much to be thankful for…

IMG_3573This morning I have much to be thankful for!  Last week I asked everyone to be praying for our Lee County Rec Center Golf Tournament Fundraiser.  Specifically that you would pray for great weather and a great turn out for this event.  I am so happy to report that our prayers were answered and we had a beautiful event with a great turn out.  Eight teams of golfers joined us and had beautiful weather all day long.  We are so thankful for the generosity of our golfers and all our sponsors that made this event such a success!

On Monday a more personal prayer request was answered.  In early April, my son Judah began having problems walking.  The longer he walked it seemed like he would sometimes limp and then his feet/ankles would give out and he would fall.  We decided to take him to his pediatrician to find out what was wrong and after some x-rays the doctor referred us to a specialist at Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington.  The x-rays showed what our pediatrician thought were curved bones in his feet and that was his concern.  On Monday, we finally had our appointment at Shriner’s and got some very good and very relieving news.  The doctor said there is an odd shape to Judah’s big toe and the toe next to it, but it’s nothing to worry about at all.  As far as the falling it cold have been a growth spurt or a twisted ankle at the time.  As of right now there is nothing to be worried about at all.  As the doctor spoke a weight was definitely lifted off of Erin and I.  We are so thankful to hear that our sweet little boy is going to be ok and thankful that we serve a great God who is always in control!

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enjoying the summer weather and praying it continues…

Clip Art Illustration of a Cartoon Golf Ball on a Golf CourseThe past couple of days have been absolutely beautiful here in Southeastern Kentucky.  We have had great temperatures and sunshine and really couldn’t ask for anything better.  With the nice weather my kiddos have been enjoying being able to play outside for hours on end and my wife has been enjoying the fact that they are getting that energy out and sleeping better!  I personally have enjoyed it as the grass has finally dried out and mowing has become much easier now that wet grass isn’t clogging up the mower.

It looks as though the rest of this week is going to continue to be really nice and that’s why I am actually writing this blog post.  Please pray with me that sunshine and warm temperatures continue the rest of this week as we approach our Lee County Rec. Center Golf Tournament on Saturday.  We need great weather and a great turn out to help raise funds for the Rec Center.  A rain date is in place, but we have found out in the past that we get a better turn out when we are able to stick to the originally scheduled date.  So, please pray with me these next few days for our fundraiser!

getting closer to the golf tournament…

01. Golf_Tournamet_Flyer2 copyIn just two short weeks we will be having our annual Lee Co. Rec Center Golf Tournament fundraiser.  I know I have already blogged about it once or twice, but as we get closer we really need your support!  We still need teams to sign up for this event and plenty of people to just come out and show their support for the Rec Center.  Please join me in praying these next two weeks for great weather and a great turn out!  Also, please pray about how you might participate in this event.  The Lee Co. Rec Center needs your support!

Golf Fundraiser time…

01. Golf_Tournamet_Flyer2 copyIt’s that time of year where I am getting ready for the Lee County Recreational Center’s biggest fundraiser, our Golf tournament on May 9th!  If you notice I said Golf Tournament and not Scramble this year.  For 2015 we are doing something different by moving our fundraiser to Sag Hollow Golf Club in Booneville, KY.  With this move we are able to guarantee we will have carts for everyone involved and therefore we don’t have to scramble the teams to make sure  no one walks.  With this being the case we are able to open our event to more people who would like to bring full teams to compete.  This year we are also trying to get businesses to enter teams into our event or to sponsor teams for those who can’t afford to golf on their own.  The cost of the tournament is $200 a team, but we are also having a cash prizes this year too!  For lunch this year we will once again be having a cookout from noon to 2 pm.  As always we will have lots of burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and plenty of homemade desserts.  The cost of lunch is just whatever you would like to donate to the Rec Center!  You don’t have to be in the Golf Tournament to come eat with us, anyone is welcome to join us!

So how can you help?  First and foremost please pray for us!  As I have shared before the Rec Center is in serious need of financial help to keep our various ministries going.  Pray that God will use this event to generate some much needed income.  Next pray about what role God would have you play in this event.  Perhaps you can put a team together or sponsor some teens who would like to play but need help with their entry fee?  Maybe you know a business or people who would be interested in sponsoring teams and you could encourage them to do so!  Please help us by spreading the word about this fundraiser.  At the bottom of this post is a pdf of our flyer, please print copies and share with friends you think might come and help us!  We need your prayers, your support, and your attendance for this event.  Please join us!

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End of School Teen Lock-In

02. 2014 End of School Lock-INMany of you had been praying for our Golf Scramble fundraiser last weekend and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated that.  God gave us a beautiful day for golf and everyone had a great time.  We were down a few golfers this year, but God blessed through some very generous sponsors!   Please continue to pray for us as we seek to raise money and get our air conditioning back up and running for this very hot summer that is coming.

This week though, we are gearing up for our End of School Teen Lock-In!!! On Friday night starting at 10 pm and going till 6am in the morning, we will be packed with 7th-12th graders.  Students will enjoy a fun night of cosmic bowling, bowling, ping pong and pool tournaments, karaoke, movies, and much more.  About half way through the night we will shut down everything and a guest speaker will share the Gospel with our students.   Please start praying with us for this event.  Pray that many students will come out.  Pray that we will have enough chaperones and helpers throughout the entire night.  Pray for our speaker that they will communicate the truth of God’s Word effectively to our students.  And most importantly, please pray for our students that they will have soft hearts and that many will make the decision to give their lives to Christ!

Lastly, please consider coming to join us for this outreach as a chaperone!  As our staff gets older we appreciate those who have a heart for our students and would help us with this fun event.  Hope to see you Friday night!!!

still needing sponsors…

Golf Scramble PosterThis week I have been going out every day for a few hours continuing to ask local businesses and members of our community to help sponsor our Annual Lee County Recreational Center Golf Scramble Fundraiser.  For only $25 a sponsor sponsors one of the holes at our golf tournament.  We advertise the sponsor at the hole they sponsor, at the golf course club house, and do something for our sponsors in the local newspaper.  All of the money raised goes to help the Rec Center so that we can continue to do outreaches for the community like our upcoming Teen Lock-In.  Our next lock-in is held on the last day of  school to give our students the opportunity to have something positive to do besides going to some of the unwholesome end of school parties that are thrown.  More importantly it gives us the opportunity to share the Gospel with them!   A typical hour of bowling costs a bowler $7.  However, with fundraisers like our Golf Scramble, students only have to pay $5 for an entire night of bowling, cosmic bowling, karaoke, games and lots of prizes.  The Golf Scramble also helps us keep our fitness and bowling equipment up and running.  It is by far our largest annual fundraiser and so sponsorship and donations are vitally important.  So far the majority of those I have spoken too about sponsorship have been very supportive and we are off to a very good start, but we still have many sponsorships left to fill.  If you are interested in personally or as a business sponsoring holes at our tournament please contact me.  We would love to partner with you to be able to continue reaching our community.  Also, if you are a golfer and would like to play, come out and join us on May 11th.  If you are not a golfer from 12pm-2pm on the day of the tournament we will be having a cook out with hot dogs, polish sausage, hamburgers, homemade desserts, and much more!  I hope that you can join us in some way for this very important fundraiser!

Help!!! We need your desserts!!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about trying to raise funds to take our local high school students to FCA Leadership camp this summer.  The cost is about $225 a student and it looks as though we are going to have 4 to 6 students going as well as my family going as chaperones.  We still have not gotten any sponsors so far, but I am confident that God will provide the money for this amazing opportunity for our students to grow in their faith.

This coming Saturday, April 21st the Lee County Rec. Center will be holding it’s annual Invitational Bowling Tournament.  It is by far the biggest tournament that the Rec Center runs, and its this captive audience that we want to hopefully get to help us with sending our students to Leadership Camp.  During the tournament we will be hosting a dessert auction to try and raise the funds necessary for students to go to camp this summer.   Besides just desserts we will be having donation jugs out as well that tell about camp and encourage people to donate.

So how can you help???  Glad you asked!  We need people to bring in desserts to auction at the tournament.  Cakes, cookies, pies, or whatever baked goodies you can bring would be much appreciated.  All funds will go directly to paying a students camp fee.   I will be to the Rec Center by 11:30 am on Saturday morning and if you could drop your dessert off between then and 1 pm we would greatly appreciate it.  Also, feel free to bid on the desserts and tell others about the auction.   Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!