Friday, August 31, 2007

It's Official!

It's official! We have been approved by the Anderson District One School Board to begin our services on October 7th, 2007. This now means that we can begin with our advertising and print stuff. Anderson District One rents out the school to us for one year. After our year is up we have to find another location. We are already looking for our locations for next year when our contract with the school is up. We are thinking a lot about not having just one location but rather two- three locations in the upstate area. We are currently pursuing several different locations in the Easley, Powdersville, Williamston, Piedmont and Anderson areas.

We hope to have at least two locations nailed down by March. That will give us time to prepare for the move. Some people have asked if we will be doing video venues. The answer is no. The whole service will be live and in person. (I know that Sea Coast, North Pointe and others have been using video effectively but it doesn't fit into the vision of what we are trying to do. No offense is intended toward churches doing video but it is just not us.) We will be simply staggering our times to allow some of the staff to travel to the different locations. Our goal is to meet these different communities where they are and make a difference in each of these areas. As we add our third and fourth location, we will add an additional speaker and we will rotate between locations. This way it will not be known as one person's church but rather a church of many people. We will have the same ministries at each location. I shared some of this in the Core Groups this past week and it was really cool to see the reactions of everyone there. There was a buzz about what God is going to do.

We will be one church with 4 locations. It will be cool to see people from different communities coming together as one. This next year is going to be amazing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Core Groups Complete

Tonight I finished up the last of the four core group meetings that we had for the church. It has been amazing. My original goal was to have 25 people to be on board with the launch. After tonight's meeting we realized that through the four meetings, we had over 60 people represented through the core group process. A couple of families sent one or two people to the meeting to get the info for the entire family which was very cool.

All in all the core group meetings were a huge success and I am even more excited to see what God does from here. A special thanks to the Scott's, Garrison's, Miller's and my parents for hosting the meetings. I will be meeting with our leaders and then we will have a huge meeting with all of our volunteers in the next few weeks. If you didn't turn in your volunteer form at the meeting, please remember to drop me an email with your information within the next couple of weeks so that we can plug you into your area of ministry.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday Update

I spent the better part of today working on my message for 10.07.07 @10:07 at Wren High School.

Tonight, I spent the evening at our third core group meeting in Piedmont. We met our goal of how many people we wanted to have to help start the church and we still have one more meeting to go. That is really cool because in mind I had thought through how many people it would take to get the church going and we have already exceded that number. More people are continuing to come on board which will allow us to do more ministry and reach more people right off the bat.

Tomorrow night we will be in Powdersville for our core group meeting. I had several calls today and it is not too late to get involved in the meeting. We will meet @ 7:00 p.m.. Drop me an email at scbushelno@aol.com if you need info.

It's been a busy day and I've gotta go to bed.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Website, Golf, and a Honkin Big Sound System in My Office

The church website is up and running. It is still in it's early phases and will transform over time as new things are added. It is www.stonebridgechurch.tv .

This afternoon I went and picked up our sound system for the church and brought it home to my office. Isaac's eyes got real big and I imagine that he was trying to figure our some way to hook up his DVD player to it and create a surround sound system of concert proportions. Everything is falling into place for 10.07.07 @10:07 a.m. at Wren High School.

And finally, this evening I gave Bryan Holder all he could handle in golf. He challenged me head to head. Bryan plays twice a week. I have played 4 times in the last two years. We played at my home course tonight and I came our firing with a birdie on the first hole. Holder was rattled and I took an early lead. I eventually stretched it out to a three stroke lead. At the sixth hole I was only two over par. Holder came charging back and by the 7th hole we were tied up. That is where providence stepped in and saved Bryan from a potentially humiliating loss. My second shot fell 15 feet short of the green on number 8. Inspired by the movie Tin Cup, I had to try and make my move to push the pressure. I reached deep into the golf bag for the L2. It had been faithful to me on an earlier hole to save bogey and I figured I could either play it safe like Bryan or I could just dog gone go for it. And I did. And I duffed it about 2 inches. In true Tin Cup form I went after it again with the L2 and sure enough, I duffed it again. At this point, I felt like Walter Mondale in the Presidential Election against Ronald Reagan and pretty much conceded the game.

In the course of the next 10 minutes I successfully went from tied to lost, by seven. But for an hour and a half I had rattled the cage of the Doug Fields of golf(Don't even try to figure this out. This is for Bryan and he owes me $13).

In a side competition, I was able to successfully recapture the green towel from Kip Kelly after I beat him by one stroke. He had previously held my green towel for the last three matches. So all was not lost after all.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Encouraged

Today I headed down to a place called Hickory Tavern to New Journey Church. The past several weeks I have been trying to visit different churches to learn stuff that I need to know as far as the new church goes. I was encouraged by what I saw. It helped me to get an idea as to what a church that is only 6 months old looks like.

Things are moving forward for 10.07.07 @10:07 at Wren High School for our first service. Go ahead and begin inviting your friends and family. Our core groups continue this week on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. If you would still like to get involved on the ground floor, drop me an email and I'll get you directions to the one you'll be attending.

The website for the church should be up in the next few days at www.stonebridgechurch.tv . Keep checking back for more updates.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Momentous Day

Today was a momentous day in the life of one Bryan Edward Holder. Bryan has been racing go karts with us since April. Since that time we have run numerous races and Bryan has never managed to finish first. Today looked to be much the same. As a matter of fact he became the first person in backyard racing history to go from first to last in one turn. No lie, Bryan went into turn two in first and came out in 4th. On top of that, turn two is only about 30 feet long. So basically in 30 feet he went from first to last.

But anyway, enough of his lack of driving skills. As the day wound to a close, Bryan was leading with two laps to go. Seth and Mark were closing in and it looked as if he was destined to be passed once again. Seth looked inside and just as he made his move, he tangled with Mark sending his cart up onto Mark's and giving Bryan the victory.

It was a momentous weekend as two of my pupils got their first victories.

Today was filled with several crashes including three different ones that ended up with one cart on top of another. And then there was the big one........ As Seth was going into turn 3 he suffered a catastrophic wheel failure sending his cart into the hardest flip that has happened at the backyard speedway. The ensuing crash completely destroyed the cart. The whole front tie rod was ripped off, the steering wheel was broken clean off, the front steering rod was bent in half, the front frame was bent, and the back axle was bent. Needless to say, that cart has been retired forever. The good news is that he had on his helmet and he walked away with the steering wheel still in his hand.

Friday, August 24, 2007

My First Public Function as a Pastor

So tonight I performed my first public function as a pastor. Some pastors first public function is their worship service, maybe a wedding, or even a funeral. Well, I am proud to say that my first public function as a pastor was racing a golf cart around Greenville Pickens Speedway. I might be a redneck.

It was a blast. I started dead last due to the draw in the field of 12 pastors. At the start of the race, two guys didn't get going so I dove to the inside to pass them and got tangled up with another golf cart. I sent that pastor into the inside wall. After the race he told me that it warped the wheels on his and it wouldn't ever get up to speed. I was proud of that. Anyway, I shot to the inside and drafted past a few more golf carts and with the first quarter of the race, I was up to 6th. Going down the straight away I pushed the lady minister out of the way and moved into 5th. Coming out of the last turn I was able to move up into 4th.

After the race the lady that I had moved out of the way on the front stretch and tried to hit my cart back. I was pleased to have picked up 8 positions in the one lap race but the racer in me wanted the win.

My friend Reggie "The Rocket" Smith from Marathon North picked up the win. I believe it had to be the training that I gave him this past Monday Night on my backyard go kart track that proved to be the difference. Before I tutored him in the fine art of driving, he was a hopeless case. I do take solace in knowing that one of my driving pupils took home the prize. I felt like a proud parent. Now, with just a little more driving lessons, maybe Bryan Holder can one day drive Project 109 the way that Reggie drove that golf cart.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Who Knew?

Who knew that Russia's President was from the
south?
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Awesome Day

Today I felt like my phone stayed stuck in my ear the whole day. That was a good thing though because I got a ton accomplished today getting ready for our church launch. A special thanks to Cathey at Marathon for giving me some of the paperwork I have to fill out to get going. All those guys up there at Marathon are fun to hang out with and it is cool to see that churches can cooperate to advance God's kingdom. Too many times churches lean toward being terrritorial and creating their own kingdom and when that happens churches build up animosity toward each other. I've seen churches fight against each other worse than two men on Jerry Springer fighting against each other for the love of their cousin. (In an random sad but true fact, it is legal in South Carolina to marry your cousin and no Melissa and I were not related before we got married)

With this whole church start thing, my goal is that people will not see personalities but instead will see Christ. If this ever gets to be about a person instead of Christ then I have failed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I Almost Wrecked My Jeep

What would you say would cause someone of my incredible driving skills to wreck my Jeep? Could it be that I was attempting to avoid the untimely death of a small woodland fur creature merely foraging for food on the side of the road? No. Was it because I had glanced down and saw that my cell phone was ringing and it was a call from Governor Sanford wanting to discuss Carbon emissions coming from the button factory in Due West? No. Could it be that I almost wrecked as I searched for a radio station playing all the best of Barry Manilow? No

Today, it was blazing hot and I had just left a meeting with a guy about the use of a building for our youth area. As I walked outside, I stood talking in the parking lot for about 30 minutes and I was roasting. Combined with the fact that I was driving my Jeep without the top on, it turned out to be a hot day. I had to stop and get gas. While I was stopped, I had a thought. Why not go inside and get a push up Popsicle. They were out. But, they did have a Slushy Machine. I hadn't had a Slushy in 20 years. I decided to get me one. The only problem was that they had no straws which I thought was no big deal. I was wrong.

I got my Slushy and started heading down the road. Since I had no straw I just took me a big ole gulp. Mistake #1. It was good so I took another gulp and downed about a quarter of the cup. Even bigger mistake. About 5 seconds later it hit me. I had a sudden sharp pain in the center of my forehead. It was a brain freeze of ginormous proportions. It hurt so bad that I had to close my eyes(while driving). I almost wrecked my Jeep. It felt like every blood vessel in the front top of my head had exploded. My eyes were watering and I was pounding my forehead with my fist(some reason I always think it will make it go away). I looked like someone having a bad trip on acid with all the convulsing around in the Jeep.

Finally after about a minute the pain subsided. I then put down the Slushy until it had melted and then I drank my grape Koolaid. Lesson to this story, don't drink a Slushy without a straw.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sitting Making Fun of Reggie

Right now I am sitting in a meeting with Reggie Smith and Wil Martin. We just came back from lunch. Reggie is talking right now, yada yada yada. I am thinking to myself, will Reggie ever stop rambling. Another thought crosses my mind, how bad is Reggie going to be in pain as I slam him into the first turn wall of the faster pastor race Friday Night?

I had a meeting with Wil at Starbucks this morning. Last time I met there, I had a coffee. But, this time I chose carbonated fruit drink over coffee. I hate coffee. Someone asked me this past week if I was going to get my hair highlighted and start drinking coffee now that I am a pastor. The answer is no on the coffee and I prefer to say that I am getting the natural highlights in called Graylights.

Reggie is ADD and has just left the meeting. We are working on a joint series for both of our churches. It is going to be pretty cool. We have decided to combine our brainstorming efforrts(the key word is brain and it is in short supply around us) to put together some message series. It is cool to see churches combining together to do some joint ventures. It should be like that all the time but too many times churches get caught up in defending their kingdom rather than expanding God's kingdom.

Anyway, Reggie has still not returned and I am about to head out. Be sure to check out the Stone Bridge Church page for more updates on the progress of the church.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Race Week

Friday night I am going to be racing in the fater pastor race at Greenville Pickens Speedway. It should be a lot of fun. If you need tickets call me and I can sell you some for only $10 each. The cool thing is that our church gets 25% of the ticket sales.

Saturday August 25th at 1:00 p.m. my backyard go kart track will be open for some high speed go kart racing. If you are reading this then you are invited. Email me if you need directions. We will probably race until about 5-6 p.m. Wear some dirty clothes.

If you can't make it on Saturday then be sure to be there on Sunday August 26th at 2:00 p.m. for another day of backyard go kart racing. We will race unitl about 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is always a lot of fun and somebody usually hits my fence before the day is over. Be sure to bring some Gatorade and wear dirty clothes.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Some Relief

We got a little bit of relief from one of the lab tests today. We didn't want to say a lot about it at the time but we were given a scare on Tuesday before we were about to come home. We were supposed to be dismissed from the hospital around 5:00 p.m. At about 4:45 p.m., 5 doctors came up to Isaac's room and told us that they needed to speak with us. When a team of doctors shows up it is never a good thing. This is when they told us that had found something on his liver during the MRI. As if this weren't bad enough, they told us that they were going to run some tests to check for the possibility of Cancer. As you can imagine, this was a bombshell. Probably as tough to swallow as when they told us about his bone marrow transplant. Since Tuesday we have kept this to ourselves. Today, one of the labs came back and indicated that it is not liver cancer, which is a huge relief. The doctors believe that it is deposits of iron that will need to be removed through blood draws. We will update more as we know more but for right now it is at least some relief.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Back Home

Like I said in the previous post, we got home around 3 a.m.. Needless to say, we slept late. Isaac is feeling ok. He is still pretty sore at the surgery site. We are still awaiting the results from the labs. They did find something on his liver. They believe that it is most likely iron deposits but the MRI was of some concern to the doctors. We are anxiously awaiting the results from the labs that should be back by Monday. Pray that it will not be something more serious and that the doctors will be able to treat the iron deposits properly.

Just Got In

It's 3:00 a.m. and we just walked in the door at home. We left Cincinnati around 7:00 p.m.. 8 hours and 3 Red Bulls later we arrived home. I am about to fall asleep except for the fact that the Red Bulls have given me some more case of the shakes. I imagine this feels the same way Ryan felt when he pulled a Brian Bosworth before a football game one time. I probably could run about 50 laps around the house right now, except for the fact I am in my boxers I probably would. Please no calls before noonish which means about 1 ish. I will update tommorrow. Thanks for your prayers.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Let's Go racing

I have always dreamed of racing at Greenville Pickens Speedway. Just to be able to take the wheel and burn rubber around the track that was host to Nascar's first flag to flag televised race would be the thrill of a lifetime. To be able to say that I have driven around the same track that hosted such legends as David Pearson, Richard Petty, Ralph Earnhardt(Grandpa to JR), Butch Lindley, Ryan Norris, Bobby Allison and more would be a dream come true. Well, that dream to drive has come true. Next friday night I will get behind the wheel of a 5 horse power golf cart in the Faster Pastor race at Greenville Pickens Speedway. I will be competing against other pastors from across the upstate in a one lap golf cart duel around the track. The track gives $500 to the winning pastor's church, which will be great for our church since we are new and just getting started. I have decided also that I will pull a Tony Stewart and climb the fence should I win.

If you would like to go to the race and watch the faster pastor race plus the full evening of racing, then be sure and get your tickets from me. The track is giving 25% of the ticket sales that our church sells to the church. The tickets are $10 each and the church with the most people in attendance wins $500 as well. This is great entertainment. Where else can you see overweight pastors(don't worry I'm including myself in this category) racing each in golf carts? And for the right donation to the church, I might send Reggie Smith's(the pastor at Marathon North) golf cart into the 1st turn wall.

If you need tickets send me an email and I will give you a call.

Random Thoughts from the Hospital

I have had several thoughts while sitting in the hospital today. Here goes:

1. If you ever think you have it bad, go and visit a children's hospital . Then you will realize how much you have to be thankful for.

2. I was watching a fish aquarium in the surgery waiting area today. This aquarium had some huge air bubbles bubbling up. I watched as the fish tried to dart into the bubbles. I thought, they must not realize that if they get stuck in an air bubble that they will breathe to death. Seriously, if I got my head stuck in the aquarium I'd drown but if they got their head stuck in an air bubble they'd breathe to death. That is just a weird concept. Why would I put my head in an aquarium to start with?

3. I have determined that people who yell outdoors can generally be classified as crazy. Especially when the yelling is targeted at no one specific indvidual.

4. I have an idea. How about the public school system completely do away with Home Ec and begin a new class called elevator etiquette. 1. If you are going to pull out a piece of gum on the elevator then you better have enough for everyone. 2. Why is it that everytime the elevator door opens, people always rush to get on the elevator totally oblivious to the 14 people packed like sardines who have to get off of the elevator first. If you are an elevator rusher, relax and be patient. Everyone must get off first before you're going anywhere in the first place. A little elevator courtesy goes a long way.

In Recovery

Isaac went into surgery around 1:30 p.m. He came out into recovery around 3:15 p.m.. He is doing fine and starting to wake up. He is sore on his right side and is currently getting more pain medicine. He should be back up to his room by around 5:00 p.m. He will be inpatient over night as we await the lab results on the liver. We believe that it is iron overload because ususally he feels pretty bad when his liver is rejecting and as of late he has felt fine. If t is iron, then he will be released and they will begin a new med to reduce the iron in his body. The MRI is actually going to be done tomorrow. He had an ultrasound this morning before the surgery.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Arrived in Cincinnati

We arrived in Cincinnati about 6:00 p.m.. We headed down to Newport on the Levee an got a bite to eat. It is a very cool place with some open air restaurants that sit right on the Ohio River. Isaac can eat at these open air places. We sat on some benches and watched the boats go by.

We then went over to the Bengals Stadium and rode through the city for a few minutes. We then called it an evening because we have to be at the hospital at 8:15 a.m.. Isaac has a MRI at 10:00 a.m. and is scheduled for the operating room at 1 p.m..

I will update tomorrow afternoon once he gets to his room after surgery.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Best $10 Ever Spent

Tonight might have been the best $10 I have spent in quite some time. Isaac had been wanting to go to Greenville Pickens Speedway for a while. I am not preaching tomorrow since we are going to Cincinnati for his surgery so we decided to head on over to GPS and watch some racing.

Let me just say that if you have never been, then you need to go at least once just for the experience. Here is what you will need to go: 1. $10 2. Shorts
Everything else is optional.(Shirts, shoes, manners, teeth, common sense)

It was an educational experience. It basically made every other Nascar race I have been to look like a black tie affair. I learned new words tonight. I am unsure if there is ever a context I can use them in. I am pretty sure that there will never be a context in which I can use them.

The action was exciting and the race was good as well. On two different occasions drivers pulled a Tom Cruise Days of Thunder move by slamming the other car during caution. One of the incidents led to a good ole fashion donnybrook on the track in turn one. Fortunately, some kindly officers from the Pickens County Sheriff's department were there to quell the hostilities.

Isaac had a lot of fun. I think I am going to go back on August 24th as I am considering racing in the Faster Pastor Race. It involves a one lap race around the track in golf carts with the fastest pastor winning money for their church.

In the morning we are off to Cincy. Isaac is having surgery on Monday. We'll update more when we get a chance.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

A Couple of Firsts

Today, I can officially say that I have had a coffee from Starbucks. Yes, I am 36 years old and I don't know how I ever survived all these years without a Starbucks coffee. Well, yes I do know. I don't drink coffee. I would much rather have a tall glass of Coca Cola than coffee any day of the week. But, it was free so I drank it. I had an early meeting at Starbucks near Cherrydale and the guy I was meeting with offered to buy me a coffee, so I thought why not. I guess that shows my lack of coffee knowledge because to me it tasted no different than Maxwell House and it cost about $4 more.

In other firsts, be sure to check out the link to see all about Stone Bridge Church's first location and service. Read all about it
here
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Two Things I Hate to Admit

Here are two random things I hate to admit. 1. Last night I found myself watching "Footloose". If that were not bad enough, I caught myself actually trying to breakdance during the final song. Two problems with that: 1. I am old now. Old people turn in their break dancing cards the moment they turn 30. 2. I am very uncoordinated and so instead of looking like break dancing it resembled more of something along the lines of a seizure brought on by the sting of the African Tietsy Fly.(That is if there is something called an African Tietsy Fly).

The second thing I hate to admit is that I am considering wearing a hair net while working on the computer. For some reason I always end up sratching my head while I'm working on the computer and by the time I finish there is a mini pile of hair scattered across the key board. I'm really not sure where to get one. I am considering approaching one of the ladies at a local school cafeteria and see where these can be obtained. I am a little afraid though that if I were to approach the cafeteria lady and ask her where to buy a hair net that she might consider me some sort of stalker. I do wonder if they come in designer colors, possibly a grey or silver one to match my computer.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Back to Cincy

Isaac's iron levels are up in his liver. The doctors want to go ahead and take a look at his liver just to make sure there is no rejection. He is on the surgery waiting list for Monday. We will head out probably Sunday morning and head on up. We could be there either a couple of days or possibly a week or so depending on what they determine. Isaac's favorite surgeon is supposed to be doing the surgery. She has operated on Isaac probably 20 times. We feel comfortable when she does the procedure because she is one of the best. She performed his liver transplant as well as a couple of emergency surgeries along with all of the other ones too. Keep Isaac in your prayers that this will be just elevated iron levels that can be treated with meds.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Quick Update and Prayer Request

Today again was busy with stuff for the new church. I was on the go all day. I ate lunch with the staff at Marathon. These guys are fun to hang around and fellowship with. After lunch more stops getting ready for Stone Bridge. You can read more about it on the Church blog. Click the Stone Bridge link on the side. This evening I am proud to say that I defeated my arch enemy on the golf course. Yes, Bryan Holder went down tonight. I won pulling way by three strokes. It was brutal considering he beat me a few weeks ago by 10 strokes. It felt good and I relished rubbing his nose in it. Kip, however, beat us both. He is a sorry sand bagger. I hope he breaks a club. Even so he probably still would beat me.

On another note, Isaac's blood numbers were amazing today. However, his liver numbers were elevated as well. It looks as though either late this week or sometime next week we will be in Cincinnati for surgery to find out what is up with his liver. It is possibly mild rejection which is treated with meds. The amazing thing is that for many months now he hasn't had to be any rejection medicine. They may have to restart some of his meds. The other thing it could be would be too much iron in his liver from all of the blood transfusions that he received. This too would be corrected with meds. We will probably have to stay about a week up there in the hospital. Pray for his liver numbers. He has had this before and he is used to the procedure.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Old Memories and Upcoming Schedule

Today, I had the opportunity to go back to the very first church that I worked at full time, Liberty FBC. I got to see some familiar faces from years ago. Any time you go back to somewhere like that it brings back memories. Everyone there today was very welcoming and I was glad to get the chance to fill in for my friend Travis.

Today marked my 4th straight Sunday of speaking at different places. I am going to take the next three weeks to go and visit different churches and learn some more as we prepare to start on 10/07/07 at 10:07.

I will be back at Marathon Powdersville Campus on September 2nd speaking in all 3 services. After that my schedule will be totally focused on Stone Bridge.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Yard Sale Lies

I had a yard sale today. Yes, I did happen to pick the hottest day all year long to roast in the sun as I tried to rid myself of years of worthless junk.(Junk to me, valuable merchandise to my buyers.)

Anyway, today I thought through all the lines that people say to you while visiting your yard sale and have come up with a top five list of lies that people will tell you.

5. I wish I had the money, I'd buy that from you.(Are you kidding me? It's only a quarter. If you only had the money? )

4. Man if I had room in my bedroom I'd get that.(Obviously you had room enough for the two other bedroom suits hanging out the back of your Ford Windtstar.)

3. I know your asking $50 but could you take $15 because that's all the cash I have on me.(Then they proceed to pull out a $20 and ask for change.)

2. If you've still got that at the end of the day, I'll be back to buy that. (Let's face it you're high tailing it out of here, you really don't want my junk.)

1. Hey, I'm gonna go call my friend, they may want to buy that. (1. You don't have any friends because if you did you'd be off fishing on a Saturday morning rather than going to garage sales with your wife and mother in law. 2. If you do have friends then the last thing they want is to be woke up on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. just because you found a really sweet deal on some guys Ab Crunch Machine that has only been used twice.)

So there you have it, my favorite lies that people told me today.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

You Asked Thrice

So, I still continue to get fan emails from one David Garrett in Easley,SC. This week's email went something like this........... Dear Sammy, I would like to thank you for sharing your favorite Star Wars character in your last "You Asked " post. My friend Ryan says thanks for the tip on the raspberry beret. Anyway, on to my question for you this week. Now that you're going to be a pastor and all, I kinda wondered, are you still going to go topless while you work on your go karts and race them as well. We kinda have a bet going that says that you're gonna start wearing suits and penny loafers. I bet Ryan that you would be wearing a polyester suit and have a bad comb over by now. If I win the bet, Ryan has to wear a Carolina Shirt to every Clemson game. If I lose the bet, then I have to wear a sombrero and do a little mariachi dance outside the dealership for 30 minutes. We are anxiously awaiting your answer. Your Mariachi Friend ,David G.

Well David, I am sorry to disappoint you. I will let the picture speak for itself. This is me working on a go kart just this evening still with my shirt off. And no I am not wearing a polyester suit and the comb over isn't happening just yet. Good luck with the dance.

Busy Day

Man today has been busy once again. I feel like the last few weeks that my laife has racheted up about 5 gears. This are moving at a flying pace but this is good after being at the hospital for over a year and feeling like things were just crawling along. I have been very careful to balance all the stuff going on with the new church start and making sure that family time wasn't affected. I have been pushing it the last few weeks so this afternoon I took some time off and Isaac and I went slot car racing. That is one of his favorite things to do.

This morning I had meetings with the guys who are going to be leading our worship. It was cool to see that we are all on the same page. We looked over some signage and banners and we have a pretty good idea of what we're going to do with that.

At lunch time I headed up to Marathon to attend a going away party for Chasen. He is about to start touring with their upcoming CD release from OMG. It was supposed to be a suprise party for him but they accidentally sent him an email inviting him to his own surprise going away party.

I have a meeting with our web designer tommorrow and will have a good idea where we are heading with our web site design. That's about all for right now.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007