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, July 27, 2011

Bible Session Notes - July 25

Part II – When trouble comes, where do you turn?

Bible Drill: I John 4:9-10, Hebrews 6:19-20, John 3:16

Discussion/Questions following the film...

1. Jacob emailed Louie and talked about his sister’s death and how he felt about God. Have you ever felt that God is not listening? That he’s ignoring you?

2. When life hurts the most, when trouble comes, where does Louie tell us to turn?
  • The Cross
3. What three things does the Cross tell us?
  • Jesus loves me - he died on the cross, became a man, bore our sins
  • God allows freedom but he maintains control, The people chose to set Barabbas free, God was still in control of the long-term eternal plan
  • God can use the worst things for eternal good

4. Hebrews 6:19-20 says our hope of a new relationship with God is what?

  • An Anchor for our souls - That anchor is both in regard to our eternal salvation as well as life on this earth.
5. When is God NOT in control of your life?

  • Never

6. In Ashley’s email, what did she find so amazing about God? What stood out to her?

  • God’s grace. She said, “He wants to forgive me.”

7. Open forum discussion about the film.

NEXT WEEK – PART III – At the foot of the cross


Monday, July 25, 2011

IRS Tax Exempt Non-Profit Status Update

Like many small non-profit organizations, we ran into an issue with our IRS tax exempt status this year. 

We were not aware of the new filing rules which require annual filing regardless of income level.  Because we did not file annually for three consecutive years, the IRS has revoked our tax exempt status.  We are working with the IRS to get our status reinstated retroactive to the revocation date.

What this means to you.  Donations made after May 2001, may not qualify as a tax write off.  If we get retroactive reinstatement of our tax exempt status, then all donations will qualify as before.

We are operating as we always have and believe we will be reinstated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization fairly soon.  Thank you for your continued support.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Plywood Wanted

We are in need of the following pieces of plywood.  Must be in good condition for use on our manual pads. 

Looking for 2 of each size:
48" x 40"
28.5" x 40.5"
25.5" x 38.5"

Plywood may be delivered to Bethany Bible Church (6214 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore) on Monday nights from 5:30 - 8:30pm or at my home any day of the week.  Please call me to schedule delivery at my home.  (206) 423-0813

Thank you.

Bible Session Notes - July 18th

Louie Giglio Video - THE ANCHOR OF HOPE
Part I – Potholes

Bible Drill: John 16:33, I Timothy 6:17, I John 4:4

Discussion/Questions following the film...

1 – Louie talks about “pot holes” in life. Those moments when life hurts most. How many of you feel like you have experienced a “pot hole?”

For some that might look like:
  • When your parents got divorced
  • or when a divorced parent remarried and you realize there is no hope of your birth parents getting back together
  • or when your best friend dies in a tragic accident
  • or when your best friend said he would never leave you, but now he has to move to Chicago and you are left feeling very alone
For each of us, the “pot holes” in life look a little different.
  • For me, one of the biggest pot holes in my life was when I was 15 years old. My older brother, Robb, was in a car accident while I was away at camp. The “when life hurts” part wasn’t so much that he was in a car accident or even that he was given only 5% chance of surviving. The pot hole for me came later… when I realized that despite my faith and my belief that God was going to heal Robb and completely restore him, God wasn’t going to do that. That was my pot hole.
2 – What 2 truths are in John 16:33?

  • In this world, you will have trouble.
  • I (Jesus Christ) have overcome the world.
3 – Louie says that PEACE is when your reality and Christ’ reality come together. John 16:33 tells us where we will have peace. What does it say?

  • IN ME (In Christ)
4 – What is Louie’s definition of theology?

  •  A spiritual viewpoint

5 – Louie talks about two distinct theologies.

  • Life is hard; deal with it, because it’s not going to change.
  • Because I’m a Christian everything is smooth sailing.
  • What is your theology? How do you approach pain and suffering in your life?

6 - Open forum discussion about the film.

NEXT WEEK – PART II – When Trouble Comes, where do you turn?


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Monday July 18th!

Monday begins our 3 week video series on Hope: When Life Hurts Most. 

We'll also have cupcakes for July birthdays. 

Dodgeball will be played following Bible Session. 

See you all there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Treasurer/Board Member Needed

On July 7th, we accepted the resignation of Jim Nesbit from our board.  Jim has been our Treasurer since day one, and he will be missed.

First I want to publicly thank Jim for all of the time and energy he put into helping me personally with MAD Skates, for setting up a simple and manageable format for tracking our finances, for extending his day to meet with us for board meetings even though he still had to drive back to Longview after an entire day of work, and for always keeping us in his prayers.  THANK YOU JIM!

Secondly, I am sending out a request for someone to fill his position.  Currently I am handling the Treasurer position duties until we can find a suitable replacement.  This is temporary "fix" as we are required to have 5 board members.  This is a very small business with minimal time commitment needed on your part.  We meet quarterly as a board and so far have not needed any "special meetings" beyond the four scheduled meetings each year.  If you are interested in the Treasurer position or a board member "non-titled" position, please contact me directly at 206-423-0813 or via email at brett@madskates.com

Thank you.