Archives For July 2009

We just spent a week in Orlando and the high seas and had an incredible experience. As a family, this was really what we consider to be our second vacation, other than short excursions to Galveston or Corpus. So you can imagine that we were so excited to be away for what seemed like such a long time.

Whenever I go to Disney, I’m reminded of the quote by Walt Disney, “My only hope is that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.” It’s mind-blowing what has come as the result of a simple idea for a cartoon.

As believers, we’ve got so much more than a silly cartoon. We’ve got the indwelling power of God and the cross of Christ. We should be accomplishing so much more. We should be having a larger impact. Our creativity should be off the charts!

So as I’m back, I’m renewed in my commitment to do whatever it takes to impact our culture with the Gospel. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next!

We Got Decked

July 28, 2009

Last week, my family went on a much needed vacation to Florida. We consider this our second family vacation, our last one being back in 2005, and it was a blast. I can’t wait to let you in on all that we experienced.

While we were gone, we asked the West’s to check on our water and if it was not too much trouble to consider pulling our trash to the curb and putting it up. I thought that would be a big request :)

But the big news is what happened back home and what we found when we got back. Joe Barnes picked us up from the airport and when we got home, Pam noticed someone had done a little work in our flower bed up front. She was shocked to think someone would pull weeds for us. Then we noticed our backdoor windows were covered with wrapping paper and a sign that said, “To the Phillips Family with Love.” Standing on our back porch were several of our friends on a BRAND NEW PERGOLA AND DECK!!!

Needless to say, we are floored by our new deck (cheesy pun intended). It is something we’ve always wanted so we could actually use our backyard. But this one far exceeds what we could have ever done on our own. And to think that people gave their own money and sweated it on in the sweltering heat for hours. We will never forget this selfless demonstration of love!

Though I’m not even sure who all contributed to this project. It was kept top secret so some people might have wanted to get involved who didn’t just because it was so hush-hush. But I want to thank everyone who decked us from the bottom of our hearts. I’m planning on having a deck party as soon as we can and you’re all invited!

Decking the Phillips from Cole Phillips on Vimeo.

Undefeated MegaSports Camp 2009 from Cole Phillips on Vimeo.

At TCC, we want to do what we do best and add value to our community. Back in 2005, we tried to do a Vacation Bible School and found out that, because we were portable, we didn’t do as good of a job with it as some other churches were already doing. But we do community events really well.

So we started doing a week of sports camp in a park. The event is totally free, with lots of choices for the kids. Along the way, they also learn about the Bible, sing with a live band, experience puppets, have healthy snacks, and top it off with a yummy snow cone.

What always blows me away is the incredible dedication of our volunteers. Let’s face it, it’s hot out there in Texas in July. But they are committed to doing whatever it takes! Under the leadership of the MSC Director, Sylvia Orta, and our Children’s Ministries Coordinator, Tammy Oineon, our team is showing kids that Jesus can help them live UNDEFEATED lives when they live for Him!

This morning, I went down to Holtman Park at the TXI Hunter Cement Plant just south of San Marcos where we’ll be getting together this Saturday morning (July 18th) with everyone who’s serving in a ministry through TCC. We’ll be getting together at 9:30 and staying until noon.

Kristi & Melanie at the TXI Park

Kristi & Melanie at the TXI Park

The park is very nice and shady with a small stage, a volleyball court, playground, horseshoe pits, grills, picnic tables, air-conditioned bathrooms ☺. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone. The kids can play while the adults grow in our leadership. I have some very important and exciting things that I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone there.

We’ll be bringing the hot dogs, chips, drinks, and cold watermelon. I’d suggest that you bring a lawn chair.

So plan on coming out to be with us if you’re serving on a team, if you’re thinking about it, or if you just want to have a great time with some great TCC peeps.

Here’s a map so you can find us.

Lunches of Love

July 6, 2009

At TCC, we’re all about finding needs and meeting them in practical ways. I got to go out with one of our Connection Groups as they delivered over 30 lunches to kids in need in our community. This is just one of the awesome ways The Connection Church is all about showing God’s love to people so they can connect with Him.