Midweek Article

Summer Whirlwind of Opportunities

This past week a group of six young adults accompanied by Harold & Dave traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to lead a VBS for River City Church plant. As part of my role as intern this summer at our church, I was in charge of planning/organizing all things associated with the VBS. Planning the bible story lessons, figuring out crafts that would be fun but not too excessive, thinking of games for all ages, learning new songs & of course picking snacks. The beforehand work of the VBS was more than I had expected, and gave me a new appreciation for those who plan our church’s VBS.

Blessing our Pastors

So, I would like to say that what I am about to write about is totally inspired by me.  But to be honest I need to give credit where it is due – it’s all God and a little nudge from the Holy Spirit.  So, let me explain.  Last weekend I had the honor of spending some time with our 4 pastors at the FEC conference.  It is always interesting to spend time away from church and see them in a different environment – this is where we find out what they are really like!  And you know what – they are exactly the same person away from the office as they are in the office. 

Contrary to the Gospel

STOP. Before you read on, ask yourself what do you
desire in life? It could be a person, place, thing, lifestyle, idea but
don’t continue reading until you have an answer.

Anyone who knows me knows a few things:
1. I can’t deal with traffic. It seriously pushes my patience and reliance on God. I’m getting better at controling my actions via the Holy Spirit but let’s just be honest, I HATE traffic. By traffic I mean Hartville on a Saturday. Not necessarily a holiday weekend, just Saturday.

Here's What I'm Up To...

PAST: I recently finished my first year as a student at Rosedale Bible College, where I plan to complete an associate’s degree in Biblical Studies/Youth Ministry. With taking a year between graduating high school and jumping into college, it was a bit of a rocky start to get back into the swing of school. God proved Himself faithful and I managed to find my rhythm again. It was a great year of meeting new friends, connecting with a new community and most importantly diving into God’s Word like never before.

More Than a Fundraiser

The week of the chicken BBQ is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our high school students, leaders and myself. It takes time, planning, organizing, coordination and patience. Through the years it has gotten easier to “pull off” and the Lord has given me new perspective as to what the BBQ is. It is more than just a tradition that we have kept for 54 years now! It is the coming together of many people to support our youth and one of the largest opportunities for fellowship and evangelism that we as a church hold during the year.

Evangelism in the Church


A number of people asked me for the following list following the service on Sunday. Don’t use this list to be critical of yourself or your neighbor but use it to challenge yourself and to challenge your church to be more intentional about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Fifteen Reasons Our Churches Are Less Evangelistic Today

The response was highly informative for me. Here are the top fifteen responses listed in order of frequency:

Columbus Update

Hello from Columbus!

 I can hardly believe that it’s already March! I and the rest of my intern team have gotten into a routine schedule for these last winter weeks. A typical week consists of a few different classes, job responsibilities, team time, and community outreaches.

Standing on the Promises of Christ My King

We have been speaking (on Sunday mornings) on the promises of God for 5 weeks now and I have found myself humming or singing this old hymn numerous times:

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

What's In Your Home

I attended a few seminars on the dangers of Rock and Roll music in the late 70’s or early 80’s. At least one of the seminars included playing some of the songs backwards, a technique known as backward masking. When the song was played backwards, there were barely intelligible words that spoke a different message. I remember trying to spin different songs backwards on the turntable to hear what it sounded like backwards. It was a little odd. The idea was that subliminally, you would be hearing things that were unintelligible to the ear but it would affect you both positively and negatively.