participate. Thanks a million. Parents can still make contributions of candy in the lobby. We will need a lot. We can buy the rest, but last year our church really came through for us.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Amazing, Overwhelming, Incredible God!

Last Wednesday we hosted...wait for it...w a i t f o r i t...


If Austin had not been at a tennis match it would have been 51. We missed you Austin. God is abundantly supplying our needs as parents and church members have given generously to our Fall Festival fund. Peter and I have been talking about games and we have some good ideas. Having an engineer for a ministry partner is the best! He has so many good ideas.

The drama team is taking their role an onstage evangelists very seriously and we can't wait to see the results. They will be seen at least twice throughout the evening and from what I've seen, it's a pretty intriguing presentation. We have a lot of drama talent

I have a long list of people to thank when this is over, but right now you know who you are. We appreciate the support.

We need candy, if you or your folks want to donate candy, please bring unopened bags of candy that not too (ready for this word?) Halloweenily wrapped (I love English). I know that will be difficult, but do your best (said the choosy beggar). We will have a plastic bin in the common area at the church. just toss candy in there.
Finally, here is the slide presentation Lauren made. We thought you might like to watch it again. thanks Lauren, it's awesome.
I love you guys, I really, really do.

Fearless Leader

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's October!

Hey Gang! The heat is on. Be talking up the Fall Festival with family and friends and remember we'll be collecting candy all this month. If your folks want guidance on this, the only restriction I could imagine is to avoid candy that's too "Halloweened Up" in its packaging. We are hoping to avoid that. Also, we may need someone with woodworking tools to volunteer to build some games. Also, if anyone has a dry basement, storage building etc. where we could keep the games after we're finished, that would also be great.
Exciting stuff!
Also, we have been over 40 people for the last few meetings. God is blessing our ministry. Let's be good at making people feel welcome and being a good example during the lesson by listening, turning off phones, and keeping the extraneous chatting to a minimum. We'll still have fun, but God's word is our priority.