Super Day

BUSY weekend. Here are some pictures from our annual All Church Picnic, the one that happens to always fall on the same day as some big football game. Of course, because of the picnic, we have to cancel the evening service.

Really. It’s the picnic’s fault.

But we always have a TON of people. The free hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, and soda probably has something to do with that. And people bring a lot of other food, too.

I’m in at 6:30am – Jack, our breakfast chef, always beats me in – and I’m last out, about 5pm. It’s a long day, with a lot of work in between.

But everyone has a great time. Glad it’s over.

Picture #1: The guys wait to test their muscle.

Picture #2: Sam gives his “Of COURSE I’m going to hit the bell” look.

Picture #3: Pastor Pete, master of the fun.

Picture #4: Dalton is SO STRONG, he bends the handle! Or my iPhone doesn’t do action photography. One or the other.

Picture #5: Sam hits one out of the park. Or to the cat. Again. But not the bell. At least he was happy about it.

Legendary…and not so much

It was a DVR night. Watched Dream Wife with Trudi and Shae. Two words – insipid; dumb. Disappointing, too, since it stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr (three years before they did An Affair to Remember.

Then watched a couple episodes of Jon and Kate Plus 8. (Kate needs to watch herself on TV sometime so she can see what a nag she is.)

This followed an late afternoon with Sam, Shae, and Dalton at the movies watching I am Legend. Well made, but highly unenjoyable for me. Too much tension. (PG-13 because of the violence and horror genre.)

Bowling with Sam and Shae

Spent New Year’s Day at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, cheering for the Gators and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow. Shae and I wore Tebow jerseys. Unfortunately, the Gators lost. We had a good time.

Shae as we wait to get in. You can see Sam sitting in the background

Sam was tired after staying up all night.

Actually, he was happy. He’s just serious about eating.

This is on the ramp on the way to our seats. Sam would make a new friend shortly after this picture.

Ashley Pounders and Shae.

From our seats, high in section 312.

The Gators on the field.

Fireworks were at eye level.

Apache flyover

My favorite picture and memory of the whole day

Not in church on Sunday

Rarely am I not in church on Sunday. In fact, I don’t know when I last missed. (I’ll save my reasons for another post.)

But today Trudi and I skipped going to church.

A friend of ours blessed us beyond measure with a week at a condo on Marco Island. (If you don’t know where that is, look it up…there’s not much south of here that’s still in the U.S.) We had a very relaxing day today, getting up very late, having breakfast, taking a walk on the beach, watching football and movies and generally doing nothing.

Tomorrow we return home to take Sam to his basketball game, then we’ll come back to the beach for the rest of the week. Looking forward to it.

Scrooge 24/7

At least, it feels like it’s Scrooge all-day, everyday at the moment. This is the last week of preparation before Friday’s opening night. Monday’s dress rehearsal was over at about 10:30pm. Last night was about an hour shorter. Last night was the first night for everyone in makeup, so that took some getting used to for the new cast members.

Tonight is church, and tomorrow is our final dress rehearsal.

This picture, from last week, made me laugh. Sam and Jeff Kirkland were taking their bows during Whaddaya Say. I was tempted to put it on the Scrooge blog, but I’ll just keep it here for now.

Stretch Run

It’s the last 2 weeks of our preparation for the 18th Annual Presentation of the Gospel According to Scrooge at Faith Assembly.

You’d think after 18 years (along with my 3 years of Scrooge in Ocala) this would be getting easier. Nope.

But neither is it less fun. The challenge of getting 120 people on the stage, along with all the stage and technical crews, moving in the same direction is always fun. Not always good fun, but fun anyway.

Here’s a picture from last night during the “Ring the Bells” song. I’ll also be posting this on the Scrooge blog.

List of Thanks 2007

  • “God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” (Romans 5:8, The Message). Getting what I don’t deserve; not getting what I do.
  • Family.
  • Friends.
  • A home to live in.
  • (lots) of good food to eat and a wife who loves to cook it.
  • The Gators.
  • My Powerbook, iPhone, and other computer goodies.
  • Sports on T.V.
  • Holiday movies.
  • Good health.
  • I still have (most of) my hair.
  • The sense of smell.
  • 82 and sunny.

Talking Turkey on the CDP

Just posted the latest episode of the Church Drama Podcast. It’s our Thanksgiving Show, though no one dressed up as Pilgrims or Indi- uh, native Americans. Another fun show.

…and to all a goodnight

Before I head to bed, thought I’d fill in a couple of the gaps from the day. Hope you enjoyed it. It was an experiment for me, and a way to share “A Day in the Life” with you. Here are some tidbits that didn’t make it into the blog before now, but which were part of the day…

– Between the groceries and dropping off paperwork, there was a picture I tried to get, but just missed. It was of Trudi passing me headed the opposite direction on the interstate as she went to pick up Shae from school. I snapped the picture, but my shutter was too slow to catch her.

– Before we went to Kohl’s there was a quick stop by the church to pick up the receipt for Trudi’s gifts that I left in my office. I should have taken a picture of my office. Just because.

– As we left Kohl’s, we passed emergency vehicles blocking one lane of the road in front of the store. A fire truck blocked our view, so we couldn’t tell if it was an accident or what, although Trudi thought it looked like a red vehicle on the other side of the fire truck had front end damage. We found out later it was the car of Kathy, a friend of ours. Chase Goss and her daughter, Trinity, were also in the car. Someone had pulled out in front of them. Kathy, Chase and Trinity all seemed to be fine. Chase told me all this when I dropped Sawyer off at the church. She had pictures on her iPhone of Kathy’s car. (They would have made a good entry for the blog.)

That’s about it. Trudi and Shae are getting up early to head to JC Penneys. I have to have Sam and Summer to the church for Upward Basketball by 9am and I’ll pick up Sawyer from her sleepover then.

Good night.

Dalton and Ravioli Soup

A cool evening gets us Ravioli soup (one of my favorites) and cheesebread (the kids’ favorite).
Dalton – Sam’s friend and our “adopted son”- joined us.

Making NFL Picks

My picks for this weekend in the USA Today pool I’m in. Other members of the pool mostly are connected with Assemblies of God HQ in Springfield, Missouri. Was invited by my sister, Tammy. (Hey – Tam – no fair looking at my picks. Specially since I’m ahead of you right now!)

More from Trunk or Treat I

I have all of our pictures from Trunk or Treat in a Web Gallery on .Mac. You should be able to view all the pix and download your favorites!

Trunk or Treat I

We participated in our first Trunk or Treat Wednesday night. It was great. We had a big turnout. There were over 60 cars and a bunch of kids in costume. And a bunch of adults in costume, too.

Everyone seemed to have a good time. It was fun to walk around, seeing everyone at their decorated cars, passing out candy.

Of course, one of the most talked about things – or people – was the couple of Pastor and Naomi. At least, it looked a lot like them. (Sam and his friend, Adam, if you don’t know. Sam has the wig.)

CDP Team Wishes

I just posted this over on the Church Drama Podcast website, but I wanted to make sure everyone that knows them saw this. Some happy, happy wishes to a couple of core members of the CDP team…

Happy 33rd Wedding Anniversary to MJ and her husband, Larry.

And Happy Sporty-Heaven Birthday to Steve Carlsen today!

Affectionate or Obstinate?

The first league match for Bible Quiz was yesterday. That’s a different story. But the drive to Orlando and back gives me time to catch up on some of the podcasts I listen to.

One of those I’m trying to catch up with is Mark Carr’s at MyTrueLife. I was listening to the first in his series on the book of Ruth, when I heard this verse.

And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.” – Ruth 1:14

Read the chapter and there’s no question that both Orpah and Ruth loved their mother-in-law. Much like we love God.

But are we obstinate or just affectionate? Do we only make a show of our love – even if the show is real, genuine and deeply felt – or do we cling to God for dear life?

Orpah was deeply affectionate, deeply moved by the thought of separating from Naomi. Ruth was obstinate, refusing to separate from Naomi.

Is there a point that we accept separation from the presence of God – painful as it might be – because we think we must in order to survive? Or do we simply refuse, no matter what it might cost?

The ending is instructional. Orpah does what she feels like she has to do for herself. She is not mentioned again.

Ruth’s determination leads to the mention of her name in the genealogy of Christ.