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Max is 1!

IMG_4374This was a big weekend for our family. Max is a year old! It’s always fun to put the cake (with icing, of course) in front of the birthday boy and watch him go to town. He didn’t really hesitate and, as you can see, had cake and icing all over his face, hands and a few other places.

For most parents, it seems the first year goes by quickly. You feel like you bring your baby home from the hospital and before you know it, he is sitting up, then crawling, then starting to walk and you are putting the first candle on the cake.

We had two celebrations this weekend with Max. The first was on his birthday (Saturday) and he got his very own pancake. We went to one of our favorite breakfast restaurants and our server brought out a candle and sang and everything. It was a fun morning.

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Then on Sunday, we got together with Max’s birth mom (Mommy Kate), Grandma Terie, Aunt Sissy and some other special friends and family to celebrate. It was a fun afternoon and just highlighted what a blessing Max has been to both our family and to his birth family. I don’t think my wife and I imagined celebrating Max’s birthday this way when we first adopted him, but I don’t think we would change a thing.

We are so thankful to have Max as part of our family and look forward to many more birthdays with him.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A Prayer to the Potter

During our worship service yesterday, we used this video called A Prayer to the Potter.  It made a nice transition during our song set, but it also a good prayer for our week.  It is easy to get caught up in the details and to-do lists, the successes and disappointments and forget who is ultimately in charge.

Here is the prayer:

Father, You are the potter.  You carve me with purpose. I am sculpted in Your hands.  Your work is perfect.
Your design is carved into every event in my life.  Form me to be the person you want me to be.
I seek Your Spirit to guide my decisions.  I seek your Son to model the example.
I seek Your Word to mold my heart.  Let my passion be Your pleasure.  Let my work build Your Kingdom.
Let my worship fill Your heart.  I am beautiful because of You, yet you O Lord are our Father.
We are the clay.  You are the Potter.  We are the work of You hand. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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60th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 5, 2014

In just a couple of weeks, the Wilmington Church of Christ will celebrate her 60th anniversary.  I have been associated with the church for fourteen of those years and am grateful to those who had the vision to start the church, the energy and faith to build it and for those who have contributed to her growth and influence in the lives of so many people.

If you are from Wilmington or have any connection with WCC, we’d love to see you attend our 60th celebration service.

Check out the video invitation::

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Jeff Walz Lands Another 4-star Recruit

Originally posted on Cardinal Sports Zone:

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Jeff Walz is putting together one heck of a class for the University of Louisville. The latest is 4-star forward Samantha Fuehring, who stands at 6’3. She plays at Immaculate Conception High School in New Jersey and is the 26th best player in the country according to ProspectsNation.com.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Enamored By Numbers

internet-statisticsI think for most (if not all) people involved in ministry, it is easy to get caught up in numbers. If one has a program or event and attendance is good, it leaves the planners with a sense of satisfaction. The opposite can be true if numbers are low – leaders can walk away deflated. We can become enamored by the numbers.

I remember something I read years ago (in the book Purpose Driven Youth Ministry I think): It’s easy to compare what you don’t know about someone else with what you do know about yourself. If I see what I consider success in another program and compare it to mine, it could leave me feeling unsuccessful.

I’m not sure how to get away from the numbers game. It is A way to determine success and fruit, but not THE way to determine it. There definitely is value in tracking the number of people involved in programs, groups, events, etc. I guess the challenge for the leader is not to live and die by the numbers.

I’m not the first to discuss the tension that exists and I really don’t have great, clear-cut advice for people in leadership positions. There are people smarter and more experienced than me that could speak to it. Just in the past few weeks I’ve been caught up in that tension and kind of chuckle at myself when I get either too high or too low based on the turnout for a particular program or event. I’m still working through it and manage it better some days versus others. Guess we are a work in progress.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Louisville WBB Schedule is Out

20130209-191655.jpgSome good news came out this week for Louisville Women’s Basketball (or at least for those of us who follow them). The full schedule came out a couple of days ago for the 2014-2015 season. This will be Louisville’s first season in the ACC and the competition will be tough every night. The schedule is below.

The Cardinal Sports Zone had an article on the schedule release and carried the following quote from Coach Walz: “The strength of this league from top to bottom is remarkable. We know we’re going to be tested every single night, and that’s only going to make us better as we prepare for postseason. I think our fans are in for a real treat with this schedule.”

You can view the schedule below.

In other related (and really good!) news, one of the top players in the class of 2015 committed to play ball for Louisville. Asia Durr, a guard from Georgia, picked Louisville over several other schools and joins a very strong class. She is ranked #1 or #2 by many services. She will come to Louisville with these three commits: Erin DeGrate, Taja Cole and Brianna Jones. You can read more at Inside The Ville and Prospects Nation.

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/14/14 at IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
11/16/14 vs. TENNESSEE-MARTIN KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
11/20/14 vs. BELMONT KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/23/14 vs. BALL STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
11/25/14 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/28/14 vs. LAFAYETTE KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/30/14 at Valparaiso Valparaiso, Ind. TBA
ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
12/04/14 vs. IOWA KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
12/07/14 vs. KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
12/15/14 vs. OLD DOMINION KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
12/18/14 at Grand Canyon Phoenix, Ariz. TBA
12/21/14 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA
12/29/14 vs. EVANSVILLE KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/02/15 vs. GEORGIA TECH # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/04/15 at Pittsburgh # Pittsburgh, Pa. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/11/15 at Wake Forest # Winston-Salem, N.C. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/14/15 vs. NC STATE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/18/15 vs. VIRGINIA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 3:00 p.m. ET
01/22/15 at Florida State # TV Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/25/15 vs. MIAMI (FLA.) # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 5:00 p.m. ET
01/29/15 vs. SYRACUSE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
02/02/15 at Duke # TV Durham, N.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/08/15 vs. PITTSBURGH # KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
02/12/15 at Clemson # Clemson, S.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/15/15 vs. NORTH CAROLINA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 1:00 p.m. ET
02/19/15 at Virginia Tech # Blacksburg, Va. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/23/15 at Notre Dame # TV South Bend, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/26/15 vs. BOSTON COLLEGE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
03/01/15 at Virginia # TV Charlottesville, Va. 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC TOURNAMENT
03/04/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/05/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/06/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/07/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/08/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA

 

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Fed

When I saw this, I had to laugh.  If you have worked or served in the church for any length of time, you have probably heard something like this.  (Originally posted at http://adam4d.com/fed/)

 

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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