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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Notes from Monday Night's Bible Session

We just started watching Louie Giglio's "Indescribable."  If you haven't seen any of Giglio's stuff, I highly recommend it.  We'll be taking the next 2 weeks to finish up this DVD, and you are welcome to stop by for Bible Session to watch it with us.

Bible Drill Scriptures related to the film...
Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 19:1 - The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 33:6 - By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
Isaiah 40:25-26 - "To whom will you compare me?  Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Questions following the film...
1 - What in your world tells you God is indescribable?
2 - What amazing natural evidences are just outside your front door?
3 - How should it affect your daily life to know that scientists measure your God's universe with a ruler that is 5.88 trillion miles long?
4 - Open forum discussion about the film.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer opens April 8th!
Please join us! 

Details - We are going to the 7:30pm showing at Alderwood Regal Stadium 7 in Lynnwood.  This is the theater over by the old Mervin's building that is now H-Mart.  It's by California Burger sort of across the street from Red Robin and diagonally across the street from the mall.

Tickets - I highly recommend buying your tickets through Fandango.com in order to secure a seat.  Tickets cost $10.50 for anyone 12 and older, $7.50 for anyone 11 and under.

Parents - Please set a good example by not lying about your child's age in order to save $3.  I almost fell over at skate night when I heard our kids telling me that some of you are doing that on a regular basis.  "Do not steal.  Do not lie.  Do not deceive one another."-Leviticus 19:11.  "Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices."-Colossians 3:9.  It's pretty black and white Biblically speaking.   

Fatburger - Raven has shown some great initiative and wants everyone who can make it to go to Fatburger just up the street from the theater to eat and hang out before the movie.  Raven and a couple of the older kids will be taking the bus and arriving at about 4pm.  I plan on getting there at 5pm with Isaac. 

Transportation - If anyone needs a ride to either the theater directly or to Fatburger, please let me know.  I will have 2 available (tight fit) seats in my car both directions.  I can pick up and drop off at Sid's Handymart or down in the Canyon Park shopping center.  I might be able to arrange another ride or two if someone needs one. 

We really want people to come, so invite your friends!

Taco Time Fundraiser Complete!

Last night we completed the Taco Time Fundraiser having sold all 250 coupon books.  With the money from these sales along with the matching money still coming in, we will definitely be able to purchase the new skate ramps.  God is so good!

Thanks to all our youth who helped sell the coupon books. Great job everyone!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mountain Biking in Urban Chile

What does this have to do with Skate Night, MAD Skates or God?  I don't really know except that this guy obviously has some "God-given" talent and some serious faith.  I thought many of you would enjoy this epic ride. 


*Thanks for sending this my way, John.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Last Night at Skate Night

Skateboarding, Basketball, and Food
We had a great time at skate night last night.  We divided our available space into two areas.  One area was used for basketball, which several of the youth seem to really enjoy playing.  In the other area Kory set up a nice skate area, which was used heavily all evening.  Raven also brought a Nintendo 64 and some "classic" games, and the battle royal was on!  Sam and his family brought some delicious Mexican casserole dish, grapes, chips, and brownies.  It was a feast enjoyed by all.  There were even leftovers!  We did our tradition of having cupcakes for the birthdays of the month as well, so everyone left pretty full and a little jacked up on chocolate.

Bible Session
Jeremy delivered the message during Bible Session.  Here are some notes from that message.

John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
II Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The message from these four verses?  Read and know your Bible.

We eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, because our bodies need food.  Just like our bodies need food, we need spiritual food.  The Bible (God's Word) is our spiritual food.

Judges 3:12-30 The Story of Ehud
- The Israelites were subject to Eglon - King of Moab
- The Israelites asked God to save them
- God sent Ehud as a rescuer of Israel
- Ehud was left handed (When the Bible mentions something like this, pay attention.  It is important. There is a reason it was written.)
- Because Ehud was left handed, he wore his sword on the opposite side of his body from right handed people.  When he was searched going in to see the king, the would have searched for a weapon as if he was right handed.  Therefore, when Ehud got in to the see the king, he still had his sword.
- Ehud kills the king and get away, and then leads the Israelites into battle against the Moabites and gains them freedom for 80 years. 
(For those reading this synopsis, you'll have to read the Bible text to get all the exciting details of the story!)

Jeremy's main point tonight - The Bible is NOT boring!  Read it!

What do Japan, skateboarding, and $300 have in common?

The youth at skate night!

Last week our youth unanimously voted to send our tithe money to World Vision to help with the Japan earthquake/tsunami relief work.  Today we sent $300 to World Vision! 

I have to give two thumbs up and a huge round of applause for our youth stepping up to meet an immediate need and for keeping a global perspective.

To learn more about World Vision, go to www.worldvison.org or find them on YouTube under WorldVisionUSA.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gemini Rain - Friday Night - 7pm - Eastside Foursquare Church - Bothell

Our very own Kory Christians will be playing and singing with his band - Gemini Rain - this Friday night at Eastside Foursquare Church.  Doors open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7pm. 

Address: 14520 100th Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Taking Care of Yourself - Fitness and The Bible (Notes from Monday night)

Read I Chronicles 29:1-9

King David is planning for the building of the temple of the Lord, which his son Solomon will build. King David pours his own resources into the building project and then he asks for help. The leaders of the each family stepped up and helped.

What do you see going on in this story?

Two things I get out of this…
The leadership set a good example by giving what they had
David asked for help.

Read I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19
Your body is the temple of God – the Holy Spirit.

Looking at the story of King David and the planning and work that was put into the Temple of the Lord in the old testament times, how much do you think it matters that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and why?
Are you giving your best effort to have a healthy body?
Are you asking for help when you need it?

Read Matthew 25:14-30 (Talents)
This is a very popular story in churches. It is the story of the talents. A talent is a monetary figure of roughly $1000.

In the story not everyone was given the same amount of money. It’s the same with us and our physical bodies. We are not all given the same physical talents, skills, genetic make up. EX. Kenyans are well known for their amazing skill as long distance runners. Their genetics make them physically more capable than someone like me. Does that mean I should sit on a couch and get fat? No. I need to do the best that I can with what God has given me to work with.

Why am I bringing this up? None of you are “fat.”

Skinny does not = healthy. One of the girls that I went to technical college with when I was training to be a personal trainer was the skinniest person in the entire class and yet she had the highest percentage of body fat.

Why? She was starving herself. Her body was burning the muscle in order to survive and holding onto the fat to use to survive.

Eat right, get enough sleep, take care of yourself. TODAY! Now is when you set the scope for your future. It’s easy to eat poorly now and not get enough sleep and still feel like you’re doing ok in life. As you get older, that all starts catching up with you and the bad habits you have today start having a greater impact on you bit by bit by bit.

Enjoy today – Keep the future in mind.

Remember that your body is a temple.

Treat it like one.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

To Save A Life - Free Movie - March 10th

A friend of mine just told me about this movie tomorrow night playing here in Bothell.  It is a free showing.  Movie snacks are available. 

To Save A Life 

For more information go to http://www.theurbangathering.com/to-save-a-life-movie-night/  

I probably won't be able to make it myself due to the short notice, but I think it would be good for any of our teens and parents to see. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Soul Surfer

Micki, Jason and I went to a private screening for pastors and youth leaders last night. 

The movie?  SOUL SURFER starring Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Carrie Underwood, and Anna Sophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton, the Soul Surfer.

I absolutely recommend this movie, so much so, that I'm getting group tickets for the MAD Skates kids, parents, friends, volunteers, etc.  So, I need to hear from you. If you want tickets to go with our group, I need to know how many tickets you want ASAP.    

The movie opens April 8th, and we need to see it opening weekend in order to help keep the film in the theaters longer.  The better it does opening weekend the more theaters it can stay in nationwide.  Let's make a difference here in the NW!  I would love to take the teens opening night, so I'm hoping and praying that works out. (Carpool from Canyon Park area will be available.)

For all of you who get this blog update and don't live near us, look up the movie, find out where it is playing locally and go see it.

The movie is rated PG.  Check out www.soulsurferthemovie.com for more information about the film and to view the trailer.