Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I hope everyone’s Christmas was exciting! Kelly and I met some really cool friends this past week. They are from Brazil. They are here on their summer break joining us for our winter break. They picked Pensacola because it was in sunny Florida and it had an airport. But instead of warm sunny weather they got snow flurries, in Florida!
Sometimes life does not give you what you expect. It goes with the old saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I guess in this case, when life gives you snow, make snow cones. It’s stopping to realize that God is still in control that makes you smile. And though things did not turn out the way you thought they would, He is still good. So, in the words of our Brazilian friends, “No worries.”– Chris
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wow!?! I was at the mall the other day and couldn’t believe the chaos. People were everywhere and acting all kinds of crazy. And where you really have to be careful is the parking lot. People don’t play around when it comes to parking. Then, when you get inside the mall, its defensive driving 101; know where you’re going and what you’re getting (and always keep your head up). If not, you will get run over. Seriously.
With this said, we all have to be careful about…our attitude. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you know how you ought to answer each one.” Merry Christmas and I’ll see you out there (I’m not done shopping yet).
Reminder: No Fusion this Wednesday and No Connection Groups on Sunday (Just one big service at 10:00am)– Chris
Thursday, December 16, 2010
School is out and Christmas parties are in! As the season gets busy and we run around getting presents for everyone, please do not forget the message of Christmas. It was God’s message to the world over 2000 years ago, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” This should still be our message today.
A student asked me, “Don’t you think it was easier to celebrate his birth then, as opposed to now?” I said, maybe, but then they had kings and culture to worry about. And to spread the message that a king or a savior is born, while a king is ruling, could have gotten you killed. Now, we can celebrate in freedom! So, Jesus may not be in a manger anymore, but he is alive and well. And we celebrate the king’s birthday. Spread the good news!
Remember, no Wednesday Fusion for the next 2 weeks. And we are caroling Sunday @ 2:00pm.– Chris
Thursday, December 9, 2010
What a great Christmas party! Congratulations to the 8th grade guys. They had the best choreographed dance to *NSYNC’s Merry Christmas that anyone has ever seen. Now, we are going to be picking up tinsel for the next 3 weeks. And since we know you can sing, I look forward to seeing you as we Christmas Carol on Dec. 19th.
Well, we have only one more Wednesday night before Christmas break. There are no Wednesday night Fusions on Wednesday Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. And on Sunday Dec. 26 there are no SSCGs, just one big service at 10:00am. I look forward to seeing you then.– Chris
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Now, the week after Thanksgiving…Did someone say Christmas is here?! Before Christmas though, we have several items on the Calendar for December. Here are a few:
Saturday Dec. 4 – 6th Grade Christmas Party
Monday Dec. 6 – HIS Bible Study and BAM Bible Study
Wednesday Dec. 8 – High School and Middle School Christmas Party Saturday
Dec. 11 – 7th and 8th Grade Christmas Parties (different times and places…see flyers)
See you during Fusion!– Chris
Monday, November 22, 2010
Ahhh…the week of Thanksgiving. Family, food and fun. How exciting! As I think about it, I am reminded of pastor’s challenge to write down ten things we are thankful for. And do this for the next month. It really opens your mind to things you may overlook and it begins your day with a grateful heart. So, I’ve decided to take a moment and thank the Lord for ten things:
1. Jesus (My Savior, my friend, and my Lord)
2. My wife (she is the coolest)
3. The family I worship with (Olive Baptist)
4. My health (never take this for granted)
5. The house I live in (one mile from church…yes!)
6. The Middle School Department (for keeping me on my toes)
7. My bike (white walls are the best)
8. My friends (keeping me accountable)
9. The sun (vitamin D, soak it up, the days are shorter)
10. Missionaries (all of us… spreading hope!) What are you thankful for?
Reminder, we are not having Fusion this Week (Nov. 24). Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll see you Sunday.– Chris
Monday, November 8, 2010
As you evaluate your life, to what degree is it characterized by possessions/things/stuff versus a desire to worship and obey God?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Possessions/things/stuff desire to worship/obey
Many people, including believers, pursue lose-lose situations by focusing on this life rather than the one to come. Ask God to help you clearly and honestly understand your focus and to give you courage to allow Him to make any adjustments to that focus He deems necessary. – Life Focus
“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15– Chris
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This semester has been going great! With our Connection Groups, Reaction Groups, and Bible Study Groups in full swing, we are staying busy. Here is a quick little blurb on a few of our upcoming activities:
BAM. Guys, we are meeting next week, Nov. 12 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. We are meeting here at Olive and riding together to the Hall’s house. We are having a bonfire and discussing God’s work in our lives this past month. Come ready to dive deeper into His word. Also, be prepared to do your dares.
HIS. Ladies, Monday you are not doing the craft that is scheduled. Instead, Natalie Ray will be leading your Bible Study. Meet here at 6:30pm and go until 8:00pm.– Chris
Monday, November 1, 2010
Ahhh... November. Cooler, shorter days are on their way. With the time change and Thanskgiving coming this month, the next thing you know it'll be Christmas. Then New Year. Time flies!
But do not let time pass you by. Rejoice in the Lord always and give thanks in all circumstances. Many times we find ourselves going, going, going and life passes us by. But the life the Lord has given us should be lived to worship him and to enjoy his presence daily. Continue to have fun this holiday season and remember to stop and give thanks.– Chris
Monday, October 25, 2010
I am looking forward to this weekend. First we have the Fall Festival, and then we have an amazing opportunity to celebrate pastor’s 20 year anniversary with the church. How exciting is that! I would like to say thank you, pastor, for everything you have done. It has been a pleasure working and worshiping along side of you. We, the middle school, are praying for you and Liz as you follow our Lord and lead our church into another great 20 years or so.
Just a reminder, we are not having SSCG this Sunday. Not at 8:00am nor at 9:30am. Instead, there will be one big service at 9:30am in honor of pastor. I look forward to seeing you there.– Chris
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wow, what a great weekend! The weather was perfect. Not too hot and not too cold and green flags all along the beach. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making the Fall Retreat successful: Kyle Norton for speaking, Cobra Attack for playing, the Gilliland’s for cooking, and all the leaders for being there.
But most importantly we thank our Lord Jesus Christ. Without Christ none of this would have been possible, not even the weather. He surrounded us with his watchful care and led us in a great time of worship. We had 72 students and 97 people all together. Great crew!– Chris
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Press On. “I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 3:13-14. Retreat begins tomorrow. Please be here at 5:00pm. We leave at 5:30 sharp. And don’t forget to eat before you arrive.
This week for SSCG we are meeting all together at 9:30am upstairs Rousseau. Mr. Mike Bodie will be speaking to the entire group. Speaking of SSCG, we will NOT be having any SSCG’s October 31.
I look forward to a great weekend and the Retreat folks will see you Sunday at 2:30pm.– Chris
Monday, October 11, 2010
Fall Retreat: 4 days and counting. We leave @ 5:30pm from the church parking lot. Those of you who are going, please eat before you arrive. Please bring: Bible, sleeping bag or sheets, blankets, pillow, bath and beach towels, toiletries, swimsuit, casual clothes, jacket (just in case), favorite sports team jersey/shirt, money for drink machine and snacks. Things NOT to bring: skate or surf board, prank stuff, IPOD, or cell phone. – This is a retreat. We are getting away from the everyday stuff!
By the way, we rescheduled last week’s parent meeting to this week. Please meet this Wednesday night in Rousseau Hall @ 7:15pm for a final Q and A time about the retreat.– Chris
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Fall Retreat - "Press On" is coming up soon. Deadline for registration has passed, but if you really really really want to still go, let me know.
Our key verses for this weekend are out of Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”– Chris
Monday, October 4, 2010
A quick reminder about HIS. It is an acronym for He Is Sufficient. This is a Bible Study for Middle School girls. It is from II Corinthians 3:5, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our sufficiency comes from God.” They are meeting today, Monday the 4th @ 6:30pm in Rousseau Hall.
Guys, you are also meeting in Rousseau Hall @ 6:30pm for Bible Study. Dads, you are invited as well. We will be discussing cost, places to go, and many more things to come!
Also, this Wednesday (Oct. 6th), in upstairs Rousseau, I am meeting with all parents who are interested in the Fall Retreat. We will be discussing everything Retreat: Chaperons, Rules, Things to Bring, etc. Come, ready with questions.– Chris
Thursday, September 30, 2010
We are studying a new lesson in Connection Groups this week: Catch Phrases. So this Sunday is “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree.” It is speaking of the fall of man.
To sum it all up is Romans 5:12-14, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.”
Sin is rebellion against God, sin hinders our relationship with God, and sin leads to death. Praise God for Jesus dying for our sins!– Chris
Monday, September 27, 2010
Believe or not, the middle school guys are beginning a Bible study. It has been long awaited for…but we are beginning Oct. 4 @ 6:30pm. It will be an introductory meeting providing an overview of the coming year.
The key verse is I Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” Come, be a part of this great opportunity to connect with other students and grow in your walk with Christ.
Ladies, remember that you are meeting for HIS in upstairs Rousseau tonight @ 6:30pm.– Chris
Friday, September 24, 2010
There was a great turn out at See You at the Pole. I must apologize to all my Simms Middle School Students. Their SYATP began @ 6:40am. So, I set my alarm at 5:00am. And since my allergies have been bothering me, I took some medicine that night…and not to make excuses (the medicine made me do it) I slept through my alarm. Kelly said it went off, but I don’t think it really went off.
But of course I don’t remember. But I do remember waking up thinking, “It’s not supposed to be this bright outside at 5:00 in the morning…ahhhh, I’m late!” I’m sorry. Thank you to those that showed up and spent time in prayer.– Chris
Monday, September 20, 2010
Mmmm bop the Mau Mau. We had a great time this past weekend at the Big Mau Mau. We had a great turn out and lots of fun. A big thank you goes out to everyone that brought their boats and jet skis; And of course, to our cooks for grilling over 150 hamburgers and hotdogs. And believe it or not, we ate it all! So, who was the Big Mau Mau.....ask Kutch, Hunter, Gabby, or Jasmine.
Our next big event is October 15-17. It is our fall retreat: PRESS ON! The cost is $55.00 and we will be staying on Panama City Beach at the Blue Horizon. It is always a great time with a guest band from here in Pensacola and a guest speaker from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.– Chris
Monday, September 13, 2010
Have you ever asked, “If God is loving, why did He allow this to happen to me?” Whether it’s a schedule change at school, a failed job opportunity or even worse, someone in your family passes away or your parents are getting a divorce. There are hurts and pains that we do not ask for and yet we have them. Why? The “why” questions are not necessarily bad, they simply do not ultimately provide what we are looking for. When we look through the knotholes of our pain, pain is all we see. When we accept the fact that we don’t have the full picture, then we begin to realize in a new and fresh way (Kingdom Eyes) that there is a larger picture in which God stands and consistently reveals Himself to be good and loving.
The Big Mau Mau is 5 days and counting. Come this Saturday to see who it could be. Meet at the church @ 8:45am and return @ 5:00pm. Its free of charge, but bring one or two dollars for extra activities.– Chris
Thursday, September 9, 2010
You are my God, my life, my holy delight. But is this enough to say of you? Can any man say enough when he speaks of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you! For even those who are most gifted with speech cannot find words to describe you. (Confessions, 1.4)
Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” And though there are not enough words to describe our amazing God, we should proclaim his glory louder the stars at night… for they do not know his grace as we do.– Chris
Thursday, September 2, 2010
KNOW. OWN. KNOWN. We must know our faith. We must own our faith. We must make our faith known. As mentioned before, the next several months the middle school department is making their faith known by apologetics. Apologetics is knowing what you believe and why you believe it; then, learning to verbalize it (Defending the faith). As a Christian, there are times when people ask you difficult questions about your faith. How do you respond? Do you know your faith? Have you owned your faith? Do people know where you stand?
The Big Mau Mau is on Saturday, September 18. Be here at 8:45am. We are leaving at 9:00am sharp! And it’s not WHAT the Big Mau Mau is; it’s WHO the Big Mau Mau is.– Chris
Monday, August 30, 2010
This week in Fusion we are focusing on apologetics; Knowing Christ and making Him known. This week’s key verse is I Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” We will be learning how to defend our faith. And therefore, we need to be prepared to tell someone what we believe and why we believe it. All parents and students are welcome!
Remember, tutoring is available from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Wednesday. The Big Mau Mau is on Saturday, September 18. See You At the Pole is on September, 22. And the Fall Retreat is on October 15, 16, and 17. Mark your calendar!– Chris
Thursday, August 26, 2010
What an exciting week! New Connection Group on Sunday, new school classes on Monday, and a new Fusion on Wednesday. You may be asking yourself, what’s new about Fusion on Wednesday? Well, I am glad you asked. From 5:00pm to 6:00pm we are opening our doors to Rousseau for anyone needing help with homework…or want to get done with it. We have tutors on site and are ready to help. Then, we are “hangin out with guys”, listening to the “Old Fusion”, and the not so new part is listening to me speak. And let’s not forget Reaction Groups. Come; see what all the excitement is about.
September 18 we are going to Blue Angel Recreation area and cooking out. This is for all grades and it’s free! Put it on your calendar.– Chris
Friday, August 20, 2010
I John 5:21 says, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” (NLT) As the new school year begins, keep in mind all the things that could possibly take the place of God in your hearts: Boyfriends, girlfriends, money, grades, popularity, toys, and then guard your heart from those things. It is easy to lust after things that are temporary. God says to seek after those things that are eternal: the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Seeking his holiness should be the one thing and the only thing that concerns us. Everything else is like chasing after the wind (meaningless).
Remember, all Connection Groups for middle school meet in upstairs Rousseau. Come hungry for breakfast, but more importantly come hungry for God’s word. See you there!
By the way, if any middle school students need help in school, tutors are available in any subjects from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in upstairs Rousseau Hall.– Chris
Thursday, August 12, 2010
“Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see…” Does anyone remember that old children’s song? We revisited this song and learned to be kind last night. What does being kind look like? We learned what Jesus did in the Book of Luke. Jesus met Zacchaes and befriended him.
But if you remember, from society’s view point, Zacchaeus was looked down upon. He was a tax collector. That’s bad news. But Jesus not only showed kindness, he sought to save that which was lost. And that’s what we should do: purposefully show kindness to everyone (no matter who they are), that the lost shall be saved. And that we need to tell people why we are being kind – Jesus.– Chris
Monday, August 9, 2010
When given a blank canvas, what would you paint? Last night our students had an opportunity to create a masterpiece of their own. Come to find out, we have some amazingly talented students here at Olive. Look to see these master pieces displayed in upstairs Rousseau in the coming future. The students will be giving autographs later.
Speaking of masterpieces, when God was handed a blank canvas, what did he create? God’s signature surrounds us daily. As the sun rises to when the stars shine, God’s handiwork is evident. Not only did he create everything, he created everyone. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We are his masterpiece!
See you tonight, come ready to bowl. Remember to bring $10.00.– Chris
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Adult VBS. What is adult VBS? Well, its just like children’s VBS, just for adults. There is a rally, break out sessions, recreation, and even snacks! But don’t worry; we have something for your children as well. All throughout the campus there will be something for children, middle school, and high school. For middle school on Sunday there will be paint night. Bring something you can paint in and meet in Rousseau. Monday, we are bowling. Meet in Rousseau and bring $10.00. We are going to Oops Alley. Tuesday, we are having a picture scavenger hunt. And Wednesday we are having Fusion.
I look forward to seeing everyone there!– Chris
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Nothing like M & M’s, cheesecake and maté; another excellent night hanging out with parents! But parents, though we are not having any more “parent” nights, please come hang out with us on Wednesday during Fusion and see what we do. Who knows, you may want to make this a permanent place to stay!
Because of Big Kahunas this Monday we are NOT having Monday Madness. We are going to be in Destin from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Be here by 9:15am and come ready to get wet. Ladies, one piece swimsuit. Gentleman, no speedos.– Chris
Monday, July 19, 2010
Kelly and I had our 10 year high school reunion this past weekend. Can anyone say, “Whoa, time flies!” It was exciting yet strange to see everyone you went to school with. Some people I couldn’t even recognize…seriously. Well, come to think of it, I was one of those people. You should have seen me in high school compared to now. Now that’s strange!
Big Kahunas is coming up. So instead of Monday Madness next week, we are going to Destin to spend the day on water slides! The cost is $29.00 and money for food. Please register by Wednesday of this week (July 21). We leave Monday morning at 9:30am and return at 6:30pm.– Chris
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ah, tea time. One of our favorite things to do in the Reeser home is have tea. I think everyone should have some time during the day where they stop, relax, and have some tea. Or those of you who know us, mate. God has given us the gift of today, we need to be still and thank him for it.
Speaking of thank yous, thank you, parents, for a great time last night. I learned a lot of fun stuff about you (and your children). Next week we are doing the same thing, but this time the parents are upstairs and the students are downstairs. And even if you showed up this week and want to hang out again, please join us. Next week we will bring the mate!– Chris
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Guard rails. Has anyone ever thought about guard rails before? Kelly and I travel over the 3 mile bridge every day, twice a day. And you would be amazed at how many times the guard rails get hit. I am talking about the cement guard rails before you enter the water. Crazy, yes. So, what are some guard rails in your life? What causes you to stop and say, I shouldn’t be doing this or I shouldn’t be going there? As Mr. Mike taught us last night, we need to put up guard rails in our life: Choose friends wisely, do not compromise your faith, and do not pretend to be someone you are not (you are a child of God). This will keep you out of the danger zone…or the water.
4 Days away! I look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning for SL camp. Remember, be here at 4:30AM and bring your lunch. And especially your Bible. Oh, and your toothbrush. And your sheets and blankets. And your alarm clock. And your $10 dollar key deposit. Mmm, and your fantastic attitude. But DO NOT bring your cell phone or IPOD!– Chris
Monday, June 28, 2010
Ah, bummer. The USA team is out of the World Cup. Disappointing, yes, but not the end of the world. We must keep things in perspective, God is still absolutely amazing! (I think Argentina and Brazil are going to be in the final). What do you think?
Thank you to those who helped paint yesterday afternoon. It looks like we painted a Wendy’s Frosty onto the wall of upstairs Rousseau. Mmmm, it looks good!
Camp, Camp, Camp. I am going to camp. Are you? If you are a parent who has a child going to camp and have questions, please meet upstairs Rousseau @ 7:30pm. (After Wednesday Activities are over.) We will have Q and A, time to meet the chaperons, look at the itinerary, etc. It will not last more than 30 minutes.– Chris
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Gooooooaaaaaal!!! USA scores in the 91st minute of their must win match yesterday! They advance to play Ghana next round. Then today, the 5th grade boys got the song OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE, OLE stuck in my head. Now I cannot stop singing it. Has that ever happened to you? Maybe it’s these VBS songs that are stuck playing in your head over and over again. What’s the remedy for that? It’s like trying to get rid of hiccups. It’s possible to get rid of, but they are annoying until you do get rid of them.
Here is something to get stuck in your head: Monday Madness resumes this Monday @ 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Then, Wednesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm is Fusion. I look forward to seeing you there!– Chris
Monday, June 21, 2010
I don’t know about you, but I am crazy busy these days. Trying to keep up with the World Cup (Go USA!!), trying to stay on top of my school, and trying to make the 5th grade portion of VBS run smooth; whoa, that’s a whole lot of trying. I feel like Dora on “Finding Nemo”, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…just keep trying, just keep trying. And I think that is the problem, I keep trying to do things on my own. Do you ever find yourself exhausted of trying? Trying to do everything with your own strength? Well, this is what is helping me out: stop trying to do things on your own, be still, and pray. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Phil. 4:13)
Reminder, No Fusion this week. …And soccer evals begin this weekend. Anyone playing? Kelly and I are coaching!– Chris
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Go. Promise. Protect. This is the lesson Jed taught us last night during Fusion. Every time God tells us to Go, he gives us a Promise and Protects us along the way. Look to Joshua 1:2-7. Be strong and courageous!
Current Events: 7th grade girls – Meet in Rousseau @ 6:30pm Friday, June 18 (tomorrow) and return @ 11:00am Saturday, June 19.
Please remember, NO Monday Madness or Fusion next week. VBS is taking over the church!– Chris
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wow! What a weekend. The F8th Fiesta was great! We had over 80 students there, not including the high school students or the leaders. A huge thank you goes out to the Frymans and to the leaders that made it all happen.
Don’t forget, today is our Monday Madness, but next week (June 21-25) we do NOT have Monday Madness or Fusion due to VBS.
Oh, if you see Joel McDonald this week, tell him congratulations. He is getting married on Saturday.– Chris
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Hola a todos. Hello everyone. Check out the countdown in the top right hand corner of this page. It’s counting down to our F8th Fiesta! It’s Saturday night at 6:00pm. Remember to meet here at the church at 5:30pm if you need a ride. It is going to be an exciting night. Mrs. Sandy, Kelly and I have just returned from a shopping trip for the Fiesta. Oh yea, lots of tacos, nachos, and candy. We also got piñatas! Just to fill you in: 6:00 to 6:30 - we eat. From 6:30 to 7:30 - inside games and devotions. From 7:30 to 8:30 - free time (swimming, Basketball, soccer, etc.). Then from 8:30 to 10:00 - capture the flag. Return to the church at 10:30pm sharp.
Don’t forget, next week we have our Monday Madness from 1:00 to 4:00.– Chris
Monday, June 7, 2010
Aaahhh Summer! Long hot days. The radio said today (Monday) is supposed to be the hottest day so far. The heat index sends us over 105 degrees. I don’t think my wife knows what to do. She hasn’t seen a summer, especially a Florida summer, in over 2 years. As a matter of fact, she has been through 5 consecutive winters. Crazy huh?!
Speaking of Monday, all 6th, 7th, 8th, and future 6th graders are invited today at 1:00pm to join us in Rousseau Hall to play games and hang out. We may go outside, depends on the heat! It ends at 4:00pm. Bring your tennis shoes. Monday Madness!
Last note, our F8th Fiesta is this weekend (Saturday, June 12). It is for everyone and it is from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Fryman’s home in Molino. If you need a ride be at the church at 5:30pm, sharp. Look for more info in the mail. Also, bring a towel if you plan to go swimming. Oh and 8th graders, bring your dancing shoes.– Chris
Thursday, June 3, 2010
School is almost out for the summer!! Escambia County tomorrow and Santa Rosa next week. We have a lot of exciting things over the summer. First, every Monday of the summer at 1:00pm we are meeting at the church and playing games and hanging out. It is from 1 to 4. We are calling it Monday Madness. We are playing games such as kickball, frisbee, soccer, etc. Every once in a while we will leave campus (to the beach), but we will let you know ahead of time where and when we are going.
Also, don’t forget our F8th Fiesta. Saturday, June 12. Meet at the church at 5:30pm or at the Fryman’s at 6:00pm. Bring a bathing suit to swim in, shoes to run in and friend to join in.– Chris
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The more we promote the F8th Fiesta, the more I get excited about it! We are going to have tons of exciting things to do. And it is for ALL students in ALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. If you received a flyer last night from your child, I apologize for all the typos. Therefore, here is my interpretation: Floating=Swimming/ Futbol=Soccer/ Danielle=Kathleen/ and if you need a ride, be at Olive at 5:30pm. And yes, we are starting at 6:00pm on June 12. It is going to be a late night, but the glow in the dark capture the flag is going to be worth it! Parents are welcomed to join us. Honestly, I would love to see you there.
Remember to put on the full armor of God every day: Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of Peace, Faith, Salvation, the Word of God. May it be a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.– Chris
Monday, May 24, 2010
How do you honor your father and mother? I thought a lot about this question yesterday. My parents have done so much for me and I want to honor them. You know, let them know how much I appreciate them. And come to think about it, my dad has a birthday in June. He turns…. anyways, I have been thinking of creative ways of throwing him a party. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
Just another subtle reminder, the F8th Fiesta is June 12. We are going to have food, games (glow-in-the-dark capture the flag), and a special surprise for all our 8th graders (hence the “F8th” Fiesta). You won’t want to miss it!– Chris
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I missed everyone during Fusion. I heard it was fun. Thanks to Jeremy Broxterman for bringing the Word. On the other hand, Kelly and I have made it to Washington DC. Everything here is spectacular: Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, etc. And today we are going to spend time on the Mall! Did anyone know that the Mexican President is here right now?...Me neither.
I was talking to a new friend last night about when he met the Lord and came to the conclusion... God still works in miraculous ways! Not only does his creation sing of his glory, but He miraculously moves in the lives of people everywhere. So, my question is: Have you seen God work in a miraculous way lately? He is moving all around us. Listen. What is He telling you?– Chris
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wow! What a great weekend. I got to lead a DNOW Bible study for the high school students of Heritage Baptist Church on Friday and Saturday. Then I ate breakfast on Sunday with the 8th graders (Mmmm...Chocolate Chip pancakes - Thank you to Mike and Amy Bodie) at Olive. Then, to top it off, worship was amazing!
God really spoke to me this weekend about personal holiness. The topic reminded me of A.W. Tozer's statement, "A man is as spiritual as he wants to be." The question is, do we long for holiness as if we were being held underwater longing to take our next breath of air? Is becoming like Christ that important to us? I pray that everyone is as passionate about God as he was for us when he sent his son to die for us. Amen!
Remember the F8th FIESTA on June 12 and camp money due June 13.– Chris
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Ah, musical chairs. It doesn’t get any better than this: 80 students trying to sit in 50 chairs, 50 students trying to sit in 30 chairs, 30 students trying to sit in 15 chairs, 15 students trying to sit in 8 chairs, then 8 students trying to sit in 1 chair. Congratulations to Sarah Faulkner for winning! Also, to Lauren Kirkland for answering our Bible trivia last night: What are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s original names? (The answer is found in Daniel Chapter 1).
Thank you, everyone, for a great night in Fusion and I look forward to seeing everyone Sunday morning! Remember, mark your calendar for June 12. It is our F8TH FIESTA! Also, June 13th is the deadline to pay the remaining camp $. Wow, summer is almost here!– Chris
Monday, May 10, 2010
It was great to see everyone at Fusion. Congratulations to Halie for correctly answering our trivia and to Khalil for winning our ping-pong challenge. And as we talked about last night, I pray that everyone is walking with integrity and consistency as you are at home and at school. We are to imitate God as dear children and walk in love, light, and wisdom. Live it out and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday…don’t forget our Bargain Bazaar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.– Chris