Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Eleventyseven - Quota ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- We're a day away from December. December is a month that leaves us finishing up all of our transactions from 2011. It is also has us looking ahead to 2012 and planning our budgets, schedules, visions, etc.
- It may help to think of the year in 12 month segments, with each month having a separate focus (January - Committment, February - Missions, etc.) These topics may be good to work with the theme of your host church as well. You can coordinate these topics with the major events going on during those months as well. (March - Worship with Fine Arts, June - Spending time with God and camp, etc.)
- It would also be good to schedule in monthly appointments with tasks that sometimes are forgotten: leaders/student leaders meetings, doctors/dentist appointments, spring cleaning both for your home and for the church, website/logo remodeling, recruiting campaigns, etc.

3). Ministry of the Day: AIM Missions Trips 2012 - Check out the trips we are providing for Nebraska Youth Ministries students and leaders next year.

4). Link of the Day: Healthy Men - a list of important medical tests for men to take at certain time periods in their lives

5). Quote of the Day: 'When a nation makes too great a distinction between its scholars and its warriors it winds up having its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools' -Thucydides

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Meth Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Tracy McElhannon (pastors wife in McCook), a distinction she shares with famous author Mark Twain from 1835. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Lucille Ball married Dese Arnaz in 1940.

#125, 7 Project at Alliance Middle School, November

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia


2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia, so the question will carryover to this week with a $10 payout! Here it is - Quote a verse in the Bible that encourages us to give thanks...

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Camp - See a report on the effectiveness of Kids Camp, titled 'A Whole Lotta Something'

4). Link of the Day: I Am Second - A movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.

5). Quote of the Day: 'I took some time out for life.' - James L. Brooks

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Electronic Greetings Day. It is also the birthday of Dave Busch (pastor in Burwell), a distinction he shares with C.S. Lewis, famous Irish author, from 1898. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Richard Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole in 1929.

#130, PK's at the Omaha Zoo, PK Retreat, July

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Carol of the Bells ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Saturday night, my family and I went over to my mothers house in Bellevue. We were there with some of my other brothers and sisters and their families as well. We ate some pizza and talked sparingly around the table. Then, someone pulled out a game. We played it for 2 hours straight, laughing and talking up a storm. The game really opened us up.
- Sometimes, it's fun to just 'let loose' and play a game. They're not just for kids. Make some time to 'play' together this holiday season.

3). Ministry of the Day: Live the Word - Tips from the Fire Institute on applying the lessons from the Bible to our everyday lives

4). Link of the Day: Milk and Honey Shoes - Design your own shoes online

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.' - Stirling Moss

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cyber Monday. It is also the birthday of famous comedian Jon Stewart from 1962. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Panama became independent, in 1821

#136, Bruce overseeing the Tug of War at Youth Camp 1, Lexington, June

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday - Leader's Profile


2). Blog Entry: Leader's Profile - Mike Fowler

POSITION - Senior Pastor of Clinton Victory Hill Assembly of God
HISTORY - From Texas, studies at Southwestern University
FAMILY - Married to Bekah, with a son and a daughter
HOBBIES - Hunting, Welding,

3). Ministry of the Day: High Point Curriculum - Check out this great resource for teaching kids the Word of God

4). Link of the Day: Aardvark - Discover the perfect person to answer any question in minutes

5). Quote of the Day: 'Never spend your money before you have earned it.' - Thomas Jefferson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Flossing Day. It is also the birthday of David Cramer (pastor in Beatrice, NE), a distinction he shares with Joe DiMaggio, famous baseball player, from 1914. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the popular song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' was recorded by various artists to raise money for helping poverty efforts in Ethiopia in 1984.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Happy Thanksgiving! ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- At convention last week, we had the greatest turnout we've had since starting a Western Convention. We did several 7 Project School Assemblies the week before and then invited the students to convention at the night rallies. We weren't sure how many would respond but we thought it was worth the effort.
- Friday night I went to sit in the service to listen to Jacob Jester preach. There was an open seat next to a young man. After I sat down, he leaned in to me and said, 'The only reason I'm here is because you came to my school yesterday."
- Later, after service, another young man came up to me and thanked me for coming to his school earlier in the week. He said that he had gone to an Acquire the Fire years ago, and made a commitment to Christ then, but had since walked away. He renewed his relationship with Jesus at the night rally, and he loved the Alive in Christ book that we gave him. He asked if we could give him 3 more for some of his friends back home.

3). Ministry of the Day: Alive in Christ booklets - Great resource to give to students who are just beginning a relationship with Jesus.

4). Link of the Day: They draw and travel - Maps illustrated from artists around the world

5). Quote of the Day: 'When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.' - Tecumseh

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Thanksgiving, as well as National Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. It is also the birthday of Tim Black (Arizona DYD), a distinction he shares with Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the US, from 1784. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that police force of the Texas Rangers was established in 1835.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #152, Sumo Wrestlers at the 7 at Night, Big Springs, November

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Celtic Praise - Give Thanks ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- This past weekend we finished our convention season with our Western Youth Convention in Gering, NE. Our speaker was Jacob Jester. He lives in Kansas City, where he youth pastors at a local church. He decided to bring his youth group with him to convention, almost a 10 hour drive! They showed up with plenty of time to spare on Friday, and 22 students in tow.
- I connected with Jacob and immediately, he told me that he wanted to forego his scheduled hotel room and stay at the church overnight with his students. This was a very unsusual and unexpected request. I had booked him a nice hotel room just a few blocks away. He had committed to speak for me at two convention services and he would need to be rested up and ready for those opportunties. But he also didn't want to forget his commitment to his youth. So they went to Walmart, grabbed some supplies, and then bunked down with their students for convention.
- I was very impressed with his decision. I hadn't looked down on him for originally working with me for a hotel room; I probably would have done the same thing. But rather than taking the comfortable option, he submitted himself to a potentially uncomfortable situation to be faithful to his students.
- Leaders must be willing to do what is best for their students, whether it is personally uncomfortable to them or not. When leaders opt out for a more comfortable solution, they teach their students to do the same thing when they become leaders or parents themselves.

3). Ministry of the Day: STL Donations Online - Send students/leaders to this site where they can personally give to STL online

4). Link of the Day: Gogobot - Gogobot is a fun place to share your travels and get great trip recommendations!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.' - Dennis Gabor

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Dr. Who Day. It is also the birthday of Greg Wallace (pastor of The Market Church in Omaha), a distinction he shares with Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, from 1804. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Thespis became the first recorded actor performing on stage in 534 BC.

#155 - Tipping the Canoe at Camp Arrowhead during Youth Camp 1, June

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day:Kutless - Beautiful the Blood ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. With her $5 prize, she is now up to $36 total - way to go!
- Here's the trivia for this week - Thanksgiving is here! Quote a verse in the Bible that encourages us to give thanks...

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Blog - Check out our weekday blog for Nebraska Youth Ministries, highlighting Life Lessons (Mon), Bible Trivia (Tue), Leaders Corner (Wed), Testimonies (Thur), and Leader's Profile (Fri).

4). Link of the Day: HipMunk -Hipmunk is a remarkable new travel search site that aims to take the agony out of travel planning.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Give Thanks in all circumstances.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Humane Society Day. It is also the birthday of Ann Laura Chavez (children's leader in Columbus), a distinction she shares with Charles de Gaulle, famous French military general from 1890. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing in 1986.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #157, STL service at Holy Grounds in Omaha, January

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Fred Hammond - I Feel Good ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- On the way home from Western Youth Convention this weekend, Brian Korell (Youth Alive Home Missionary) was pulling two trailers with his truck. The back trailer had a tire that went flat, but it was hard for him to recognize it because of the heavy weight load. A trucker pulled up beside him and waved him off the road. After pulling over, we saw that the tire had been completely shredded.
- We pulled out the jack, but it was missing the appropiate handle. We had to carefully turn the jack upward with a heavy duty wrench. It was exhausting, and very cold, but slowly and surely, we got it done. Brian mentioned that if he had the right tool, he would have been able to get the tire replaced in half the time.
- Having the right tools can go a long way in helping make our jobs easier. And it can also help us be prepared when the unexpected happens in our lives.

3). Ministry of the Day: Fun Arts - Fine Arts for Kids. February 25th. 3 Different locations

4). Link of the Day: Good Reads - Share book recommendations; meet your next book!

5). Quote of the Day: 'All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.' - Thomas Browne

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Hello Day. It is also the birthday of Jacob Jester (Western Fall Youth Convention speaker), a distinction he shares with French Philosopher Voltaire from 1694. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jersusalem in 164 BC

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #164, Backstage at Western Youth Convention, Gering, November

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Dave Hershey - The Balance ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Julie Korell
POSITION - Youth Pastor at Grand Island Northridge, 7 Project Speaker
HISTORY - Children's Pastor of Northfield Church in Gering
FAMILY - Married to Brian, one girl and two boys
HOBBIES - Winning at Games, Being with Family, Rooting against the Broncos

3). Ministry of the Day: Go Creative Juice - Creative Juice is a design firm with the sole purpose of providing churches and their ministries every resource they need to brand themselves in a professional way and communicate their message effectively without all the hassle.

4). Link of the Day: Health Month - Health Month is a game to help improve your diet, fitness, mental health, relationship health, and financial health – while enjoying it!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Either you run the day or the day runs you.' - Jim Rohn

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Mickey Mouse Day. It is also the birthday of Willy Roberts (lead singer of our Western Convention Worship Band Orphan's Cry), a distinction he shares with famous Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, from 1975. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that 21 political parties approved the new constitution in South Africa in 1993.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Jeremy Camp - Overcome ♫

2). Blog Entry - Testimonies
- Monday night, we had roughly 250 students at the 7 at Night Rally in Alliance. Just about everyone came forward for the altar call and we collected 90 forms of students that committed their lives to Christ.
- Last night, we had about 80 students that came out to the 7 at Night Rally in Big Springs. Again, almost all the students came forward to the altar and we received roughly 40 forms of students that committed their lives to Christ.

3). Ministry of the Day: Eastern Youth Convention Photos - check out pics from our recent Eastern Convention for Youth at Bellevue Nov 4,5th

4). Link of the Day: Convert Center - Change any measurement to the right conversion with this great online tool

5). Quote of the Day: 'Common sense is not so common.' - Voltaire

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Guinness World Record Day. It is also the birthday of Taleah Gill (youth leader in Friend), a distinction she shares with Maria Antonietta of Spain from 1729. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the patent for the computer mouse was awarded in 1970.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #185 The altar call at South Platte High during a 7 at Night in November

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Viktory - One Day ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- On Monday, we did two 7 Project school assemblies. The first was in Gordon-Rushville and the second was in Alliance. The project in Gordon was for the high schoolers and it started at 8 in the morning. So early in the morning, we could tell that everyone was pretty tired, including ourselves. Though more quiet, it was a great assembly and we received a good report from the administration afterward.
- The project in Alliance was at the Middle School and it was at the end of the school day. The students there were very energetic and loud. It was also a great assembly and the report was good once again from the administration.
- Though very different in time, age, and energy, both assemblies were a success. It would have been easy to judge them differently by our review of the response. As speakers, we love it when the crowds respond enthusiastically. But just because they may seem more quiet, it doesn't mean they aren't engaged and we are doing a bad job.
- We must become leaders that are flexible, and adapt our methods and styles of communication to the people we are working with. If we wait for the crowd to be flexible and adapt to us, we may be waiting too long.

3). Ministry of the Day: Western Fall Youth Convention - Come and join us this Friday and Saturday in Gering, NE for a great event with Orphan's Cry and Jacob Jester!

4). Link of the Day: Join.me - Share your screen with others, and view someone elses screen as well

5). Quote of the Day: 'Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.' - Margaret Walker

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Prematurity Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Eric Rozean (Children's Pastor in Kearney), a distinction he shares with famous basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire, from 1982. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in 2010.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #182, Brian and Jay in the Awards area of Fine Arts, at Lincoln in March

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Tim Drisdelle - Come let us adore Him ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, there was no winner from last week's trivia and $10 in prize earnings will go unearned. There's still a chance this week for $5. We will choose a random entry from the correct comments as the winner: How many of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) contain the Christmas story?

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Calendar - Check out all of our events for 2012, including the upcoming end of the STL rallies in the Winter STL Tour

4). Link of the Day: IOgraphica - A fun art page which maps the route of your mouse

5). Quote of the Day: 'A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.' - Norman Ralph Augustine

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National I Love To Write Day. It is also the birthday of John I of France from 1316. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Dave opened the first Wendy's restaurant in 1969.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 - #188, Chet Caudill, Youth Camp 1 speaker, getting pumped up at camp in June

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Me in Motion - Yes we can ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- This week, we are doing 7 Project School assemblies in the panhandle of Nebraska, leading up to our Western NE Youth Convention in Gering on Friday and Saturday. To start off, we traveled to Scottsbluff today with two trailers, pulled together by one truck. It was a long trip, often too windy to drive in a straight line, and plenty of gas used on the way.

- Once we arrived in Gering, we met up with some Master's Commission students that are helping us throughout the week. We unloaded much of the equipment for convention at the church, and then gave one of the trailers to the MC's to pull with their van. After dumping all of that weight, the truck ran great and almost seemed like a new vehicle.
- It's amazing how much better we can travel without all the extra baggage we keep sometimes. Take an inventory of you life and decide if there's some stuff you can let go to lighten the load.


3). Ministry of the Day: The 7 Project - School assembly program we provide to schools throughout Nebraska

4). Link of the Day: Visualize Me - Vizualize your resume in one click, for creative resumes online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.' - Jon Bon Jovi

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Orphan's Day. It is also the birthday of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, from 1954. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the BBC began radio service in London in 1922.

Top NYM Photos of 2011 #189 - David's Cardboat Boat Creation at Family Fest in July

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Josh Wilson - Jesus Is Alive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Profile - Mitch McGonigle
POSITION - Youth Pastor in Milford
HISTORY - Student in NYM, college at NE SouthEastern Community
FAMILY - Single
HOBBIES - Works at Dell, graduated in 2009

3). Ministry of the Day: Top 200 Photos of 2011 - Check out all the photos of great memories from this past year in Nebraska Youth Ministries, starting today!

4). Link of the Day: Sticker Mule - Custom stickers, die cut stickers & laptop skins. Starting at $59 for 100. Free shipping in 5 days.

5). Quote of the Day: 'If there is no struggle, there is no progress.' - Frederick Douglass

6). Miscellaneous: Today is 11-11-11, and also National Veteran's Day. Both my dad, and my father-in-law are military veterans. It is also the birthday of Richard Nakai (Assistant Student Ministries Director at BCC and NE credentialed minister), a distinction he shares with Fyodor Dostoyevsky, famous Russian Author, from 1821. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that US Route 66 was established in 1926.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: KB - Hello ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Julie, a 7 Project school assembly speaker in NE, went to her daughter's basketball game at a school outside of Hastings, one of the schools we did an assembly at earlier this month. One of the students from that school recognized Julie from the 7 Project, and came up to talk with her. The student mentioned that she came out to the Night Rally that evening, and gave her life to Jesus at the altar call!
- I traveled to a youth ministry last night, which recently lost their leader. We talked about the transition, and there was a lot of emotion. But they had a volunteer leader keeping things together and many people still there from the original group. Usually, when the leaders leaves, and they didn't have a leadership team to help them, the group tends to fall apart. What a testimony that this leader helped keep things together, and the church worked to keep the ministry going!

3). Ministry of the Day: Emmaus Experience - Student educational trips to the Holy Land in Israel

4). Link of the Day: Hunch - Hunch lets you share what you like, get recommendations based on your taste and connect with people similar to you.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.' - Charles R. Swindoll

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Area Code Day. It is also the birthday of Danette Matty (director of Christ's Place Leadership School), a distinction she shares with Martin Luther from 1483. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first Breeder's Cup Horse Race took place in Hollywood in 1984.

Backstage view from Eastern Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Andy Cherry - Our God's Alive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Tonight, I am heading to a youth group in transition. The former youth pastor needed to leave before expected, and they were suddenly left without a youth leader. As has happened in many situations, there were no other leaders (students or adults) that were prepared to step in and help in the absence. A large group dwindled to a fraction of what it once was.
- God is helping us with some new adult volunteers, and a youth pastor in a city nearby has committed to help them out for the rest of the year. But what can we do to keep this situation from happening in the future?
- Often youth leaders rise to their position because of great talent and ability in working with students. But we all should strive to improve in our ability to raise up and disciple leaders. The groups that we are leading are not ours, they are God's. He wants everyone to take an active part in it. I suggest that you try to find at least one adult leader for every 7 students in the group. And within every 7 students, you should find at least 2 to 3 student leaders that can contribute to the group as Campus Missionary Leaders
- Build up a team, so when it's your turn to leave, the group will continue to move forward.

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Force - A dynamic Children's resource, produced by our own Jim Gerhold from Sidney. Part of the proceeds go to Nebraska's BGMC!

4). Link of the Day: Preceden - Make a timeline for just about anything

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every moment is an experience.' - Jake Roberts

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Young Readers Day. It is also the birthday of Spiro Agnew, US Vice President, from 1918. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the chemical element Darmstadtium was discovered in 1994.

Working Out at Eastern Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Tobymac - The First Noel ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia, so the question will carry over to this week with a $10 payout - Can you name a time in the Bible where someone 'worked out'?

3). Ministry of the Day: Teacher Appreciation - Nominate your favorite teacher for Nebraska's teacher of the year.

4). Link of the Day: Science Daily - The top science news across the web

5). Quote of the Day: 'A people free to choose will always choose peace.' - Ronald Reagan

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National X-Ray Day. It is also the birthday of my brother-in-law Bob Nikunen, a distinction he shares with Gordon Ramsey, famous British TV personality, from 1966. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the National Football League joined with the American Football League to establish the NFL.

Students at NE Eastern Fall Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales - Jingle Bells ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- My son Eric had a big speech coming up in his language arts class last week. This is a class in which he had a 'C' grade. He wants to do better, and his teacher believes he is capable of more, but his behavior in class had been less than ideal. I began to work with him more after work at nights, and saw Eric's results improve.
- We were working on the speech at home. As a public speaker, I knew that this was something I could help him with. After he did his speech with me a few times, I did the same speech for him. He laughed a bunch and loved many of the different methods I used to communicate effectively.
- When he got back up to do it one more time, I noticed he didn't do many of the things I saw him enjoy with more performance. I asked him why afterwards and he said, 'That stuff is you - it's just not me.' I accepted his reasoning, secretly feeling like he wasn't going to do as well as he could.
- Later this weekend, I heard the report from his speech - everyone loved it! The students were all asking how he set up his powerpoint presentation, they laughed several times at key parts of his speech, and the teacher applauded for him afterward. He did great - and mostly because he knew how to be himself.
- Don't try to be someone else in your calling - be the person God created you to be!

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Bible Quiz - help students learn the Word of God in a fun, competitive way, while visiting other leaders/students across Nebraska once a month!

4). Link of the Day: Metafilter - Great search engine for tough questions

5). Quote of the Day: 'The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Job Action Day. It is also the birthday of famous American Evangelist Billy Graham from 1918. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that Mary Robinson became the first female President of Ireland in 1990.

Workout Crew from Eastern Youth Convention, Bellevue, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Fireflight - ♫ Go Ahead ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Petey Tellez

HISTORY: From Hawaii, was in the Air Force, studies at Grace University
POSITION: Senior Pastor of Omaha Hope Community Church
FAMILY: Married to Dezi, 3 boys and 1 girl
HOBBIES: Working Out, Football and Basketball, Spending time with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: Fall Youth Convention - Our annual Eastern Fall Youth Convention kicks off tonight! Check us out on facebook above...

4). Link of the Day: Formspring - Find out more about your friends by asking and responding to interesting questions.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The only thing more stressful than hearing a screaming baby on a plane is being the parent of a screaming baby on a plane' - Joel Stein

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Use Your Common Sense Day. It is also the birthday of Walter Cronkite, famous American broadcaster, from 1916. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Joan of Arc liberated Saint-Pierre-le-Moƻtier in 1429.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Chris Quilala - ♫ Your Love is Everything ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Vicki Carini is the Children's/Youth Leader in Ainsworth. She has been there a little over a year, and now they've seen the group grow; the after school club from 2-10, the youth group up to 18. They recently held a big Fall Festival and saw the largest numbers of young people they've had in years (picture below)
- Jen helps oversee the placement of foreign exchange students in the Sandhills. They currently have 14 students scattered throughout Christian homes in the region. Because of her hard work, the company is sending her and her husband to Brazil for a business trip!

3). Ministry of the Day: 2010 Youth Convention East - see pics from our convention in Lincoln last year, our Eastern Convention is this weekend in Bellevue.

4). Link of the Day: Get Human - Find Phone numbers and company information online

5). Quote of the Day: 'A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.' - Nelson Mandela

6). Today is National Men Make Dinner Day. It is also the birthday of Mel Johnson (associate pastor in Hastings), a distinction he shares with famous American actor Charles Bronson from 1921. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the United States introduced income taxes in 1913

Vicki Carini, and P. Gary Graesser, Ainsworth, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday - Leaders Corner


1). Song of the Day: Corey Evan Band (at NE Convention this weekend) - ♫ Healer ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Speaking to leaders, or students?
- Recently, I was in a service for young people that was full of many students as well as adult leaders. I heard the speaker preaching, and I felt he was doing a great job. As I looked around, most of the leaders were enjoying it as well, saying 'AMEN', nodding their heads, taking it all in.
Then, I took a moment to look at the students. Many seemed to be completely out of it: staring at pictures on the wall, texting on their phones, talking with their neighbors. I didn't hear any 'AMENS' coming from them in their sections.
What a contrast! I felt like the preacher was amazing, but the students, who the service was intended for, seemed completely distracted and disengaged. What a challenge for any speaker.
Often speakers prepare their message with content that they would enjoy and in methods that they would respond well to personally. When they speak, they thoroughly enjoy their own message, though their listeners might be oblivious. Again, often speakers prepare messages with the adult leaders as their targets, making statements that challenge and impress them. And while the acknowledgement from their peers feels good afterward, what about the students?
Sometimes, speakers prepare the message for the student, full of illustrations, humor, and main points appropriate for youth/kids. Usually this takes more work, stretching speakers out of their comfort zones. Often, they don't receive much 'praise' from the students when finished, and surely none from the leaders either. But the students were attentive, learning, listening, and responding.
I believe the perfect setup is when we gear the message to the student, specifically targeting a few points to stretch them spiritually. At the same time, the leaders in the crowd understand the strategy and respond based on how the students feel, rather than their own understanding. Sometimes the 'best' speakers for students may not be the most 'obvious' to us!

3). Ministry of the Day: Reaching All Your Students - a great book about the different preferred learning styles of students in today's culture

4). Link of the Day: Quora - A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Every man dies. Not every man really lives.' - William Wallace

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Traffic Directors Day. It is also the birthday of King Edward V of England for 1470. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that George Washington gave his Farewell Address to the Army in 1783.

Elizabeth Huston, NYM student of the Year, Lincoln, 2010

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Newsboys - ♫ God's not dead ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to LARISSA for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. She is now up to $31 in prize earnings - way to go! That is money which can be applied to any NYM event or piece or merchandise.
- Here's this week's trivia - This weekend is our Eastern Convention in Bellevue. The theme is VITALITY, a workout theme. Can you name a story in the Bible where someone 'worked out'?

3). Ministry of the Day: Holsom Comics - Christian comics available online, for use in children's ministry and outreaches.

4). Link of the Day: Coolendar - Coolendar is not only calendar or task app: it's a whole new planning experience

5). Quote of the Day: 'Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.' - Victor Kiam

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Authors Day. It is also the birthday of Mark Oberbeck (pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares with famous American Idol contestant Bo Bice. Finally it is the anniversary of the day that the New Orleans Saints football team was established in 1966.

Students at Eastern Convention 2010, Lincoln