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Well, the blog is takin’ a hit. I just can’t seem to find the time to write much here lately – so, another mind-dump update:

  • I’m about become an Uncle for the first time in my life.
  • Jen and I are about to celebrate 9 years of marriage & 15 years of being together! I don’t deserve to be with such an amazing woman, seriously.
  • I got myself a Blackberry Curve to replace my 2 year old Treo 755p. Moving from Palm to BB, was not too hard, in fact I really like my BB. There’s a lot I like, like: Bluetooth tethering that actually works (most of the time), Ubertwitter, Sprint Navigation, Google Mobile Apps, Facebook for BB, Pandora. What I don’t like: having to pull the battery out (per Sprints advice) every day or two to reset the phone – huh? And when it restarts, it takes like 2 minutes (maybe I’m just picky). Also, it has those “Windows” kind of hic-ups – you know, when the little hour glass appears & spins around for minutes at a time…
  • I’ve been working on ideas for a new logo for Rancho Community Church since the day I started there. After 6 months, I finally found something and everyone (that I know of) is really stoked about the new look. Here’s the old logo:
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    And the new one:
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  • I posted this (and other versions) to a flickr group for some feedback and found out that it made it’s way over to churchmarketingsucks.com, which I think means that it doesn’t suck. I just thought it was cool that it made it on their front page (along with another piece of art I did for our Missions team).
  • The logo is really cool to me because it says a few things: Notice there’s five squares that make up the cross. Those are our “five brands”, or five areas that as a church, we are focused on: Connecting Lives, Teaching Truth, Building Families, Helping Others, Recovering & Restoring. Each color represents a different “brand” and each brand has it’s own logo (depicted here). The squares in the shape of the cross also convey a feeling of ancient-modern; the ancient cross with a modern spin – it speaks to Rancho being a multi-generational church. Also, the multi-colors is also representative of multi-culture, which Rancho has as well – and will undoubtedly grow more and more. All that to say, I think it works well.
  • School is ramping up, getting ready to start in a few weeks. I’m helping with the planning of our Teacher Orientation week – which I’m stoked about. I had this crazy idea of getting Dan Cathy (yes, he Twitters) from Chick-fil-A to come and speak (he’s the COO, from Atlanta). I talked to one of our local Chick-fil-A marketing people and she put me in touch with Andrew Cathy, Dan’s son – and long story short: he’s scheduled to come speak one day during our orientation week! I’m so stoked & can’t really believe it. We’re going to have our entire staff (church and school) attend his session, and I can’t wait.
  • Miles, my son, is going to be turning 7 in about a month and I can’t believe it. Seems like just last year we were changing his diapers. He’s going to be heading to First Grade at Rancho Community; all day, five days a week – for the first time. We are so proud of him – he’s such a good boy. I’m trying to be more intentional with him, praying for him, sharing things with him to build his character, teaching him about things, like appreciation for music, the Bible, kindness, selflessness, helping his mom & sister – it’s so much fun being his dad. I’m so thankful for him.
  • Macy… oh Macy. She’s so cute and (can be) so sweet. But she gives us a run for it. Being a dad to a daughter is a completely different ballgame than begin a dad to a son – at least for me. She’s a good little girl, very intelligent, but she pushes the limits too (me and Jen joke that maybe we just don’t remember how hard Miles was when he was three). I’m trying to learn how to be the best dad I can to her, and for her. I’m praying for patience & wisdom. Today she reached her “level 3” at swimming lessons – she can almost swim by herself at three years old. We were so proud of her today!
  • Got to spend some time with my brother, James, a few weeks ago – that was really cool.
  • I’m going to facilitate a community class, sponsored by Rancho Community, on social media. It should be a 6-10 week class familiarizing people with things like Twitter, Facebook, blogging, and all that goes along with that. It should be a fun way to build some new relationships outside the walls of the “church”. Anyone local interested in being a part of that? I’m gonna need some speakers too… Anyone?
  • Oh yeah, and… we’re in the middle of designing, developing, and beta-testing a new website for Rancho Community (almost forgot about that little project). Working hard with Daniel Murphy on this project – and it’s HUGE. Should be live in a couple weeks if all goes well.
  • I need to delegate some of this social media, publicity, marketing – whatever you call it. Right now I am managing about 4-5 Facebook pages, the church blog, the school website, helping with the church website (above), and five twitter accounts. Luckily, I have one volunteer helping with one of the Facebook pages… any more volunteers?

Well, that’s all for now. How are things going with you?

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Here’s a little update on Easter.

Our Easter started on Saturday night when we attended our church, Rancho Community. The house was packed – over 1,000 people showed up on a Saturday night! The service was truly amazing. Pastor Scott (@scotttreadway) introduced and officially launched the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission (@tmrescuemission). The whole focus of the night/message was that Christ didn’t just die to offer relationship with man, but to empower us to live out the new life – to reach out to the least, the last, and the lost – which is exactly what we are attempting to do through the work of the Mission. Found out today that over 6,300 adults attended Rancho this weekend – AWESOME!

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One cool part of the night was when Riverside Country Supervisor, Jeff Stone announced to everyone’s surprise, that the county of Riverside was going to designate 2.5 million dollars toward the work of the Mission – pretty cool! After that, Jim Palmer from the Orange County Rescue Mission bestowed a huge sword upon Rancho Community for being warriors in a time when others are retreating. Pretty awesome (that’s what that picture is – from my cheesy Treo). My buddy, Tony actually got some videos from the evening here.

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So the next morning we woke up and the kids had Easter baskets (for the first time ever). We didn’t do Easter Bunny (not that we have any issues with him or her), but we did hide some eggs, and the kids got a few little things – they were stoked!

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After that, we headed over to our parents church, Sunrise, to partake in their pancake breakfast. It was really cool to see everyone from Sunrise – the church where I served as a Youth Pastor for about 7 years. Both mine and Jen’s parents go there, as well as my sister and her husband, plus a bunch of good friends.

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After breakfast, we went home, cleaned up and headed over to Impact Church where my sister Emily, and her husband, Travis (@ttingley) lead worship – and my good friend, Jeff Paschall (@jeffpaschall) is the pastor, and another great friend, Vince (@locustfist) is on staff. We had a great time there – the worship rocked, and Jeff shared some great stuff. It was great to see a bunch of old friends there as well – and it was just great to go to church together!

After church, we headed over to see Jen’s Grandpa, who’s recovering from a little stint in the hospital. So we dropped by, said happy Easter, and hung out for a bit.

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Then we had lunch at Mimi’s with my parents, my sisters and their husbands, Travis’ parents, and some friends of my parents. It was pretty crazy to say the least.

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Then we headed over to Jen’s brother’s wife’s parent’s home (say that fast 3x’s). This is a little tradition now – they have a huge party, with child & adult Easter egg hunts. We had a blast, as did the kids. I think we finally got home at around 7pm that night. We got the kids bathed & in bed by 8pm, and then we crashed out at about 9pm.

It was a great day! How was your Easter?

Here’s all the pictures from Easter:

Well, things have been busy at Rancho, both the church and the school.  In an attempt to keep everyone on the up and up, here’s some of the latest work that I’ve been doing:

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This was a quick job for our Women’s Ministry – a screen graphic.

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This was a super quick job for our High School Ministry – a quarter page flyer.

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Retractable Banner design (original art designed by Tyson Morlet) – I did the layout and a little logo adjustment.

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Another quick design for a banner for a missions focus. Rancho is “adopting” a project to bring the Bible in audio to the Palwano people of Southern Philippines. Read more at the Rancho Blog here: http://blog.ranchocommunity.org/2009/04/01/palawan-missions-project/

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Standard commitment card – for the Palawan project.

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The Pointe is Rancho’s college/young adult worship service on Sunday Nights. They needed a little identity branding, so we’re starting here. Very simple, but you’ll start to see how we use in over the next couple months.

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Another banner – this one for the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission. An istock image takes care of the lighthouse theme – we’re going very graphic (leave out the logo) so it’s more timeless.

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This is a 6′ x 8′ banner that will be placed in 2 locations at the entrances of Rancho. Real simple 55mph sign.

I’ve got a couple other iron’s in the fire that will probably be finished next week. Along with striight up designing, I’ve been super busy on the communications side of things, here’s a list of stuff that I’ve been working on:

That’s about all I can think of now. I love my job. The people I get to work with are amazing. The church is doing some amazing things and I get the priviledge of doing my best to get the word out effectively and with style. Hope I can keep up!

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We looked long and hard for an affordable Christian preschool that was close enough to us that it made sense to drive to every week for our daughter Macy (this was back when gas was like $5 a gallon!). We ended up at Adventure Island – a preschool that shares a facility with Venture Church, where a good friend of mine is on staff.

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We weren’t real sure on what to expect; Miles went to Rancho’s Sonshine Preschool for 3 years and we all loved it! So we had high expectations. All we can say is that we’ve been SO happy to have Macy there. First off, they allowed her to enter a class that she was just a little too young for – but we really felt she was ready for it. Needless to say, she excelled and absolutely LOVED her class & especially her teacher, Mrs. McCarthy (or “Mish Macarphy” as Macy says).

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Anyway, since I am now working at Rancho, Macy will be transferring there in a couple weeks, and today was her last day. They made her a little poster, and her teacher sent home a little packet of projects that Macy has completed. Her teacher loved Macy so much and Macy loved her so much and all her little friends.

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I guess I just wanted to give Adventure Island and her teacher some props. And just kind of remember Macy’s first preschool experience.

We love our little girl so much!