Thursday, May 29, 2008

Holy Moments

Do you ever have days like this when you get to the point that you just don't care what people think?

I wish everyday was like this...

2-1/2 albums from Itunes

Okay, so I received this $25 Itunes Giftcard and I'm trying to figure out what to purchase. I haven't actually bought an album for sheer enjoyment in so long that I don't even know where to start (I'm a worship pastor, what can I say?). I like the modern/indy stuff, but the reality is, I'm a closet classic country fan. That's right, nothing beats a good old Kenny Rogers or Charlie Pride song. But I digress.

Basically, it looks like I can purchase 2-1/2 albums. So my question to you is this...

"If you could only take 2-1/2 albums with you onto a deserted island, what would they be?"

I thought about purchasing Daughtry's album, but it's from 2006 and I'm sure he's coming out with a new one. What else is good out there.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Worship Confessional / Missions Sunday

We had our Missions Sunday this week. There was a lot going on to say the least...

Videos, Interviews, Music, Sermons, More Videos, More Interviews, More Sermon and More Music.

What an awesome weekend though. We had the Youth Band (the ones going to Mexico in June) lead worship today. Skyler lead out on "Hosanna" and it went pretty well (our first time ever doing it). They're getting better every week.

Here was our band...

vox - Skyler (16)
egtr - Dalton (16)
egtr - Daniel (15)
bass - Crawford (17)
drums - Brandon (15)
agtr/vox - me (you don't need to know!)

Here was our set...

King of Majesty (United)
He Reigns (Newsboys)
-scripture reading from Elder (Dave Axene)-
-message 1 (including an interview with Terry Davis [Teacher of the Year] for "Kids Hope"-
-one prayer video/promo-
Hear Us From Heaven (Jared Anderson)
-ensenada video-
-message 2 (including an interview with Ben Gaines (missions guy)-
-pray for Youth Missions Group-
-youth missions video-
Hosanna (United)
-message 3 / offering-
I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever (Delirious? - complete with Spanish Bridge)

And we topped it all off with a Carne Asada Feed that doubled as a fundraiser for our Youth Missions Group. We're headed to an orphanage in Mexico on June 22nd. To date the kids have raised $24,000. Can you believe that?

What an awesome weekend?

How was yours?

Friday, May 23, 2008

One Prayer

We're doing this... what about you?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sexy Sumo's?

I saw this @ Deadly Viper... Hilarious. Thanks Mike!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Countryman Issues

Pastor Dave has been having trouble with his countryman microphone moving around on his face. It bothered him so much today that he actually took it off and used a wired SM58.

Have any of you had issues with this?

What are some quick and easy solutions?

This week @ Chorus...

We had a great day today... We had a tight little 4 piece band that really nailed it. Rob's been practicing like 5 days a week and who knew that Kevin was such a solid bass player? Robert stepped in at the last minute to play drums and did a great job.

Pastor Dave Challenged our Church to not only pray, but to pray specifically for him and our leadership. I don't know if I've ever heard a Pastor call the Church to pray for themselves. I thought it was awesome!!!

Here's what our day looked like. (Possible video to come)

Me - Agtr/Vox
Rob Martinelli - Egtr
Kevin Seay - Bass
Robert Landis - Drums

Everything Glorious (David Crowder)
Forever King (Todd Fields)
Everlasting God (Chris Tomlin's Version)
Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall [I think])
Everlasting God (1st service) / Give Us Clean Hands (2nd service)

Robert had to take off in the middle of 2nd service for his sons birthday party so he asked Daniel to fill in on drums. Except when Daniel came up to fill in, there were no drum sticks. So we did Give Us Clean Hands without a drummer. It actually sounded pretty cool.

I seem to be having a little trouble getting people to commit in the tech department lately. The last two weeks I've been coming into Sunday morning not entirely sure who was going to be doing what. Not really digging that. Granted, there are always the fall back people (Andi & Bradley), but I like to make sure they're not bothered on their days off if you know what I mean.

Do you think it's just the summer months coming on or is it just me? What are some keys to success in this area?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Anyone going to see Narnia this week? We watched the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at 411 (our Youth Group) last night. I forgot how much I enjoyed that movie! And then we're taking about 50 Students to see Prince Caspian on Saturday.

Last Summer at NYWC I volunteered to help out. In return I got to go to the Conference for free, a free hotel room and a case of the Prince Caspian Paperbacks. So needless to say, most of the kids in our Youth Group have read the book. Now we're doing a whole series on Narnia and going to see the movie this weekend.

Anyone want to join us?

Is Mike Dalton Teaching Criminal Skills?

You gotta love Integrity Online! But sometimes it comes up with some strange stuff. I got this tonight when I was trying to check out Mike Dalton's site...

Friday, May 9, 2008

Lasik Surgery

My buddy Bobby is one sick puppy. He video taped his wife's Lasik Surgery. If you like gorry stuff like that, check it out here...

My Worship Revolution

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Amazing Grace

My friend Kevin sent this to me. Thought it was pretty cool.

Presents from Mexico

While in Mazatlan, my parents bought the boys some presents. Here they are taking them on a walk. Pretty cute...

Monday, May 5, 2008


Well, we're back! We had an incredible vacation. We spent 8 days, 7 nights on the beautiful Dawn Princess. We sailed out of San Diego and visited Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. This was my first cruise and I have to say, if you're going coastal, cruising is the way to go. It's the most cost efficient and comfortable way to travel.

We were able to connect with my parents who we haven't seen since Christmas. They've been cruising the Sea of Cortez for the last 2 years on their sailboat. It was good to hang with them and we got a free tour of Mazatlan (a value of over $200 according to this crazy local!). That's my dad... They bought the boys some cool gifts, bought us breakfast and they even bought me a shirt! Can't beat that.

Here's what we did on the trip... Eat, sleep, swim, eat, sleep, shop, eat, sleep, swim, play ping pong, golf, eat, sleep and eat.

Here are some photos...

Day 1 San Diego...


Cabo the view from our balcony...

Cabo Fajitas! The best meal of the trip and the best part is that they were free! We didn't have plans in Cabo so we decided to go on a time share presentation... yeah, I know. But we got a free trip to the other side of the bay, a bottle of Tequila and $100 to spend in a top notch resort right on the beach. We had the best chips and salsa/quacamole that we had on the whole trip and still only spent $22 of the $100. So we bought a $70 bottle of wine with the rest of the money. What a day!


Historic Catholic Church...

My parents boat in Mazatlan... Click on the photo to see them taking a photo of us!

Formal night at our table. We had 2 honeymooners, 1 anniversary couple and 2 couples who were just vacationing. Click on the photo to see my burnt forehead...

The view from our room...

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