Thursday, September 25, 2008

Student Leadership Retreat

This past weekend we took our student leadership team to the beach for a weekend of leadership training. This is my favorite youth activity we do all year because it's all the "good kids" and we get to stay at a beach house! This particular year is extra fun because our two best couple friends are helping us out with youth group this year, so they were there, too! When we got there on Friday night, we had a rousing game of Boys vs. Girls Cranium. (The girls dominated, of course :-)!) On Sat. we shared testimonies, sang worship songs, and Dave taught on leadership. We also had fun putting together a video to share the "Rules for Youth Group" with the rest of the kids in a fun way. It turned out great!
And God was so good to us--the weather was perfect. Saturday was absolutely beautiful! The kids had fun playing on the beach and even getting wet! On Sunday when we woke up and packed to go home to church it was raining. We knew we had been given a blessing to have such a perfect Sat. on the Oregon Coast.

The only unfortunate part of this weekend is that I get sick every year! Inevitably, there is at least one kid sick and therefore I and 0ur friend Kenny are now sick.

Yesterday was See You At the Pole--the national pray around the flag pole event at schools. We had an awesome turnout this year. Dave went to the junior high (the youth pastors split up so there was at least one at each area school). I guess there were over 70 kids at the junior high. Yesterday evening we had the rally with all the area youth groups. We enjoyed a great time of worship, testimonies, and encouragement to continue praying for our city.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Princess Sophie turns ONE!

August 18th, 2008--Sophie Jean Kintigh, our adorable niece, turned one! This year has gone by so fast! We are having so much fun watching Sophie really come into her personality. She is sooo close to walking, and though we don't really have a clue what she's saying, she will readily carry on a full conversation with you! She enjoys talking on the phone, playing with her many toys, and going down the slide that was Anna's awesome garage sale find! Josh and Anna are fabulous parents.

Finch Wedding

We think Dave may have been in his last wedding for a while this summer! Dave's good friend, Andrew Finch, married his college sweetheart, Kathleen Studenny. We enjoyed seeing some college friends at the wedding, as well as the close proximity of the church to TCBY :-). Dave was thrilled to get out of the tux at the end of the day, especially since the shoes they gave him were 2 sizes too small!

Summer Camp

Hartland Christian Camp 2008!

Dave once again had the opportunity to speak at Hartland Christian Camp for a week this summer. He spoke each morning to about 350 high school kids and his dad spoke in the evenings. My mother-in-law and I got to go along for the ride, and as you can see, we even got to drive a bulldozer (is that what that is?). Anyway, it was very fun and just might be my next career if the real estate market continues in this decline :-)!

On the Wed. night of the camp, I had the opportunity to speak to the girls on the topics of self-esteem and purity while Dave encouraged the boys to live as godly men.


Earlier in the summer, we took our high school group to Ensenada, Mexico for a 10 day mission trip where we did VBS, a sports ministry, lots of clean up and a building project at the church we were assigned to. Some other highlights included camping in a field of tents in 115 degree weather, visiting an orphanage, sharing testimonies and some major team bonding (especially since we only had a shower every 3 days! We were so proud of our students and plan to make this an every other summer trip.