Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Exodus Movement - ♫ Lift His Name High ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This past week, , my wife and I had a chance to travel to North Central University in Minneapolis, MN for Regional Board Meetings. Since she started her new job as a realtor in Grand Island (check out here business page here) we haven't had much time to get away by ourselves, so we especially enjoyed the trip. Kim's mom came to Grand Island to watch our kids while we were away.
- On our way to Minnesota, we got a call from Kim's mother. A teacher had escorted one of our children out of the school while she was picking them up, relaying information to her about their poor performance. We talked with our child on the phone, feeling bad that we weren't there in person to take care of the situation.
- The next day, a customer called our home with interest in several of the items my wife had posted on Craig's List. They came by and took a look at several items, purchasing them on the spot. Once again, we felt bad that we weren't home to handle the extra work around the house.
- Isn't that how it often happens? As soon as we leave, things get 'out of control'. My mother-in-law did a great job helping us out and wasn't inconvenienced in the slightest bit, but we felt bad that it happened while we were away. Lessons I've taken away from this situation: 1) Get time away with my wife regularly, 2) Expect the unusual when that occurs, 3) Lean on our family for help

3). Ministry of the Day: Ambassors in Missions, AIM: Sending students and leaders on missions experiences that often change their lives forever

4). Link of the Day: The Kid Should see this: Off the grid-for-little-kids videos and other smart stuff collected by Rion Nakaya and her three year old co-curator.

5). Quote of the Day: 'As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.' - Ben Hogan

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Carmel Apple Day. It is also the birthday of famous Texas Baseball player Mike Napoli from 1981. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Romulus Augustulus was proclaimed Western Roman Emperor in 475 AD

NE Yth Convention Memories - Praying at the Altars, Lincoln, 2010

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Gateway Worship - ♫ Great Great God ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Rob Conner
HISTORY - School at Christ for the Nations, pastored all across NE
POSITION - Senior Pastor in Nebraska City, NE
FAMILY - Married to Pam, 7 children
HOBBIES - Riding Motorcycle, Being with Family, Biking, Texting

3). Ministry of the Day: Digital Kids Initiative - A contract between parents and kids about handling media appropiately in today's day and age

4). Link of the Day: Wonderopolis - Where the wonders of learning never cease!

5). Quote of the Day: 'The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.' - Albert Einstein

6). Miscellaneous: Today is International Bandanna Day. It is also the birthday of Terry Brown (NE District Secretary/Treasurer), a distinction he shares with famous musician Charlie Daniels, from 1936. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the construction of the St. Louis Arch was completed in 1965.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Michael W. Smith - ♫ I'll wait for you ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Kearney New Life is doing some amazing construction projects to renovate their youth and children's ministry areas. This is the church that will host our Spring Fine Arts for Nebraska in 2012. When the children's pastor Eric went to talk with the builders, he asked for bathrooms. They came back to him with a 2.5 million dollar upgrade!
- Scott is our Midwest Regional Royal Family Kids Camp leader. When he first began about 5 years ago, they only had one or two camps in the area. Part of his job is helping RFK camps grow, and now there are 9 camps planned for us in 2012.

3). Ministry of the Day: North Central University - Today I am attending Board of Regents meetings at our Assembly of God college for the Midwest Region in Minneapolis, MN.

4). Link of the Day: Red Notebook - A modern journal that includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality and word clouds. You can also format, tag and search your entries.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.' - George Washington Carver

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cranky Co-Workers Day. It is also the birthday of famous British Explorer Captain James Cook from 1728. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Turkmenistan achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Kevin Jacobs, pastor of Holy Grounds YM in Omaha, Jan 2011
Graduate of NCU

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1). Song of the Day: Selah - ♫ I Turn to You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- We live in a busy, noisy society. Students today are growing up in a culture where they can be reached and interact with others at all times. Through cell phones, laptops, social media sights, and many more methods, students quite literally may never experience quiet time!
- It should be no surprise if students struggle to get their devotions in. In such a loud society, a quiet time is an abnormality. Asking a student to get 'quiet time' with God is almost like asking them to speak in a new language; it's completely foreign to them. It might be better if we ask them 'plug into' God or 'connect' with God regularly. Though it might sound different to us, these are terms they can relate too.
- It's also important to teach them how to control these things in their lives. Often students have been allowed these tools without any oversight - and then we see the hundreds of texts to their friends daily. Different rules can apply in various situations, but if we're not talking to them about it, who is? Part of the problem is that these 'tools' may be unguarded in our lives, and they've learned from our example. If we want to teach them, we must start with teaching ourselves

3). Ministry of the Day: On Course Magazine - a great magazine for youth, produced by our National Youth Office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: Wikia - Create a wiki about your favorite topic and begin collaborating with people who love what you love.

5). Quote of the Day: 'I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.' - Michael Jordan

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Mule Day. It is also the birthday of David Gill (pastor in Ogallala, NE), a distinction he shares with famous gameshow host Pat Sajak, from 1946. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the Erie Canal opened in 1895.

Brian with Joe Marino, Platte Valley YFC Leader, October, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Hyland - ♫ This Love is Free ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, there was no winner from last week's trivia, so the question will carry over to this week and contain a $10 prize value - what is the shortest book in the Bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: National Fine Arts - The annual event in August is held in Louisville, KY in 2012.

4). Link of the Day: Meetzi - Make your meetings more effective; define goals, build agendas, take notes, track time, be mobile

5). Quote of the Day: 'An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.' - Mohandas Gandhi

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Sour Day. It is also the birthday of Richard Bird, famous American Explorer, from 1888. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Ugandad joined the United Nations in 1962.

Teen Bible Quiz Students, October Meet, McCook, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons


1). Song of the Day: NewWorldSon - ♫ Pledge of Allegiance ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This year, my wife has become a realtor in Grand Island (here's her facebook page). She's learned that it's a tough business, and realtors are very competitive. Of the 5 good leads she's had in three months, 4 were stolen by other realtors late in the process, very near a sale. It's been frustrating, but we've continued to pledge that she would not be that kind of a businesswoman.
- This past weekend, one of her strongest competitors called. She was out of town, but one of her clients had an offer accepted on a house. This realtor asked my wife to help her get some paperwork to them and answer any questions they might have. Initially, we thought that she shouldn't, again because of the highly competitive environment of realtors. But my wife thought better, and offered the help without asking for anything in return.
- What an example she set for other realtors, for our kids, for me. Just because others may treat you wrong, don't respond in the same way. Be the kind of person you would like others to be with you.

3). Ministry of the Day: NE Fall Youth Convention - today is the early registration deadline. Click on the link for the poster, registration form, hotel options, and info on the weight loss challenge for an XBOX Kinect

4). Link of the Day: Convention Dance Video - Last year, we set up a 'dance' booth and this is the edit of different students/leaders showing their stuff.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.' - F. Scott Fitzgerald

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Lung Health Day. It is also the birthday of Brenda McCarthy (Pastor's wife and youth leader in Oshkosh, NE), a distinction she shares with famous English soccer player Wayne Rooney, from 1985. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the United Nations was established in 1945.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Pro - ♫ Beautiful ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Scott Murrish

HISTORY: From Kansas, Pastored in Fremont, Kids Pastor in Kearney
POSITION: Royal Family Kids Camp Regional Director
FAMILY: Married to Tricia, 5 children
HOBBIES: Biking, Mechanics, Building, Working with Churches

3). Ministry of the Day: Fall Youth Convention - Early registration is due Monday, don't be late!

4). Link of the Day: Find the Best - Find your options, compare your options, and decide.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.' - Jesse Owens

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Reptile Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Dizzy Gillespie, famous American musician, from 1917. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Turkish army annihilates the People's Army of the West in People's Crusade of 1096.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Darlene Zschech - ♫ You are Love ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- A recent Campus Missionary Report came in. A young lady became a Christian, and two months later she has a group of 25 people in her campus club at her Catholic High School
- At our Presbyter's Meeting earlier this week, a pastor spoke of a lady who was seeking for more of God. She was filled with the Spirit, and it was during the prayer time before the regular offering!

3). Ministry of the Day: Bellevue Christian Center - the host church for our Eastern Youth Convention Nov 4-5th, 2011

4). Link of the Day: SlideFinder - a powerful search engine for presentation slides and images

5). Quote of the Day: 'Beauty and folly are old companions.' - Benjamin Franklin

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Support your local Chamber of Commerce Day. It is also the birthday of famous American Baseball player Mickey Mantle from 1931. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Royal Navy captured the pirate Calico Jack in 1720.

Another T-shirt offered at Youth Convention, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Believer - ♫ We the Gathered ♫

2). Leaders Corner: Elements to make an organization successful
- Our NE Church Planting leader Tim Rust gave our state leadership team this six step checklist for key elements in successful organizations:
1. Visionary of the Dream - establish purpose, atmosphere and attitude
2. Promotion - establish target group, define need and your ability to meet it
3. Structure - guidelines and responsibilities, flow of activity
4. Personal Development - Human Resources, Coaching, Mentoring
5. Insight of Developing Trends - Honest evaluation, Up to date on culture
6. Finances - securing and releasing of funds/resources

3). Ministry of the Day: Chadron State Chi Alpha - our College Ministry on the campus of Chadron State in Chadron, NE.

4). Link of the Day: Is It Normal - Curious how others might perceive your situation? Ask your question today and find out what others think...

5). Quote of the Day: 'About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.' - Herbert Hoover

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Evaluate Your Life Day. It is also the birthday of Vicki Owen (Pastors Wife in Columbus, NE), a distinction she shares with the host of Extreme Home Makeovers Ty Pennington, from 1965. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Martin Luther became a doctor of theology in 1512.

New Shirt offered at NE Youth Convention, November, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Flyleaf - ♫ Broken Wings ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia - he is now up to $35 in prize earnings. Every week a random correct comment will be chosen as the winner of a $5 prize, which can be used for any NYM event (Fall Convention Nov 4-5 or 18-19) or piece of merchandise. What is the shortest book in the Bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: UNL Campus Church - Our Chi Alpha ministry for the campus of Nebraska in Lincoln. All young adults and college students are welcome.

4). Link of the Day: Worth Monkey - The online blue book for electronics and more

5). Quote of the Day: 'If you can dream it, you can do it.' - Walt Disney

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Menopause Day. It is also the birthday of Jodi Dimmitt (pastors wife in Gibbon), a distinction she shares with famous American musician Chuck Berry from 1926. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the United States took possession of Puerto Rico in 1898.

VUVUZELAS - from 2010 Convention, Lincoln

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Spoken - ♫ Across These Waters ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Last week, my office had a meeting with our production team for Youth Conventions. Every year, we have grown in the size and scope of what we produce for the students/leaders at convention. The first year, we brought in the aluminum tress, then it was the mist/fog machines, then the crowd blinders, smart lights, etc. We hadn't met for awhile so I wasn't sure if they had continued to progress like we had in the past. But once again, I was amazed. They have plans for more power so we can hook up even more lights and effects, including several CO2 canons and pyrotechnics. It's going to be an incredible convention.
- Thank God for a team of people that were released to dream a little and pursue excellence. They've come through in big ways. Entrusting others with the freedom and power to get the job done can go a long way in helping us be the leaders God wants us to be.

3). Ministry of the Day: Convention Facebook Event - Check out our 2011 NE Fall Youth Convention on Facebook.

4). Link of the Day: Know App - Keep stats on anything

5). Quote of the Day: 'Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bosses Day. It is also the beginning of the Fall Presbyter's Meetings for Nebraska. Today is also the birthday of Chuck Davis (Pastor at Spirit Life Church in Omaha) a distinction he shares with Kristen Huff (UNO Chi Alpha Leader), Don Owen (Columbus Pastor) and famous motorcycle stuntman Evil Knievel from 1938. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Students with Vuvuzelas at Convention in Lincoln, 2010

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Kari Jobe - ♫ We Are ♫

2). Leader Profile: Chris Johnson

POSITION: Senior Pastor of Hastings North Shore Church
HISTORY: Graduate of Central Bible College, grew up in Broken Bow
FAMILY: Married to Melissa, with 3 awesome kids
HOBBIES: Basketball, Hanging with his Family, Golf, Twitter

3). Ministry of the Day: Trinity Bible College - Check out the website for our Assembly of God college from Ellendale, ND

4). Link of the Day: Proust - A way for you to share and preserve your stories, one question at a time

5). Quote of the Day: 'A healthy outside starts from the inside.' - Robert Urich

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Be Bald and Be Free Day. It is also the birthday of Scott Townsend, Youth Professor at Trinity Bible College, a distinction he shares with Akbar the Great, the 3rd Mughal Emperor, from 1542. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that President Ronald Reagan declared a war on drugs in 1982.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

1). Song of the Day: Thousand Foot Krutch - ♫ Shook ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Over the past few days, we held a Seven Project in the Hastings area. We had three school assemblies and a Seven at Night rally with the band Remedy Drive. About 700 students came out and we project that over 200 prayed a prayer of salvation.

3). Ministry of the Day: BGMC Kids - Online website just for kids, challenging them to be passionate about missions

4). Link of the Day: Thank Uz - Send instant thank you's to friends, family, colleagues, even celebrities or random special people.

5). Quote of the Day: 'An educated people can be easily governed.' - Frederick The Great

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Sight Day. It is also the birthday of Nate Krizek, youth pastor in Kearney. This is a dinstinction he shares with Wilfred Pickles, famous English actor, from 1904. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the ABA started, with the Anaheim Amigos against the the Oakland Oaks.

Altar Time at the 7 at Night in Hastings last night

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Remedy Drive (in concert tonight at the Hastings City Auditorium at 7pm, and FREE!) - ♫ All Along ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- 6 ideas for how to have great meetings:
1. Don't call it a 'meeting'
2. Have an agenda, a very short one
3. Don't rewind
4. Control the Chatty Kathy and Kens
5. Ban email checking
6. End on time, sooner if possible
- More can be found here

3). Ministry of the Day: Platte Valley YFC - The Youth for Christ organization is behind the Collision event tonight and the Seven Projects

4). Link of the Day: CafeMom - CafeMom is an online community where millions of moms meet each day to talk, share advice, make new friends, and more

5). Quote of the Day: 'Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.' - Jim Rohn

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Free Thought Day. It is also the birthday of Luciano Pavaratti, the famous Italian Tenor. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the army of Cyrus the Great from Persia took control of Babylon in 539 BC

Marquee Promotion for tonights 7 at night rally

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Worth Dying For - ♫ Power of Your Love ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia. That's $10 in unclaimed prize money - too bad! Here's the trivia for this week, worth $5 - Name a Bible character who was the son of Nun?

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Challenge - A dynamic transitional program for adults wanting freedom from life controlling issues.

4). Link of the Day: Gift Rocket - Find gift cards online for any of your gift giving needs.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.' - Wayne Gretzky

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Face your Fears Day. It is also the birthday of Jon Olson (pastor in Pender, NE), a distinction he shares with Doug Witherup (DYD of North Carolina) and Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady) from 1884. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Teddy Roosevelt became the first US President to fly in a plane in 1910.

Today we did a 7 Project School Assembly in Blue Hill, NE

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Worth Dying For - ♫ Savior ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- We had a 7 Project school assembly this morning in Harvard, NE - just outside of Hastings. One of the discussion points was exposing the myth of 'safe sex'. To do so, I did a funny illustration involving some volunteers from the crowd. I pulled up a girl to help us out, one that had been volunteering enthusiastically from her seat in the stands. Later, I found out that she had recently gotten pregnant, but lost the baby just a few days earlier. The content of the message was that the only safe sex is no sex and waiting until you're ready. What a message, and what a powerful moment for that young student. She was very touched by being involved and trying to help others from making the same mistakes that had she made.

3). Ministry of the Day: 7 Projects - Check out this awesome school assembly program, and contact Brian Korell (brian@neag.org) for more information on our program in NE.

4). Link of the Day: CV Gram - Put your style in your Linkedin profile and turn it into a stunning visualization

5). Quote of the Day: 'A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.' - Victor Hugo

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Native American Day. We began a three day 7 Project school assembly event in the Hastings area. It is also the birthday of John Abercrombie, famous Scottish Physician from 1780. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that doesn't exist in 1582, because of the Gregorian calendar in use in Italy, Poland, Portugal, or Spain.

7 Project Set, Harvard, NE, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday - Leader Profile

1). Song of the Day: The City Harmonic (concert in Omaha this Sat!) - ♫ Coming my Way ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Amy Kavan

POSITION - Children's Pastor at Omaha New Creation
HISTORY - Studies at Bellevue Masters Commission
FAMILY - Married to James, two young boys, sister to Toby
HOBBIES - Acting, Singing, Teaching, Basketball

3). Ministry of the Day: Youth Ministry Names - A wide assortment of actual youth ministry names across the US.

4). Link of the Day: Kayak - Search for great deals on airlines, hotels, and car rentals online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Be obscure clearly.' - E. B. White

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Smile Day. It is also the birthday of Kenny Schwarz (youth leader in Sidney), a distinction he shares with Henry Wallace, the 33rd Vice President of the US, in 1888. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that US invasion of Afghanistan began in 2001.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: City Harmonic (in concert in Omaha this Sat!) - ♫ My God ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- I was interacting with Mike Durre, our senior pastor at First Assembly in O'Neill, NE. He gave me the following report - 'I'm excited about our Family Night activities. We have about 30 kids each week...last year was about 18 to 20. Sunday School is growing as well. We basically had 3 or 4 young people....now about 10'

3). Ministry of the Day: CRY Conference - a dynamic conference with several ministry opportunities in Grand Island Oct 20-23, hosted by Abundant Life Church

4). Link of the Day: Punchfork - The best new recipes from across the internet

5). Quote of the Day:'Failure is success if we learn from it.' - Malcolm Forbes

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National German-American Heritage Day. It is also the birthday of famous football personality Tony Dungy, from 1955. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Fiji became a republic in 1987.

Random Bicyclists from the Missions Bike Ride, Sept 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Aaron Gillespie - I will worship you

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
-Exodus 13:14-16 (Paraphrased) - God reminded the Hebrews to tell their children about how He rescued them from Egypt, and the symbolism for sacrificing the firstborn of their livestock in light of the miracle of the Passover.
- This was an important reminder, but it was mentioned several times over the last two chapters. Though we know the actual time represented in those two chapters can cover several days and weeks, it's interesting how many times God reminded His people of His desires for their behavior.
- Good leaders learn to communicate in two very important ways. First, they must be clear with their intentions. We must interact in a way that people are sure they know what we are asking of them. Second, they must communicate consistently. Don't assume that anyone 'got it' the first time. In real estate, there is a common notion that it takes 6 interactions for a message to stick - 6 to stick. Use the various forms of communication today to converse in a variety of ways, all with the same message, just like God did here in Exodus.
- Good leaders communicate REGULARLY and OFTEN! Don't be afraid to say it again.

3). Ministry of the Day: Great Plains Chi Alpha - the Regional leadership of Chi Alpha for Nebraska and the surrounding areas

4). Link of the Day: Know About it - a stream of important links posted by your friends on facebook

5). Quote of the Day: 'Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.' - John Donne

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Teachers Day. It is also the birthday of famous American Minister Jonathan Edwards from 1703. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space in 1984.

Jim,Kathy, and Joel at a Kids Leaders Training in August, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Aaron Gillespie (concert in Omaha this Saturday) - ♫ We were made for you ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, there are no winners from last weeks trivia, so the question will carryover to today with a $10 pricetag! How many Hebrew men were delivered from slavery in Egypt during the time of Moses?

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Digisource - Online resources to help with STL, including pictures, testimonies, media, sermons, and more...

4). Link of the Day: Slidefinder - a powerful search engine for powerpoint slides

5). Quote of the Day: 'I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.' - Woodrow Wilson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Improve your Office Day. It is also the birthday of President Rutherford B. Hayes from 1822. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Mount Rushmore began to be sculpted in 1927.

Mowing at the Camp, October 2011 - We will be working at the camp again today and tomorrow if anyone wants to come out, let me know (toby@neag.org)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Press Play - ♫ Three Little Words ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This past weekend, Grand Island, NE hosted its' 70th annual Harvest of Harmonies parade. This is a big yearly event with usually around 100 bands from the area in participation. Many people come out and crowd the downtown streets to enjoy the festivities. My mother-in-law came in to join us, and since I missed last years parade because of being out of town, I wanted ot make this one special.
- I woke up at 6:00am, got ready, and then went to the parade route to save our spot. Though dark outside and pretty cold, I got there just in time to get a great location. Over the next 90 minutes, several groups showed up and staked their claim to the locations all around me. Finally, just minutes before the parade began, my family showed up - the kids on the curb gathering candy, my wife and I and her mother in comfortable chairs behind them, enjoying the parade.
- I remember several people coming by just before the parade began. They were looking for a spot, but everything was taken. They looked very disappointed, but they could have come early like the rest of us. Planning ahead can make our plans go much smoother, and make it more enjoyable for everyone involved. Don't be afraid to take some time to plan ahead.

3). Ministry of the Day: Aaron Gillespie and City Harmonic Concert - coming THIS SATURDAY to Omaha at Grace University - ticket proceeds go to benefit NE college ministries, Chi Alpha.

4). Link of the Day: Eventbrite - Easy online way to organize and promote major events

5). Quote of the Day: 'Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.' - Thomas A. Edison

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Habitat Day. It is also the birthday of Anquan Boldin, NFL football player, from 1980. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that President George Washington designated the first Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1789.

Parade Location, early morning, Oct 1, 2011