Environment continued: Worlds of Wow

27 02 2008

MtZion_Play Unit_1
We have had the pleasure over the past year and a half to work with 3 great companies.
The first company I want to talk about is
Worlds of Wow. They are building and installing our indoor playground. They are a great company that does everything from mural work, 3D sculpted elements to indoor playgrounds.

Reagan Hillier is the head honcho over there he is a great guy and a class act. I have nothing but good things to say about him and his company. It has been a pleasure to work with him along the way.

I know from talking to them they really have a passion for transforming environments for kids and families. I talked to many people who have used them in the past all of them were more that pleased with what Worlds of Wow did for them.

If you are interested in transforming your environment give Reagan and his team a call the are great to work with.

Great Quotes: Barry Goldwater

25 02 2008

Barry Goldwater – “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

Go Sens Go

24 02 2008

ottowa_senatorsI don’t know if it is being in Canada or that my father-in-law has a 46″ HDTV LCD TV. But I watched more than 3 minutes of hockey for the first time in my life. In fact I watched 1 whole period plus overtime.

I found myself routing for the senators I don’t even know why. Perhaps I have been reading Jason’s blog a bit to much. It was a great game the Senators came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in O.T. great game.

YouTube Friday: Random Week

22 02 2008

Hey everyone. I had a bit of a sporadic week posting to my blog. I was at our church’s highschool camp it was awesome. Pastor Mark and his team did a great job. Many lives transformed despite the cold temps.

I will pick up on environment next week. So I though a random week blogging deserved a random youtube video. So here it is.

Power of Environment. (2 of 4)

20 02 2008

Metal ChairI have had some people say to me environment doesn’t matter. To that I usually say “if environment doesn’t matter than why don’t we set up a few metal chairs in the middle of a corn field, not tell anyone where we are and God will bring who he wants there.” Crazy answer to a crazy question: Environment matters.
As much as we may not like it man first sees the externals long before the internals. Our own physical appearance is a testament to what we value and how we feel about ourselves.

I have been asked (just to clarify, by only a few) why we are putting so much time, effort and money into our children’s wing. My reply is we believe in the value of a soul. Each kid matters to God we need to do our best and be our best each kid each family needs to know we value them and more importantly God values them.

We want kids to come to church and feel safe. If they feel safe they will stay if they stay they will hear if they hear they will do and if they do the will become (lifechange).

If we do our part, create the environment. God will do his part, lifechange.

Bottom line as much as we have our opinions Environment matters.

What about you what are the subtle changes you can make to make your environment matter more. I am in the midst of two projects one has a budget of thousands of dollars one has no budget at all it isn’t about money it’s about creativity. If you can do something with nothing:creativity you will be able to masssive cool stuff when you have more resources.

One last random thought: You get attract what you are. You want more creative people. Value creativity and Do it.

Power of Environment. (1 of 4)

18 02 2008

This week I want to discuss something I have been thinking a lot about the past year or so. The power of environment. How our surroundings affect us in ways we don’t even realize. How we let trivial things effect the important ones.

We are in the midst of a monumental time in Mt. Zion. So many people in our church have been working for the past year and a half to get to this point. It has been a logistical, spiritual and emotional taxing time for many of us, because we so want everything to be perfect.

I sense that we are really on the verge of something amazing Pastor Servello preached a great message this week challenging us about what really matters and what matters most to God.

I know that many people in our church especially initially were very excited as they should be, about our new kids wing, and how it would effect their own kids. I would be lying if I told you that doesn’t cross my mind often. I am so excited to see my son tell people where the “tubes” (3 year old for indoor playground) are going.

All that aside what has been dominating my thinking the year is how will this effect the lives of kids who have never been to church before. How will this effect families that would never have come through the doors of our church before. Often times it is environment that we create that opens the door for God bring transformation to the lives of those who need it most.

I have been thinking about this over and over. Let me know what you think.

Our mission is to “Create environments where lifechange can take place.”

YouTube Friday: Grammys

15 02 2008

Watched some of the Grammy Awards Sunday. I watched Ann Marie Calhoun play a ten second violin solo. She was amazing. I was captivated by her ability and energy. Here is a clip of here trying out for the “My Grammy Moment” Contest.