Mission Accomplished

Thank you Quail Springs Church of Christ youth for the hard work in the hot sun! Click the link below to see pictures of the week’s work.

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Easter Eggs Go North

We had a blast ushering in Holy Week this Sunday by inviting the children of the neighborhood to the Whittier School grounds. Northchurch came in full force and sprang into action. If you didn’t come and have fun, you don’t know what fun is! We had two massive egg hunts, trampoline twister, a giant bouncy maze, music, burgers, hot dogs, snow cones, clowns, and even a little line dancing.

Thank you again to Northchurch for helping us meet many new friends on the West side of our neighborhood.

Long Time No C

C”, as in, Cory.

We haven’t seen this kid, now young man, in close to 3 or 4 years. Last time we saw him was when he and his family still lived across the street and a few doors down from Cross and Crown.

A lot has changed since the last time we saw Cory, both physically and maturity wise.

He has matured from the pesky, undersized, skate boarding, problem child we once knew to a nice looking, mild mannered, respectful, still skate boarding, young man.

Cory now lives in Missouri with the rest of his family but made it back to OKC for a couple weeks to spend some time with his long distance best friend who still lives in the neighborhood.

Cory initially planned to spend a couple weeks in the city over Christmas break but after a significant miscommunication between he and some of his extended family has been stranded here in the city.

Because Cory had some extra time on his hands while in the neighborhood we were privileged to visit with him several times. We talked about future goals, school (and how missing 2 weeks of school or more could definitely affect those goals), family and decision making.

There are two major realizations/confirmations I walked away with during our extended time with Cory.

First, I am genuinely optimistic for Cory. Even though Cory has a lot stacked against him and has some tough circumstances; he seems to be rising above those circumstances and staying, for the most part, on a straight path.

Second, after talking with Cory about both past and present we both laughed when we verbally confirmed that Cory is the only individual that I have baptized both spiritually and toilet-ually.

It’s a long story, but, basically, back in the day Cory got a little carried away one day at Rock Island and when he got upset he ended up throwing nacho cheese all over Rock Island. Whenever I confronted him to clean it up he then responded by throwing the nacho cheese on me while cursedly refusing to clean up the rest. I then did what any good, Christ-like mentor, parental or fatherly figure would do and physically grabbed him and dumped his head and face in the toilet.

The old is gone and the new has come, right? Not exactly how it worked. But, if I remember correctly, he did clean up the nacho cheese after he dried his head off…

Anyways, Cory informed us this past Sunday that he had worked out a plan with his aunt who lives nearby to get him back home to Mizzouri.

So, until next time, Cory, we pray the best for you and anxiously await the next time you return to the neighborhood. We love you and God bless.

Luke

Spring Schedule


Below is a copy of our youth schedule this semester. We need volunteers who want to play games, cook in the kitchen, tutor, and talk with students. We encourage volunteers to pick one time a week and commit to a full semester. If you have any questions, please email Luke or Ron.

Monday

8:00 am MS Breakfast & Ride To School
2:45 pm MS/HS Hangout

Tuesday

8:00 am MS Breakfast/Life Skills & Ride To School *
2:45 pm HS Life Skills & Hangout *

Wednesday

8:00 am MS Breakfast & Ride To School
12:30 pm Astec Student Lunch 23rd and Penn *
3:30 pm Elementary Hangout

Thursday

8:00 am MS Breakfast & Ride To School

Sunday

3:30 pm MS/HS Hangout
6:00 pm Family Meal & Worship

* devotional times

A Month Of Mouths

As we embark on a new year, it seems appropriate to build this year’s dreams upon the foundations laid in year’s past. With the youth at Cross and Crown, Luke and I have done just that. We each thought and prayed over the holidays and have come back eager to share our ideas with each other. As we surveyed what each week looked like with youth in 2010, we have found some great things that will remain and some areas we’d like to see more growth and improvement. These factors have helped tweak our weekly schedule a bit.

The main question we ask is, “What do we see God blessing?” An area of very apparent growth is in our middle school kids, particularly students at Astec Charter School. Just by shear number and regular attendance, they have come on radar as a group ready for a more intentional life skills and spiritual development time. So for the Spring semester we are going to target these kids with an added lunch devotional time at a fast food place near campus on Wednesdays. What better way to hook a teenager than using free lunch as bait!

Here’s where you come in. If we break the financial calculator out, it doesn’t take hitting the plus sign too many times to know that we need your financial partnership. We are seeking individuals or groups that would like to adopt a Month of Mouths and become the mother bird providing food for the nest. We are starting out with a goal of $60 a week. To sponsor a Month of Mouths would then take $240 dollars. We will be running this devotional lunch January-May. We need 5 sponsors to adopt a month to make this dream reality. This is a very significant opportunity to directly impact 10 students for 5 months!

If you would like more information, or would like to know how to donate, please contact either Luke or Ron by clicking the staff page and emailing us. Over the next few days, we are going to share 3 or 4 immediate opportunities, just like this one, to become either financially or physically involved with our youth this semester. So keep checking back in.

Opened Gift

Last night, the Rock Island youth swarmed Bricktown. As a reward for plugging in to the many opportunities during 1st Semester, 20 students were chosen to take a trip as a Christmas present. Even though the kids are cream of the crop, we had nervous moments near the canal including muddy bare feet.

At Earl’s, we had to divide up into 4 tables due to the Thunder game crowd. This made Luke and I tense up a bit. Good news. All the wait staff complemented the kids behavior. We then went on to watch the new Narnia movie. Minus endless trips to the concession stand and group bathroom, we saw most of the movie!

A big thanks to Carley and her students from Church of the Servant who not only joined us, but helped fund the evening. Also, a special thanks to the Walker group from Life Church for their amazing sponsorship as well.