Thursday, January 29, 2009

Alcatraz Island

A coulpe of weeks ago I visited Alcatraz Island with some guys (Paul, Aron and Ryan).  Did you know Alcatraz tweets? Have you ever been there?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Vintage Church Tweets

How would you like to receive regular updates, announcements, quotes, observations and information about or from New Vintage Church? Well, good. All you've got to do is sign up for an account on and go here to follow @NewVintageWFC. You can enable your cell phone to receive text messages or you can check it online regularly. I hope we can use this tool to get the word out about New Vintage and what God is doing in our neck of the woods (California's North Bay - Santa Rosa). While you're at it, go ahead and follow @micahfoster and @ericafoster, two NVC tweets and get their personal updates as well.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Move

Sunday was packed full of events.
  • It was Erica's last day at New Harvest Church as the Children's Ministry Director. They gave us an official send-off blessing during both services.
  • We packed our U-Haul (Erica, her mom, her sister and Jenn went ahead of me). We had some amazing packers.
    • Dana & Paul were the master-packers
    • Donna & Stacy were the supervisors / cake distributors
    • Chris was the gatherer of teenage help
    • And many, many others...too many to mention.
  • I drove the U-Haul from Fresno to Santa Rosa, Ca. with Cooper riding co-pilot. (He barked at the lady on the toll bridge, but otherwise slept.)
The day should have finished with us arriving in Santa Rosa. But no, we pushed it.
  • Grant and Jenn Saunders from New Vintage Church met us, gathered some people and powered through an unload! It was awesome!
  • We slept in our own bed.
Many thanks to many people for helping us move. We're getting settled in, but here are some pictures for you to gaze upon until....oh, let's say, tomorrow.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Baby Foster's 1st Picture

Today I saw my baby's heartbeat. It's like 5.6mm big. That's just insane. God is just a crazy artist, isn't he?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Big Announcement #2 (Perhaps the Biggest Announcement)

Watch the video for our announcement.  Let us know how you feel in a comment below.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Big Announcement #1

Over the next few days or weeks I'll be announcing several big things. My life is a whirlwind of change right now. But my first announcement is that...drum roll please...

Erica, Cooper and I are officially moving to Santa Rosa, Ca. We get the keys to a townhouse next thurs. (Jan 22) and then move that following week. You may be asking, but why? That will come in a future post. Until then, you'll just have to be shocked by my first announcement. But if you're truly shocked...that's shocking to me.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Seth Godin // How to be Remarkable

This is a year and half old, but I just read it today for the first time. Seth had some great things to say in this post from '07.

How to be Remarkable:

1. Understand the urgency of the situation. Half-measures simply won't do. The only way to grow is to abandon your strategy of doing what you did yesterday, but better. Commit.

2. Remarkable doesn't mean remarkable to you. It means remarkable to me. Am I going to make a remark about it? If not, then you're average, and average is for losers.

3. Being noticed is not the same as being remarkable. Running down the street naked will get you noticed, but it won't accomplish much. It's easy to pull off a stunt, but not useful.

4. Extremism in the pursuit of remarkability is no sin. In fact, it's practically a requirement. People in first place, those considered the best in the world, these are the folks that get what they want. Rock stars have groupies because they're stars, not because they're good looking.

5. Remarkability lies in the edges. The biggest, fastest, slowest, richest, easiest, most difficult. It doesn't always matter which edge, more that you're at (or beyond) the edge.

6. Not everyone appreciates your efforts to be remarkable. In fact, most people don't. So what? Most people are ostriches, heads in the sand, unable to help you anyway. Your goal isn't to please everyone. Your goal is to please those that actually speak up, spread the word, buy new things or hire the talented.

7. If it's in a manual, if it's the accepted wisdom, if you can find it in a Dummies book, then guess what? It's boring, not remarkable. Part of what it takes to do something remarkable is to do something first and best. Roger Bannister was remarkable. The next guy, the guy who broke Bannister's record wasn't. He was just faster ... but it doesn't matter.

8. It's not really as frightening as it seems. They keep the masses in line by threatening them (us) with all manner of horrible outcomes if we dare to step out of line. But who loses their jobs at the mass layoffs? Who has trouble finding a new gig? Not the remarkable minority, that's for sure.

9. If you put it on a T-shirt, would people wear it? No use being remarkable at something that people don't care about. Not ALL people, mind you, just a few. A few people insanely focused on what you do is far far better than thousands of people who might be mildly interested, right?

10. What's fashionable soon becomes unfashionable. While you might be remarkable for a time, if you don't reinvest and reinvent, you won't be for long. Instead of resting on your laurels, you must commit to being remarkable again quite soon.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Passion City Church // Louie Giglio

In case you are interested... Louie Giglio is getting set to launch his church in Atlanta, Ga. It's call Passion City Church. His musical staff alone is ridiculous. This church is going to shape the way people think about church in the future.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

My Friends at New Vintage Church

This morning I woke up and had an email from Pastor Andy VomSteeg leading me to a great article about their first Sunday in the Wells Fargo Center. Go read it.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Introducing the Foster Brothers

Jonas Brothers who?

Introducing The Foster Brothers!

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Portland People // Pump Church Needs Your Help

Erica and I spent New Year's Even with my sister, Cheronn, at Pump Church. Pump is in Portland, Or and their facilities are not awesome...but their ministry is! They need to move into a different facility. Do you have connections? Do you have an idea? Watch the video. And if you think you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who can help out with their facility needs...please help.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

FREE Song Download // Brett Younker's "Love Love"

Brett Younker, an up and coming worship leader, recording artist and writer, has a free song download available right now on his website. It's the acoustic version of his song "Love Love." Download it here. You can also follow him on Twitter here.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Heath Cloutier Plays Zilch for the first time

Erica and I spent New Year's Eve at P.U.M.P. Church (Portland Urban Mission Project) with my sister, Cheronn. We played Zilch (aka Farkle) and other games with some people from the church. Heath Cloutier, an old Won By One member, works at PUMP as their Executive Director. He's funny. Here's a short video of him reaction to his first roll of the game.

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I'll post more video about PUMP later, along with the tweets we met at New Year's. Follow @pumpchurch for regular updates.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Visiting Family

We're back in the NO (Fresno, for you non-fresnans). We had a great time with some family. I'll post about it this week and put up some video from my new flip mino. Right now, we're off to Clovis Hills Community Church for their Saturday night service.