Archive for October, 2007

Sabbath Announced

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Pastor Peter shared with the congregation today about the planned sabbatical that he and Lisa will be taking for 10 weeks beginning in January. I was so encouraged to hear the applause from the people as he shared the reasons for this extended time away.

I love Peter. He is my pastor, mentor, friend, and brother. I love that we have been able to serve together over the past 10 years. I love the thought of being able to serve alongside him for another 10 years! I know that this sabbatical time for him will be fantastic. As he grows personally he will return to GCC an even more effective leader to us all.

As Pastor Peter shared this morning, we have a phenomenal pastoral staff. We will continue to grow as a body even in his absence. That is the true beauty of the team based ministry that we have at GCC! I am excited at what God will do in Peter during this time but I am also very excited in what God will do in each of us while we learn to depend more on HIM. Keep the Bonanno’s in your prayers as well as all of the pastoral staff of GCC!

Look Who’s Blogging!

My Pastor & friend began blogging today.  You can check out Pastor Peter’s blog here.
He’s been putting it off for quite some time.  I can’t wait to read some of the wisdom that he drops on us all as time goes on…

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Networking

I’m down at Gordon College today for a meeting with other youth pastors from around New England.  The National Network of Youth Ministries is putting it on.  I’m looking forward to connecting with other leaders around the region.

I saw a Cheesecake Factory on the way down so maybe I’ll grab a couple of the students that are down here that were in Impact last year and treat them BIG!

Podcast Troubles…

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…and I have to place the blame right here.  I upgraded to iLife ’08 the other day.  The new version of iWeb was touted as being a “God-send”.  I can’t disagree more.

Anyway, if you had previously subscribed to the Impact Student Ministry Podcast you will need to go to the site and resubscribe as the new version of iWeb has reallocated the domain structure of the former podcast feed.

I have fixed the link in the sidebar to the right as well in case that is how you have found the podcast.  Thanks for putting up with this “bump” in technology.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Needs GCC

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Extreme Makeover needs all the Grace Capital volunteers at Jac-pac (off queen city bridge) at 7:45am  on Friday; we will be shuttled to the site.  Bring gloves, trash bags and a rake or shovel if you can…not necessary though.  We will start at one end of the neighborhood and work our way down the street until all garbage is picked up.

The reveal of the new home for the Voisine’s is scheduled for Thursday at 2pm.  After all the cameras are packed up and the crews have headed off to the next project they need us to come in and give the overall neighborhood a clean up.  This isn’t glamorous work but is needed and they knew that they could count on the awesome crew that we have at GCC.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

for additional updates and pictures of the project please visit unitebuildchange.com 

Monday Randomness

In no apparent order today was a day full of randomness.

  • mowed the lawn
  • chiropractor
  • Scotts Step 4 with weed preventer
  • painted back trim section on house
  • picked the last of our summer squash
  • while I had the paint out I painted the bathroom vent, the electrical box, phone & cable box – now they all match the color of the house and blend.  Kim thinks I let my OCD show… I call it detail oriented.
  • chainsaw and a ladder – opened up more view to the back 40
  • leaf blower!
  •  trampoline time with Megan & Makenna (I think I bounced Makenna about 6 feet tonight)
  • story time with Makenna (some book about a butterfly – I love the Concord Library)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts with Kim – COFFEE!
  • picked up my car at the garage and had a great conversation with my mechanic about church growth and pew removal (seats not smells)
  • bath time with the kids – now in bed
  • looking forward to Heroes
  • campfire (well that’s what the permit calls it) more like bonfire that settles down…
  • journaling
  • spent some time praying about an outreach event for next August

Overall a great day.  I feel like I got a lot done and it’s always refreshing being at home with the kids.

Home Makeover Update

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The foundation has been poured and the walls are starting to go up!  After about a 6 hour delay due to extra needed excavation (the back yard had been a dump at one point and as the were getting ready to place footings they ran into an old refrigerator!)

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Saturday morning they had a sea of people running down the road all gung-ho to get to work.  It’s amazing to see the outpouring of support for Voisine family.  The best of NH is coming out this week thanks in part to ABC and the Extreme Makeover crew.  It’s exciting to see what we can all do when we unite for a common purpose.  I pray that this makeover serves as a catalyst for many people in NH seeing, uniting, and meeting many more needs around us.

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Our big day will be Thursday as GCC will be unleashed on the surrounding neighborhood to spruce the place up and leave the entire neighborhood looking better than it did at the beginning of this project.  Can’t wait to see all the people there serving out of love!

For further updates on the Home Makeover project check www.unitebuildchange.com

Play Like A Champion Today

Life isn’t played.  It is lived.  As those who follow Christ, let us live like champions everyday.  Not living with a “superstar – celebrity” perspective, but as servants.  Helping out those around us in need.  My our lives be lived in a way that point back to the victorious life of Jesus and the final victory that Christ has.  Give all that you have in every situation and opportunity so that others around may be inspired and encouraged to live in that same manner.

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It’s just a simple wooden sign, painted gold and blue and mounted on a cream-colored brick wall at the foot of a stairwell. Yet, the “Play Like A Champion Today” sign, found

outside Notre Dame’s locker room, is so much more.

The slogan “Play Like A Champion Today” is so synonymous with the University that one can be excused for believing that Father Edward Sorin, the school’s founder, received it as a divine revelation in 1842.

“The word `champion’ means you’re the best – the very definition of it,” Faust says.

“You’re a bar above the rest. When you play that way, you’re going to be the best and if you give your best, that’s all you can ask of a person.”

To Holtz – the man who resurrected what has become even a worldwide phenomenon – the hitting of the sign comes with a solemn commitment.

“Regardless of the won-loss record, regardless of the problems you have, when you walk out on that field you have an obligation to your teammates and the fans to play to the best of your ability – to play like a champion and to think like a champion,” Holtz says.

“But, I also asked my players that every time they hit that sign, to think about all the

sacrifices your family has made; your teammates made in high school; the sacrifices your teachers have made; and you also think of the thousands of people who would love to be in your position. Just think about how fortunate we are.

“All of these thoughts should go through your mind when you hit that sign – `Play Like A Champion Today’.”

Simplify

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Does life seem too busy to you?  We run from school to work then home to get homework started, grab a quick bite to eat and then it’s off to football practice.  It seems like each day runs into the next and there is no end in sight.

How long can we keep this pace up?  Even better question…

Why would we want to?

We begin a new series at Impact this week that addresses the time challenges that we all face and gives some simple solutions for slowing down your life.  We all need balance in our daily life, without it things go nuts.  God has a plan.  He mapped it out for us many, many years ago.

Take time to pull away.  Slow down.  Be refreshed.  Restore your joy.  Then get back in the game and be even more fruitful.

Hope to see you around in the next few weeks at Impact!

Influence

I didn’t attend Catalyst this year.  We had our Fall Leaders Conference here in Pembroke , NH on the same weekend so I couldn’t make it.  Thanks to the blogging community I was able to take in many of the speakers through some great note taking.  There is a quote that has been hanging with me since I read it 2 weeks ago.

“Intentionally add value to people every day.” John Maxwell

I can’t help but cling to this statement.  I understand full well the great influence that we at Grace Capital Church have been given in our region and I know that this influence has been given to us by God.  I also understand that we can not use this influence to be self-serving.  We must always be on the lookout for how we can bless others who are in need.  As John Maxwell puts it “to add value” to others.

About 3 weeks ago we had about 40 people from GCC head over to a house in Allenstown that had been flooded back on Mothers Day in 2006.  The family had been living in a trailer since the flood and were in great need of hope.  In 10 hours time on September 22 they had a house that they could live in again.  We had skilled professionals who donated their time to perform plumbing, electrical, and construction needs.  There were unskilled laborers who showed up to clean up the neighborhood and gave the whole community a “fresh shine”.  There were people who made sandwiches for all the workers and others who were just cheering people on.  It was a beautiful thing to witness!

Now there is a new call to help.  The Voisine family in Manchester.  They are the recipients of  ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  They too were victims of the Mother’s Day flood in 2006.  About a week ago we (Grace Capital Church) were contacted by the coordinators for this project and asked to help this project.  They saw the work that we had done in Allenstown, NH on WMUR and wanted to get us involved in this Makeover as well.

GCC – Here is your chance to step up!  The overnight shifts will be the hardest time slots to fill.  You can check in at the former Jac-Pac Meat Processing Plant.  They are looking for volunteers starting Saturday, October 20th through Thursday, October 25th.

We have been given great influence in this region.  Let’s put John’s words into action and  “Intentionally add value to people every day.”

To check on the progress of this project please visit the project website at www.unitebuildchange.com