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What’s been happening with my life?

May 30th, 2007 Comments off

I realized I haven’t really posted anything relating to?what’s been going?on in my?life for a while now, for those of you who like get updates this way.

I’ve been super busy since the beginning of the year, since I was working, school (with a programming class), still involved?with the Youth?Ministry,?and I then took on the task of organizing and planning an english retreat for my church that I just came back from over Memorial Day Weekend.

I eventually had to quit work.??Although I was gaining great experience, and income to pay for school and the raising gas prices, it was affecting my school work, and more importantly my spiritual life.? I’ve been?focusing more time and energy with the Youth and the retreat planning in the past quarter and I have definitely seen God at work.

I guess I’ll share how the retreat went:
I planned the retreat along with my cousin Kimmie, and friend Lisa (all college students), as well as God (Could not have done it without his helping hand…), and I would have to say the retreat went great!? Everything came together so well, that I could just see God’s hand in it.

38 people went to Deersprings retreat site from Saturday, 26th – Monday, 28th.? The site had 3 different fully furnished cabins that could hold up to about 80 people comfortably, plus a?meeting room.??Laughing.? The view was absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t have asked God for better weather.


(View from the retreat)

We booked Daryl Watts to speak at the retreat, unfortunately he couldn’t stay?for the whole thing.? He spoke for three different messages: Increase Prayer, Be Like Christ, and Trusting In God.? If you want to listen to the sermons, you can visit the church page here.? You can also view more pictures of the retreat here.? Tony Jordan, a good friend of mine?spoke for the last message on evangelism, and reminded all of us that the harvest is plentiful, yet the workers are few.? Don’t get caught up in your everyday lives and remember our mission here on earth.

The neat thing about this retreat is that we didn’t plan it to be very activity based, but more of a place for our congregation to connect with each other by sharing and small groups.? I think they went well and everyone had something to share.? We still?had lots of fun like volleyball, group games, feeding the mini donkeys, llamas, and emus, as well as running away from them Laughing, arts and crafts, hackey sack, and just jamming with instruments that we brought up.

Well, that’s all I can really update on.? If you want more details ask anyone who went, I’m sure they’ll have lots of stories to tell you.? I pray that everyone who went has been impacted by this retreat, and their lives would reflect that impact.

I’ll leave you with our group photo:

Also, I’ll be going back home?this summer!? We are starting ANOTHER home project… We are going to remodel the kitchen, which will be well worth it.? See you NorCal-ers soon!

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SHINE English Retreat

April 10th, 2007 Comments off

CGBC English Retreat

?Anyone is invited!? Please let me know ASAP if you want to come!

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Pictures!!!!!!!!

August 22nd, 2005 6 comments

Wow! This past weekend was crazy!!! Drove down to LA on friday morning, went to cousins 21st b-day party, wedding all day saturday, and then came home sunday. I’m not going to tell you every detail this time, but I will post some pics up! :mrgreen: Besides, pictures can tell a thousand words, I just have to explain a little…hahah. Anyways before I get to the weekend pictures. Here is a picture that I took of a snake in our backyard while cleaning up snake Here is the Phileo camping trip group photo. Haha, yes I know it’s a little bit low, but Ronald’s should be perfect! Group Pic Ok so while driving down to LA we saw the funniest thing on the back of the truck. Truck My cousins b-day party! Me and my AB (Arm Buddy!) Me and Julia The party had a Las Vegas theme, and I came dressed like this…. Nick Here is all my cousins on my moms side! We actually got a pic together! YAY! Cousins OK, now to the wedding, this is a family pic with the bride and the groom. Family Picture Me Amy and Greg in front of the hotel where the reception was held at. Siblings I caught the garter (is that how it’s spelled?). Actually, this was not my first time catching it…. Anyways took a pic with my dad’s cousins, Nelly (the bride) and Tina (her sister), and cousin-in-law, Mitch. Hmm, if they are my dad’s cousins, what does that make them to me??? I always called them my cousins…heheh Wedding Garter This is a pic of a tree inside the hotel. I just thought it was a nice pic. Tree That’s all for now. Soon I will be redoing my whole site layout, and probably add the rest of all these pictures into my gallery. BTW Phileo, I have compressed all the pictures and most videos onto one CD. So you will be getting those this friday! (They include the most recent camping trip pictures!):mrgreen:

Phileo Camping Trip

August 18th, 2005 Comments off

Where to begin… soo much to say, but I probably will only end up writing about 10% of what I want to say.

God definitely had a hand in this trip from things just coming together perfectly. First off, want to thank Amy T. and Matt for planning the majority of this trip. They did an awesome job! :grin: Amy Y. who planned perfectly for the food on the trip. No leftovers (after everyone took something home, but still! hahah) Good food too! And to Dc. Sam who drove the huge church van down to the camp site.

So the first day, all met up at church, packed the cars (weird weather cuz it was lightly raining), and then went to the Albertson’s plaza near church for lunch. Was listening to an interesting convo about comics and if superman could kill batman. Finally left to Manresa beach! I was driving the truck, kind of scary because I couldn’t see out the rear view mirror, but the drive was ok, no traffic and got the camp site pretty quick. Unloaded all the luggage/equipment and setup all the tents and canopy’s. Then we all gathered into our teams, made team names/cheers/and handshakes. Killer BEEZzz! Haha…you will be able to see videos of all the teams soon. I PROMISE! Then we headed to the beach! The weather kinda sucked because it was very cold, and no sun :sad:, but some went in still…ahem :wink:. A lot of us just stood at the shore getting our feet and legs wet. Haha Ronald Derek and I tried to see who could go in the ocean the farthest, of course I got all wet cuz I’m short… Anyways there was a group in a circle drawing in the sand. I think they were playing pictionary, and I came over and stood next to Greg. I looked out to the ocean, and I saw a huge wave coming in, and I knew it was the perfect moment… so I waited till the water came close to where Greg was, and then…. I tripped him. Hahaha ya, I know I’m a bad brother, but I told Greg before we went on the camping trip I was going to push him into the ocean. So he had a good warning…. hahahahahahahaha. After that, just threw a frisbee around until we went back up to the camp site. First dinner had chicken, spaghetti, and bread. After dinner, had our first meeting time. Had the freshman (and PH too!) do a cool game. Have videos of that too. Amy taught on chapter 6 on Stop Dating the Church. Then discussion groups. Even though were we are all tired, I thought our group still had a pretty good discussion time. After discussion time, I crashed. I didn’t even hear anyone else in my tent come in, and they slept much later than I.

Tuesday morning, woke up around 6:15 and started to prepare for breakfast cuz the Killer Beezzz were cooking. :mrgreen: Made pancakes, scrambled and boiled eggs, and sausages. Major props to Katherine who made pretty much all the pancakes. After breakfast, a little cleanup, devo, and packed lunch and prepared for the beach. At the beach had our second meeting. Worship was refreshing. Learned a fun new song, the Papaya Song. Matt gave a great concluding lesson on chapter 7. Had a great discussion time after the lesson. Ate lunch while others were burying Matthew and Elliot. Took group picture. Had sand castle contest. Our team made an appropriate bee hive with a huge bee and smaller hives and smaller bees. After the contest had relay races against the other teams. Many, many of us got wet. That’s when Greg tried to push me in. I did fall into the water, but my upper body didn’t go all the way in. He tried to get me again, but I saw him and we wrestled a little until we both fell. This time I saw a wave coming so I quickly got up and Greg got “owned” by the wave. Once again I did not go all the way in :mrgreen:. After a little bit, Ronald was going into the ocean, and Nate was going to push him in, but didn’t and told me to, so I ran as fast as I could (cuz I thought he was going to turn around any sec) and I actually jumped and tackled him in. (I hope I didn’t hurt you Ronald!) I got drenched, and after that, I was soooooooooooooooooo cold. The water wasn’t cold, but standing outside with the wind, I was shivering. But went back in to boogie board with Ronald. After 5 minutes tho we quit cuz it was so cold! After we setup the volleyball net and played volleyball. The mods that I made for the volleyball net worked perfectly! Like the net stayed up the entire time we played. (The net was not made for sand). Last year the net kept falling, but this year nice and tight. :cool:. After volleyball packed up and headed back up for dinner. Ate short ribs, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and salad! That was a good dinner :wink:. Our team was up for clean up, and then we gathered for worship time and later camp fire made smores and had sharing. After the sharing most of us stayed up late just talking. Haha, I tried. I sat near the fire to warm up but after 20 minutes I was falling asleep in my chair, until suddenly, this bright light blinds my eyes (haha, I won’t say what it was…) I went to bed after that. I don’t even know what time I slept.

Wednesday morning I got to sleep in a little bit. Woke up around 7:30 and tried to start a fire with the one log that didn’t burn from the campfire the previous night. We ended up burning a lot of trash and lamp oil that was long enough to keep us warm. Breakfast has cereal, and muffins. After did devo, and started to pack up my stuff. Then we all tore down and packed up the camp site. and loaded all the luggage into the vans. When I went to go get the truck, I couldn’t start it! The battery had died cuz one of the lights in the back was on (must have been from unloading). I though no big deal, thankfully I brought our jumper cable, and asked Greg to bring up the Montana so we could jump start the truck. When we got it all hooked up I turned the key, but the engine still didn’t start. Like you could hear the starter cranking, but the engine didn’t start. We thought maybe the van’s battery wasn’t powerful enough to start the truck, so we asked Dc. Sam to bring up the church van. Tried a couple of time, but still no go. Funny thing is, I wasn’t worried, and somehow knew that God would provide. Finally Greg opened the air valve for the throttle a couple times and I tried starting the truck, and viola! It started! Even though I have to keep accelerating while in idle, we packed up the truck, prayed and headed back to CBCSJ. On 17 there was road construction and lots of traffic. It was stop and go traffic, and I was more worried about the dying on the freeway than when we couldn’t start it. Again, God provided a safe trip back to CBCSJ. Went out to Sonoma Chicken Coop for lunch. Man, I was sooo exhausted from the drive, I barely talked during lunch, and ate sooo slowly. Had a good time though just listening to convo‚????s, and enjoying the yummy food. Went back to CBCSJ to unload, and we all went our separate ways :cry: and that marked the end of the trip. We actually didn’t get home till around 4:30 cuz of traffic and making sure everyone had a ride. Anyways came home, didn’t even unload the cars, took a nice HOT shower, and slept.

I will give CD’s of pictures to everyone in Phileo and those who want them. They will actually contain ALL photos that I have since 2003. If you have pictures from Phileo and want to include them in this CD, please find a way to give it to me. If you have this camping trip pics please tell me. E-mail me or IM me.:cool:

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Camp Hamer (SAC) Update

April 18th, 2005 11 comments

It’s not everything I typed out the first time, mostly what I could remember… If I remember anything else, I’ll post…

*EDIT – sorry no pics from me…. I didn’t bring a camera

Well, I guess A LOT of you are waiting for me to post “PHILEO RULES!!!” :cool: so you Crossroaders :roll: can comment “TRAITOR!” but I’m not going to cuz Mike and Terence knows it’s true! Muhahahahahahaah. :mrgreen: Ok ok… Crossroads RULES too! I miss Crossroads and you all sooo much, but I’ll get to see some of you senoirs (WHOOHOO!) this summer! :lol: Yay!!!!

So this weekend was EXACTLY what I needed. I just needed to get away from all these distractions I have and hear what God has to teach me. Camp brought back soooo many past Camp Hammer memories, and made many new ones this time. Thanks Mike for opening up this camp to the Phileans.

I don’t know where to begin, so much to say and still meditating on a lot of what Pastor John talked about.

Well, first off, I want to thank Amy Y., Dc. Sam, and Greg for coming and showing our Phileo pride! Good bonding times together… Hope we can continue to grow together in Christ!

Also, a BIG thanks to ALL the Crossroads counselors, for all that you hae done for the youth ministries… Especially Mike! I know how much you have to do and put up with, so major props to you! :cool:.

I guess what I learned most about Pastor John was not what I learned that impacted me most (if that makes any sense…) It’s what am I going to DO about what I learned. So what I am going to DO is read His word more! I want to memorize the whole book of Ephesians, because someday, it WILL be useful…

Had a great time with the team games, GO BLACK TEAM!!! hahah I still can’t believe we got “Larry the Cucumber” as a Christian artist… And I got super sore from carrying Amanda downhill, and uphill because I was weak…. Ask Derek, I was seriously shaking while eating lunch, and so slowly…

Oh yea, Greg and I played Pastor Gary AND Pastor John in Foosball, and we got SLAUHGTERED! It was over in under 5 minutes! We didn’t stand a chance…. Oh well, at least we scored two points! :lol:

Had lots of time to jam and sing songs, and I really like the Camp Hammer theme song, so props to those who helped write it. Some other songs that really captured me during worship were Unfailing Love and Glory… great songs…

Camp Fire sharing – That was just such an encouraging time… I was thankful for that because I got to say my goodbye to Pastor Gary and Tracy, and for EVERYTHING they have done for Crossroads and for me as well. I think PG was one of the most influencial person in my life and I am so grateful that God allowed him and family to come to CBCSJ for a while. So THANKS again PG and Tracy if you are reading this. :wink:

BAD – (Brothers Appreciation Dinner) Great job to all the sisters who prepared for that night, it was just awesome! As Mike said, we had the BEST servers! haha It was weird and humbling at the same time though, because I’m use to serving others, and not used to others serving me like that. So felt really appreciatied! I do feel bad for Donna, who served Jeff…. I don’t think I need to add anything else to that…hahah… But, seriously, thanks for the wonderful night! BTW Melody, Oxi-Clean works super well with dressing staings :wink:!.

And sorry for ALL those who I didn’t get to write on your encouragement cards! I can’t write that fast hahah and there were too many for me…

Hmm…I know I want to say more, but I’ll post that maybe later today…

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