Mission Statement Making a difference in our community through Christian outreach in a fun and safe environment.

Purpose Statement Our primary purpose is to expand the knowledge of Christ among youth by setting a positive example and providing a safe place for recreation.

Vision Statement To be Washington's premier skatepark and recreational facility by providing each guest with a variety of activities in a friendly, affordable, Christian environment.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

M.A.D. Coffee Fundraiser has begun!

The M.A.D. Coffee fundraiser has begun! We're making a difference one cup at a time, and so can you. Please email me at brett@madskates.com to receive an order form. We have over 30 bags of coffee in stock today!

Our coffee hits U.S. shores in Florida, is prepared by a local company there in small batches to ensure the best flavor, and is shipped to Bothell, WA within one week of landing on U.S. soil. This is fresh coffee! We offer auto drip, whole bean, and espresso grind.

Some comments from our first buyers:

Indonesian Sumatra - "The Sumatra was great!" - Jeff C.

Colombian Supremo Decaf - "It was better than the last several cups of Starbucks I have had. I think this is one of the best decafs I have ever tasted." - Karen B.

German Chocolate Cake - "It smelled wonderful. I had one cup straight and thought it was a bit bitter, but would have been great with pie or cookies or something sweet. The second cup I added sweetener and cream to which mellowed it out a lot. I could see where people who like flavored coffees would LOVE this one." - Karen B.

German Chocolate Cake - "I had it this morning with some flavored creamer, and it was fantastic. I want to order a whole bag." - Kym N.

7am Grind - "The coffee was fantastic! We just got done with it. It definitely was high octane." - Nathan W.

Italian Espresso - "We tried that coffee and it is great!" - Leah S.

Email today to receive your order form! brett@madskates.com - We're building on solid grounds!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ramps Arrived!

Check it out! Our first ramps arrived. Thanks to Freshpark http://www.freshpark.com/ for giving us a great deal!

You should have seen my co-worker (Shane) and me trying to cram 4 ramps in my little Calais. These are pictures upon my arrival at my house. It was a cozy drive home.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Board Meeting

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 29th at 5:20pm at the Canyon Park Applebee's. We are seeking a 5th board member. Please join us in prayer as we wait for God's direction.

If you are interested in the position, please notify me via email and join us on Monday the 29th.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Huntington Beach Trip (Skate Conference 2008 & ASR)

Getting there:
We were blessed by our day job boss & friend, Jeff Crockett at EK Coaches (http://www.ekcoaches.com/) who paid for our rental car during the trip. Jason's friend (Brian Burton) allowed us to stay with his family. We had our own bedroom and bathroom for the entire trip! They were fantastic to stay with and saved us a ton of money. God blessed us with two unexpected checks which arrived just before we left for California which helped cover all of our expenses for the trip. God is faithful!

Skate Conference:
The 2008 Christian Skaters Skate Conference (http://www.christianskaters.com)/ was a true blessing! Jason and I were able to meet many people that we have been conversing with for several years. We also worshipped along side our new found friends, and learned a ton about skate ministry, insurance, fundraising, and God. We made some new connections with a band (Alexander) with hopes of having a concert here in WA soon. We also connected with Dan Libby (skate filmer) who we hope can put on a "how to shoot & edit a skate video" class for young skaters in our community. We were thrilled to hear what is happening around our country and across the seas. Christian Skaters is doing an awesome job of pulling us all together into one big family that helps each other out to further the work God has called us to do.

ASR (http://www.asrbiz.com/):
The ASR show was also incredibly insightful. We got a good look at the current trends in the skateboarding world, which seems to be filled with sex, alcohol, and anger. Christ is needed here. We spent 30 minutes talking with a gentleman from Tapout regarding selling a small portion of their product in our skateshop when it opens. This conversation was not only beneficial to us in gaining a new product for the skateshop but also in the education we received from him on the retail industry. He was very helpful! His information helped us as we went through the rest of the show and made contacts with Triple Eight (http://www.triple8.com/), Truth (http://www.truthsoularmor.com/), and a couple of other potential manufacturers. Special thanks goes out to Kelly from Freshpark (http://www.freshpark.com/ ) who got us into the show for free because we are planning to use and sell their products. We are looking forward to getting our shop open for business. Income from the shop will help sustain the skatepark and rec center for the long haul.

Current Needs - Please Pray:
1. A place to call home - We are still waiting to hear back from the church for one night a week. I am also praying for God to provide us with a place to call home. This may not be our final resting place for the full skate park & rec center with all of our goals, but it would be great to get started with the skatepark, rec center, and cafe now.
2. A vehicle for MADSkates. Nothing Jason and I own can haul much of anything. We need a cargo van, truck with enclosed trailer, or similar vehicle.
3. Money, money, money. As always this is a constant prayer request. Please pray.

Make checks payable to M.A.D. Skates, 21705 2nd Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98021.

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