Monday, April 21, 2008

Kalahari - Wisconsin Dells

Last week was a bear!

It started with our Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches annual meetings in Ankeny at the Ankeny Baptist Church. I'm planning to do an in depth report in the very near future with all of the great details. But for now, you can go to and listen to any of the messages.

The state meeting were Monday afternoon through Wednesday noon. After the meeting we raced home for our 1st quarterly business meeting at our local church.

Thursday through Saturday morning I attended the National Youth Conference at Faith Baptist Bible College, again in Ankeny. I'm planning to do an in depth report in the very near future.

Are you sensing a pattern here?

All of that was to set up the news flash that Lynn, Amy, Susan and I are taking a few days at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells with our friends the Kambergers. There was a chance that another family might meet us there but that didn't work out.

The Kalahari boasts the largest indoor water park in the Country. I'm not sure of the validity of that claim but I know that it is a great place to relax and have some family fun!

Talk to you soon!

I Remain,
Pastor Steve

Sunday, April 13, 2008

So Overwhelmed, She Cried

Saturday was Susan's 16th birthday. We had hope to have a family time for her on Saturday night but realized that we had already planned to host a wedding shower at the church, so no party for Susan.

Instead, Lynn and Amy hatched the idea of inviting all the girls from the church over on Friday evening for pizza and movies night. Your basic surprise party.

As the girls arrived we shuffled them around the downstairs while Susan was kept busy playing the Nintendo 64 with Philip. Once everyone had arrived, I called Susan downstairs. She walked into the dining area with a very confused look on her face as she saw five large pizza box's on the table, the Stephenson's and Kamberger's Suburbans sitting in our drive way.

Everyone began to yell HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! and she was so overwhelmed that she began to cry! She had no idea that we were planning anything and she was taken completely off guard.

She recovered and the girls piled into the pizza and then headed back up stairs to watch their movies. All in all it was a very good evening and we made our Susie cry!

BTW: Susan got her drivers license on Saturday morning - Watch out!

I Remain,
Pastor Steve

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Sure Sign of Spring

One of the members of our church is an outdoor photographer and writer. The other day he snapped this photo of the Spring waterfowl migration. Sending my the picture, he asked my how many species I could determine from the photo. Well How about you, how many different species can you find? ENJOY!

NCAA National Men's Basketball Championship

Monday evening was the NCAA National Men's Basketball Championship and what a game it was!

I told you in a previous post that I would reveal my pick for national champ and needless to say it was not Kansas - I had chosen Memphis from the very beginning and they almost sealed the deal for me. Even though they lost I still beat Daniel and Philip in our bracket challenge, so it's all good!

Now, lets talk about the game... Basketball is a game of fundamentals. If you do the little things, the basic things you will be successful for the most part. Memphis had a great year and a great run in the tourny, but the knock on them all year was that they were weak at the free-throw line. And in the end that is what crushed their dreams.

You might say that Memphis was 39-2 on the year, how could they be weak fundamentally? Most of their wins were not close if not blow-outs. If you could shut down their run and gun offense and keep the game close at the end they were in trouble. That is exactly what Kansas did, and when push came to shove Kansas made their free throws and Memphis did not.

Dunks are cool to see and three pointers are thrilling but when you get to crunch time you must make your free throws. At least that's the way I see it!

I remain,
Pastor Steve

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Talents For Christ

Last Saturday was Talents For Christ for the state of Iowa.

The event was held at the Grandview Park Baptist Church & School in Des Moines. We had three young ladies from our church involved and all of them did a fantastic job representing thier Savior as well as their local church.

We are so very proud of them!

I Remain,
Pastor Steve