Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween, isn't that the Devil's Holiday?

Maybe the question has come up, why Halloween? You may think that it's the devil's holiday. And it you'd be pretty close to right. That is exactly why we're using it. We'll kick him right in the face on his own day!

Truth be told, Oceanside hasn't always been successful when having events. Halloween, on the other hand, has been very effective for Oceanside. That is the one day where people actually come out of their homes and talk to us! I wanted to strongly encourage you to get involved. It's going to be unbelievable and I'd hate for you to miss out. Make the sacrifices needed to work October 28, 29, 30, and 31.

People Come out for food and candy...

Trunk 'r Treat: in the past Trunk 'r Treat has been great for us. People in our community have come to recognize Oceanside as a safe, fun, and friendly Halloween destination. Where else can you get piles of candy by walking a total of 50 yards? Last year we had over 100 people visit. Every year it has grown, and hopefully it will be bigger this year. The more people the more come the influence we have.

We need:
  • People to sign up to man decorated trunks.
  • Have some small game and some candy.
  • Workers to walk around, talk, and council people.
This is a preview of some of the creepy audio that will be in the intro video for Scaremare

Scaremare: because of our yearly success on Halloween we're expanding our influence through our scare house. You can read all about it here. Check out our website for more in-depth information about why and how we'll do it. Also, go like our Facebook page.

We need: 
  • Actors
  • Builders
  • Make-up Artists
  • Costumers
  • Decorators
  • Counselors (for people who accept Christ)
  • Crowd control
I really think these two things put together could be huge. Don't miss this opportunity to make a massive and meaningful impact on our community.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I'm Tired of Being a Good Father

Good enough. I bet any dad who reads this wishes to be a good father. The good enough policy is, well, good enough in a lot of life's areas, but fatherhood is not one of them.

I'll confess I strive to be a great father. I fail far too often. Sometimes I come home and I want my alone time. I veg on my ipad or watch my show on TV. I've worked hard that day and I deserve it... so I think.

I'm always hearing older fathers tell me that, "They'll be grown and out of the house before you know it." I usually smile and nod politely dismissing their wise words. But they are too right.

If a Dad spends an average 6.5 hours with their children every day week, as research shows, that means in a year they will spend 338 hours with their kids. That comes out to a grand total of 2 weeks out of the year with their kids. During the first 18 years of a child's life the father will spend 254 total days with their kids... That's not even 1 whole year before they leave the house. Wow, that sucks. No wonder they're gone before we know it. On average we don't spend a whole year with our kids before they're gone. [Compare that to almost 3 years will be spent with our TV during that same 18 years period, ouch.]

Courageous Movie Trailer

As fathers it is time we start to bump that number WAY up. Come on guys let's at least get an hour a day in (And much more). The time we have to invest in our children is extremely valuable and apparently quite rare. Don't go home a ignore the kids. Go home and invest. The difference that we can make as a father is incredible.

Here is your homework- Go see Courageous in theaters. Get a baby sitter for the kids (This time away from them will be well worth it) and you and the wife go out and see this movie. It might give you a swift punch to the stomach, but sometimes we need that. You'll cry, you'll laugh, and you'll leave changed.