Archive for January, 2014

A tribute to Bev

I’ve been the Youth Director at my church (Avondale United Methodist) in KC North since January 2001 (plus I was a volunteer starting in 1995) which means I’ve been doing this for a little while. However, I’m still a rookie compared to Bev Boehmer. I’m honored to say that I’ve known her (and hopefully learned a few things from her) as she gets ready to retire at the end of this month.

This weekend, we’ll have one more chance to see Bev in action as she works with CCYM (Conference Council on Youth Ministries) in leading WOW. If you’ve ever been involved in youth ministry, take a moment to say THANK YOU to Bev and to say a prayer for all of those working with our youth … yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Thanks Bev!

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Would you like to play a game?

My grandkids like to play a game where we pretend to sleep, then we wake up and eat breakfast, and then sleep again.  Well, apparently I’m really good at this game.

When my grandson gives directions, I sleep for about 10 seconds.  However, my granddaughter likes to take much longer and on two separate occasions, I woke up a couple hours later.  Oops.

When my grandson tells me it’s time for breakfast, he usually tells me we’re having Oatmeal or Yogurt.  I pretty much have had Cheerios every morning for 40 years but perhaps he’s telling me I need to add a little variety.

What games do you play with your kids and grandkids?

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In the Bleak Midwinter — A Christmas Pageant continues

One of the members of my congregation at Avondale United Methodist Church wrote about our Christmas Pageant. He also sang “Mary Did You Know?” plus another member of the congregation sang “Is this the line for Jesus?” – both songs gave important reminders that the baby Jesus grows up to die for us on the cross.

Be Swift, Be Precise


 Soundtrack of “Mary Did You Know?” from the pageant

Avondale United Methodist Church planned its Christmas Pageant for Sunday, Dec. 22. We got an ice storm that Saturday night,  followed by about 2 inches of snow.

So they postponed the Children’s Christmas Pageant until Sunday, Jan. 5 — the 12th day of Christmas.


This time the night before there was no ice, but about 3 inches of snow and it got very cold. But this time the show went on.

The cast had quite a bit of flexibility, parts being recast as necessary by who showed up. The area was under a winter weather warning, and people were encouraged to stay home if they thought it too dangerous for them to come out.


Living just up the hill from the church, my family walked down to church, as always, and arrived to find the substitute accompanist for the service unable to…

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New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve never been real big on writing New Year’s Resolutions.  Partially, because I could just recycle whatever I’d written the year before because I still have all of the same bad habits as I did a year ago.  However, I’ve really enjoyed reading blogs of some others I follow and find myself wishing others wrote more often.  That made me check my blog to see how often I’d blogged last year.  Oops, I blogged 3 times and two of those were in April.  So, I’m going to try to do a better job of blogging this year.

Still, I don’t think I’m going to call this a New Year’s Resolution because that might actually make me less likely to follow through on blogging on a regular basis.  If you read my blogs and see something you like, let me know.  If I slip away from blogging, say “Hey Mark, I’ve missed your writing recently” (provided that’s true) and that gentle nudge might get me back into a good habit.

What’s odd is I used to be a guest blogger for a charitable organization and posted a blog on a monthly basis.  When I stopped writing for someone else, that should’ve meant I had more time to do so for myself.  Instead, I apparently stopped writing altogether.

So, what topics interest you?

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