Saturday, January 30, 2010

Opportunity for Ministry

Food Pantry needs help
Hoosier Hills Food Bank needs assistance putting together food packages for the elderly Feb 24 (which is during our regular time). I was hoping (if it doesn't mess your parents up too much) that your folks could drop you there on the way to EBC and we could work until AWANA is over.
We can chat more about the details at NLM, but clue your parents.
Fearless Leader

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thanks Parents!

We need to make sure we tell the parents how much we appreciate them for all they have done this past year. They have been great in getting us where we need to be, sending their candy bags, cleaning up, letting us invade their homes etc. Most recently, thanks to the Coopers, the MacKenzies and the Millers for their hospitality during our progressive dinner. What a mob we were to feed and host. Thanks so much. The Leveh-heads salute you!
Love Ya!
Fearless Leader

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Reminder for Wednesday

Please remember to bring your Bibles (and maybe a book light :)) to tomorrow's Next Level meeting. We'll be looking at a lot of references in this lesson.
Fearless Leader

Monday, January 11, 2010

Okay! Now who would like a cookie?

It's Girl Scout Cookie time! Rachael is ready to meet all your cookie needs! Are you a Lemon Chalet lover, a Trefoil taster? Perhaps you are a Thin Mint monster? Whatever you desire can be obtained from your friendly neighborhood Girl Scout, Rachael. This is no time to exercise restraint! Cut loose and munch the lovely goodness that is an American obsession. That's right friends, it's patriotic to crunch cookies. It's courageous to consume carbohydrates. Yes, friends, take the sweet ride that is the Girl Scout cookie experience. For a measly (hardly worth mentioning) $3.50 per box, you too can buy the bliss that iss (sorry, needed a rhyme). Varieties include Lemon Chalet Cremes, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Dulce De Leche, Thank You Berry Munch, Tagalongs, and of course Thin Mints. Drop me an e-mail, give me a call, or just forward your bank information and I'll help myself :). Rachael is required to sell in person, so decide how many dozens of boxes you'd like and we'll chase you down at NLM. Also ask her about the new TLC Cookie Bundles program.

Start your cookie dreaming now.
Meet the cookies here

Fearless Leader (and Girl Scout dad)

Using the Gym

Some students and parents want to know about using the gym after AWANA. Actually, we have already spoken about this in NL, but let me clarify. At 8:30 p.m. The gym is available if you would like to stay and play, but you need two parents to stay and supervise and lock up. We just can't play when the little kids are there. If you have no homework and you want to play a while, rope two parents into staying for a while and you are welcome to play.
Fearless Leader

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sorry. The Dinner is Off

Sorry gang. The dinner is off.

Check your schedules for next week. Do you prefer Friday or Saturday? I will also asks the hosts what they think. I know that many of you could probably get there and drive etc, but it's not that safe on the secondaries. One of the teachers in Nashville told me that she came to Bloomington on the snow day and that our roads were worse than theirs. I want to follow church policy, but I am more interested in your safety. We can do dinner anytime. When I say anytime, I mean anytime safe. Thanks for your input and thanks for signing up to be followers of the blog and for leaving comment.

Peace and Snowdrifts

Fearless Leader

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dinner is on unless MCCSC cancels

We are on for dinner unless MCCSC cancels school. Watch this blog for info. If MCCSC cancels, however, we will reschedule. All the dinner hosts have been notified. IF WE DO HAVE THE DINNER, remember to meet at the church at five to set up carpools. If your folks want to drive a van, have them contact me. ALSO, remember to wrap a white elephant gift for the exchange.

Check the blog again tomorrow to see if we're on.

Fearless Leader

Posting to the blog

Hey guys! Here are directions for posting to the blog:

Log into your blogger account.

On the main page that appears (called the "Dashboard"), there should be a list of all of the blogs that you are a contributer of. If you got the blog invitation from Mr Mose, then this blog should be on the list.

There is a button labeled "New Post" underneath this blog on the list. Click that, and you will be brought to a page where you can write the post.

Then create your post.

Click the button that says "Publish Post" and you will have successfully published a post to the Next Level blog!

NOTE: You must first be invited to join the Next Level blog before you will be allowed to post to it or comment on other posts. Please ask Mr Mosley to send you an invite if you have not already received one.

Hope this helps!

Creating A Blogger Account

Hey guys! Here are directions on how to create a Blogger account:

You will be directed to a page that says "Create a Google Account." Follow the onscreen instructions. You will need to:

  • Enter YOUR email address (you will need to type it twice to verify it).
  • Create a password (like with the email, you will need to enter it twice)
  • Create a "display name" (which will be your username)
  • Type in the "Word Verification" code, which will be displayed onscreen (This basically ensures that an actual person is creating the account, not a computer).
  • Accept the Terms of Service
  • Click the big, orange button that says "Continue"

On the next page, you will be given the opportunity to create a blog. If you do not wish to do this, simply click the link that says "Skip this and create a blog later" (This link is located directly next to the big orange "Continue" button).

You will then be directed to the Blogger Dashboard (which is the page you will see every time you log in)

Congrats! You have now successfully created a Blogger account!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Friday is Progressive Dinner Night!

Hey Gang:

We set the second weekend of January for our Progressive dinner a month ago and it's almost here. We will meet at the church at 5 p.m. Friday 1/8 to carpool, as many as possible. Parents who would like to pilot minivans would be appreciated. Will be sending out directions and details this week so stay tuned!

At the last stop (the MacKenzie's house) we will have our traditional white elephant exchange. The twist this year is that we will trade gifts based on the outside of the box! Wrap deceptively! We will all find out together what the gifts are! Should be fun. No duct tape, Cade and Andrew. No Burger King, Coop!

Keep checking back!

Fearless Leader

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody!
I hope you have had time to rest up and get ready for 2010 and the beginning of another decade. We hope to get on track right away with lessons, projects, games, singing and as much ministy as we can do effectively. Some questions we are going to be facing in 2010 would include, deciding what to do about space if God should continue to increase our size, putting together materials in print to get our name into the community as available for ministry opportunities, budgeting for regular radio commercials, developing our drama team for use in the worship service as well as in the community. We should also talk about a mission statement for NLM as well as a web presence when the church's webmaster is ready for us (and he may already be).

Please pray for Peter and Kim and Chere and me as we make some difficult decisions about what direction to take this year. It's sometimes difficult to discern what God wants us to do, especially if we allow the noise of the world to get in our way.

I also want the blog to become more than just a place to give you announcements. I would like for this to be a place where we can read devotional materials, share videos about ministry events, and even get others involved in writing and responding. I hope to make this a place with an evangelical presence and even a fun site for people around the globe to stop in and see what we're up at NLM (Het, why dream unless you dream big?).

Pray, Pray, Pray
Pray for Pastor Kammel as he makes decisions about children's ministries, and the leadership as they stand ready to help us solve our size problems. Pray that EBC will be able to give us the budget we need to increase and improve our outreach and service, pray for parents who have supported us well and made the successes we've had possible. Pray for the children in our church and community and that God would show us how best to reach them, again pray for Peter, Kim, Chere and me, and pray that God would help you focus your lives and energies toward Christ and we would succeed by doing His will (which never fails).

Resolution Time
This time of year has been traditionally a time for resolving to make changes. I have some suggestions.

Say, "Me" less and "Him" more.
Scripture encourages us to think of others before ourselves.
If we are Christ-centered and Christ-focused we will act in ways that please him. Don't worry about yourself. God's blessings follow and enrich those who do His will.
Get into the Word
Read your Bible more, ask it questions and watch God answer. Share your insights here on this blog with others in our group and those who read it. I would love to read about what the Lord is doing in your life. I know others will enjoy reading it too. Don't be shy, shout the glory of the Lord from the mountaintops (and on this blog)!

Be in church.
Determine that church is where you need to be when it's open and you can get there. Heb. 10:23-25 is clear that we are not to forsake this opportunity. "I can worship God in my own way at home," does not wash biblically. I know high school activities will get in the way from time to time. It happens. Sometimes the pastor can't be in the pulpit because of vacations, funerals weddings, yada, yada, yada. I expect to see him there most of the time. At EBC, I do. I don't think Pastor Schroeder would find me unreasonable in expecting him to be leading and teaching from the pulpit a vast majority of the time. I don't think it's unreasonable for you to expect the same of me. We prioritize Wednesdays around my house. When someone wants to meet or do something socially, or anything else, we just say, "Sorry, that's AWANA and Next Level night. How about Thursday?" You'll be amazed at how easy it is to make the Lord your priority.

Bring your friends or potential friends
Invite people to NLM and make sure you tell them what to expect. Invite kids who are new to your school and to your classes. Invite their younger brothers and sisters to AWANA, offer to give them a ride if they need one (ask your parents). The Lord may be planning to use you in 2010 to bring someone to Himself. What a privilege! Respond with a "Here am I, send me" attitude. God will bless it in ways you cannot imagine.
Talk to your parents
They are not the enemy! Share your spiritual questions and insights. Share what we talk about at NLM and encourage them to volunteer for our activities. We want them to be involved in your spiritual growth and maturity. Listen to their ideas and insights about how to grow spiritually. Share a devotional some days. Sit down and pray together, taking turns asking God to intervene for friends, loved ones, and the lost. Make lists writing down all the reasons you have to praise God and share them. It could spawn some interesting discussions.

Say, "I love you" more
Hey, it's not some sappy sentiment from movies and dramas. God has commanded us to love one another. Tell one another you love and appreciate them. People love to know they are loved. Are you afraid of what people will say? Do we care what people will say or what God has commanded? I love you and think about you all the time. I pray for you and try to think about how I can help you grow. What's the worst anyone can say? "Wow, those Emmanuel kids sure do love each other." I think I could handle that. Encourage each other and build each other up (1 Thess.5:11).

Bury it, rise above it, move on
Word has reached my royal ear (as King Louie in the Jungle Book said) that there are divisions among you (as Paul said) and it breaks my heart. How, after all we have been through and after all the truth we have learned together, could you still carry the grudges and let the pettiness put you aside? Remember these are carried and they can be dropped. Be thankful that God does not carry grudges but sees you far away and runs to you and craves your reconciliation with Him. He gives you every chance. He gave His only son so that you could be reconciled. Do you really think you have the right to stay away from NLM or avoid talking to someone because he or she said so and so? Make this the year you reconcile, understand, and rise above the pettiness and the sin that so easily besets us and makes us rusty swords for a battle that requires you to be keen and sharp. What? Do you like being upset and on edge? Cast it aside. God has said, "If you love me keep my commandments." Time to show your love for Him by showing it for your fellows. Rise above it, reconcile, understand each other and move on for the cause of Christ.
Sing, laugh live in Christ
I knew this old southern preacher who used to say, "How are people s'posed to see the value of the Christian life when all you folks go 'round lookin' like you'se weaned on a dill pickle?" He was right. When we sing sing to the Lord in church do I care what the guy behind me thinks of my singing? He'd better get ready because I'm singing! When you live in Christ you live a life of victory not defeat. Did you ever see an winning team slump off the field? They jump and shout and look like crazy people because they know they have won the victory. Christ has already won for you. Resolve to live victoriously and people will want to know about that victory and you, who have had quite a lot of evangelism training, can tell them! We are not made to live long-faced. We don't have to pray in old English and walk around in our long robes (Pie Jesu Domine WHACK! dona eis requiem...WHACK) we are smiling ear to ear because we have so much Jesus in our hearts we may explode all over the place. Lighten up, smile, laugh, sing, and rejoice. Your father is GOD and your brother is Jesus, and you are a mamber of the royal family. Start acting like it.
You have reached the age where many of you are working, earning money, getting allowances, whatever. Pray about starting to give from your own earnings to your church. If you already are, great. Plan your finances based on 90 percent of what you make. Pretend that the amount you decide to give is not even a question. This is a challenge for all of us. You won't be a Level Head forever. You should prepare your heart for the big room right now. Pray about it. Talk to your folks. Give what you purpose in your heart to give, be consistent, and watch what God will do with what you give.
Anything else?
I hope you will give it all you have this year and bring your A-game to work, to school, to church, to Next Level and to your home. God has a plan for you. Pray that he would make clear what your gift is and how you can best use it. Make this year the year you take your spiritual life to the next level.
In Christ
Fearless Leader (because of Christ).