Weekend Wrap-Up: This weekend was great. Our attendance was a bit down, but energy was high. Our friends at Elevate, Willow Creek's Junior High ministry, "loaned" us an entire weekend program. I was out there last weekend and really enjoyed the program and asked if they would send us the games, the message, the videos etc. They did, and it was really a good fit for our kids.
Street Kings: Saw it last night. Typical "bad cops" movie but way over the top. Don't think I can recommend it.
Carpet Ball: I saw this game at another youth group and fell in love with it. John Allen, our 78 year old volunteer, built the one pictured above and we unveiled it this weekend. At one point, I counted 27 kids standing around the table.
Birthday Boy: My son, Cole, turned 11 a couple weeks ago but we held his birthday party last night. A crew of his closest buddies went bowling and out to pizza. Sad to see him growing up so fast, but also glad that the days of clowns and balloon animals at parties have passed.