if i was still in baton rouge and in youth ministry this would have been the first day of the annual fall retreat, the JESUS project, that we did at parkview. the JESUS project was always one of my favorite weekends of the year. for seven straight years it was an incredible weekend of pushing boundaries and having a great deal of fun doing it. as a matter of fact, if i was still there and doing the fall retreat we would be in the midst of two things: 1) a voluntary prayer labyrinth, and 2) a huge voluntary game of capture the flag at this very moment and about half of the adult leaders would probably be in the woods with water balloon slingshots launching water balloons at every kid that ran within their targeting range. ah the memories.
then of course, monday morning i would be sick. that pretty much happened every year too.
okay, i think i have fixed it now. hopefully someone will try it in a second or two and i’ll know for sure. all i know is that one or more people have tried 9 times to register via the form and it has failed on those attempts. i know this because it sent me 9 error messages saying my space was full. i fixed that problem so go ahead and register.
i’m not sure why but for some reason the online sign-up form has decided to stop working. i know this because it has sent me 8 error messages within the last hour. i’m working on it. if you are trying to sign up just send me an email at robet.terrell at gmail . com. sorry for the inconvenience.
for those of y’all playing the refuel game as a part of the JESUS project i wanted to let you know that i had to refuel today. unfortunately nobody registered today. we had people register wednesday but no one today.
as you can see from my guage i pushed it about as far as it could go.
as some of you know i’ve decided to goof off with the JESUS project theme of “refuel” and reward anyone who signs up (which you can do via the website) on the day that i refuel my truck. the last time i refueled was friday and nobody signed up on that day. i’m about to have to put some more fuel in my truck and we may have our first winner. jessie haltom signed up earlier today and if i can’t make it home without fueling up then she’s going to be our first winner. otherwise, i will be filling up tomorrow. you might want to know that if you were planning on signing up soon.
jess, my assistant, and i were talking today and i think we are going to throw in some gas station prizes for anyone who signs up on a day that i refuel.
[Listening to: I Can’t Get Next To You – Al Green – Al Green – Greatest Hits (3:52)]
i like things that are slightly quirky. life is just a tad bit better when you throw something unexpected in it- it’s spice for life. that’s why i love eric landry’s gorilla costume that randomly shows up every now and then when we are doing something. that’s why i loved the great statue search that was a part of last year’s JESUS project. odd things thrown into the mix add a little fun.
i say this to tell you that i have decided to add something meaningless to the registration process for this year’s JESUS project. you now have the ability to register online for the JESUS project (and of course, you can still register at the youth ministry office or any youth ministry activity). when you register i or jessica will time stamp when we received your registeration (if you do this online the internet will do this automatically). this is important because i’m going to use that time stamp. i refuel my truck once a week with gasoline. since, the theme for this year’s JESUS project is refuel i figured it would be fun to throw something stupid into the mix that has to do with refueling. therefore, the person who registers on the same day that i fuel my truck and is closest to the actual time that i refueled will become a “star” of the retreat. if you register on the same day that i refuel and are closer than anyone else to the time of the refueling you will have a video made about you and incorporated into the retreat. what’s the video about? i’m not sure. i’ll figure that out when i see who wins the privilege each time. you could be a superhero, a bum on the street, or a person who just stares at the camera. all i know for sure is that you’ll have a little bit of your 15 minutes of fame and it will make the registration process a little more interesting for me.
i tried something new this year for the JESUS project (our annual fall retreat). actually we’re trying allot of new things during the retreat but what i’m talking about here is that i’m trying to work out online registration for the event. i have a basic form up on the youth ministry website now but hopefully be the end of the week it will be something more professional than that. i’ve tried a few wordpress plugins that are supposed to be able to do the trick but nothing has worked just right yet. i’ll keep on trying.
i through the view was great tonight. the band and sergio were but right on target. of course, it didn’t hurt that i got to knock antonio around during the message.
some exciting news youth ministry-wise is the planning that i got to do with several other youth ministers today. right now at least four other churches will be joining us for this year’s famine. you’ll here more about this later.
my run for the day distance – 3.7 miles
total time – 35:31
pace – 9:35/mile
it’s time to start registering for our annual fall retreat. november 17-19th we will be going to the judson retreat center for the seventh annual JESUS retreat. it’s a time for for us to recharge and focus on the ONE who is important to us.