Sunday, July 08, 2007

Fireworks and Rain

Wow! It is hard to believe that this post marks the half-way point for the LCI program.  “Leadership at SMR and Beyound: What’s next for you?” was the topic this week brought to us by the very popular VP of finances for Calvin College Henry Devries.  He challenged us to think about where our “sweet spot” is, or the place where we flourish the most/are best at/or where we are most comfortable within a leadership role.  All very good things to think about. Psalm 123 was our verse in our Bible studies read like this:
1 I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you whose throne is in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
    so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.
3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us,
    for we have endured much contempt.
4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
    much contempt from the arrogant.
MERCY is the key word here…
With Henry Devries on Wednesday we went to Grand lake for the 4th to watch fireworks.  It is not a bad deal when you have Grand Lake below the fireworks and mountains in the background of then on top of that you are surronded by great company.  Most beautiful 4th I have ever had.
This weekend we had the men’s and women’s retreat.  Although both retreats got rained out (so everyone returned to SMR without spending the night away) the time we had before the weather got bad was very enjoyable.  The women had fun setting up camp and hanging out and the men had fun with a big Coleman stove eating hotdogs together.  There was also a lot of frisbee thorwing!  So not ideal but what can you do?  We now look forward for the arrival of Bob Eames…

The 4th at Grand Lake

We also had some LCI alumni come to enjoy the fireworks with us such as Elise Voyvadick, Jill De vries, and Annie Reilly

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Never a dull moment: fire etc.

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
2 Our feet are standing
    in your gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is built like a city
    that is closely compacted together.
4 That is where the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD,
    to praise the name of the LORD
    according to the statute given to Israel.
5 There the thrones for judgment stand,
    the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
    and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
    I will seek your prosperity.
This was our verse for the week.  And what a good reminder it is that peace may be within our walls in the midst of the fire, which was 1/2 a mile away from Blue Ridge (staff housing).  After getting close to evacuating property the fire was controlled due to more favorable winds and cooler tempatures. As for our topic it was “How your story affects your leadership” given by Ron Nydam.  His main focus was to look at our family tree and identify the trends within our family history.  “God uses all of our gifts AND struggles”.  To some degree we all have family struggles and it is good to embrace our reality to better ourselves for the future.  And as usual here are some pictures from this past week:

The week brought about Jen Van Winkle’s 22nd birthday

The smoke from the 50 acre fire

The REI tent sale in Denver (AKA buying really cheap camping gear)!

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