Shoebox Night

This Sunday is the deadline to bring in your completed shoeboxes. Some folks have opted to send in items for the shoeboxes instead of putting together a whole one and that is just fine. We have quite a few extra wrapped boxes so this Sunday evening for our youth group meeting we are asking everyone to bring $20 and meet us at 5pm at the dollar store. We'll shop for some stuff to put in shoeboxes, and then we will reconvene at the Ministry Center to pack them up and write letters. We hope you will join us =0)
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    "Stabat Mater"

Announcement Update

Two things to add to the last post regarding upcoming events:
*The youth are serving at the People's Kitchen on November 8 from 10am-1pm
          If you or your child would like to serve please let me know so I can give you some cupcake mix =0)
*This Sunday for Operation Christmas Child we are asking all of the children to bring in a Photo and Personalized Note
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    "On the Way Down" Ryan Cabrera

Coming Soon to a Ministry Near You...

             I know that normally my announcement posts and emails start out something like this: “We’ve got a ton of stuff going on and you won’t want to miss it!” Well, to be perfectly honest, this time we really do not have much going on, and its not a bad thing. We are trying to learn that whole “quality over quantity” concept, so we are putting our efforts into fewer, but better programs that we think you will all enjoy. So here is what you can expect from our Fall and Winter season:

(Key: Youth Sunday School Both)

*October 25 6:30-8:30pm Bowling @ Pismo!

*November 1 or 8 (will update when I get the info) 10am-1pm Youth Serving @ People’s Kitchen

*December 21 following worship Happy Birthday Jesus Giving Carnival!

*January 30-February 1 Snow ‘n Go winter conference @ Calvin Crest (high school only)

But don’t forget about our regularly scheduled programming:

*Sunday School every Sunday for grades 1st-8th

*Youth Group (6th-12th grades) Bible Study every Sunday Night 5-7pm

*Youth Group Fun Night every Wednesday Night 6-8pm

            Fun Night Holiday Parties:

                        October 29 Fall WNO Youth Party featuring S’mores and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

                        November 19 Thanksgiving WNO Youth Party featuring Hot Apple Cider, Pumpkin Pie, and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

                        December 17 Christmas WNO Youth Party featuring Snickerdoodles, White Elephant, and Charlie Brown Christmas

                        December 31 New Year’s Lock-In! 6pm-8am

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    "I Still Miss You" Hawk Nelson


I love the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment, don't you? We're going to have to try this out at youth group sometime, just to say we've done it, don't you agree?

How exciting!
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    "Never Let Go" David Crowder Band

Operation Christmas Child!

So our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Drive is in full swing! We have already wrapped a bunch of boxes, and last week we brought in HYGIENE ITEMS to start filling them. This week we are all asked to bring in:


These can be markers, crayons, pencil sharpeners, coloring books, notebooks, etc. Anything fun that you might pack in your child's backpack on the first day of school!

And if you forgot to bring in HYGIENE ITEMS last week, don’t forget to bring them this week!

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    "Love Came Down at Christmas" Jars of Clay

Carrot, Egg, or Coffee

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, 'Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
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    "Everyday" Jill Phillips

Spirit West Coast Update

We've been back from Spirit West Coast for a few days now and I think I have finally caught up on sleep enough to tell everyone how it went. It was, for lack of a better word, AWESOME! We saw some really great concerts (Jars of Clay, Third Day, Hawk Nelson, Newsboys, Kutless, BarlowGirl, and more), heard some really dynamic speakers (David Nasser, Bob Lenz, Phil Joel), and had some nifty adventures along the way. If you want to see a visual record of all the fun times (at least the ones I was present for) check out the new pictures up in the photo album. They are in the Spirit West Coast 2008 album in the sidebar. Admittedly some of them did not come out so great and I just haven't had time to go through and weed out the unfocused ones, but you can still enjoy then regardless. That reminds me, if anyone has any pictures from events that they took, email then to me so I can put them in the photo album so everyone can see them.

And a quick reminder to everyone: we are serving at the People's Kitchen this Saturday, so please be at the church by 10am so we can start cooking. We will be making sloppy joes this time. Ooodles o fun! Don't miss it!
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    chipper chipper

Info For Spirit West Coast

If you are going to Spirit West Coast and have not been receiving your emails from me, here is all the information you need to know:

*We will be doing Bible study and devotions every morning so do not forget to bring your bible and a notebook

*Be at the church no later than 9:30am Wednesday morning so we can leave by 10am

*When you come to the church tomorrow morning be sure to bring with you a bagged lunch, as we will not be stopping anywhere to eat on the way up.

*Remember, you are allowed 1 duffel bag, 1 backpack or purse, 1 camp chair, 1 pillow, and 1 sleeping bag. Please do not try to bring anything else because we have a very limited amount of space

*Do not forget to bring money $$$. You will want to buy souvenirs while you are there, and sometimes you won't want to make the trek back to camp to make sandwiches for lunch, so you might want to grab a bit to eat from one of the vendors. Also, we will be stopping by somewhere to eat on our way home Sunday morning so make sure you still have enough by then.

*And now to the cell phone rule. This is very important so please pay close attention: You WILL be allowed to hold onto your cell phone so that we can reach you in case of emergency. You will NOT be allowed to call anyone not at the festival. There will be no exceptions. If you need to call your parents or anyone else for any reason come to one of us and you can use our cell phones. If we find that you are abusing the privilege of your cell phone we will confiscate your phone and will return it upon arrival at the church on Sunday.

Don't forget to bring your duffel bag, sleeping bag, and camp chair to the ministry center tonight between 5 and 6pm. Get a good nights sleep tonight and we will see you all tomorrow!

PS If you need a reminder of what to bring, here it is:

What to Bring:
Camp chair
Flashlight and Batteries
Notebook and Pen
Bathing Suit and Flip Flops (for showers)
Sleeping Bag
Warm clothes (I have been warned that it gets pretty cold in the evenings)
1 Duffel Bag to carry clothes, etc.
1 Backpack or bag to carry with you on the car trip
Money for souvenirs and some meals

What NOT to Bring:
Portable music players
Handheld video games
Drugs or alcohol
Fireworks, matches, or lighters
Medications not listed on medical release form
Knives or any kind of weapon (this includes pocket knives)
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    "I Can Go the Distance" Michael Bolton

New Pictures Up!

I emptied out my camera again, so the photo album is now up to date. Check it out for pictures from bonfires, the Santa Barbara County Fair, Lock-Ins, barbecues, and so much more! By the way, I know I'm not the only one who takes pictures at events, so if you have pictures that you've taken and would like to share, email them to me at so I can upload them to the photo album. If you're not sure where to find the photo album, the link is in the bar on the left of this page. By the end of the summer we will have even more pictures so check back regularly to see what we've been up to. The great thing about photobucket is that you can even order copies of any of the pictures you like =0) Nifty, huh? Before I sign off, here are some of my favorite shots thus far from the summer!

I thought you could only have a "scrum" in rugby, then I watched these guys play croquet, can we say "traffic jam"?

Lindsey made a new friend at Sheridan's house. Awww!!!

Scruffy makes his mark on the sandcastle competition, replacing Christie, Tammie, and Devanee's flag with...himself!

Tyler, Devin, and Christie sip their way across the finish line first in the Great Lemonade Squeeze Off!

A friendly doe finds Sara's shirt quite tasty in the Santa Barbara County Fair petting zoo.

Sheridan just can't get enough of the Wallaby! Can you blame her?
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    "If I Never Knew You" Pocahontas Soundtrack