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2005 Jr. High Gathering

Monday, January 24, 2005 4:59 PM

One For All - 2005 Rocky Mountain Synod Jr. High/Middle School Gathering

This past weekend I was an adult leader for the 2005 Rocky Mountain Synod Jr. High/Middle School Gathering in Colorado Springs.  We drove down to the Sheraton in Colorado Springs on Friday night and arrived just in time for the first large group meeting.  The band for the weekend was a group called Lost and Found.  Following the large group, the group went back to Karen's room and went over some of the details of the rest of the weekend while I dealt with some confustion on the room assignments.

Saturday morning began with breakfast and a brief congregational bible study.  Following that we went to another large group before heading out to the service project.  Our service project was raking leaves for Willamae Feaster, an elderly lady who couldn't do it herself.  We worked at raking leaves from about 9:45 until 11:45 and had about 20 bags of leaves when we were done.  Willamae was very appreciative and offered us all soda and coffee after we were done working. 

Following the service project, we went to lunch at Prince of Peace Lutheran and then back to the hotel for afternoon workshops.  The first workshop we went to as a group was camp games.  After that, the kids went to the Meet the Band workshop while I went to Islam 101.  Finally about half of the kids went to the WAIT workshop while the rest of us went to "The Gospel According to The Simpsons."  The workshops were all very informative and entertaining. 

After the workshops was congregational time and dinner.  We ended up driving quite a bit for dinner because our first stop had an hour wait for a table and ended up going to Fargo's for pizza and pasta.  After dinner we had to hurry back to the hotel for the large group event.  Following the large group was a brief congregational time and then a night of games involving a large number of inflatibles.  The games section was definitely a roaring success and everyone had a great time.

Sunday morning we had breakfast and then went to the large group worship service.  Following worship, we checked out of the hotel and headed back to Denver. 

It was a great weekend and a lot of fun was had by all.  I've posted photos on my photo page in the Holy Shepherd category.  Enjoy!

 
By: Shane
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Auto Repair Nightmares

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 9:20 AM

Well I finally have my car back.  All of the major work looks good, but there are still a few outstanding issues.  The "2.5i" label on the rear is missing, a nut that holds the tool cup in the trunk is missing, a small section on the front bumper that was previously covered by the clear bra had not been recovered, and the cracked tool tray in the trunk had been glued instead of replaced.  In addition to this, the detailing was remarkably bad.  Assuming the parts come in, this will all be taken care of on Friday and then I can finally put Prestige in my rear view mirror and move on.
 
By: Shane
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Auto Repair Nightmares - Update

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 11:28 AM

Z3 Repairs in Progress Repairs seem to be progressing at this point.  Prestige is having problems with their frame machine and may have to send my car out for an independent measurement if they can't get it fixed since they neglected to do the "after" printout that had been requested numerous times.  The paint work has been done, but they're still waiting on a couple of parts.  There's also some remaining gap issues (see the bottom right image) that still need fixed.  I've been frustrated by the lack of communication by both Prestige and State Farm, but hopefully I will get my car back in the next week or two. 
 
By: Shane
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American Stinginess?

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 10:06 AM

I was reading an editorial in the NY Times this morning by Nicholas Kristof entitled "Land of the Penny Pinchers (registration required)."  It really struck me how right he is about America being generous when the camera is on, and how quickly our attention fades.

Kristof says, " The best response to accusations of stinginess is not to be defensive, but to be generous. And the measure of generosity is not what you offer when the spotlight is upon you, but what you do when the spotlight moves on."  And I couldn't have said it better myself.

 
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Happy Birthday Andrea!

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 10:02 AM

Happy Birthday Andrea!

Yesterday was Andrea's birthday.  We went to The Melting Pot in Louisville for dinner with my mom and stepdad.  It was a great time with great food.  Happy Birthday Andrea!

 
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Congratulations Greg and Kavi

Sunday, January 2, 2005 7:41 PM

On a more positive note, congratulations to my friends Greg and Kavi who were married on December 28 in New Delhi, India.

 
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Tsunami Relief

Sunday, January 2, 2005 7:36 PM

UNICEF

The extent of the devastation caused by the Southeast Asia Tsunami is still hard to fathom.  Donate to UNICEF to help the relief efforts.

Here are some examples of what your donations can accomplish:

$5 can provide an emergency health kit for one person for three months, with medical supplies and medicine to cover basic health needs.

$87 can provide a basic family water kit for ten households, with detergent, soap, wash basin, towels, bucket and water purification tablets.

$188 can provide one "School-in-a-Box" kit containing basic education supplies for 80 children during times of crisis.

 
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