Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Long Time Between Posts

It has been a while since I've taken the time to blog and the cause for this is a couple of very busy weeks! We were literally out of town from the 12th through the 21st!

It all started in the middle of the month when we took off for the annual youth conference at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. This is a three day event that lasted from Thursday through Saturday morning. There was a good number of young people as well as lots of youth leaders and sponsors. It was good to see lots of old friends and kids from camp!

The following Monday and Tuesday was the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches annual conference in Creston, Iowa. This event was huge for me as I was the Program Chairman; the one who put the entire program together. This year we tried something a bit different, we had various Pastors from the state of Iowa speak & do workshops. Thus far I have not received any negative feedback and so I'm calling it a success. (PTL)

Now, in the midst of all this, my Dad had cancer surgery! I'm happy to report that after a few very intense days Dad is doing extremely well and is now out of the ICU and getting stronger everyday! Thank you to all who have been praying for him, you will never know what that means to me and my family.

Pastor Steve

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Minnesota Twins VS Baltimore Orioles

We piled into Tom Nichols van and headed for the Metrodome in Minneapolis at 4 PM. The crew for this road trip was Tom Nichols, John Kamberger, Nick Oliver & Myself. We were on our way to see John's beloved Orioles play the Twins.

John, Nick & Tom are the real baseball fanatics! Those guy amaze me with their grasp of baseball history, knowledge of current players and the very nuances of the game itself. Me, I just get to go along for comic relief. All kidding aside, we really have a great time of fellowship and enjoy the time spent on the road.

John got some great tickets on the third base line just six rows off the field right by the Twins bullpen. We had a great view of all the pitchers as they got loose and prepared to enter the game.

The long and short of it was that John's Orioles took one on the chin as they lost to the Twins 3 to 2. It was a great game and we saw our share of really good fielding along with a homer. All in all we had great food, fun and fellowship.

Pastor Steve

Sunday, April 01, 2007

A Very Busy Saturday

Saturday was the Talents For Christ competition here in Iowa and a very busy day for the Cox Family.

Both Philip and Susan participated this year. Philip in the area of preaching and Susan in the woodwind area playing her flute. Both did very well and really enjoyed the experience. I think they will both be participating again next year. BTW, I was a judge for the Female Public Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Scripture.

Special congratulation's to Joshua and Julie Farrell. Josh took 1st place in Male Voice and Julie took 1st place in Bible Knowledge with a 94% on her test. With their first place finishes both of them are entitled to go to the National GARBC Conference in Pennsylvania at the end of June.

TFC was a great experience and I'm already looking forward to next year.

Following the TFC in Des Moines, we traveled up to the state wide youth activity at FBBC.

The youth pastors program students wanted a project and they choose to put on a youth rally around the NCAA Final Four games. The event was called "Bracket Breakdown" and was a huge success! There were about 300 young people there not counting in the support staff.

I was given the privilege and honor of being able to open the Word of God with the young people. I'm always thankful to get to preach but I so enjoy speaking to teens. we had a great time in the Word!

The rest of the activities consisted of watching the games, many different basketball tournaments, 3 point shoot and as always with teens ...TONS OF PIZZA! There were also lots of give aways, including a PSP and a WII gaming consoles. These must be a great things to win but I'm clueless about game systems.

All in all it was a great day, although very long. We rolled out of the rack at about 5 AM on Saturday and I finally got in to bed at 1 AM on Sunday morning. I love the ministry!

Pastor Steve