Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hello All!

Hey Everybody!

Our crew has been traveling a lot over the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago we spent the better part of a week in Atlanta, GA at the Catalyst conference. I love that conference because of the variety of speakers (who do not always agree with each other). They really help me consider some different perspectives. As a team, we are still very much in the "processing" stage (and I'm sure this will produce some interesting blogs).

We appreciate your being patient with us as we have not had a new post in quite a while, but we will have more to come in the near future!

Dave

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Busy Week

Hey All,

Just a quick note - this has been a busy week for us, so we have not made any posts. Next week is looking pretty "rough" as well, but please continue to check back.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Poll Results - How Many Very Close Friends

Out last poll question was - How many very close friends do you have?

The results:

None = 8%;
1-5 = 75%;
6-10 = 8%;
11-15 = 0%;
16-20 = 8%; and
over 20 = 0%

These results were about what I expected. I think it reveals two things. One, we often do not have many "close friends". Studies have shown that it is difficult to maintain truly close relationships with more than just a handful of people.

Secondly, we are becoming more and more of an isolated society. While we are wired for only so many relationships, I think we often use this as an excuse not to risk having many (sometime "any") relationships at all.

What I've learned is when I do take the risk and let people get closer to me, I benefit tremendously. So, if you're feeling isolated, why not take some time to consider making some new friends. They won't all become your best friends, but your life will be richer because of your new relationships.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Gathering this weekend

Hello Everyone!

While we have some heavy weather headed our way, at this time it does not look like it will reach us until Sunday night. So, we are still planning on meeting at Newport News Park at 1:00 pm (Shelter #3).

This weekend we will have hot dogs and a more casual (it's hard to believe we can be more casual, but we will be) day with Justin leading our conversation at 1:00 pm.

If you're local, we hope to see you there! Bring the family and make a day of it at the Park!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Getting Along

Anne Lamott – “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.”

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Labor Day

It's kind of ironic to have a holiday called LABOR Day. One thing I've been thinking about recently is how hectic my life can get in a very short amount of time. In John Ortberg's book Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them, he writes...

"Maybe the biggest single barrier to deep connectedness is simply the pace of our lives. If you think you can fit deep community into the cracks of an overloaded schedule – think again."

He is soooooo right. I'm embarassed by the number of times I think about stopping by to see someone, or picking up the phone to call, or jotting a quick e-mail -- but never do.

If you feel the same way, why not take some time on this Labor Day weekend and see if you can't SLOW DOWN just a little and enjoy the day of rest - maybe you'll find a few minutes to connect or reconnect with others (you'll be glad you did!).

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Admin Stuff

Hello All! A few administrative things.

First, our new poll is up on the left side of the screen.

Second, if you want to leave a comment and do not already have a blog account, click the comments button at the bottom of the blog, type in your comment in the box that comes up, below the comment box you have three choices of how to post - click "Anonymous", then click the "Publish" button. You can sign your name within your comments or remain totally anonymous.

NOTE: All comments are moderated so your comments will not appear on the blog until they have been read and approved, but you will get a message at the top of the page saying your comments have been sent to the Moderator.

Finally, my (Dave's) mom got on me for always using "Hi GUYS" in my greeting. As I explained to her - this is a gender-neutral "guys". I'll try to do better, but if I don't, know we are all inclusive :-).

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dealing with Gossip

This week we turn our attention to building life-changing (healthy) relationships with each other.

Dave's dog "Bo" makes a guest appearance...

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Previous Poll Results

Our previous poll asked: Do you think God wants a personal relationship with you?

Results:

Oh, Yeah! = 85%
I hope so = 15%

Friday, August 24, 2007

Back at the Park This Sunday

We'll be out at Newport News Park again this Sunday (August 26th) at 1 pm in Shelter #3. Dave will be talking about "building life-changing relationships with Each Other."

If you're in the area, we hope you can join us!

We're having trouble getting videos to post, so please check back again soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Taking Time to Pray

Brian makes his video blog debut today with some great thoughts about taking time out to get to know God better through prayer.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

More Blogs Soon - I Hope :-)

Hi All,

We're having some technical difficulties getting our video blogs up. Please check back again soon.

Dave

Monday, August 13, 2007

Loving YOUR God

For the next two weeks we'll be focusing on how we can build a life-chaniging relationship with God. Justin, gets us started by talking about what it means to have relationship with YOUR God.

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Poll Results - Do You Believe God Exists?

Our last poll results:

Do You Believe God Exists?

Yes - Without a Doubt (84%)
Umm - probably (0%)
Well, I'm not sure (0%)
No way (0%)
I Really Don't Care (17%)


Our new poll is up on the left side of the screen.