Camp EPIC: Sunday, Day 3

Posted on June 30, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update, Gallery

Each day just keeps on getting better and better…

Each day just keeps on getting better and better…

Camp EPIC: Saturday, Day 2

Posted on June 30, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update

Another great day at camp and another video to show you what we’ve been up to…

Another great day at camp and another video to show you what we’ve been up to…

Camp EPIC: Friday, Day 1

Posted on June 28, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update

Wow!  What a whirlwind… I hardly knew it before it was over… We’re up here at Camp EPIC, the 2008 summer camp we hosting for our students at Kamp Kinship, twelve miles out from Deadwood/ Lead.  …and day 1 is done! Thanks to a team of great volunteers (and a incomparable summer intern), everything (set-up, […]

Wow!  What a whirlwind… I hardly knew it before it was over…

We’re up here at Camp EPIC, the 2008 summer camp we hosting for our students at Kamp Kinship, twelve miles out from Deadwood/ Lead.  …and day 1 is done!

Thanks to a team of great volunteers (and a incomparable summer intern), everything (set-up, registration, sound, lights, settling in, etc.) went so smooth.  In fact, I had a hard time fathoming that I had a few extra minutes to just hang with students right before dinner.  It was great!

God started moving on my heart, right from the start.  I’ve come with such expectation that I kind of think I was almost bursting at the seams by the time I got here anyhow.  The prayer time before the chapel was so meaningful to me.  Even in the practice session with our worship band, I was tearing up over the goodness of God. God is just so good!

When we finally got to our first evening session, I think the anticipation in the students was high, too.  I’d never seen our students jump in so easily to our praise and worship on the first night.  WOW!  We started with a Nooma video and a selah-moment.  Tyler then shared a vision he had of clouds decending upon us and we jumped into singing “Tell the World” and “Sing Like the Saved” — so fun!

After that, we moved into a time of deeply personal worship with “Center”, “Refuse to Be Denied”, and “Rescue”.  This is where I began to lose my composure.  I felt led to lead students in a declaration and pray time for those wanting to “let themselves go” during worship time — and, for several, I think they did for the first time.  Students were raising their hands, eyes closed, bowing down on their knees, tearing up all over the place.  I had a hard time singing.  Together, we made some big commitments and saw some pretty cool stuff that God was doing even before the worship was done.

As Barry came up to share for the first time, you could sense his heart and his passion for the students.  He talked about the love of God, how our lives should be lived in an EPIC way for his glory, and also about the EPIC problem of sin.  But we have an even bigger answer to that!  There was at least one salvation last night and several that came up front to lay down some personal struggles at the altar.  So incredible!

The late night activity was a lot of fun, too.  We handcuffed and mouth-gagged our four GL’s (adult group leaders/chaperones) and had their students — in their coresponding teams — go out and search for them with flashlights.  There was a very adventurous and “action-hero feel” to the night.

After that, the students got with their GL’s for group reflection before lights out and I went to the activities lodge to edit the following video to catalogue our first day.  I hope you enjoy it!

Corn Starch and Water

Posted on June 21, 2008 by Pastor Derick in TV, Youth Ministry

Wow!  The following video brought back memories of an overnighter that the youth group did once at my house.  The girls were upstairs and the boys were downstairs.  My mom was still running a home daycare in the basement at that time so there was all sorts of art crafts and supplies in the closet […]

Wow!  The following video brought back memories of an overnighter that the youth group did once at my house.  The girls were upstairs and the boys were downstairs.  My mom was still running a home daycare in the basement at that time so there was all sorts of art crafts and supplies in the closet located in the big room where we were [supposed to be] sleeping.

One of the guys got into the closet and discovered a Crayola jar of starch.  I’m assuming it was for paint or something like that, but who knows?  The important thing is that he found it and he started mixing it with water into this wonderful, chalk-like, half-liquid/half-solid paste.  We had some fun with it for a while before someone had the bright idea of “painting” this stuff onto the hairy legs of our deep-sleeping chaperone/youth worker.  This was probably at about 3:00 AM, by the way; we were all supposed to be sleeping.  Well, that wasn’t fun enough, so we decided to make a bet to see who could get various food items (i.e. oreas, jelly beans, M&M’s, etc.) to stick to our poor youth leader’s smothered, pastey legs from the farthest distance.

As you can imagine, the room was very quickly was filled with various snack items flying through the air.  Childish snickers and wild giggling ensued.  That is UNTIL… UNTIL that fateful M&M hit our youth worker square in the face and woke him up from his deep sleep.  He imediately realized that his legs were starched and stumbled as he tried to get up as the paste had somewhat hardened and glued his lower body to the carpet.  The first thing I remember him saying in a mean, bear-like growl was, “You guys are going to clean this up!  NOW!!!”  ROFLOL!  So we did.  None of us wanted to mess with “the bear” (who was a really good youth worker, btw, who deposited so much into my life — props, “Big Al”) at 3:00 o’clock in the morning and most of us were more than ready for bed anyway.

So… to see a big bowl and then a big bath-tub-looking-thing full of the stuff on Ellen’s show made me smile inside.  Oh, the memories… Watch the video to learn more about the crazy texture and substance created by mixing corn starch (probably not the same kind of starch we used in our basement) and water.  It’s very entertaining…

8th Annual Elevation Talent Show

Posted on June 21, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update, Gallery

Together, we raised over $1,900 for the students of Elevate Student Ministries.  Here’s some highlights from the evening… If you prefer, here’s the video with no soundtrack; just the live performances…

Together, we raised over $1,900 for the students of Elevate Student Ministries.  Here’s some highlights from the evening…

If you prefer, here’s the video with no soundtrack; just the live performances…