June 27, 2008 at 1:17 am (Uncategorized)

Tomorrow brings my first weekend since i started my new job in VA!! (Fri and Sat are my days off) After these first two weeks i can’t begin to describe how grateful and excited i am to be able to work with such incredible and talented people and serve at such a relevant and active church. I’m going to learn a TON about a lot of different areas that i LOVE and am going to get rocked in the process and i cant’ wait. I’m also humbled and thankful that God has allowed me to be surrounded by such incredible leaders and creative team members. This situation is so unique and i still find it hard to believe that i’m here to do all of this. So there’s my work update.

In other worlds, i feel like i’ve fallen off the face of the earth with a lot of you and to be honest, I just have not had a free moment to call and see how things are doing. I also get really poor cell reception at the place I’m staying. Not very good excuses, but i do feel horrible about it. SO, expect a call in the next few days because i miss all of you dearly and want to hear how things are back in PA. I’ve been thinking and praying for you all often! Happy weekend to y’all!


P.S. – We studied the biography of Hudson Taylor this week, a missionary to China. If you want to see what it really means to trust Christ…google him and read about him…REDICULOUS!!! (or you can start here)


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1 Thes 2:8

June 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm (Uncategorized)

This of course is Spence’s favorite verse and it touches on a subject that Mike writes on now and then in his blog…sharing our lives with others.  I had to blog about this because i have experienced this in a new way and just need to share about it.

I have spent the past 2 days with the other new leaders in the program in an amazing “bay” house at the eastern shore in MD.  Tough way to start a new job right?  The purpose of the few days was team building and to help us all get to know each other before we starting into our respective ministry areas.  So what did we do?  Well aside from an extreme scavenger hunt in Annapolis (home of the US Naval Academy) that made me feel like i was in the movie National Treasure, the rest of the time was spent sharing testimonies and hanging out and getting to know each other and it went very well!  I can honestly say that I have 10 new friends already that i can relate to and appreciate.  (no where did i say that any of you have been replaced because that will never happen!)

So what does this have to do with the verse?  Well something we did which took most of our time there was to share our life stories, or “Journey of Faith” as they called it. Every one was asked to take as much time as needed to tell the rest of the group about themselves so that when we were done, we would “know” each other, at least so some extent.  It did take a long time, but in the end it was an incredible experience.  Everyone has a unique and interesting story and when you take the time to listen to that story…well, it’s just neat way to really get to know someone or at least appreciate where they’re coming from.  It seems obvious, but you don’t really understand that until it happens.  Anyway, i took a lot from these few days and can’t wait to serve with these incredible individuals.  Think about asking someone to share their story with you sometime soon…I bet you’ll grow closer and really enjoy it!

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Day One…Check

June 16, 2008 at 12:58 am (Uncategorized)

Well I just got home from my first day at work and all i can say is that I feel Blessed, Pumped, and very anxious.  These first two weeks are more of an orientation for me and the other Future Leaders in the program (there are 11 of us).  Today was more of a meet and greet/welcome to the church/here’s what to expect of the upcoming year sort of day.  We also received our job descriptions.  So now instead of telling people what i think i might be doing at the church, i can actually tell you what it is i’m going to do (at least from what i have read).  So i figured it would be easiest to summarize my job description:

“Working under the Frontline Creative Arts team, i will be exposed, trained, and utilized in all aspects of worship service planning and production including rehearsing and developing on-campus musicians (associated with “the gathering” collegiate ministries to University of MD, Georgetown, George Washington U, 703, and American University), working with worship leaders to plan service elements and flow, organizing and training volunteers for set-up/tear-down and other service roles.  Recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers for all service roles, Preparing service media as well as post-service media (podcasts, web graphics, blogs, Frontline website), Producing services, leading volunteer small groups/bible studies, and recieving training in lighting design concepts and board operation, audio set-up/operation concepts, video operations, camera directing, shading, non-linear HD editing, and audio post-production editing.”

Whew!!!  It of course will include a lot of training in some things that i have had less experience with but it is very much like what i did for ACF, just on a much larger and more professional scale.  The people i get to work with are amazing at what they do and i’m excited to pick their brains A LOT!!!  It’s also a little scarry because  not only will i jump right into it in two weeks, but this is the first time they’ve ever brought someone one in to do this stuff…good thing i’m a fast learner.

The next three days are going to be spent off-site.  The other future leaders and myself are going to the eastern shore for a retreat to get to know each other better before we start our respective ministry areas (tough i know…).  Even though its going to be a blast, i think its a smart move because they are going to hit us hard and expect a lot of us once we begin.  We are all getting along very well and are going to become quite close throughout the year.  Anyway, more to come once i get back from Maryland.  Love you all

Oh one more thing…i found out I’m going to Rwanda on a mission trip for 2 weeks in February…AWESOME!

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Why “see you later” is never easy

June 13, 2008 at 4:16 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve moved a lot in my lifetime.  Not as much as say a military family but i have had to relocate at least 8 different times where i’ve had to bid adieu to people i really care about and i suck at that.  You’d think that after a while it would either get easier or old, but the fact of the matter is that it gets even suckier every time.  I absolutely HATE saying goodbye.  Infact, i rarely will ever use that word because i know that it’s not really goodbye, but more like “see you later” and in some cases, later means longer then more then one would like (holla back right coast…).  I bring this up because i’ve just spent the entire day giving hugs and hanging out with some of my favorite people and i really sucks knowing that it will be a decent amount of time before i get to hang out with them again.  If i have been sappy about it, just know that its not because i’m scared or super depressed or anything like that, I just absolutely LOVE you all more then i could ever express and it pains me to leave that kind of love behind.  I’ve grown to really love Williamsport, not because of its looks or character (and believe, it has a lot of both) but because of the people and relationships i’ve been able to strengthen and build this past year.

So if you’re reading this, know that you are SO important to me and that I LOVE you very much and will be thinking of you often.  I desperately want to know how things are going for you in he next few months and will do my best to keep up and keep you informed of how i’m doing.  Pray for me as i pray for you and expect God to do amazing things for both of us.  Tomorrow i bid farewell to Williamsport for a while, but i shall return.  Exciting new adventures…here we go!   *sniff sniff*

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another great article…

June 11, 2008 at 3:40 am (Uncategorized)

It’s a little long, but it’s a great look at Amy and how she got to where she is now.  Enjoy! and way to go champ 🙂

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What I’m doing today

June 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm (Uncategorized)

As of 3:30 PM yesterday, my contract with the Williamsport Area School District came to a close.  So today starts the awkward, rushed, and stressful period of transition where packing looms around every corner and a mixture of positive and negative anxiety plague the mind.  So what am i doing about it today?   Packing of course.  I’m taking a quick break to eat and waiting for a phone call to tell me where I’m going to live in 4 days.  The first year of the program at McLean includes a home stay with a family in the church.  I have no expectations or idea of what it could be like.  I’ve heard that it could be anything from a single room in a small house, to a huge mansion that a local rich family owns and needs someone to house sit for a year….ok so thats a little too optimistic, but i has happened in the past.  Either way, my goal over the next few days is to get rid of everything i can do without and more.  I’ve thrown away a ton of stuff that i didn’t even realize that i had including clothes, old school supplies, “welcome to penn state” packets etc.  I’ve also thrown a lot of stuff away that while i still want to hold on to (i’m a pack rat) i still needed to say goodbye to.  It’s kind of wild and definitely taking me on a few trips down memory lane.  I will still have a great deal of music stuff/gear to tag along but thats my life so i think thats ok.  Anyway, soon i should be able to tell you my new address and maybe at some point i can start packing the car.  Tomorrow I’m taking a load of stuff down to store with a family friend that lives in Laurel, MD.  Please pray for me these next few days because I’ve picked up a sore-throat/cough, and I’m really going to need a lot of strength to make this transition i so many different ways.  Ok back to work.

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a tough day

June 6, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Today was a tough day…it was the last day with kids at school. My 7th and 8th grade choir sang beautifully at the end of year assembly, i had a handful of students give me fresh cut roses from their mothers garden, received a few cards with very touching notes in it, was given a scrap book from my musical kids, and received a potted plant from the other teachers. I definitely found myself in tears a few times today realizing that i probably won’t see many of these kids ever again.

Even though i’m leaving at the end of next week for an awesome job opportunity, that dosen’t mean i didn’t like my job here. I actually really enjoyed it. It wasn’t always easy and i definitely had to overcome A LOT of things and had some really tough times/issues to deal with, but overall it was a really great situation. I LOVED my kids and will miss them dearly no matter how much of a butthead some of them were at times. I LOVED the teachers i worked with and made some very close friendships that will continue even after i leave. I really couldn’t have asked for a better starting job and definitely don’t count this year as a waste. The things i learned at that school will stay with me as i become a future parent and future teacher as i very well may return to the classroom after a while (who knows…) The best thing of all, was seeing how i was able to be a positive example for a lot of kids who don’t see it anywhere else and to really feel the appreciation they had for it…it’s unreal.

It’s definitely not going to be easy leaving town, however i do know that everything has worked out and will continue to work out the way God has intended it and I look forward to the adventure that has already begun with McLean. I’m also glad that my classroom will be left in much more suitable hands 🙂 k, now it’s time to get ready for our awesome roaring twenties party tonight…this will be awesome!!!

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a positive and a negative

June 1, 2008 at 3:07 am (Uncategorized)

So the negative first…i got this horrible canker sore on my tongue this week tha rested right on top of a molar in my mouth….OUCH!  It was so bad one day this past week that the only way i could talk without it hurting was to talk with a huge lisp….that made for an interesting day of middle school teaching, let me tell you.  This whole experience has made me really appreciate Benzocaine with oral anesthetic….otherwise known as “the stuff that will numb any pain, including your whole mouth if used incorrectly.”

On another note, this past weekend, Spence, Beth, Jon and I got to head down to Manheim, PA to lead worship at a wedding for some local friends.  Not only was it a hilarious and absolutely fun weekend, but I actually got to play piano at the wedding which was a super sweet experience.  I’ve really felt a lot of growth in my piano chops this past year and its always really humbling to get the chance to play and lead from a different instrument.  It was also different to feel nervous before playing because i haven’t felt that in a long time.  But things went well an the couple is happily married now.  So here’s to cool new experiences in the name of love!

anyway thats a wrap to this random post.  I have one more week of middle school teaching then the craziness of moving begins  YEESH!!!  If you live in Williamsport, we need to hang out soon!  Night all!

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