Monday, March 31, 2008

Family Life Ministry Retreat

A few weeks ago we had a Family Life Ministry Retreat at our house. To build community and have some fun within our team we played Wii Tennis. Erica took first place in the winners bracket and Greg took first place in the losers bracket. Good times.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Challenge Day

I was given the opportunity to be a part of changing lives today at Alta Sierra Intermediate School. What you are here in these pictures is 1. A student that often feels lonely and left out because he is deaf is being surrounded by people who have committed to be his friend and 2. One of the students in my small group for the day is giving someone else the sign for love as a means of supporting the person that is sharing some deep thoughts. I wonder what will happen on Monday as a result of today!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Production Team Member

This is Matt Babcock. He's part of our Student Impact ministry team. He serves in Turnpike as our lighting technician. During his light training we took a few minutes to goof around. This is Matt living out his rock-star dreams. Nice, Matt!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Green Tea

Who drinks Green Tea? That's right, Paul of http://blogs.clovishills.com/paulhaugen does.

Long Awaited Video: Our New Friend

Here's what all those crazy tweets from @micahfoster, @ericafoster and @haugenpaul were about on Sunday night. Enjoy our remembering of "Porsha."

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wow!

We are at the Haugen residence. Right now and I've got an insane story about our experience tonight. This picture is a clue to the video documentation that is to come.

Packed

Easter Sunday @ New Harvest Church is PACKED! Standing room only.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter

We weren't expecting the Easter Bunny to come!

Creek Walk

Waiting for Easter Service run through to start! Think peaceful thoughts...like the San Luis Obispo Creek Walk. Ahhh, that's nice.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Avila Beach

Making a quick stop.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Family Life Ministry Retreat

My current boss vs. My future boss. Who will win in this Wii tournament?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Game today in Turnpike

Who eats jelly beans while upside down, seriously?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hawk Nelson part 2

Just regular guys.

Hawk Nelson

Pretty good and loud show thus far.

New Harvest Church Student Ministry WIN

This is a post I found on Facebook today from one of our students that is about to graduate from high school. She has only been coming to New Harvest Church less than a year. But real life-change has occurred in her life and heart. Read her "note" from her Facebook.

Title: "I'm Not Who I Was" - Emily Silveira

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The title of this post is the name of a song by Brandon Heath that is
very fitting at this time in my life. I am definitely not who I was. I
have an amazing new family of friends that I would be lost without.
Some old relationships have been rekindled and some new loves have
sparked my heart. Jesus has opened my eyes to an amazing world. It
hurts sometimes, there are hurdles and distractions, but the ultimate
prize of eternal life with my Savior makes it well worth the effort.
"No one said it would be easy" and trust me this radical life change
hasn't been. Shannon, my mentor and quickly becoming one of my closest
friends, asked all of us in her small group to write out our testimony
and email it to here. That's what I'm sitting here thinking about: my
life before Jesus, the moment when he came into my life, and how my
life has changed. Wow! Just look at how much my life has changed! I
spent my days in a self-induced blur, most memories fading into the
next unable to seperate. Then Jesus found me in the deepest and darkest
of holes and reached out His hand. I've held on with every fiber of my
being. Now, the sunlight tickling my skin doesn't remind me how fake my
happiness is, but rather how amazing our God is that created the stars
and the sun and still knows us all better than we know ourselves. He
truly is amazing, isn't he? With the changes inside me, I also had to
make changes outside me. I thought it would be hard to leave behind my
old life, but I honestly don't miss it. Sure there are times when I
just want to say, "Okay God, I'm just going to go out tonight, relive
the good times and then I'll go back to following you." But as Shannon
has said so perfectly, you can't just pick and choose when you want to
be a Christ-follower. He is always there tugging at your heart,
reminding you that He is there. I left behind all of the boys I used to
mess around with and have found the most amazing boyfriend.


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Kyle is sweet, caring, funny, smart, nerdy, and (best of all)
Christian! We met at church in the youth group where I have beat-boxed,
won burping contests, and conquered my fear of heights. He's been by my
side through every moment, well, I think he missed the burping contest.
I am making an album of all my friends there that I will continue to
fill up. I will also keep you all updated with my LTI progress. I met
with Greg and Donna today. We're all very excited. I can't wait! I am
so glad that God brought me to New Harvest and reopened my heart to the
joy I find working with children.

And that's why we do what we do.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Rock Band @ Buckhead Church

I took this from Fee's blog. Thanks guys!

This is awesome. Buckhead Church decided to play Rock Band in service to illustrate that fact that we all want to be great at something. Wow, I bet that was amazing!

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Replacing Myself

I've successfully found a man who can lead our Turnpike Production Team. I am so excited for this small load to be taken off my back and for the team to really forge together and create the best environmental product possible. Thank you God!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Local Ministry Blogs

Recently I've found some interesting ministry blogs from the greater Fresno/Clovis area. It's great to see that people are starting to use web 2.0 to communicate with volunteers and other ministry leaders. I love it! Here's a local sampling of what I read:

  • New Covenant Community Church Production Blog.
  • Erica Foster, my wife, Elementary Coordinator at New Harvest Church...she's the erica in micahanderica.blogspot.com. But she wanted her own space.
  • Greg Zuffelato, who will soon be my boss here at New Harvest Church.
  • Randy Parker, Creative and Technical Arts Director at New Covenant Community Church
  • Tim Yeager, works at a Mac Store and serves at The Well Community Church
  • Brad Bell, Pastor at The Well Community Church
I know, I know...not all of these people have recent posts. In fact two of them have only ONE post on their blogs. But I keep waiting, anxiously for the ministry-blogging world here in Fresno/Clovis to explode with great insights and awesome ideas.

If you've got someone you read...send them my way.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tom's Shoes Just Arrived

Planning

I'm sitting here planning for the future of Turnpike, Catalyst and Re:action. Wow...it's crazy to think that I started at this church with one assignment...Turnpike. And now I have three. I pray that God continues to fill the leadership gaps in our small groups.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Fun Nuggets of Information

I am two years older than my wife.
I love Diet Coke.
I used to be addicted to Counter-Strike, now I just play every once in a while.
I have a dog named Cooper - the neighbors don't like him.
I live in a gated-community (renting).
I am addicted to Twitter.com
I love to go the movies.
I went to Pepperdine University.
I was in a vocal group called Won By One for three years.
I spent 3 months in Germany (2002).
I am in the process of Replacing Myself in many areas of my work.
I love my Maker.

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