My First Announcement Video

This is the first time I have put together an announcement video (specifically the editing part). Good fun! Enjoy!

Another First Day of School!

This morning Ady and I tearfully dropped off our girls for their first day of school at their new schools here in California. Claudia began 8th grade and Natalia began 5th grade. They’re growing up so fast! They both came home very excited and are already making friends.¬†We’re super proud of them. (Oh yeah, and Claudia overheard some kids saying, “Did you see that dad taking a picture of his daughter? What a dork!” That’s right! Wait till they show up at our youth group one day and that dork becomes their youth pastor. lol!)

Fun Family Project

Sometimes God has a funny way of positioning us to pay attention to things that matter to Him. Yesterday we had such an experience. We got all ready to go out and run some errands that really needed to get done. However, when we opened the door we realized that our side of the road had been paved and we could not get our car out of the garage. We had received a notice a few days ago that they would be paving on August 26th, but for some reason I was thinking that that was next week. They road was blocked off for 24 hours, which meant we weren’t going anywhere. So, what to do? While there was lots to do around the house in terms of unpacking, we opted to just enjoy the day together as a family. We watched Back to the Future III and put together a 750-piece puzzle of Times Square. Aside from sore backs, it was a lot of fun!

25 Questions to Help Debrief Your Youth Ministry Summer Calendar by Josh Griffin & Kurt Johnston

  1. What did we plan that was a success?
  2. What surprised us that was totally awesome?
  3. Where did we get blindsided?
  4. Was there a good balance of evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and worship?
  5. Did we lose/gain momentum at any time this summer?
  6. What was an epic fail?
  7. Where were the wins with parents?
Read the rest here.

Glam Tea Party Great Success!

I was super proud of my wife Adriana and Wendy, who’s on our student ministries staff, for putting on a phenomenal event for girls and their mothers/mother-figures last night! The Glam Team Party was a tremendous success. With 83 girls/moms, the room was completely packed – to the point where we had to turn people away! Next time we’ll be holding it in a larger room to accommodate the important connection between girls and their moms. Here are a few pics of Ady & Wendy in action as well as a couple of pics of Adriana with Claudia. To see all of the pics from the night, check out the pictures here.

Friends from New York Visit Us in the Desert!

On Sunday I was surprised in the middle of our 11am service when three of my boyz from New York – Ren, Travis, and Christ-Matt Jainarine – came walking into the room. Adriana had been secretly planning their arrival, and she got me good. I had a feeling they would be coming out at some point, but was totally NOT expecting them that morning. Their family was in southern California at Disneyland and decided to drive out and see us. After church we were treated to a wonderful lunch to¬†celebrate Mr. and Mrs. Jainarine’s 24th anniversary. It was such a special day!