Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Engaging young adults (w/ mark yaconelli)

I spent the day in Indianapolis at a seminar on 'Engaging Young Adults.' Apparently our church qualified for this grant program through the Center for Congregations (via Eli Lilly). We gathered with church teams from all over Indiana at the Sheridan City Centre hotel and learned about the EYA program, as well as storytelling tools and insights from Mark Yaconelli. It was good.

Awhile back I'd been asked to be part of this endeavor at our church, along with the pastor and two or three others. The others are all young (20-ish) females, and only two of them were able to make it today. I'm not completely sure about anything, but I believe this is a two-year project with the CFC. I know we are to receive a nice hunk of change (grant), but I'm still unclear about our/my involvement. I know I was interested once "young adult" was defined as "late teens to forties" though. Plus this fits into our Beer Study and Bible Tasting endeavor. So I'm in!

The event today was from 9 am to 4 pm, and let me just say that the CFC knows how to do things. The food and accomodations were fantastic! I was really surprised to find out Mark Y was the speaker though! Several of his father's books had a huge influence on me - particularly 'Messy Spirituality.' So even though I was tired, it was an inspiring day learning about the importance of and practical ways to tell and engage people through the use of story.

I've not had a chance to process things yet but wanted to get something down before I let this slip away like everything else seems to be doing lately. So here is a brief sampling of high points from my several pages of notes and mulititude of handouts...

"Every human being is waiting for a good question and a safe place to talk."    ~Mark Y.

Main points:
  • Storytelling is a form of communion
  • Storytelling is a form of identity
  • Stories reveal the sacred
  • Stories invite transformation

Elements within stories:
  1. Setting
  2. Character(s)
  3. Struggle/conflict
  4. Rising action
  5. Climax
  6. Resolution or insight

"A human life is a story told by God and in the best of stories told by humans, we come closer to God." ~Hans Christian Anderson

"God comes to you disguised as your life." ~Paula D'Arcy

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Beer study and bible tasting

I finally got around to starting up the 'Beer Study & Bible Tasting' I've been tossing around in my head for the past, oh, ten years or so (thanks to Carrie & Jane).

We have met twice now - once on a Friday night and the second on Sunday afternoon. Besides Jane, myself, and Drew Carrie, there is another young couple and a friend/co-worker of Drew's who happens to consider himself an atheist. I think it's a good group.

It is, of course, a play on words. We don't actually study beer or taste the bible. The idea is not so much that anyone NEEDS to drink beer, or even believe the bible for that matter, but it is simply an informal way to get together and discuss the bible, and maybe have a couple beverages as we do. So far I think we have had some really great discussion.

There isn't really a set format we follow. So far I've just googled a couple 'basic beer facts' and introduced them to the group, then we've watched a video from THE BIBLE PROJECT and discussed it. We watched 'What Is the Bible' in week one, and 'Literary Styles in the Bible' in week two. It appears we watched the first and third video in the series - because I'm an idiot - so I guess we will watch the second one the next time.

We haven't done a lot 'in' the Bible yet, but we discussed the need/desire to last week. So we will likely watch a couple more in the 'How To Read the Bible' series and then concentrate on a book, or maybe we will just add some book study to the video. We will play it by ear.


Personally, I've hedged against this for too long probably. I haven't felt like much of a leader and I've feared setting myself up for yet another letdown, so my heels have admittedly been dragging. I'm trying to be very laid back and not get overly excited or uptight about anything. At the same time, though, I do feel it necessary to be mindful of the integrity of the original intent. I don't want there to be any shaming, pressuring, or bashing of anyone. So, we will see how it goes. I have no pre-conceived expectation of how things will develop, nor do I feel any particular 'ownership' of the thing. I hope I can stay that way. I also hope some might find it worthwhile as well though.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bennett turns 5

Grandson Bennett turns five years old today. It's hard to believe. It's also hard to believe the little porker he was when he was younger is maturing into a slender lad.

Benny is the middle of the three Feipel children and the oldest of the boys. I suppose he is a typical middle child in that he's pretty even-keeled and goes with the flow as much as is possible while marching to his own beat. He's never been overly aggressive or mean, but is almost always a pretty happy kid. Although, sometimes I detect that he's going to be a contemplative deep thinker, so he may bend a little melancholy. Nothing wrong with that.

The boy should grow up to be an architect or something because he's always building something. He's also a big fan of trucks and Hotwheels cars.

The poor kid has been sick with the flu for the past couple days. The pic of him up top - from this morning - suggests that maybe he is getting over it.

Always one of my favorites

Such a tub

Building things in his preschool class

Sunday, October 08, 2017


I tend to not like to wear socks. I don't know why. I've always been funny about my feet. I need for them to be free. I usually sleep with one or both of them sticking out from under the covers. I suppose it's just a quirk I have.

Anyway, I was thinking the other day about wearing socks. I ONLY seem to wear them when I run. And that is just to keep from getting blisters. I suppose that will change when the weather gets cool. This probably happens every summer, and I've just never thought about it, or I'd forgotten.

I really like the slip-on Sketchers I have. They are super comfy, and I just keep some foot powder by the door and squirt a shot in each shoe now and then to keep them from smelling.

Riveting stuff today, I know.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Fort 4 fitness pics

Someone snapped a couple pics of me running the 10k at this year's Fort 4 Fitness. I look more winded (or tired) than I thought I was. I also look bigger (wider) than I think of myself. It's funny how our mind works and we probably don't think we look anywhere close to what we really look like. Mirrors must lie. :) I suppose it's the same with listening to our voice. Anyway, I needed a place to put these pics before they expire online.

The top pic is the two of us coming around the baseball field warning track that leads to the finish line at home plate. I don't like running on the red stuff, plus it had a lot of ruts closest to the grass, but at least you're almost done when you get there.

The bottom pic is from along the route. I remember when the guy took it, but can't recall now where it was.