Everything listed under: Events

  • last call to sign up for career night!

    The deadline to register for the five15 Career Night on February 9th is coming soon! Please sign up online before the end of the day on Thursday, January 31st. 

    To sign up online, please click here.

    For a refresher on what the Career Night is all about, click here.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Kristian Stanfill Concert @ CLC next week

    FYI: Kristian Stanfill is appearing in concert at CLC on Friday, January 25. Click here for more details.

  • harvest carnival info

    We are just four days away from the 2011 Harvest Carnival!

    Here are the details:

    • Monday, October 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the church
    • Ages 2 - 11
    • Please, no "scary" costumes
    • Prizes, games, and candy
    • Free for everyone
    • Please invite friends, neighbors, family, and people you are reaching out to

    If you are serving, your team lead will contact you this week with details.

    See you there!

  • more details on tomorrow's events

    In response to questions we've received about tomorrow's activities, here is a quick FAQ list:

    • Mens Meeting at CLC is for guys 12-years-old and up
    • Ladies' Meeting:
      • The evening is completely free (no cost for food, jewelry, etc.)
      • Guest Speakers: Molly Mullery, Abby Waldron, and Marie Walker
      • Format: 
        • 5:15 pm -- jewelry-making, food, fellowship
        • 6:30 pm -- worship, speakers, discussion, dessert

    If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

  • five15 ladies meeting this saturday

    This Saturday, all five15 ladies are invited to attend a special five15 ladies meeting in the basement auditorium. 

    Here are the details:

    • Theme: "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up." (Psalm 68:14)
    • Schedule
      • Special dinner (not pizza) and jewelry-making at 5:15 pm
      • Meeting officially starts at 6:30 pm
        • Worship
        • Not one, not two, but three guest speakers will be sharing how Psalm 68:14 has been true in their lives
        • Q&A panel
        • Discussion

    My hope is that all who attend are able to leave the meeting blessed and encouraged by their time together. I hope you all have a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who is working to make this meeting happen. I wish I could be there to hear the speakers!

  • Mens Meeting @ CLC this Saturday

    "Tempted and Tried" Trailer - Russell Moore from Crossway on Vimeo.

    This Saturday at 7:00pm, five15 guys will be attending a mens meeting at Covenant Life Church. Russell Moore will be speaking and his theme will be from his recent book, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ. Snacks and dodgeball will be in full force after the meeting.

    Let me encourage you to find some other guys to carpool with, especially if you're concerned about potential dodgeball injuries inhibiting your ability to drive yourself home. I'm driving - does anyone need a ride? Let me know.

  • last day to sign-up for sunday's band workshop

    If you want to take part in this Sunday's five15 band workshop, then run -- don't walk -- to the event registration webpage and get signed-up before sign-up closes at midnight tonight! The workshop is this Sunday from 1-3pm in the room behind the main auditorium stage.

  • laser tag this sunday

    Do you like playing tag but get grossed out by the possibility of getting other people's germs? 

    Well we have good news for you! Someone invented a way to play tag without actually having to make physical contact with other people. Instead of repeatedly using hand-sanitizer, you can now stand at a safe distance and shoot your friends with non-lethal lasers. Brilliant!

    So let's play!

    Here are the details:

    • Sunday, August 7, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Shadowlands - 4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
    • Register here by August 4th
    • Cost: $12.50 for two games

    Invite your friends, neighbors, and classmates!

  • bowling this saturday

    We're going bowling this Saturday! It's kind of like Wii bowling -- only real!

    Here are the details:

    • Saturday, July 23
    • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Bowl America - 13409 Occoquan Rd. Woodbridge, VA
    • Please register here
    • $6 for two games and shoe rentals

    Are there friends, neighbors, classmates you've been reaching out to that could join us? Feel free to invite them!

  • Habitat Details for Saturday

    For everyone coming with us to Habitat on Saturday, here is a reminder of all that you probably know already:

    • MEET. 6am at the church building. Please be prompt.  We'll try to leave as close to 6 as possible. We'll be home after dinner.
    • EATS. Brown bag a lunch with a drink. Bring some water. And cash for dinner on the way home. 
    • WEAR. Comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes (NO flips or sandals).
    • FORMS. If you don't have them in already, we need them immediately. Call Mary at the church office.

    See you on Saturday! What time? Oh yes, 6am!

  • Fredericksburg Carwash CANCELLED

    Just heard from our friends in Fredericksburg: due to the weather, today's carwash is cancelled.  To all who signed up to go: THANK YOU for your willingness to serve.  Hopefully, we'll be able to try again another time.  Enjoy your [rainy] day off.

  • Fredericksburg + Weather

    Fredericksburg serving peeps: please be praying for good weather. Right now the forecast is about 90% chance of rain, which is not normally considering helpful for a successful carwash. If we have to cancel, we will make an announcement by 9am on Saturday.

  • Saturday is coming!

    five15 is THIS SATURDAY! A couple things you should know:

    • Mexico Night!  Mexican eats, prayers for Rancho 3M, a Rancho 3M testimony, notes for our Rancho 3M peeps, and a great way to serve Rancho 3M: building a library (in Spanish!) from their Amazon wish list.
    • Message topic change.  We were going to continue on with our series in purity.  I'll explain on Saturday night why we're switching the topic to What We're All About.
    • As always, eats start at 5:15 and the meeting begins at 6:30.
  • Nursing Home Visit

    Some peeps are visiting Sunrise Senior Living of George Mason in Fairfax City on Sunday afternoon.

    Everyone is meeting at the church building at 1:45, heading over together, and planning to be done by 3. 

    If you have questions about the details, ask Emily S or Jessie B.

  • Come Bowling on Saturday

    Looking forward to bowling with everyone this weekend. We're going to Bowl America in Woodbridge.  Registration is closed, but you can join us by simply showing up - see you there at 1pm!

  • Peter Pan

    Don't forget that the Drama Club's production of Peter Pan opens TOMORROW NIGHT and continues Friday night.  The show starts at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are available at the door: $5 for adults, $2 for students under 12.

    Thanks in advance for your participation, since 80% of proceeds go to Rancho 3M Orphanage.

  • Ice Skating Registration Is Closing

    The ice skating is still on for Saturday (dress warm!!), but registration closes at the end of the day today.  Details:

    • Saturday, January 22, 4:30pm-6:30pm. 
    • At Harris Pavilion in downtown Manassas [directions].
    • Cost is $9 in advance or $10 if you don't register ahead of time.
    • Don't forget to dress warm!

    See you there.

  • five15 Serving Day

    The best of both worlds: we got some snow yesterday and it won't mess with our serving day tomorrow!  All our projects are a go.  If you signed up to serve, by now you should have all the details you need about what is happening tomorrow.  Have a great time, and thanks for using your time and strength to serve!

    Even if you're not signed up to serve, everyone is invited to the after-serving party from 4-6pm. 

  • Peter Pan helps Rancho 3M

    Come support your friends and help out the orphans in Juarez, Mexico...

    Sovereign Grace Church Co-Op Drama Club
    Peter Pan
    Thursday, January 27 & Friday, January 28, 2011
    7:00 pm
    Adults: $5, Students under 12: $2
    80% of proceeds go to Rancho 3M Orphanage
    tickets will be sold at Five15 meetings, and through drama club members
  • So Important I'm Saying It Twice

    In case you missed it, I'm going to say it again:

    By now you've probably heard that our annual five15 Christmas party is going to work a little different than normal. Here's how: we're devoting Saturday, December 18th to serving.

    We are such rich people that to devote a Saturday one week before Christmas to serving others seems like a wonderful way to live "not for ourselves but for him." 2 Cor 5:15

    Many of you signed up at the last five15 meeting, but if you didn't, it's not too late: we'll have a table in the lobby this Sunday, December 5.

    Stop by and sign up for one of our six service projects -- ranging from construction work, to visiting a nursing home, to assisting with a local toy drive. If you have questions, email Mrs. Rossell.

    If you're interested, here are the projects we'll be working on:

    • Repainting in some CM classrooms (props to AnaMichele Babyak for this idea!)
    • Visit a local retirement home
    • Angel Tree organization at Salvation Army
    • Blanket making for Sanctity of Life Ministries (thanks to Megan Marriott for this idea!)
    • Make Christmas cookies for our after-serving party
    • Day trip: Habitat for Humanity in Franklin, WV

  • Christmas Serving Day: December 18

    Instead of our annual five15 Christmas party, we're devoting December 18 to serving.  We are such rich people that to devote a Saturday one week before Christmas to serving others seems like a wonderful way to live "not for ourselves but for him."

    There are six service projects to choose from -- ranging from construction work, to visiting a nursing home, to assisting with a local toy drive. If you did not sign up for a project at our last five15 meeting, you will have an opportunity to do so in the church lobby on Sunday, December 5th. We'll end our day of service with Christmas cookies and a time of fellowship, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, in the basement auditorium.  If you have questions, email Mrs. Rossell.

    If you're interested, here are the projects we'll be working on:

    1. Repainting in some CM classrooms (props to AnaMichele Babyak for this idea!)

    2. Visit a retirement home

    3. Angel Tree organization at Salvation Army

    4. Blanket making (not quilts - my bad) for Sanctity of Life Ministries (thanks to Megan Marriott for this idea)

    5. Make Christmas cookies for after-serving event

    6. Day trip: Habitat for Humanity in Franklin, WV

  • Jerry Bridges Roundup


    What a great weekend, having Jerry Bridges with us. 

    If you missed it, he did some wonderful messages:

    Also, we'll have the bookstore well-stocked with Jerry Bridges books.  Don't go home without one!  If you're not sure where to start, you won't miss with The Discipline of Grace or Trusting God

  • Fall Clean THIS SATURDAY!

    For all you who are signed up to serve at Fall Clean, THANK YOU for your heart to serve both our church members and Rancho 3M. Your response is encouraging and an evidence of God’s grace in your life.

    Here's is everything you need to know about serving at Fall Clean on Saturday.

    • Please arrive at the church building by 8:30 AM.
    • Plan on eating a hearty breakfast before you arrive.
    • At the building, there will be announcements and prayer followed by travel to your first work site.
    • Lunch will be on your own. Your team leader will let you know whether you will be able to buy lunch along the way or if you should pack one.
    • The end time should be about mid to late afternoon. At this time, you can return home directly or via the church building. For those not accompanied by their parents, this will need to be coordinated between your team leader and your parents.
    • Your team leader will contact you during the week preceding Fall Clean.
    • You should dress in layers so you can adjust to changing temperature and activity levels. Also plan to get your clothes dirty (from yard work, cleaning, and other dirty jobs). Other basic items to bring include:
    • Water (It is not summer but it is dry and you can dehydrate)
    • Lunch or money for lunch (As indicated by your team leader)
    • Work gloves
    • Cell Phone
    • Tools (If your team leader identifies any that would be helpful. Mark them with your name)

    Please be alert for servants to encourage and opportunities to share the Gospel and participate in Biblical fellowship.

    Thank you for contributing to the advancement of the Gospel in Mexico!

  • College Choices Seminar Audio Now Available!

    If you missed the Greg Somerville College Choices seminar back in October, I'm happy to tell you that we finally found the master CD and the audio is now available!  Enjoy!

  • five15 Meeting + Bake Sale

    Our next five15 meeting is a week from Saturday (11/13). We'll be hosting Jerry Bridges - more information on that soon.

    For now, I want to tell you about any idea Isaac Sutor is working on. You might remember that many families in our church support one of the Maluku Orphans through the Jubilee Campaign.  These kids are on Isaac's heart and he asked if he could put on a bake sale to help support those kids. This is a great idea and is wonderful leadership and service on Isaac's part. Two ways you can be involved: ONE—if you would like to contribute a plate of cookies or some brownies or whatever, let Isaac know as soon as possible. If you don't know Isaac, feel free to email me. TWO—for the next five15 meeting, bring some cash. The bake sale will be the snacks portion of our meeting, so if you want something sweet, come ready to make a contribution for the Maluku orphans and then you can eat up the cookies, brownies, and all the rest.

  • Bowling Registration Closes Tomorrow

    Registration for bowling ends tomorrow. If you have not yet registered and you're planning to come with us, you'll need to register right away.

    Remember that we are inviting 5th and 6th graders to join us. They will be in five15 before too long, and this is a great opportunity to practice the five15 Challenge, making them feel welcome. It'll be a great time!

  • Thanks for the Harvest Carnival!

    THANK YOU for you hard work on the Harvest Carnival. What an incredible event. It's hard to tell exactly how many kids and families were served, but there were a lot of them. One of the highlights was all those visiting families seeing teenagers joyfully serving children on Halloween night. A sight like this is only possible because of God's transforming work in your lives! Thanks for your ingenuity with the games, joy in service, and hard work in planning, set up, running the games, and cleaning up afterwards! By any measure, this was a very successful event! Hope you feel God's pleasure in it.

  • Adult Harvest Carnival Helpers Needed


    The Harvest Carnival is coming up quick!  We can't thank the teens enough for being so eager to serve.  We've got all the student serving positions covered, however, we still have some open serving positions that can only be filled by adults.  Parents, if you are willing to serve for a couple hours on Sunday night in the kitchen, we would be really grateful.  To sign up, simply contact us as soon as possible.  Thanks!

  • 11/6 Bowling

    We got a great price for bowling on November 6. We're going to Bowl America in Woodbridge. $6 (only $6!) gets you shoes and two games! We'll see you there at 1pm! Registration is open.

  • College Choices Seminar

    Registration is officially closed now, but it's not too late. Even if you didn't register, please come. Meeting starts at 9am; come ready to ask all your questions about college.

  • Come Pray With Us!

    Here's one of many things the Bible says about prayer:

    "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

    Prayer is God's will for us! Many people have commented on how powerfully God seemed to be at work at the five15 Retreat. I think we can chalk that up to two things: 1) preaching God's word (see Is. 55:10-11), and 2) faithful and fervent prayers. God loves to answer prayers like that!

    We're going to spend some time praying for the five15 meeting on Saturday night and want to invite you to join us. The five15 prayer team and the band are meeting at 6:15-6:30 in room B12 to pray. Come join us as we pray for the preaching, the band, and all things five15. See you there!

  • five15 on Saturday!

    Hey everybody, don't forget that we have five15 on Saturday. We're going to keep talking from James. This time, it's No Partiality! from James 2:1-7. We're going to talk about how to take the five15 Challenge and kick it up to the next level.

    As always, eats and fun at 5:15pm, meeting gets going at 6:30pm. See you there!

  • College Choices Seminar

    After graduation, should you:

    • Go to college or get a job?
    • Live at home or go away to school?
    • Christian college or otherwise?
    • Community college first?
    • Big school or small school?

    A decision about college is one of the first big decisions a teenager has to make. To serve our families, all high school students (middle schoolers are welcome too!) and their parents are invited to a free College Choices Seminar, Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 am to noon, taught by Greg Somerville from Covenant Life Church. The seminar will include 2 sessions on principles and resources for making wise choices, followed by Q & A.

    Please register online now through October 13th.

  • Manskool This Saturday, 10/2

    High school guys: Manskool on Saturday! We're going to keep talking about the marks of mature manhood. As always, donuts at 7:30 and we'll get started at 8. Ed will be there. See you bright and early.

  • Do Hard Things

    Want to join "a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture"? Good news: Alex and Brett Harris are bringing their Do Hard Things Conference to town. It's 9-5 this Saturday at the Hylton Memorial Chapel. It's not too late to sign up and you save $5 if you sign up online. Don't let money be the only thing that keeps you from going. The Harris boys are very generous and have a pay-what-you-can policy.

    So go, and learn how to Do Hard Things!

  • See You At The Pole!


    Don't forget that See You At The Pole is tomorrow morning.  This "global day of student prayer" is a great way to meet other Christians at your school.  Most public and private schools have an SYATP event, usually starting 30-45 minutes before school starts at—you guessed it—the flagpole in front of school. For more information, check out syatp.com.

  • five15 on Saturday!

    five15 Meeting on Saturday! The first five15 meeting of the year is always exciting: a chance to build on the momentum of the retreat and prepare for the new year. Even if you weren't at the retreat there are a lot of ways you can benefit. We're going to keep learning how to find our identity in Jesus Christ by looking at wisdom. If you want to get a preview of the message (Hello, My Name is Wise), read James 3:13-18.

    We've got a lot of fun things in store: announcing a new worship leader, testimonies from the retreat, games, Harvest Carnival planning, and more. As always, your friends are welcome - please bring them!

    Please remember the five15 Challenge - there are a lot of ways we can be reaching out, and a lot of opportunities to bring new people into your circle of friends.

    PARENTS : we are going to devote about 20 minutes or so at the end of the meeting to a parents meeting with updates about plans for the year and your questions.

    As always, eats at 5:15pm, meeting gets started at 6:30.

  • P-Nats = Double-Header!

    BONUS: Turns out, one of the games last week was postponed for rain, so tonight is a double header! You may arrive earlier for the 5:00 pm game and your $1 grandstand ticket will be honored for both games tonight!  See you there.

  • Saturday, Sunday & Monday!

    Don't forget: a change of plans plus two big events this weekend:

    1. SATURDAY: Parents Meeting Postponed. Remember there is no parents meeting tomorrow night.  This has been postponed until September and will occur at the 9/11 five15 Meeting.
    2. SUNDAY: Worship & Ministry Night Sunday night.  6:30pm.  One of the main goals of this time will be to pray for everyone who is coming on the retreat!  It will also be a great appetizer for the worship and ministry night we have at the retreat, so come ready to be prayed for and to pray for others.
    3. MONDAY: Potomac Nationals.  6:30pm.  It's “Dollar Monday” at the P-Nats. The first pitch is at 7:00 p.m., but we will meet at the stadium at 6:30 p.m. to get the limited $1 grandstand tickets. Hot dogs are $1 and parking is $4. Bring cash. We'll sit together on the third baseline in the cheap seats!


    See you there!

  • P-Nats on Aug 7!

    Coming up:

  • Mini Golf Weather Contingency

    Folks, keep an eye on the weather radar for Centreville this afternoon.  There is the strong possibility of rain.  If it is pouring, we'll postpone until next Tuesday.  If it's clear - game on!  We'll post here by 5:30 if it looks like we need to postpone.

  • Putt-Putt on Tuesday...



  • five15 BIG MEETING on Saturday


    Don't forget that we have a five15 BIG MEETING on Saturday.  This is our only summer meeting until the retreat, so don't miss it!  As always, eats are at 5:15pm and the meeting starts at 6:30pm.

    Guest speaker Jon Smith from Covenant Life Church will be speaking from Isaiah 6:1-7 about the holiness of God. 

    Bring a friend!  See you there...

  • Canoeing on Saturday

    Hey everybody, the five15 Canoe Trip is THIS SATURDAY.  Looks like it is shaping up to be a great day, although I have to tell you that one essential ingredient for this trip is in short supply: water.  Don't know if you noticed, but it hasn't rained much lately and the water level in the Shenandoah River is not what it could be.  No worries: the trip is still on, but it may possibly be shorter than originally advertised.  If it does get shortened, we'll be able to issue partial refunds for the shorter trip.

    In the meantime, here is what you need to know:

    • Time: Meet at the church parking lot at 6:15 (arrange your own carpooling) or meet us out there at about 8 or so.  We should be back by about 5.

    • Place: Front Royal Canoe, 8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal, VA 22630.  Directions here.

    • Bring: plenty of water, lunch in a water-tight container, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and modest swimwear (probably go swimming at some point, or you may get tipped over!).

    • FORMS!  Don't forget to fill out BOTH forms for EACH person coming.  You'll need a Sovereign Grace Church Activity Participation Agreement and a Front Royal Canoe Release Form.  Bring them with you!

  • Hike on Saturday!

    Friends, if you're in town and interested, five15 is going hiking on Saturday morning.  We're headed to scenic White Oak Canyon, just south of Sperryville, about 90 minutes or so from Fairfax. 

    Here are the details you need:

    • We'll be starting at the bottom, hiking up from Rt. 600.  Directions and info here.
    • No sign up necessary.  Meet us at the building at 7am or in the White Oak Canyon parking lot at 9am.
    • It's not a long hike, but reasonably strenuous and finishes with a lot of rocks.  Please plan appropriately, especially with your footware.  If you are planning on swimming, please dress modest.
    • Bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water.
    • White Oak Canyon is within Shenandoah National Park and so there is a park entrance fee you need to be aware of.  Payment is on the honor system with the "Iron Ranger" in the parking lot.  Bring $8 per person or $15 per car.
    • You'll need to turn in an Activity Participation Form for this event.  Bring it with you Saturday morning.
  • Three Things Coming Up

    Three events coming up in the next few weeks:


    • Join us for our annual cookout!  We're going to eat some dogs and play some games!  Remember:
    • Bring a friend - this is one of the best events all year to bring guests to. 
    • Dress ready to play. We'll be playing volleyball, soccer, ultimate, you name it.
    • Please join us in praying for good weather...


    • Saturday, June 12, we are headed to White Oak Canyon near Sperryville.  We'll be starting at the bottom, hiking up from Rt. 600
    • Check it out here.
    • No sign up necessary.  Meet us at the building at 7am or in the White Oak Canyon parking lot at 9am.  
    • If you are planning on swimming, please dress modest. 
    • Bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water.
    • You'll need to turn in an Activity Participation Form for this event.


    • Teens, parents (and family members age 6+) are invited to join us for an all-day (11 mile) canoe trip down the Shenandoah River on Saturday, June 26th!
    • Cost is $52 per boat (which seats 2-3 people). Non-refundable after June 20th.  Additional details and on-line registration are available through June 15th.
    • Time: Meet at the church to carpool at 6:15 am; return to church at 8 pm
    • Who: five15 families (min. age of 6). Children under 12 must have an adult in the boat.
    • Cost: $52 per boat (2-3 people per boat).
    • Bring: Lunch (in watertight container), water, old shoes (NO flip flops allowed), sun-gear.
    • Questions? Contact David R.
    • You'll need to turn in an Activity Participation Form for this event.
  • five15 on Saturday + CHILI COOKOFF!

    My peeps!

    Sad that we had to miss our last five15 meeting for the snow.  Lord willing, we're on for Saturday.  Come for part 2 of Inside Out: Conscience.  Read 1 Timothy 1:5 if you want to get on a jump on the meeting.

    NEWSFLASH: there will NOT be pizza & ping-pong on Saturday night.  Instead, there will be a fabulous chili cook-off.  Here are the details from my man Chris O:

    The first EVER five15 Chili Cook off is only a few days away!  That's right; the long awaited event is coming this Saturday.
    For those who are up to the challenge, a panel of highly qualified judges await your mouth-watering and tongue-threatening entries.  All chili must be prepared and brought to the church kitchen in a serving pot, preferably a crock pot, starting at 4:30 pm but no later than 5:00 pm on Saturday.  At that time the judges will rate your chili in one of three categories:
    • Most Spicy
    • Most Flavorful
    • Best Youth Entry
    For the rest of you; once the judging is complete, the five15 Food Team will serve up all the delicious entries with plenty of sour cream, chips, water and antacid.  Soft drinks will also be available for sale.  

    There will also be ballots located next to each chili pot to determine a Peep's Choice Award!  After you have eaten your fill, be sure to come back and vote for your favorite.

    After the votes have been tallied, there will be a fabulous prize awarded for each category.

    Sounds like a good night!  As always, feel free to bring a friend, bring some chili, and come hungry!  See you Saturday!

  • Bowling Signup Almost Closed


    Its not too late to sign up for bowling on Sunday afternoon!  But registration closes tonight and we need to give numbers to the bowling alley tomorrow.  So if you're interested, please sign up tonight.

    For those of you who are already signed up, here are the details:

    five15 Bowling on Sunday, February 21st, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

    Directions to the AMF Bowling Center in Annandale at 4245 Markham St.:

    • Take the 1st left onto Ox Rd/VA-123 N Continue to follow VA-123 N —2.3 mi
    • Turn right at Main St/VA-236 E Continue to follow VA-236 E —6.0 mi
    • Turn left at Annandale Rd — 338 ft
    • Turn left at Pine St — 259 ft
  • Fall Clean Tomorrow!

    For all of you who signed up to serve in the Fall Clean Fundraiser tomorrow, let me say THANK YOU!  Remember: every dollar donated will go directly to Rancho 3M and help support the work they are doing there. 

    Looks like we will have some great weather for raking!  Here's what you need to know:

    • Dress appropriately!  Looks like the weather is going to be cool—perfect for raking!  Dress in layers, don’t forget a hat and work gloves, and wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
    • Show up on time!  That would be 8:30am in the church lobby.  We’re planning to be on the road by 9.  Eat a hearty breakfast before you come!
    • Brown-bag a lunch!  Don’t forget a drink.  Or bring a few bucks to swing through McDonald’s at some point.
    • We’ll be done at some point in the mid-afternoon.  If your folks aren’t driving, tell them you’ll give them a call when you are on your way back to the building and they can meet you to pick you up.
    • Your team leader should already be in touch with you in the next day or two to tell you what tools (if any) you should bring.
    See you tomorrow!  Thanks again for serving!

  • five15 Big Meeting Tomorrow Night!

    My peeps,

    Don't forget that we've got five15 tomorrow night.  Quick recap of where we've been and where we're going this fall:

    • August five15 Retreat: the Splendid Privilege of Knowing God
    • September/October: Friends
    • November/December: Guy-Girl Relationships.  Tomorrow night, we're going to look at what God's word has to say...

    As always, eats are at 5:15pm (not a coincidence!) and the meeting gets going at 6:30pm.  We're still experimenting with the menu for the eats.  Tomorrow night, we're serving up some barbecue!  Here's the offering from Chef O'Donnell:

    • BBQ Ribs - $1.30ea
    • BBQ Wings - 3 for $1.00
    • Pulled Pork Sandwich - $0.75
    • Bowl of beans - $0.50
    • Bowl of salad - $0.65

    I'm saying that's a tasty meal.  Eat up.

  • Canoe Trip Pics

    Don't miss the canoe trip photo gallery.

  • five15 BIG MEETING Tomorrow!

    Don't forget!  BIG MEETING tomorrow night.

    You know the drill.  See you there!

  • Middle School Retreat THIS SATURDAY!

    7th and 8th graders,

    I'm sure you won't forget that this Saturday is our annual Middle School Retreat!  Officially, the event kicks off at 9am, but show up between 8:30 and 9 for some a bagel and some juice or a coffee - a great chance to get to know some students you may not know already.

    This year's theme:


    So, don't forget your Bible and a pen, and we'll see you on Saturday morning! 

    (You should have received a letter in the mail from me with directions and other details.  If you did not, please contact the church office right away.)

  • five15 Christmas Party on Saturday!

    Christmas time is here!  Hope your shopping is well underway.  Especially since Saturday night is our annual five15 Christmas party!

    This year's theme:

    (A Christmas Murder Mystery)

    Come find out whodunnit.

    Remember the basics:

    • Party starts at 6:30pm (no pizza & ping-pong!).
    • We'll be starting in the Main Auditorium, so come in the front doors and check in.
    • As always, guests are welcome, so please feel free to invite friends!
  • five15 Playlist

    If you're interested, here is the playlist from last night:

  • five15 BIG MEETING on Saturday

    Don't forget: five15 BIG MEETING this Saturday night.  As always Pizza and Ping-Pong starts at 5:15pm, the meeting will begin at 6:30pm. 

    Special guest: C. J. Mahaney.  He will be speaking from Proverbs: "The Danger of Dissing Lady Wisdom."

    See you Saturday night!

  • Fall Clean Recap

    Thanks to all of you who pitched in on Fall Clean yesterday!  Hope you stayed warm.  I’ll give you an accounting of the money we raised once all the checks are in.  In the mean time, I learned some valuable lessons yesterday:

    • Backpack-mounted leaf blowers are way more fun than hand-held leaf blowers.
    • What appears to be a layer of leaves thinly-spread over a medium-sized lawn actually amounts to a small mountain when raked into one spot.
    • A pile of leaves, no matter how deep, does not have the same shock-absorbing effect for a 170-pound man as for a 40-pound boy.  (Ouch.)

    Send me any good pics you got! Click on these to see them bigger:



  • Fall Clean Tax Deductions

    For those of you who know are hiring us for Fall Clean or know someone who is:

    “Your five15 Fall Clean Donation supporting the 2009 Mexico Mission Trip may be partially tax deductible. To compute the deductible amount, subtract the fair market value of the services received from your donation and the remainder is your tax deductible donation amount. Your canceled check will be your receipt. Please be advised that your donation will not be included in your annual giving statement, so please document your gift appropriately. If the IRS requires further documentation, please contact the church office.”

  • Fall Clean On Saturday!

    For everyone who is signed up to serve at Fall Clean on Saturday: THANKS!  Here are the details you need to keep in mind:

    • Dress appropriately!  Looks like the weather is going to be (freezing cold, but) great!  Dress in layers, don’t forget a hat and gloves, and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
    • Show up on time!  That would be 8:30am in the church lobby.  We’re planning to be on the road by 9.  Eat a hearty breakfast before you come!
    • Brown-bag a lunch!  Don’t forget a drink.  Or bring a few bucks to swing through McDonald’s at some point.
    • We’ll be done at some point in the mid-afternoon.  If your folks aren’t driving, tell them you’ll give them a call when you are on your way back to the building and they can meet you to pick you up.
    • Your team leader should be in touch with you in the next day or two to tell you what tools (if any) you should bring.

    See you on Saturday!