My KC Adventure

About being a dad and Leading the puppet team at my church

Missions Weekend

It was Missions Weekend at our church.  It’s one of the few times our satellite church Grace North does something separate from the main campus.  After all it would be a tough fit getting all the ministries represented to fit in to our lobby.  It was tough enough getting them to fit in the main building.  However since Grace North doesn’t have a Saturday evening service it’s possible to attend both.

Steve Saint Our Guest Speaker

Every year Missions Weekend is  a good time to reflect and check my inner compass.  After all, one way or another we’re all on a mission.  But it’s also true every one of us has a roll to play in missions, whether it’s halfway around the world or right in our very own neighborhood.

For those of us involved in Sunday school, Children’s Church, Kid’s Celebration, whatever you want to call it we have an obligation to get our kids excited about missions.  One day they will have there own part to play in fulfilling The Great Commission.  Whether it’s something simple like taking an offering in Kid’s Celebration to support a missions project, or keeping track of their older siblings in Christ go on their first short term missions trip in their youth group, they all have a roll.

Biggest of all is the feeling I have deep down that someday one perhaps two or maybe even three of the children I come in contact with, may one day receive the call to the mission field.  And somehow that calling process could begin in their Sunday School class.

So for that reason I need to check my compass.

Full speed ahead people, steady on, The KC Adventure is right on track!

September 28, 2010 Posted by | christianity | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Killing the Critic

Last Sunday was our first puppet show since officially launching as a ministry team over the summer.  While of course there’s plenty of room for improvement I was very proud of the way everyone worked together to make it all work.  There’s nothing like getting that first laugh and even getting a few giggles in spots we didn’t expect.

Soon I hope to start record our shows so we can see what we really need to focus on.  But before I can do that I’ll need to bind and gag my critical spirit and toss that in a storage closet.  Otherwise I’ll be too ashamed of my performance to watch the thing.  😉

September 25, 2010 Posted by | christianity | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The view from Under the Stage

A blog can be a journal or a diary for all the world to read.  This one is a record of my transition from Sunday School classroom helper to starting a puppet ministry at my church.  It’s got to the point where perhaps a name change is in order, like calling it

“The view from Under the Stage.”

On the other hand even if the ministry of “God’s Little Disciples” becomes (if ever) more well known for the work we do outside the four walls of the church our main purpose will always be to serve the children who attend Kid’s Celebration.  And for that reason the blog should reflect that fact.  So the name “My KC Adventure” remains.

So if anyone wants to use the name

“The View From Under the Stage,” for their puppet ministry blog, feel free!

-And the KC Adventure, rolls on!

September 23, 2010 Posted by | christianity | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Post Easter Puppet Adventure

It would be nice if we found our digital camera so that frustrated photog me could maybe take a picture of my puppets.

(Rather than using stock internet pictures)

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Or better yet bribe someone to video them in action.

My puppets names are Elwood and Dimitri.

Elwood is a good name to yell for when he gets in trouble or frustrates his older brother Dimitri.

It’s like a certain chipmunk,

ALVIN!

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“Elwood, what’s special about Easter?”

“Getting an Easter Basket filled with toys”

“No, try again,”

“Chocolate bunnies!”

“No, try again,”

“An Easter Egg Hunt!”

“ELWOOD! You silly goose!  Jesus rose again on Easter Sunday!”

April 15, 2010 Posted by | christianity | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swamped!

It’s a good thing I hang out in the KC wing after my puppet show is finished.  Thanks to Daylight Saving Time half of our nine o’clock service kids showed up for the 11 o’clock service.  Which means,

WE WERE SWAMPED!!!


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To make matters worse one of the regular teachers was away so they had to combine one of the classes already.  Then when you add the fact an unusual amount were attending our late service,

WE WERE SWAMPED!!!

Thankfully God knows what we need before we ask Him.  And every joint supplies just like the bible says the church is supposed to work.  Especially a church where God has sent so many talented people.

March 14, 2010 Posted by | christianity, parenting | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oh no! They Fired Me!

Yup! It’s true!

They fired me.

On the other hand perhaps that’s too strong a word.

First of all my position in the workplace is secure.  My “job” job is doing just fine.

However they are looking for someone to replace me as a classroom teacher at Kid’s Celebration.  It’s not because I messed up.  They found something better for me to do!

It all started a few months ago when they asked me to help out with a puppet show.

Turns out it was really good.

So they asked me to do another puppet  show.

And another, and another.

It turns out they’ve always wanted to add puppets to the overall Sunday School program.

They just never had the right person to do it.

Until now.

So now,in order to do more and better puppet shows they want to find a replacement for me in the classroom.

There you have it.

That’s how I got fired.

Sort of  😉

And the KC adventure rolls on!

February 8, 2010 Posted by | christianity | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Godsend on Sunday

At last!

They gave me a helper for my Sunday School class. She was able to help keep me organized and on track. With her help I remembered to pass out all the right materials and even give out REWARD CANDY!

There’s always something I forget to do.  If it isn’t the take home paper it’s the reward candy, if it isn’t the prayer card it’s the monthly bible verse (TOO MUCH STUFF) but with my helper it all got done.

Susan (not her real name) is far more mature than your average 7th grader.  She’s a perfect example of why home schooling is the way to go for those who can manage it.  I’d recommend it to any couple just starting out to aim for that ideal.  Because with more people like Susan around the world is a much better place!  🙂

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December 17, 2009 Posted by | christianity | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Real Hope!

There’s real hope after all folks.

A new generation is rising up full of faith and full of worship and love for their creator.

All over the world in churches big and small people are dedicated to teaching, mentoring and disciplining the next generation for Christ.

This is where our new pastors, evangelists missionaries and all sorts of great leaders will be coming from.

This song is a favorite of mine. It’s the Hill song Kids with “Super Strong God!”

When I see all the kids at my church Grace North really worshiping God like the children in this video it brings tears to my eyes.

Chances are, the same thing happens to you.  🙂

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December 13, 2009 Posted by | christianity, parenting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Clock is Ticking!

The clock is counting down!  Kid’s Fest is just two weeks away, when Operation Andrew goes into full swing!  And like everything else they do my kids are viewing it as a competition.

“I’m going to invite three friends!”

“Oh yeah!  Well, I’m going to invite 4!”

I’m ready for any questions parents might ask.  At least our church has a good web site so people know we’re all about keeping it real for God and nothing to do with brainwashing.

Besides, everyone knows our two children are normal.  My son loves The Lord but he also loves to watch WWE wrestling and play Pokemon on his Nintendo DS.

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My daughter is just as apt to invite someone to roller skating and to a High School Musical Themed Party as she is to invite someone to church.

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As for me, I’m pacing the floor.  Once again I’ve been drafted.  This time to help out with entertainment.  I’ll be doing a puppet show in two weeks.

Looks like all those crazy character voices I do will come in handy for something after all.

“Right Dimi!?  (High pitch) 🙂

“You said it, Elwood!”  (Throaty voice) 😉

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November 3, 2009 Posted by | christianity, parenting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Worst Critic

Jesus said as recorded in Mathew 5,

“Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.”

Sometimes we’re merciful to everyone except us.  We’re our own worst critic.  Too many goals and too high standards can lead to people beating themselves up one side and down the other.  If we treated others the way we treat ourselves WE’D BE LOCKED UP FOR SURE!!!

Be merciful to yourself if you’ve had tough day yelling at your kids.

So what if you’re not super TV Cosby dad.

Real dads do what it they have to do and come back for more.

Screw ups fits and all.

Don’t be your worst critic, be your best friend!

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October 18, 2009 Posted by | christianity, parenting | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment