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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Next Generation of Skate Ministry?

Isaac Adrien Spore
Born: December 23, 2009
Time: 7:40am
Location: Evergreen Hospital
Birth Weight: 7lbs 2oz
Birth Lenth: 20.5"

At the hospital a little while after delivery.

Baby & Daddy's Fingers
Our deliveries location at home...
This was definitely a "special delivery."
Is there anything better than a sleeping baby?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Skate Night Christmas Party Tonight!

Looking forward to seeing all 41 people who sent in an RSVP for tonight's Christmas party. I hope you all are well and are expecting to have a fun night. See you tonight! 6pm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Personal Study Questions - December 14th

PERSONAL STUDY - 2 Points if turned in December 21st

1. In the video, Ray (the teacher) says that Paul felt that Antioch is “Where I’m supposed to be.” Do you feel like you are where you are supposed to be?

2. In the video, Ray says that Paul wants to go to Rome, but God has other plans first. God has things he needs Paul to do before he allows him to go to Rome. If you were Paul, excited to get to Rome, how would you feel about God having other things for you to do first?

3. In the video, Ray says that God has something he wants to show Paul. What does God want to show you? Are you looking for an answer to that question? Are you seeking after God?

4. What is the significance to us that Jesus opened the door for Gentiles to be saved and not just Jews?

Monday, December 14, 2009

DECEMBER 14th - Last Regular Skate Night of 2009!

Remember that tonight is the last regular skate night for 2009! 6pm - 8:30pm. We'll be continuing the video series we started a few weeks ago.

Next week is the Christmas Party. You must RSVP by the end of the night tonight if you want dinner and a gift at the Christmas Party.

Tonight we are also voting on where the tithe/offering is going. We have several options, so teens, show up if you want to have a say in the matter! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Personal Study Questions - December 7th

PERSONAL STUDY – 2 Points if turned in December 14th

1. Paul was called ____________ before he met Jesus.
2. Paul met Jesus on the __________________ ___________.
3. After meeting Jesus in Damascus, Paul travelled to __________________.
4. If you had an encounter with Jesus like Paul did, what do you think your reaction would be?
5. Where do you think God is leading you?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Personal Study Questions - November 30th

Personal Study Questions - 2 points if turned in next Monday - December 7th

Walk As Jesus Walked - Video Series

1. Read Hebrews 12:1-2
What do you need to “throw off” in order to run with perseverance?

2. Are you running the race “marked out for you?” Or are you busy trying to run another race that isn’t the race God has placed in front of you to run?

3. Read I Corinthians 9:24
Are you running to win or just jogging along?

4. What do you need to do in order to “run in such a way as to get the prize?”


December 21st
Bethany Bible Church - Kenmore, WA
6:00 - 8:30pm
Free food and drinks
RSVP is required!!!!
Please call or email Brett Spore by December 14th.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Skate Night tonight 6:00 - 8:30.

Last Monday of the month = Free Pizza!

Tonight's Lesson = Walk as Jesus Walked Video Series - Completion of the video we started last week.

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Personal Study Questions - November 23, 2009

PERSONAL STUDY – 2 Points if turned in November 30th

1. Read Galatians 5:7
Look at your life and make of list of people that are in your way, keeping you from running your race.

2. What should you do about these people who are distracting you from the race?

3. Read 2 Timothy 4:7
If you were to die today, would this verse be written on your tombstone? If not, what specific thing(s) do you need to do to be able to say, “Yes. This would be written on my tombstone.”?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Skate Night Tonight - 6PM

Skate Night tonight at 6pm.

Hope to see you all there.

Looks like we'll be starting a new video series, so that means POPCORN! :)

***Please note: December 28th we will not be having skate night. Please enjoy this time with your family.

Monday, November 16, 2009

News You Can Use

*New photos and video clips have been uploaded on http://www.madskates.shutterfly.com/

*Dynamo Dads... Usually we see moms driving their kids all over God's green earth to get them to soccer practice, swim practice, band practice, etc. M.A.D. Skates Skate Night is no exception. HOWEVER, I want to take a moment to give a shout out to a few of our Dynamo Dads! Marty, Dave, and Mike - It is great to see you supporting your kids, picking them up from skate night and helping us with tear down. We truly appreciate all you do for M.A.D. Skates and for the support you show your kids in helping them participate in what they love.

*Wanted: 1 Card table and any appropriate board games. Please notify me if you have either that you would be willing to donate to M.A.D. Skates. I can pick them up from your location, or if you're in the area, stop by Skate Night on Monday night and drop the item(s) off. (Thanks for the great idea Kory!)

*December 28th - We will not be having skate night. Enjoy this time with your families!

*Building - As you probably know by now, we rent the gym at Bethany Bible Church every Monday night. We would love to have a building of our own where we could get set up and stay set up. This would also allow us to run many more programs that we have wanted to run. If anyone has a building 3000 sq ft or larger that they would be interested in donating or donating the rental space, please let me know. We'd love to have a place to call home on a permanent basis.

*Christmas Donations to Other Ministries - Twice a year, M.A.D. Skates takes 10% of the money that comes in and donates it to other ministries locally and around the world. The youth determine which ministries receive the money. If you are a ministry needing support or know of a ministry you would like to have included on the list for the youth to choose from, please email me with details at brett@madskates.com. Submissions must be in by Friday December 11th to be considered. Details to include: Ministry Name, What the Ministry does, Where the Money will Go, Where to send the money.

Personal Study Questions - November 16, 2009

PERSONAL STUDY – 2 Points if turned in Nov. 23

1. Read I Timothy 4:12 again. What are your excuses for not being a hero or for not setting a good example?

2. Read I John 2:14 again. What can you do to feel strong like God sees you?

3. Read Judges 6:12 again. What is God saying to you today?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Personal Study Questions - November 9th

PERSONAL STUDY – 2 Points if turned in November 16th

1. Read Psalm 32:7 – When have you needed God to do this for you? Next time, will you ask Him to help?

2. Read Psalm 119:114 – What is meant by “put my hope in your word?”

3. Watch trough out the week. Make a note of anything that seems like God might be saying “Pay Attention To This!”

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Personal Study - 11/2/09

These Personal Study Questions are worth 2 points if turned in next Monday. 1 additional point will be awarded for anyone who memorizes Psalm 145:18 and recites it next Monday night.

1. Before Monday night's Bible session, what did you think God was like?
2. Has your view of God changed after going through the Bible verses together? If so, how?

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Uprising - Season 2 - Episode 2

Parents - Please preview before sharing this with your child. You may feel some material is not age appropriate.


Personal Study Questions from Oct. 26th

Here are the personal study questions from October 26th. Please be sure to bring your completed questions in on Monday, November 2nd in order to earn points. This week's study questions are worth 3 points.

1. Joshua 1:9 is one of my favorite verses. Read it and write out how this verse can help you through a difficult situation you are currently facing.

2. Can you think of a time when God told you to do something one way, but you did it a little bit differently? Maybe you thought your way was better or less embarrassing. How do you think things would have turned out if you had done exactly what he told you to do?

3. Matthew 19:26 says that with God all things are possible. What looks like it is impossible in your life right now? Remove the word "impossible" from your vocabulary, and rewrite what you just wrote using your super power - God's power.

4. Pray this prayer if you need "super power" today.
Dear Father-God,
I need your power today. I know I can't win without your help. I ask you to help me win my battles today, because I know that you are truly on my side. Please fight for me, especially when you know I'd lose if I tried to go it alone.

November - Skate Night Help

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help over the next 3 weeks. It looks like we'll be able to keep everything going and on schedule.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Set Up Help Needed

We need help the first 3 Monday nights in November as our core volunteer staff will be gone on various trips.

Help is needed on...
November 2nd
November 9th
November 16th

If no one signs up and comes to help with set up, we will have to cancel skate night on those nights.

Set up time runs from 5:15pm - 6:00pm.

Please call or email to sign up to help set up one of these nights.

Thank you,

Brett Elizabeth Spore

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Time Change - Skate Night Moves Up 30 Minutes

Starting next Monday, October 19th, Skate Night will begin at 6pm and go until 8:30pm.

This change from our previous 6:30 - 9:00 schedule helps accommodate the majority of our participants in getting home in order to get up early for school.

New Time! 6:00 - 8:30
Same Place! Bethany Bible Church Gym - 6214 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Boarders For Christ in Yakima - October 9th & 10th

Boarders for Christ will be at the Sundome in Yakima on October 9th and 10th as part of the Northwest Youth Conference.

Follow this link to register for the conference:

Or for more information on the event contact:
Jennifer Palmer

Thursday, September 24, 2009

B2SB - Back 2 School Bash

Sorry it has taken me so long to write about the Back 2 School Bash. I have been drug through a fire while walking in a valley. I wish that life was just mountaintop, mountaintop, mountaintop, but the reality is that life has its ups and downs. Thankfully, B2SB was one of those ups – a mountaintop!

Thanks to all our volunteers, chefs, donors, and attendees for making our first B2SB a fun filled event. Also, a huge thank you to CrossPointe Church in Bothell for supporting us this summer and hosting this end of summer event. Special thanks to God for the incredible weather. Some of the youth even said, “I think we might have prayed too hard for good weather,” as the temperatures were in the 80s.

The youth skated for about an hour and a half before lunch was served. We had more food than we needed thanks to generous donations by friends and family.

After lunch, the raffle and silent auction ended. Great prizes were handed out to the winners. Thanks to our raffle and auction item donors: Bev Spore, Karen Bennett, Bob & Micki Shulkind, Sparta’s Pizza in Bothell, Play it Again Sports in Woodinville, Taco Time Corporate Office, Starbucks, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, C28.com, and Jubilee Skate Shop. Please show your support by supporting these local establishments.

After lunch, Bad Timing took the stage. Christian and Dru did a great job despite being short a couple of band members. We’re looking forward to having them play for us again.

Next on the docket was A Day For Dying. Recommended to me by my skate ministry friend, JD, A Day For Dying willingly traveled from Spokane Saturday morning to play for our outreach. These guys are fantastic. Not only did they come free of charge, but they left Spokane at 6am in order to make sure they got here on time, hung out for hours waiting to play, and kept an awesome attitude the entire time. I highly recommend booking this band if you get a chance to do so. Their message is clear – Christ is the answer!

All in all, the day was a success. We had about 60 people in total between skaters, parents, volunteers and band members. We raised $534 dollars through the raffle, silent auction, miscellaneous donations and entry fees. Since almost everything was donated, our total “take home” was $435.

Pictures are being posted on Shutterfly at www.madskates.shutterfly.com. Some photos taken by Julie King have already been posted there. Please stop by shutterfly and enjoy the view. J

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Parents - Time Change


Some discussion has begun about starting Skate Night a little earlier on Monday nights to help accommodate the school year, get the youth home earlier, etc. Our start time was originally based on my work schedule with 6:30 being the earliest I could get home and get set up for skate. Since I will be done with that job at the end of this month, we are discussing options for changing the schedule starting in October.

Currently, we start at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm.

Our other options are to run it...
from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
6:00pm - 8:30pm.

Please send me an email to let me know if you have a preference or opinion on this. Definitely send me an email if changing the time will make it so you cannot get your skater to our event anymore.

Thank you,
Brett Elizabeth Spore

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pray for JD & Kalispell

Please join me and my family in praying for our friends in Kalispell and the amazing ministry they have there. May God supply abundantly above and beyond their needs!


Thank you.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Skate Night - Personal Study - Underground Vietnam

This assignment is for anyone who joined us this summer for the Underground Reality Vietnam DVD series.

Please write a short letter to one of the following:
1 - The Christians in Vietnam
2 - Voice of the Martyrs - the US group that sent the teenagers
3 - One of the teenagers: Bethany, Wes, Bryant, Brad, Daniel "DJ", Jon, Shannon, or Jon.

There are 2-5 points available. You will not be "graded" on your spelling or punctuation. What I want to see is your heart. What do you really feel about this experience, the people, the situation, the risk, etc?

Turn in your letter next Monday night at Skate Night.

Thanks and see you all at B2SB this Saturday at CrossPointe Church!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

B2SB - Back 2 School Bash!

B2SB - Saturday September 12th

CrossPointe Church
19527 104th Avenue NE
Bothell, WA 98011

12:00 noon - apx. 5:00pm

Admission $5
Includes: BBQ and Concert - No additional fee for skate session.

This is an “all ages” event. Skating is open for those 9 years old and older.

Please join us in praying for sunshine as this event is outdoors in a covered area. Rain or shine, we will have a great time!

Raffle/Silent Auction
Some of the raffle and silent auction items include:
• Coffee basket
• Skate deck
• Handmade toddler sweaters
• T-shirts
• Weekend at a condo on Mt. Baker
• Teddy's Bigger Burgers $25 gift card
• Skate helmet
• Taco Time free meal gift cards
• Handmade blanket
More items are still rolling in, so bring some money for your $1 raffle tickets! Adults - Be sure to bring extra cash or your checkbook to participate in the silent auction.

• Bad Timing
• A Day for Dying

Some items on the menu for this Saturday
• Hotdogs
• Chicken
• Calico Beans
• Hashbrown Casserole
• Hawaiian/Filipino Style Ribs
• Chips
• Salad
• Pasta Salad
• Dessert

Skateboard, inline skates, and scooters are allowed. Skating starts at 12 noon. Waivers and helmets are required.

• Pop Cans: This marks the end of our summer pop can fund raiser. There will be a prize for the youth who brings the most pop cans.
• New to M.A.D. Skates: There will be a prize for the youth who brings the most new people who have never attended a M.A.D. Skates event before.

Questions/Comments/Donations/Volunteers… Please contact me at brett@madskates.com or via cell 206-423-0813.

Thank you,

Brett Elizabeth Spore

Skate Night on Labor Day?

Yes! Skate Night is happening tomorrow night - September 7th. Please remember that it is the first Monday of the month, so scooters are allowed. Also, this is the final epsiode of the Vietnam Underground Reality DVD series. Don't miss it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Headline Band Booked For Back 2 School Bash

A Day For Dying from Spokane, WA has agreed to come play for our Back 2 School Bash on September 12th. With Bad Timing opening for them, this should prove to be a great afternoon of music.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Uprising - Season 2

Jay Haizlip, Brian Sumner, and Christian Hosoi are at it again bringing you the very best t.v. on earth.

The Uprising Season 2 premiers on October 17th.

Follow the link to see a preview.

Skate safe. Have fun. God bless!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1st Band Booked for Back To School Bash

We booked our first band for the Back To School Bash on September 12th.

The band: Bad Timing

We're working on getting a couple more signed up and look forward to seeing how God provides.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back To School Bash!

Join us for our first ever - Back to School Bash! - September 12th

CrossPointe Church
19527 104th Avenue NE
Bothell, WA 98011

12:00 noon - Apx. 5:00pm

Skating - Skateboards, Inline Skates, and Scooters are allowed. Skating starts at 12:00pm

Waiver - A waiver must be signed previously at a M.A.D. Skates Skate Night or Skate Night 2 and be on file, or a parent must come with the youth wanting to participate in order to sign a waiver on site.

BBQ - Food will be provided, so bring your appetite.

Raffle/Silent Auction - There will be several raffle items as well as silent auction items. Raffle tickets will cost $1 each. There will be items for the youth as well as items more geared toward the adults that bring the youth.

Age - This event is open to all ages. Skating is for 9 years old and older only.

Music - We will have live music after the skating and BBQ. The bands are still being determined and will be announced as we fill the slots.

Prizes - There will be a prize for the youth that brings the most new people. There will also be a prize for the youth that brings the most pop cans.

Cost - $5 per person

Weather - This is an outdoor event, but the area is covered. We will be hosting this event rain or shine, but please pray for sunshine!

***Things we are still looking for...
*More food items for the BBQ/Potluck - If you can bring a side dish or dessert, please email me right away, so I can put you on the list.
*More raffle/auction items - If you have anything new and unused you would like to donate for the raffle/auction, please email me right away. (M.A.D. Skates is a 501(c)3 corporation. All donations are tax deductible.)
*More volunteers - We're still looking for a few people to help with set up, run the raffle/auction table, serve food, and tear down. If you can help, please email me and tell me how long you are able to help, what your preference would be, and what time frame works best for you.

Brett Elizabeth Spore

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Help Needed This Week

We need 1 additional person able to lift 70 pounds on Monday and Wednesday night from 5:15 - 5:45 or 6:00. Please call or email if you are available to help either night.

Thank you,

Brett Elizabeth Spore

Monday, August 3, 2009

Scooters - Skaters - Support

Scooters - Scooters will be allowed on the first skate night of the month. So, that means... tonight! We will also allow scooters this Wednesday which is the first Skate Night 2 for August. Scooters will not be allowed at any other times - just the first Skate night of the month.

Skaters - Thanks to all of you who have been dedicated to coming to Skate Night and Skate Night 2 throughout the summer. I know the weather is fabulous for skating outside, so it is really awesome when some of you are able to come.

Support - Thanks to all of you who continue to support us financially and physically. Tonight we have 2 guys from Eastside Foursquare Church coming to help with set-up. I could use one guy for this Wednesday at CrossPointe, and we definitely need to get some of you signed up for the rest of August and as we head into September.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Back on Night Shift

My brother was put back on the night shift, so he can't help with set-up on Monday nights anymore. I need volunteers to help with Monday night set-up at Bethany Bible Church in Kenmore. We start set-up at 5:15 and finish by 6:00pm. If you are able to help at any time during that 45 minute time period, please let me know.

Thank you,

Brett Elizabeth Spore

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Weather and Pictures

First - The Weather - It's supposed to be somewhere around 100 degrees again tomorrow, so we're going to have water bottles available for free at Skate Night 2. I don't want anyone passing out from heat exhaustion.

Secondly - We now have a picture hosting site where you go can and see Skate Night and Skate Night 2 photos taken by me, some of the parents, and some of the teens/youth. I love handing my camera over to the youth to see what they get on film. Some of the pictures taken by them are far better than anything I've shot so far! Anyway, go to www.madskates.shutterfly.com to see what I've been able to post on there so far. If you want to have your photo removed, please let me know, and I will do so within 48 hours. If you have photos you would like to add, please email them to me with any details.

Stay cool!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ministry Needs

1 - 1 volunteer for skate night set up Monday nights and Wednesday nights. Does not have to be the same person. Can get set up in about 25-45 minutes depending on how many people we get to help out.

2 - DVD Player and LCD Flat Screen TV (Or combination machine) TV must be at least 19" and relatively easy to move. Our current DVD player is on loan and needs to go back to the owner (my husband) ASAP. Our current TV is not doing well and does not make it through the entire night without starting to have issues. We're really not sure how much longer it is going to last. If you have a DVD player or LCD flat screen that would meet our needs, please contact me ASAP. Or if you would like to donate funds towards the purchase of a combination (DVD/TV) unit, please do so. We have our "dream machine" picked out if God provides the funds - 26" LCD/DVD combo.

3 - More NIV Bibles. New or used. We ran out last Wednesday.

4 - Prayer. Please pray for our teens that are not with us this summer. Some of them are at church camp. Some are with family. Some I spotted at the new skate park at Seattle Center this weekend. Please pray that although they are not with us at skate night this summer they will meet with God and that God would meet them right where they are, wherever they are.

4 - I am now making my personal prayer request public. It is my heart's desire to have a building of our own, so we can expand the ministry and meet more kids in more ways. It is my prayer that God would provide us with a building sometime this fall, that it would be rent free for a minimum of one year, that it would be at least 3000 square feet and have a bathroom and small office, and that it would be located on a bus route in the Bothell/Lynnwood area. A lot to ask considering the economic climate and the decline in general giving? Only if your God is in a box. :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

2 Nights - 2 Stories - 1 God

Monday Night
We had 2 skaters. My friend from work came to help with set up and ended up staying the whole night. We played the Livin It LA DVD, and both the kids and my friend alternated between skating and watching the video. On this DVD there are some great testimonies from guys like Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi, and Richard Mulder. It was a great opportunity for my co-worker to hear and see how God changes lives.

For Bible Session, we ate popcorn and watched the “Reality Underground Vietnam” video series. There was some good discussion about the video, and my final question was (as it always will be for this series) “Would you go?”

Wednesday Night
We had 14 skaters, 2 non-skaters that hung out most of the night, and several kids that just “stopped by for awhile.” We also had a bunch of parents sitting on the grassy edge watching and chatting. The weather was fabulous. The hotdogs were yummy, and the kids seemed to have a good time.

After Bible drill, I briefly shared part of my testimony and asked the kids to think about their testimony – their story. We ended with this question, “Think of someone younger than you. If today was your last day here, what would you say to them? What would you tell them?” We had some good responses, asked for prayer request and closed with prayer.

Some might look at Wednesday night and say it was far more successful than Monday night, but I always wonder, “How does God measure success?” Does He count the number of candy bars and cold drinks sold that night or look at the profit/loss statement at the end of the month? Does He look at those who give “the right church answer” to the questions I ask or the kid who gets 3 out of 3 Bible Drill verses that night? Does He measure success by the changes started in someone’s heart or the long term affects those choices make? How does God measure success?

I honestly don’t know, but a wise man once said to me “You never know if one of these kids may be the next Billy Graham,” and that is why we will stay open for 1 kid. That is why when people ask, “Is it worth all the work to set up and tear down for 1 kid?” I reply, “Yes.” Is it tough? Yes. Is it a lot of work? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Jesus left the 99 to save the 1 – Why should M.A.D. Skates be any different?

Thanks for your continued support. May God bless you abundantly. I’m off to the Women of Faith conference with some of my favorite women in the world – My Moms!

Walking by Faith – Hoping to Run
Brett Elizabeth Spore

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Skate Night Review

Skate Night 2
Our first Wednesday night, outdoor skate night occurred last Wednesday night at CrossPointe Church in Bothell. We had seven kids attend, ate free hotdogs supplied by M.A.D. Skates, and enjoyed the new skate environment. We talked about "hope." It was a pleasure to meet the Pastor's wife as well as the new Family Pastor Ray Master.

We're looking forward to another great night tonight. Thanks to Dave & Julie King who worked Skate Night 2 with me last week, helped with set up and tear down last week, and who have signed up to do it all again tonight.

Skate Night
Monday night we had six kids, ate popcorn and watched our new video series "Reality Underground Vietnam" about 8 kids who smuggle Bibles into Vietnam. Special thanks to John & Katie Bennett and Dave King for helping with set up, and special thanks to Mike McVicker and his boys for staying to help with tear down.

Set Up/Tear Down
Thanks to John Bennett and Shane Huddlehuff for signing up for set up next Monday night. I'm pleased to announce that we have set up coverage for tonight, next Monday night (July 20th), and next Wednesday night (July 22nd). We also have coverage for tear down tonight, but we could use one more person next Monday night (July 20th).

There are plenty of openings the rest of the summer as well, so if you are available, please let me know.

A special thanks to Bev Spore (my mother-in-law) for consistently being there on Monday nights as an adult supervisor. We couldn't have done this without you.

Monday, July 13, 2009

70lb Lifter Needed - Tonight!

We need one person who can lift 70lbs or at least 1/2 that in order to get skate night set up tonight. If you are available, please be at Bethany Bible Church in Kenmore at 5:15. It should take 30 minutes to unload the van and get set up.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

OFF TOPIC! - Teddy's Bigger Burgers

I don't usually use my M.A.D. Skates connections as a forum for anything else but M.A.D. Skates and related items, but this was too good a burger to not share with my friends!!! Who knows; maybe this will be the location of our first "dine & donate."

Jason and I just returned from a late-night dinner at Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Woodinville, WA. Fantastic! I have heard this place is packed during the day and into the early evening, but upon arrival at 9:30 this evening, there was only one other couple there. Two more couples and a college aged son came in while we were there, making it peaceful but not lonely.

The original Teddy's Bigger Burgers is in Hawaii, and I hear it has been a popular burger joint there for 10 years. Woodinville is the first mainland location. The customer service was outstanding. The young lady that assisted us actually welcomed us in even though they were closing in 30 minutes, asked if it was our first time, asked if we wanted to hear their "spiel," and offered us "the better deal" when it came to how to place our order. As we were eating, another couple walked in with only 15 minutes left on the clock. Instead of saying something that I hear a lot these days like, "We're only open another 15 minutes, so you better hurry." She actually said, "Hi. Come on in. You've got another 15 minutes" in a happy, cheery, welcoming tone that said, "We're excited you're here with us!"

I was so impressed that I asked to speak to the owners/managers. Co-owner, Wes, was busy with clean up, but our waitress stopped him after our meal. He gladly took a moment to talk to us and stated that he & Diane are pleased with business so far, they appreciate our compliments, and they hope that things continue to go in the upward direction for them. He prides himself on having a clean establishment, good customer service, and he says, "We know our burgers are good, the beef comes from Colorado and we cook them just right." After pointing out that the burgers are good, he showed his heart in saying that it's the little details like customer service and cleanliness that keep people coming back. I enjoyed meeting him. His wife, Diane, as co-owner of the restaurant was busy leading the staff through clean up, so I did not get a chance to talk to her.

The decor is 50's with a touch of Hawaii. They have their own radio station that plays "Oldies" music along with ads for their burgers, extended summer hours, etc. They have a fish tank in the center that you can sit around and eat while watching the fish, several televisions showing surfing shows, and pretty comfortable looking 50's diner booths. We sat at the fish tank, so I can't attest to the seating quality of the booths. I'll have to check that out next time.

The place was clean as a whistle when we walked in, and they hadn't started their night time cleaning yet. It appears it is a constant process in which they are always trying to keep it in tip-top cleanliness. For those who know me this is going to sound a bit odd, but I did not check out the bathrooms while there. Based on the rest of the place, I would guess they were pretty nice, new and clean. I'll have to check it out next time; this time, I think I was too busy devouring my burger to even think about a bathroom.

Burgers are available in 5, 7, and 9 ounce varieties and come with a few standard items like pickles, onions, special sauce, tomatoes, and I believe lettuce. You can add or remove whatever you like from that. They have almost any topping you can think of including teriyaki sauce, peanut butter, pineapple, BBQ sauce, four different cheeses, grilled onions, and more.

I kept it pretty simple - delete onions (pregnancy issue) and add pepperjack cheese. Absolutely delish! Jason got his with all the standard issue items and added american and cheddar cheeses, bacon, and mushrooms. He also ordered a kids soda and a strawberry extra thick milkshake. Our total bill was $21. Not exactly "cheap eats," but not bad for two people for dinner and absolutely, totally worth every penny. I wasn't even out of the parking lot before I was text messaging my college friend in Spokane about the joint.

I don't know when I will be back, but I hope it is soon! You've got to check them out. Teddy's Bigger Burgers - Woodinville, WA.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Set Up and Tear Down Help Needed

The Need
1 volunteer able to lift 70lbs

The Dates
Monday - July 13th
Wednesday - July 15th
Monday - July 20th
Wednesday - July 22nd
Monday - July 27th
Wednesday - July 29th

Time Needed
5:15 - 6:00pm - Set Up
9:00 - 9:30pm - Tear Down

Mondays - 6214 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore (Bethany Bible Church)
Wednesdays - 19527 NE 104th Avenue NE, Bothell (CrossPointe Church)

Please email or call if available for any of these dates/times.
Brett Spore 206-423-0813 brett@madskates.com

July 9 - Personal Study

Bible Drill Verses
Psalm 62:5
Isaiah 50:30-31
Romans 5:4-5

Study Questions
1. What are you putting your hope in? What are you hoping for? Who is going to provide the best for you?
2. If you put your hope in Christ, is the benefit only here on earth?
3. Read Isaiah 40:30-31 - What do these verses mean to you personally?
4. How can putting your hope in Christ change the way you look at life each day?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Skate Night 2 - Kickoff!

Tonight was our first night at CrossPointe.

We had 6 kids, good weather, and a great area for skating. This is a fun location with walls on two sides and a cover over the whole thing. They don't have the lighting hooked up yet, and probably won't before summer is out. But!!! We didn't need light anyway as you well know it stays light until 9pm easily here in the summer.

Thanks to Pastor Rick and Pastor Ray for letting us come be a part of the CrossPointe family once a week this summer and for providing us with a great location.

Thanks to Julie King for all your efforts in setting this up.

Thanks to Dave King, Jason Spore, and the kids who helped set up and tear down tonight.

Happy Birthday Jason!!! I love you! :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Help Still Needed

We still need set up and tear down help on Mondays and Wednesdays this summer.

Set Up: 5:15 - 6:00pm (maximum commitment with 2 or more volunteers)
Tear Down: 9:00 - 9:30pm (maximum commitment with 2 or more volunteers)

Mondays - Kenmore Bible Church
Wednesdays - CrossPointe Church

Openings start this Wednesday - July 8th!

Please remember that without your help, we cannot continue.

Call or email me to pick a date and time. Thank you.
Brett Spore
email: brett@madskates.com

Friday, July 3, 2009

Not Tuesday! Wednesday now!

Skate Night Tue is not... It is now Skate Night 2 and will be on Wednesday nights!

Due to a final, last minute change made by the decision makers at CrossPointe Church, we will now be hosting Skate Night 2 at CrossPointe on Wednesday nights. For me, this is fantastic! I am stoked to have Tuesday nights at home with my husband!

Anyway, that is beside the point. The point is this... Don't show up at CrossPointe on Tuesday. Come on Wednesday and enjoy hotdogs, chips, pop, and free skating! There will be a brief message, hi/low, and Bible drill just like we do on Monday nights at Bethany.

This next Monday we will be starting a video series on Monday nights, so don't worry, you will not have to hear the same message from me on Monday and Wednesday nights. :)

God bless! Have a great 4th of July! Keep all your fingers and toes, and we'll see you Monday and Wednesday nights for Skate Night and Skate Night 2.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Seattle Center Skate Park - GRAND OPENING!

Join members of the Seattle City Council, the skateboard community and the Skatepark development team to celebrate the completion of Seattle Center Skatepark, a first phase project of the Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan. The 10,000 square-foot space, located inside the campus entry at 2nd Avenue and Thomas Street, features a flowing street plaza with ledges, stairs and transitions for all skill levels and abilities. The Opening ceremony starts at 11am. Music, skateboard demonstrations, contests and give-aways run from 12pm to 4pm. For more information, visit www. seattlecenter.com/skatepark.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"Can" You Make A Difference?

"Can" You Make A Difference? is our summer fundraiser.

There is a local business paying for clean, crushed pop cans. So, we've decided to run a pop can fund raiser for July and August.

Please bring your rinsed and crushed pop cans to Skate Night (Kenmore) or Skate Night Tue (Bothell.) We'll take them in to the recycler, collect the cash and put it directly into keeping M.A.D. Skates Skate Nights going and growing.

For an alternate drop off location, please contact me directly. brett@madskates.com

Skate Night Tue


CrossPointe Church
19527 104th Ave NE
Bothell, WA 98011

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Every Tuesday night - July & August

Same format as Skate Night
1 hour Skate Session
30 minute Bible Session
1 hour Skate Session

Free just like Monday nights
Pop, chips and snacks available for purchase
Outdoor covered area

June 29 - Personal Study

Bible Drill Verses
1 Peter 3:17
Luke 14:27
Matthew 5:11-12

Study Questions
1. If you would go to prison to save the life of your best friend, to fight for your right to skateboard,, or because you were standing up for something you believe, would you go to prison for the God (Christ) who died to give you eternal life?
2. What made you give the answer you just gave? Why did you answer that way?
3. Christ died on the cross (still one of the most painful ways to die) in order to give you eternal life and save you from your sins. What are you willing to lose for Him?
4. I Peter 3:17 says it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. What do you think this means in your daily life?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

30 Minutes - 1 Night


I'm desperately seeking volunteers to help with set up and tear down. It looks 95% sure that we will be running Skate Night Tue on Tuesday nights at a church in Bothell during the summer months of July & August. That means back to back nights of setting up and tearing down.

I'm asking for 30 minutes of your time either at 5:15 or 9:00 on Monday or Tuesday night. If you can sign up for one night or 5 nights, we'll take you. I need at least 2 guys/gals that can lift 70-80 pounds as the ramps weigh that much and have to be unloaded, set up, and reloaded from the van each night.

Please call or email me to sign up for "30 Minutes - 1 Night" this summer and let me know if you can help with the 5:15 set up or the 9:00 tear down on either Monday or Tuesday night. The schedule is wide open right now, so pick your date and get your first choice of nights.

Thank you.
Brett Elizabeth Spore

June 22 - Personal Study

Sometimes God changes things up at the last second, and you just have to go with it. The lesson I had planned for Monday night Skate Night, just didn't seem to fit that evening's atmosphere or the kids that were there. So, just as Bible Session was starting, we headed in a completely unplanned direction.

Therefore, there are no study questions from last Monday night. However, here are the three scriptures we looked at and discussed.

James 1:19
Philippians 4:5
Colossians 4:6

God bless you all; we hope to see you soon.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Woodinville Skate Competition

5th Annual Woodinville Skateboarding Competition 2009, presented by the Northshore YMCA.

Sunday, June 28th, 2009. Competition starts at noon.

Attention Local Skate Boarders!!!!!!!!!! WE’RE BACK… Let’s get ready for another amazing day of skating, fun, drinks and prizes here at the Woodinville Rotary Skate Park.

The prize bags are full thanks to the generosity of the skate industry and your local shops.

Registration: $10.00 per skater, $15.00 for sponsored.started at 10:30 am. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Northshore YMCA site and must be signed by legal guardian.


Age Divisions:

- 10 and under
- 11-15
- 16 and up
- Sponsored
- Freestyle Best Trick will be given for best trick!!!.

NW GromFest will be on site to qualify a few amazing skaters for the 09 GromFest.



Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 15th - Personal Study

Bible Drill Scriptures:
Psalm 33:12
Luke 18:1
II Chronicles 7:14

1. Do you pray?
2. Do you pray as much as you watch TV?
3. Who is in control of your life, Hollywood or the Holy Spirit?
4. How can we help save our country and return to a good relationship with God?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Coffee Closeout!

M.A.D. Coffee is now on a Closeout Sale!

$10.00 for a 1 lb bag. (Regularly $13)
$1.50 for a 2.5oz "sample."

Contact me via email (brett@madskates.com) if you would like to order some, or to pick up in person, visit us at Skate Night on Monday nights in Kenmore... Bethany Bible Church gym, 6214 NE Bothell Way.

Available 1 lb bags include:
Breakfast Blend
Breakfast Blend Decaf
Colombian Supremo
Colombian Supremo Decaf
Italian Espresso
Indonesian Sumatra
Indonesian Sumatra (whole bean)
French Edge
7am Grind

Samples are mostly flavored coffees:
Coconut Cream
Caramel Vanilla
German Chocolate Cake
Creme Brule'
French Edge

Saturday, June 13, 2009

June 8th - Personal Study

1. In my example of being captured by the enemy, you became a slave. In reality, there are only two camps you can live in - Darkness or Light? Which kingdom are you living in?

2. Can you get to heaven by being a good person and doing good things?

3. By accepting God's rescue through Christ, you get to be God's son or daughter. What else does that mean? What ist he big benefit to that?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What would you do with $200?

On June 1st, we posed this question to the youth attending the Bible Session at Skate Night.

"You have $200 to give to others. What would you do with it?"

They were then given a list of seven different ministries and asked to write in which ministry or ministries would get their $200.

The results are in... The following ministries will receive the following amounts:
Boarders for Christ - $45
Christian Skaters - $20
Jamaican Skate Outreach - $5
A.C.E. (housing orphans in Zambia) - $75
Action International (feeding and educating orphans and poor in Zambia) - $30
Guatemala Skate Outreach - $5
Serious JuJu - $30

(*This actually totals $210. In order to make round numbers, we had to add a little extra.)

Checks will go out this week to each of the ministries. M.A.D. Skates is thrilled to be able to share in the blessings God has given us. I personally hope that we can continue to allow the youth to determine where our tithes and offerings will go. They have been asked to notify me of any outreaches or ministries that they would like to have on the list for next time.

Did I share all of this to say, "Hey look at us, we're tithing!"? No. I am sharing all of this, because it encourages me to see where these kids' hearts are - to see what is important to them as a group - to see how they think individually. I am happy to see the money donated to M.A.D. Skates doesn't stop making a difference when it hits our bank.

Thank you for continuing to support this ministry and these kids. God bless you all!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Basement

Check out the Basement at www.thebasementonline.com.

Also, the new show coming up on Steelroots.com. Watch the trailer at http://www.steelroots.com/thebasement360/

God bless!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pass the Peas Please!

This week at skate night, we talked about how God blesses us and how that allows us to bless others.

Proverbs 22:9 says "A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor."

After doing Bible Drill and a brief explanation of why we (M.A.D. Skates) take 10% of all of our income and put it toward other ministries, I presented several ministry opportunities for the 9 kids in attendance to vote on.

We have $200 to give away, and each kid was allowed to mark on their sheet of paper where they would like the money to go. This week I will tally it up and announce how the money is getting sent out.

It was fun to see where each kid put their $200. Some put it all in one place; others spread it out over 2 or 3 ministries, while one young man divided it up amongst all the ministries available.

Stay tuned to see who is getting blessed!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Awesome Announcement & Call for Help

The next generation of Spore and the newest M.A.D. Skates skateboard fanatic is on the way. Jason and I are expecting our first child just after Christmas. We are very excited, and we continue to praise God for His never ending blessings in our life.

I was advised at my doctor's appointment last Thursday that I am not allowed to lift more than 30 pounds. As many of you know, our ramps weigh 70 - 85 pounds each. I am the primary person removing the ramps out of the van each week, which now is not a possibility.

I am looking for strong men to sign up for one Monday night to climb inside the van and unload the ramps and help set them up in the gym. This takes 30-45 minutes starting at 5:15. I have already solicited a helper for Memorial Day evening and June 1st. If you are interested in helping and are willing to lend a hand, please contact me via email or cell phone. brett@madskates.com or 206-423-0813.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Five 16 Magazine - Issue #2

Issue #2 of Five 16 magazine has been released!


Manual Pad/Fun Box Arrived!

The manual pad/fun box arrived today. Jason will be putting it together later this week, tossing it into the van, and you'll get to see it and skate it Monday night!

May 18th - Personal Study

1. How can you determine God’s will for your life?
2. How can you get God’s strength in your life?
3. How can you tell if your life is pleasing to God?
4. Do you have any friends that are “bearing bad fruit?” Are they being a worse influence on you than you are being a good influence on them?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Money Came In!

The money came in to buy the second ramp that we wanted to buy this month. The funds will be deposited on Tuesday, and we'll place the order as soon as the money clears the bank. The Mojo Skate Bench will be here sooner than we know it!

Thanks to all our donors!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Freshpark Manual Pad Ordered

The Freshpark Manual Pad has been ordered. Delivery to my "day job" is 5-7 days!

*We are still collecting funds for the Mojo Skate Bench, which we would like to order by the end of this month.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Praise Report and Looking Forward

1. Skate night last Monday (May 11th) had our greatest turn out yet. 1o young people joined us for a night of skating and Bible study. We had one new person this week.

2. We were excited to have our resident teen photographer back. Trevor is a blessing to us all as he spends the entire night taking picture after picture of the skaters pulling off their best tricks for the camera. We're hoping to post some of those pictures soon. :)

3. Enough donations came in to purchase one of the two skate ramps we wanted to get this go round, so I have made those deposits and will order the ramp tomorrow! It should be here by the last Monday of this month - Memorial Day - also free pizza night!

4. Today I heard from one of our moms who is trying to set up a skate night at her church where M.A.D. Skates can continue to make a difference on Wednesday nights in addition to the Monday nights at Bethany Bible.

5. I also heard that there is a new interest in reading the Bible by a couple of our young men, and that makes my heart leap with joy as I know God is on the move in their hearts.

1. Next Monday - Third Monday of the month - We will continue our latest tradition of celebrating the birthdays of our skaters. Bev will check to see if we have anyone whose birthday falls in May.

2. Last Monday of the Month - Memorial Day - Lord willing our new ramp will be here, and we'll be doing free pizza as we always do on the last Monday.

1. A strong man to help set up each week. I'd love to have various gentlemen help with this by signing up for once a month or once every other month. That way the burden will not fall on only one or two guys.

2. More funding so we can buy the other skate ramps we would like to buy as well as extend our outreach to the other churches that would like to have us.

3. Continued spiritual growth in the young people that come to skate night.

4. Guidance for our leadership as we look at expanding the outreach.

5. Safety for our youth, leadership, vehicle, and ramps as well as the parents who have dedicated themselves to driving carloads of youth to skate night each week.


May 11th - Personal Study

1. What are the three characteristics of a follower of Christ that we read about in Colossians and I Corinthians 13:13?

2. When praying, what should be a part of your prayers and daily life?

3. How can you tell if the gospel is “bearing fruit?”

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bench! Manual Pad! Fun Box! Bench! Manual Pad!

These are the cries I hear each week, and I need your help!

Our youth are taking things into their own hands and using multiple Freshpark ramps to create their own manual pads. The problem is it takes several of the ramps to do so, leaving only a couple of ramps to skate the way they were intended. Additionally, we're creating a bit of a liability for ourselves in not using the ramps as originally intended.

So, how can you help? Send money of course! We need $250 to get the manual pad from Freshpark and $250 to get a Mojo Skate Bench. This includes freight to our location. Why so expensive you may ask? Both ramps are highly portable and lightweight, which is exactly what we need for our mobile application.

When we started Skate Night, we knew we were starting with the bare minimum in ramps and rails. So far, we have only been able to add 2 grind rails. One we purchased off Craigslist, and one that was donated by Avondale Bible Church & Pastor Ben. (Thanks again!)

All this to say, please donate today to help expand our skate ministry. Already we have seen over 20 kids come through our doors with over a handful of kids that come consistently every week. We're working with three churches to set up events at their locations sometime this spring/summer. God is on the move in the skate community. Grab on and come along for the ride.

One time donations may be made via Paypal (www.madskates.com - click on the "donate" button near the bottom), in person via check or cash, or a check sent through the mail to 21705 2nd Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98021. All donations are tax deductible.

The Manual Pad/Fun Box:

The Skate Bench

Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4th - Personal Study

1. Colossians 1:1 says that Paul was an apostle by the “will of God.” Do you see yourself living in the will of God? Are you where you are because you chose to be there or because God put you there?

2. Colossians was written while Paul was in prison where?

3. There were 4 prison epistles written by Paul. Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. How many of these were written by Paul with Timothy by his side? Which ones?

4. Paul wrote the letter to the church at Colosse, because some had begun to mix true Christianity with non-Christian beliefs. Are there any ways you see yourself mixing true Christian beliefs with non-Christian beliefs? If Paul were writing this letter to you, what would he be asking you to look at in your own life?

Monday, April 27, 2009

April 27th - Personal Study

1. Read Colossians 3:2 - What earthly things are distracting you from "things above?"
2. Read Philippians 4:8-9 - What should you be focused on in this life?
3. Read I John 2:6 - If you claim to be a Christian (have accepted Christ as your savior and now follow him) who is your example? how can you what his "walk" was like?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April 20th - Personal Study

1. There is a song that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.” How do you these lyrics relate to our topic of following Jesus Christ?

2. Keeping Mark 2:12 in mind, what thing(s) in your life might be getting in the way of following Jesus Christ?

3. Re-read John 10:26 – Other than reading your Bible and listening when you pray, how else might you “hear” and “know” God’s voice?

4. Have you answered Jesus’ call? Have you chosen to follow him? If you have not, but you would like to do so now, pray the following prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for dying on the cross and shedding your precious blood for my sins.
I am sorry for all my sins.
I ask you to come into my heart, forgive all my sins, and be my Lord and my Savior.
Father, I thank you now for forgiving all my sins and giving me eternal life in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Jesus' name I pray,

(If you have prayed this prayer for the first time, please let one of us know.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Five 16 - An Extreme Sports Magainze With Christ at the Heart of It

CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!! www.five16.com

"Welcome to Five16 Magazine, your source for Xtreme Sport and Music from a Christian point of view. From street skating to freestyle motocross and from Christian punk to hip-hop, every issue of Five16 Magazine will be packed full of content to feed your hunger while staying on track with your Christian walk."

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

BFC - Jubilee - The Uprising

Just a few quick updates...

BFC - I found out through my brother that BFC (Boarders for Christ) was going to be at the Puyallup Fair. "Coincidentally," I also received an email from an old friend, Chris Lauri of BFC, that same day saying BFC was going to be at the fair doing a demo, and they would love to see us there. For some crazy reason, my husband actually agreed to drive to Puyallup at 3pm on a Friday in order to make it to the 5pm BFC show. We walked through the gates at exactly 5pm. We enjoyed talking with Chris, meeting some of the BFC riders as well as Chris' wife, Heather. BFC had a demo at 5 and again at 6:30. I don't know how many kids gave their lives to the Lord last night. I know there were 5 at the first demo, and I believe a few more at the 6:30 demo. PRAISE GOD! Please pray for the kids as they learn to listen to God. I ask that you pray they get plugged in with some quality Christian leadership in their home towns. Also, please keep BFC in your prayers as they travel the country this year doing skate demos and sharing the love of God. http://www.boardersforchrist.com/

Jubilee - Jubilee Skate Shop is now officially open. 50% of all proceeds go to M.A.D. Skates. Currently, we are a mobile skate shop, so products will travel with me to skate night and other skate venues that we put on throughout the year. Once we are in a building, the skate shop will be located there as well. We currently carry American Guru Clothing and Freedom Skateboards Decks & Clothing. Just yesterday, I placed the order with Crucified Boardwear, so we should have some of their products in just a couple weeks. We are also getting some stuff from BFC soon, and I am continuing to source out other Christian Skate Products that we will carry. Right now, we are small, but we are growing. Our main goals are to help support M.A.D. Skates and promote God's love. All products sold will be by Christian labels or sold by Christian vendors.

The Uprising - Just a quick update that The Uprising Season 2 is now showing on Steelroots.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April 13 - Personal Study


1. Read Mark Chapters 15 and 16
2. Memorize John 3:16
3. In your own words, tell the story of Easter.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Grind Rail!

Thanks to Pastor Ben and the Avondale Bible Church youth for donating this grind rail!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April 6 - Personal Study


1. What is the 2 word definition of the gospel?
2. What is the gospel really about?

3. If you could design your perfect father, what would he be like?

4. Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ and given him your life fully? Would you like to be in a right relationship with God the Father? If you have not given your heart to Jesus Christ, and you would like to do so now, pray this prayer and make Christ the King of your life
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for dying on the cross and
shedding your precious blood for my sins.
I am sorry for all my sins.
I ask you to come into my heart,
forgive all my sins, and be my Lord and my Savior.
Father, I thank you now for
forgiving all my sins and giving me
eternal life in Jesus Christ
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Jesus' name I pray,

April 6 - Spring Break Skate Night A Success

As Bev and I scrambled to get the gym set up on Monday night, thoughts of doubt weighed me down. We were short on volunteers, and it is spring break for most of our kids. Two of our regulars were scheduled to be in Wisconsin. I figured at best, we'd end up with 1-2 kids. I was there out of obligation to God and to the kids who might show up. I began to wonder if this is where I am supposed to be - if this is what I'm supposed to be doing. I was tired, and my back hurt. I felt like we were going to put in a lot of hours setting up and tearing down, and we might not have anyone show up.

As I was setting up the ramps, God tapped me on the shoulder... "This isn't about you. This isn't about the kids. This isn't even about the Message. This is about following Me, and doing what I've called you to do." At that point, my mental outlook completely changed, and I went about my work positive that I was where I was supposed to be. Stoked that if we only had one kid, we had a great place for that one kid to hang out for the night.

A few minutes before we finished setting up, Micki made it from her meeting and helped finish putting together a few ramps and put the orange construction netting up. Not long after that, Pastor Ben from Avondale Bible Church arrived and said that he had a couple of guys that might be showing up. In just a few moments, everyone started showing up.

We ended up with 8 kids including 3 new kids. After 2+ hours of safe skating, I was happy to say that this was our best turnout ever. Two of our volunteers ran to Bothell Bike & Ski to buy a couple of loaner helmets, and Bothell Bike & Ski gave us 10% off! Thanks Bothell Bike & Ski!

I look back on last night and say thanks to God my Father who continues to train me up to be the person He wants me to be. Walking by Faith... I look forward to where M.A.D. Skates is going... stay tuned... God's got plans we just have to listen and follow.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March 31 - Personal Study

1. Re-read Philippians 1:12-14. How did Paul’s chains spread the gospel – good news about Jesus Christ?

2. How does Robb’s life mirror Paul’s life?

3. What hardships in your life might be used to spread the gospel?

March 31 - Skate Night in Review

Monday night we had Robb Bennett (my older brother) and Karen Bennett (our mom) present during the Bible Session. They started off with an 8 minute video telling a little bit of my brother's story. Then he showed some of his scars, gave the gospel message, and he and my mom finished up by answering questions that were asked.

This was also our first night of offering free pizza, which is something we plan on continuing to do on the last Monday night of each month. I'm hoping to have a guest speaker for each free pizza night, so if you are reading this and feel the call of God on your heart to present to our youth, give me a call or email me. Let's talk and get you on the calendar.

This week we had a couple of adult guests who aren't usually with us on Monday nights... Deb Shelton (the mom of one of our skater's as well as our newest board member) and Ben Lunsford (Youth Pastor at Avondale Bible Church). It was great to have them there for our first guest speaker. Ben ended up inviting Robb & Karen to his youth group this Wednesday night to present their story. If you would like them to come to your church, youth group, women's group, conference or Bible study, please email Karen at wheatwinepress@hotmail.com. I'm looking forward to working with Ben on the possibility of having a skate night in his neck of the woods once a month or so, and as always, it is a joy to have Deb on our team.

Skaters - Please remember that your personal study questions are posted on the blog each week, are worth 2 points, and should be turned in to Micki on Skate Night.
Special thanks to one of our skaters for donating $5 to help keep us going. His heart and support is greatly appreciated. As many of you know, times are tight. Any financial support you can lend, from 50 cents to $50, will help keep our doors open. Our average monthly costs are $500 including $25 per night rent, fuel for the van, insurance for the van, maintenance for the van, skate night insurance, and pizza/pop/snacks. This does not include obtaining more grind rails, ramps, and fun boxes to keep the youth interested and grow the ministry. Donations can be made via paypal (brett@madskates.com) or on site at skate night.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Upcoming Local Youth Events

1 - Modern Mosaic - Modern Mosaic's lead singer, Levi Messner, attends Eastside Foursquare Church and rocks on stage. Modern Mosaic will be playing at 7pm at Studio Seven in Seattle, WA on Wednesday, April 8th. Doors open at 6:30. Don't be late as Modern Mosaic is the opening act. $7 advanced tickets (www.ticketswest.com or from Levi directly.) $8 at the door.

2 - Broomball - This broomball event is hosted by Eastside Foursquare Church and will take place on Saturday, April 18th at Lynnwood Ice Arena. Broomball is like ice hockey only you play it with brooms and a ball while wearing tennis shoes. Contact Lindsey Horne 505-484-4447 with questions. Tickets are $7 presale and $10 at the door.

3 - Monday Night Skate Night at Bethany Bible Church. As always, we'll be hosting Skate Night this coming Monday - March 30th. This week we'll be having a special guest speaker during the Bible session and pizza is free!!!!

March 23 - Personal Study

1. Write out Proverbs 27:17 in your own words.

2. Keeping Proverbs 27:17 in mind think of a specific friend. How can you help “sharpen” this friend? How might he or she be able to help “sharpen” you?

3. Proverbs 17:17a says “A friend loves at all times.” When have you shown love to a friend when nobody else would have?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 16 - Personal Study

1. Re-read 2 Timothy 3:16. How much of the Bible is inspired by God?

2. There are 2 main sections to the Bible. What are they?

3. Read at least 2 different accounts of the crucifixion of Christ and write about the differences and similarities between the gospel accounts.
a. Matthew 27:32-44
b. Mark 15:21-32
c. Luke 23:26-43
d. John 19:16-27

Skate Night in Review - March 16th

Skate night last night was a lot of fun. Kory and Nick returned healthier than they had been, and it was good to have them back. Kory bought Nick a Pepsi for getting onto the grind rail, which was pretty cool for a new skater.

We had three new skaters this week - Michael, Colyn, and Dakota. We did a short study on "What is the Bible?" Colyn led the closing prayer, we ate through two large pizzas, and had several bruises from some beautiful falls but no major injuries. Praise God for that!

Colyn & Dakota's dad, Jamie, took some great pictures of his sons. Madison (their sister) seemed to have a good time just hanging out, and it was nice to have a girl there. Our volunteers did a great job of setting up and tearing down, and overall it was a good night at skate night.

A quick reminder to everyone to keep me in your prayers as I travel to Alabama to visit my friend for the rest of this week. Jason will be holding down the fort until I get home. I'll be back in time for Sunday church service and Monday night's skate night.

Also, please remember that Monday, March 30th we'll be having a guest speaker as well as our first "free pizza night." So bring your friends. As always, parents are welcome to hang out but dress warmly, if you are not skating it gets pretty cold on the sidelines.

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 30th - Special Guests & Free Pizza

Monday, March 30th we'll be having two special guests who will be sharing their story and testimony during the Bible Session.

We'll also be having our first "Free Pizza Night." Pop, chips, and other snacks are still 75cents each, so bring some change.

Invite your friends...
Skating is free as always.
Doors open at 6:15.
Waivers are required, so bring a parent with you if it is your first time.
Helmets are required.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Skate Night - Snow Night - March 9 in review

Due to bizarre weather in the Seattle area, we only had 2 kids show up for skate night. Our faithful - Kory & Connor - were there with scriptures memorized and boards in hand.

In a freak snowfall Monday, some areas received as much as 3 inches of snow making the hills and roadways around the Puget Sound a skating rink for cars and trucks. 3 inches doesn't sound like much until you consider there isn't a flat spot in this area unless you've just come off a mile high hill and are getting ready to go back up another one. Although, the Bothell/Kenmore area was one of the least hit with snow for once, the traffic in the surrounding areas made getting home from work and then to skate night difficult for many.

My friend Jeremy was able to make it in to help set up in Micki's absence. He brought his camera and took a lot of shots which I am still waiting to see... hint hint Jeremy!

Jason had a rare night off from college, which was closed due to the weather. He road to the church in the M.A.D. Mobile with me and helped set up for the night. Then he joined me in falling a lot as we attempted to learn how to skateboard. Connor tried to teach me a few tricks, but so far, I'm just able to occasionally land an ollie and hold a very short manual. The ground hurts a lot more at 34 than it did when I was 16.

Well, keep us in your prayers this week as we lean on God more and more each day. God bless you all. We'll see you soon, and remember... you're welcome anytime. Come on down and see what we're up to on Monday nights.

March 9 - Personal Study


Memorize one or both of these Scriptures. 1 Scripture = 1 point. 2 Scriptures = 3 points. Recite the Scripture(s) to Micki or Wes the next time you come to Skate Night.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 2 - Personal Study


Memorize one or both of these Scriptures. 1 Scripture = 1 point. 2 Scriptures = 3 points. Recite the Scripture(s) to Micki the next time you come to Skate Night.

Deuteronomy 11:18a Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds.

I Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

3-2-09 Skate Night in Review

  • Six kids in attendance.
  • We had three new guests this Monday night.
  • We gave away one Bible.
  • Connor busted up his wrist. :*(
  • We finished our 2-week study on the temptation of Christ and how we can learn to stand against temptation by looking at how Christ stood against temptation.
  • I forgot my camera, but Connor brought his. I'm hoping to download some of his pictures onto my laptop next week. Nick brought his video camera, and he's hoping to do a short skate video for us.
  • Kory helped prepare some fliers to hand out at his school, and we left some for Bethany Bible Church to use.

Pray for our fallen soldier! OK he's actually just wounded.

Connor is one of the young men who has been with us from the start even going to our first fundraiser back before time began.

Last night he was jumping a sweet gap when the board grew a mind of its own. Attached is a picture of Connor at the hospital. You gotta love a mom who is willing to take this picture. Love ya Deb!

In all seriousness, please pray for Connor to have a quick recovery.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pics from Skate Night - 2/23/09

Videos from Skate Night - 2/23/09

February 23 - Personal Study


1. Read I Corinthians 10:12. How do you think this plays out in your life?

2. We read Hebrews 4:15 on skate night. Now read the next verse Hebrews 4:16. How should you go to God when you need help? How does this change how you look at prayer?

3. Read James 1:13. Some people say “God tempted me, and that’s why I fell.” What does the Bible say about that?

4. Read James 1:14-15. Falling prey to evil desires/temptations will eventually lead to what?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Skate Night Information & Waiver

Skate night information is now posted on the right hand side of the blog along with a hyperlink to the waiver which is now available online.

Monthly Donation Subscription


You can now donate $20 a month easily and effectively supporting the skate ministry.

At www.madskates.blogspot.com a "Subscribe" button has been added on the right hand side, which allows you to begin donating $20 per month. The subscription is on going until you choose to cancel it.

It costs us approximately $500 per month to keep skate night operational including rent, vehicle maintenance, vehicle insurance, skate night insurance, ramp purchases and the discipleship program. Your monthly support is greatly appreciated. As always, your donation is fully tax deductible and online donations are secure.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Skate Night Waiver

We are attempting to get our skate night waiver put online. Until then, please email me (brett@madskates.com) if you need a copy of the skate night waiver.

Waivers must be signed by a parent or legal guardian in front of a M.A.D. Skates staff member. If you are unable to do this, please take the waiver to a notary and sign it there. Any waiver signed off-site must be notarized. Please note that most banks will notarize for free if you have an account with them.

Thank you.

February 16th - Personal Study


1. Read Galatians 3:26, and I John 3:1a. In your day-to-day life, what difference does it make to know that you are God’s child? How does it change the way you look at your life?

2. Read Psalm 22. Describe in your own words what David is going through in this passage.

3. Read I John 5:14-15. What does it mean to ask according to his will?

February 9th - Personal Study


1. Read Isaiah 40:30-31. In what area are you stumbling, falling, or growing weary? How can you bring God’s strength into that area of your life?

2. Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. What “time” or “season” are you in right now? How does knowing that there is a time for everything change your perspective on your current situation?

3. Read Ex. 15:2, 2 Samuel 22:33, Psalm 28:7-8, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 40:30-31, and Philippians 4:13. Which of these scriptures stands out to you or means the most to you? Why?

Skate Night - Personal Study

As part of our Discipleship Program, participants earn points each week through a variety of activities. One of these activities is taking home the Personal Study questions, completing them, and returning with them the following week. Since many of us are terrible at keeping track of a single sheet of paper, I will be posting the Personal Study questions/assignments here on the blog each week one or two days after Skate Night, so participants who have lost their sheets can still complete the assignments.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Delivery Bags, Keys, and the Future

Thursday I stopped by Papa John's in Bothell and met Sean, the manager. He gave me three pizza delivery bags to keep the pizza warm at skate night. How cool is that?

After stopping by to meet Sean, I went over to the church to pick up the building key. Yes! I met with Pastor Ritter for a few moments while I waited for the key, and we had a good conversation.

I'm really glad that the vision that was birthed in this church has returned to take root there. I pray that like a mighty oak, M.A.D. Skates' roots will be deep and strong, and that many may find shelter under the branches that grow from this firm foundation.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Skate Night Pictures

Setting up the pizza and snacks.Kory and Connor off to an easy start.
Bible Session.
Wrestling practice, buying new shoes, over 2 hours of skating...

First Skate Night - 2-2-2009

First Skate Night – 2-2-2009

At 4:10, I left work with no clearance from the insurance company. It looked as though we were going to have to call it off for this week and try again next week. At 4:15, I made the call to Julie at Church Mutual in a last ditch effort to get the O.K. Julie took my call and said all was O.K. We were good to go! We were in! Praise God for getting the insurance handled.

The schedule was for me to meet Micki at the church at 5pm, so I drove home quickly within the speed limit, changed clothes, let the dogs out, fed the dogs and cats, jumped into the van after loading the last couple of items, and hurried down to the church driving the M.A.D. Mobile for the first time! There’s nothing quite like making your maiden voyage when you’re in a hurry.

Larry (from Bethany Bible Church) arrived at 5pm to let us in and go over a few details. Micki, Wes, and I set up the gym while Bev ran for some pop since I had forgotten the pop back at the office. It took about an hour to get everything set up, and soon after we finished, Connor and Kory showed up. I let the guys move the ramps around, putting them where they wanted them. Throughout the night, this proved to be a huge a success as we continued to let the youth play with the layout. Praise God for the Freshpark ramps we have! They are light and easy to move, and as an added bonus, they fit in the van!

The pizza arrived at 6:20 as scheduled. Papa Johns stepped up and gave us a discount on the pizza, and I believe they are going to give us a couple of pizza delivery bags to keep the pizza warm. A big shout out to Papa Johns!

Dominic arrived a little later and the three boys enjoyed a lot of open skating as no one else came last night. Honestly, I feel this was God’s plan as we needed a good dry run to get our feet wet, figure out how to set up and run everything, and there was really no pressure since we only had the three guys.

Even though we only had 3 guys, I felt it was important that we stay on schedule, and so we did our 7:30 break for Bible time. After a quick High/Low, the Bible Drill seemed to be a big hit with the guys getting a little competitive with each other. I gave a very short message on God’s provision and how He cares about the big stuff and the little stuff. I shared the last minute provision of the insurance and the story of my buddy J.D. and how God provided money to cover all his bills as well as providing his heart’s desire for pizza and Mt. Dew. I encouraged the guys to invite God into their skating and every aspect of their lives, because God cares about them and what they are doing.

I quickly talked about our Discipleship Program, which I think is going to work out very well. Micki will be the main point of contact on that on a weekly basis, so it was good that she was there to meet the kids. We will start awarding points next week.

At 9pm, we shut the place down. Kory instantly volunteered to help put the ramps away. A shout out to Kory and Connor for helping pack everything up. Larry came back at 9:30 to lock up the building for us, and we’ll be getting our own key for next week. I’m hoping to pick that up this Thursday.

To anyone looking to come out next week, please remember there is a waiver that must be signed in person by a parent/guardian in front of a staff member or notarized if signed off site. A form may be obtained by calling or emailing me, and I will email one to you. I am hoping to get a waiver online soon. As a side note, helmets are always required at M.A.D. Skates events.

I am incredibly thankful for the support I have received from family and friends. Thanks to Katie for coming out just to say, “I’m here to support you.” Thanks to Micki for your commitment to this ministry; I’m looking forward to seeing how God uses you. Thanks to my mom, Karen Bennett, for coming down from Mt. Vernon to help wherever needed and take a few photos for us as well as driving back to my house to grab my helmet so one of the kids could skate. Thanks to Wes & Bev for helping set up and selling snacks. I’m glad you’re part of the team long term. Thanks to Larry for everything. You have been a huge part of us getting to use the gym, and I can’t thank you enough. Thanks to my husband, Jason, who has given up a lot of “us” time in order for me to pursue this ministry. You are my heartbeat and the one who always keeps me smiling. I love you. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated to us in order to get the insurance in time. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who diligently supported us in prayer; we could not have popped a single ollie without you.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Skate Ministry In Guatamala

I love to share about skate ministry around the world, so here's a link to a new ministry in Guatamala. http://www.inhisstepsinternational.org/currentevents/20090127.html

Pray for Mynor as he begins his journey, and pray for the youth that come in contact with our Savior through this ministry.

God bless.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Skate Night - Waivers & $$$

To all skate night participants,

Please be sure to bring your parent or legal guardian with you to skate night. He/She must sign the waiver in front of a Skate Night staff member in order for you to skate.

There will be pizza, snacks, and pop available to purchase, so bring a few dollars along if you would like to eat with us.

We're looking forward to seeing you all there.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

URGENT - $8 to Skate Update

Although we have received $200 through our $8 to Skate fundraising drive, we are still in need of the other $600! We must have the money in our bank by Monday morning, January 26th, or we will not be able to open the doors on February 2nd.

Fliers advertising the function have gone out to all the local churches, and we are printing out fliers to hand to local skaters as we see them over the next 2 weekends. Considering the weather around here and the great indoor location we have, I believe we are going to see a healthy number of skate boarders on our first night.


To our friends who have already donated, a huge THANK YOU! If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, please do so quickly. Time is running out.

Go to www.madskates.com and click "DONATE" at the bottom of the screen to donate online through a secure server, or you may mail a check to M.A.D. Skates, 21705 2nd Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98021.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

$8 to Skate!

Skate Night is starting, but we must obtain insurance promptly!

We need an additional $800 in order to buy our skate insurance for the year.

So, I'm calling upon you all to send just $8! If 100 people send just $8, we'll have exactly what we need.$8 to Skate!

That's all it takes. Just $8. What is $8 to most of us? A couple of Starbucks drinks? A cheeseburger at Red Robin? Two cases of Reeds Original Ginger Ale?

What is $8 to a skater in the Bothell/Kenmore area? An open door. A safe, warm, and dry place to skate. A place to hear the Word of God. A place to build relationships.

Please send your tax deductible donation of $8 to
M.A.D. Skates & Rec Center
21705 2nd Avenue SE
Bothell, WA 98021

or submit a payment via Paypal using the button to the right of the screen.

Thanks so much for your help! Remember - $8 to Skate!
Contact me at anytime...brett@madskates.com

Christmas Came and Went - Full of Joy & Lots of Snow

Seattle isn't known for its snowstorms or white Christmastimes. But this year, we got both! When the snow first hit, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to write "MERRY CHRISTMAS" in the snow on the windshield of our new skate van. Jason took a few pictures in hopes that I would post them on here and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. However, my time was limited as it was my parents 40th anniversary this Christmas Eve, and we had a celebration. This was followed by three days of Christmas celebration and even more snow.

You'd think that in all the time I was stuck at home unable to get off of our gigantic hill I would have taken a moment to shoot you all a brief update. However, it seems God had different plans for me, and I spent most of the break re-evaluating my relationship with God, growing in His love, and learning about grace. It was time well spent.

So as to not leave you "out in the cold" with no update, I'm sending this out with good cheer, pictures of the M.A.D. Mobile in the snow, and a hope for 2009! Skate Night is near! See you soon...