Call + Response

Written by evan on July 31, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Supposedly there are more slaves today than at any other time in human history. And it preys on women and children - generating more money than Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined!

Call + Response

ht brody harper

Week 2 of Camp in Photos

Written by evan on July 30, 2008 at 10:33 AM






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Written by evan on July 28, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Pooh was a youth leader when I started going to Pawnee Assembly.
Pooh passed away the other day.

PAWNEE - Loretta Lynn (Wiebke) Eldredge, 38, of Pawnee, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Hillsboro Healthcare Center.

Loretta was born June 11, 1970, in Springfield, the daughter of Bill and Alice Tedford Eldredge. She married Bill Wiebke on Oct.16, 1999. Her father preceded her in death in 2002.

Loretta graduated from Pawnee High School in 1988 and was a member of Pawnee Assembly of God Church, where she had been involved. Loretta was formerly employed by the Hope Institute as a CNA for seven years. She loved pets, wrestling and Winnie the Pooh. Loretta was in failing health for more than 15 years but remained strong in her faith.

Survivors include her mother, Alice Eldredge (companion, Don Springer) of Pawnee; a sister, Jackie (husband, Eric) Hughes of Springfield; a niece, Lillian Barnes; and many cousins.

The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Pawnee Assembly of God Church. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2008, at Pawnee Assembly of God Church with the Rev. A.B. Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee.

Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee is serving the Eldredge family.

My Bad Idea

Written by evan on July 27, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Tonight I had a bad idea.
To put the trampoline on the basketball court.

We Who Hope

Written by evan on July 24, 2008 at 9:13 AM

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We who hope.


Written by evan on July 23, 2008 at 8:29 PM

This is Dave.
Dave is a super senior at camp this year.
Basically he just really loves camp.
And camp loves him.

Victoria and Kristy

Written by evan on July 21, 2008 at 11:52 PM

This is Victoria and Kristy.
They both have given up a week of their summer to help serve at camp.

Other scenes from the first day of camp.

Jared and Megan.

Written by evan on July 18, 2008 at 10:02 PM

This is Jared and Megan.
Jared and his family attended our church for about a year.
After high school Jared got married and attended North Central University in Minneapolis.
He recently graduated and is now a children/youth pastor in Warsaw, Illinois.

This past week at camp, you'd see Jared running around with a white rambo-like headband, because he was the white team captain.

Camp. Light Painting.

Written by evan on July 17, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Camp Light

How to light paint.
Thanks for the idea Los

McCain, Obama and I

Written by evan on July 16, 2008 at 1:32 PM

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This is Mark.
I met Mark when he was playing drums for a Chicago rock band called, Endless Never.
I had booked his band to play at our youth center twice within a couple years to play for 100 teens.
This week at camp, Mark is playing drums for the worship team in front of a 700 teens.


Written by evan on July 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

This is Jeff.
I met him when he was going into 7th grade, eight years ago.
I poured everything into Jeff for seven years while I was in Macomb.
Two years ago, Jeff was going to camp, this year Jeff is helping lead worship at camp.

Youth ministry & parents working together is a beautiful thing.

I'm phoneless.

Written by evan on July 14, 2008 at 4:21 PM

My LG Chocolate has broke again. For the fourth time.

It powers on, but the screen is just white.

I can place calls, if I know the number.

I can't send texts.
I can't receive texts.
I can't get into my contracts.
I can't do anything.

I'm out of my phone warranty (which is only 12 months), I've had my phone for 15 months and I have 9 months left on my Verizon imprisonment contract.

Here is my plea, blog readers.
I'm just needing a Verizon phone.
I don't care what kind.
Used works great for me.

I just need a phone, battery, wall charger.

Could you help me out?
Email me evan.courtney@gmail (dot) com


Written by evan on July 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM

With all the new iPhone G3 hype, and me living in a community where ATT won't sell to me (because they don't have their own tower nearby), all I have now is iEnvy.

Story of Stuff

Written by evan on July 11, 2008 at 3:31 PM

This Sunday we are talking about Freedom from More, as part of our I Am Free series at First Assembly.
Makeesha pointed me to a sweet 20 minute video tour of a consumer-driven culture.

It talks about a couple reasons why we consume so much.
One of those being that styles change so rapidly.
Because they want us to buy more stuff.
Thats why we look at old pictures and think, "Man, we dressed like dorks".
Regardless, I dressed like a dork.

So that's why 10 years ago I dressed like this.

And now this.

Weird Al in Springfield next month

Written by evan on July 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Next month I'm going to see Weird Al's Straight Outta Lynwood tour at the Illinois State Fair.
I actually got to see it last September in Champaign.
I blogged it here.

My Top Five Weird Al Songs
Smells Like Nirvana
One More Minute
Amish Paradise
Gotta Boogie

What's your favorite Weird Al song?

Jr. High Retreat

Written by evan on July 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM

The last weekend in June, Kt and I were invited to speak at a Jr. High retreat in St. Louis.

We spoke on purity.
Katie talked with the girls.

  • Purity is a process
  • Discover your value in God's eyes
  • Purity embraces wise guidance
I tackled some lies that guys get told. Some thoughts I had see from Doug Fields
  • Everybody is doing it
  • It's impossible to be pure
  • A fantasy filled life is no big deal
Katie did an incredible session, that people were talking about, and she showed this moving clip from our wedding.

Thanks Rena and team for hosting us. We had a blast.


Written by evan on July 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Last night after our ball game I went to see Hancock.

It was interesting.
The first half of the movie was really good and what I expected.
The second half just got weird.
The twist was crazy.

Hancock is probably a rental movie and not theater.
Save your money.

The website is sweet. So take a look.

My 4th of July Plans

Written by evan on July 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I've been helping out with one of the Mattoon Babe Ruth League teams.
I got selected to help out with the 15 year old all-star team.
So to gear up for our quest to the Babe Ruth World Series, we are playing in a tournament this week in Indy.

Follow my twitpics this weekend.

So that's what I'm doing for the 4th.
What are your plans?

Free Chick-fil-A

Written by evan on at 11:56 AM

When I moved to Mattoon, I was so pumped to hear that their was a Chick-fil-A at EIU.
I remember when White Oaks Mall used to have one.
I loved the free samples.

Next Friday is Cow Appreciation Day and Chick-fil-A is giving away free chicken.

Dress up like a Cow and be reward a free Chick-fil-A.
Dress up from head to hoof and get a free combo meal.
Dress up partially and get a free entree.

Any other Chick-fil-A lovers out there?
Does the McDonalds Southern Chicken Sandwhich compare?

July Series Artwork - I Am Free

Written by evan on July 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM

We are doing a four week series at First Assembly.
We wanted to go with the theme of freedom with the obvious holiday, but at the same time didn't want to go with patriotism.
So this is the the artwork that we have created it for it.

7.6 - Freedom from offense - Travis
7.13 - Freedom from debt - Van
7.20 - Freedom from sin - Travis
7.27 - Freedom from yourself - Evan

Part of the Church Marketing Lab Flickr Group

I got certified.

Written by evan on at 9:43 AM

This summer I'm volunteering as an assistant coach for one of the local baseball teams in Mattoon.
Its 13-15yrs old.
I'm helping out with the 15yr old all-star team, so I had to take the Babe Ruth League course and complete the test.

Do you help coach?

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