Monday, December 22, 2008

I'm sorry it's been so long!

For all my readers: I apologize that it's been so long since I've posted a blog. First, it was because I was trying to finish school, but then around Sept/Oct, my internet service at home was shut off. I am working on finding a way to get back online at a regular basis. I'm not sure how or when that is going to happen, but please be patient with me. I will find a way! I am determined to keep all my readers aware of what is going on in my life.

Personal Updates: I finished my last class at the end of August, and am now the proud recipient of a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. I'm considering going back for my Master's Degree, but I haven't made a definite decision one way or the other.

Rex and I are expecting our first child in January. The baby is due on January 22nd, but you know how babies are.........they can decide to arrive at any moment! We are very excited about this upcoming addition to our family! We have received several wonderful gifts from our friends and family, and we're hoping to save up money to buy the things we didn't receive.

The Journey Update: There is no Fuel meetings until January 9th! Subway Groups (small groups) will not be meeting for the next couple of weeks, either. We are taking time off for the holidays! As for the coming year, Fuel will be following a new format. We thought we would try something different, and change things up a bit! Check for any and all updates on all Journey groups and goings on.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We need volunteers!

Here at The Journey, we need people who are looking for a way to serve God by serving others. Our volunteers help Fuel services run more smoothly. Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to give our attendees the full spiritual experience they are searching for. In fact, if it weren't for all of our volunteers, Fuel might have never existed!

We could use volunteers in the following departments: Childcare, Food Servers/Preparers, and Sound Technicians. If you have been a part of The Journey for three months (or more) consistently, and you feel that God has put it on your heart to help others, let us know! We are looking for God-loving and God-honoring people to help build and support our ministry.

If you would really like to be one of those people, contact Pastor Shawn at, Cristina at, Rex at, or me at We would love to have your help!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Congratulations Warriors!

We won the football game on Saturday, which caused us to win the entire series! Love Potion #1 was a tough team to beat, and it was really looking bleak for us Warriors. LP won all the first three events, and WOL were lagging behind. It wasn't until the awesome comeback at the volleyball game, that WOL came within a hair's breadth of the title! We were within 50 points! LP fought back furiously at the Wii Sports Showdown, but WOL managed to win both rounds! So the score was tied as of Friday night. Saturday was the deciding factor, and after a hard fought game between the teams, WOL prevailed! LP gave us some serious competition, but we managed to pull through! Warriors of Love were the victors! Love Potion was a great team to play against, and team captain Bart was always good at pushing his team to do their best. I did my bast as the captain of the Warriors, but because I'm pregnant, and was unable to play in three of the events, I appointed Cristina as my Co-Captain. She did a great job taking over when I wasn't available. Both teams played with a lot of heart, and this years teams had a lot of good sports. Several players were injured in some of the events, but they pulled through and persevered! Some even continued to play through their injuries, unless they were too severe, and they bowed out gracefully. Great job Journey members! I'm proud of ALL of you. I would have to say this has been the best year of competition of the last three years. We had NO poor sports this year, and everyone supported everyone else! That is truly awesome!

For final scores and more details, go to They should be updated soon!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Warriors finally won an event!

Yay Warriors of Love! Great comeback! Love Potion #1 is a hard team to play against, but you finally succeeded with a win! I'm so proud of you! I wish I could have been there to experience it with you. There's still plenty of time for us to turn everything around. Great game everyone! Everyone plays with plenty of heart and appreciation for their teammates AND opponents.

Now we have a true competition. Everyone is playing well, and enjoying themselves. There are two events left in the Series: Wii Sports on Friday 7/25, and Football on Saturday 7/26. At this point, it is truly anyone's game. Thanks to all of you who have participated, and those who continue to participate. We couldn't have reached these scores without you! For information about Summer Sports Series, and to find out the scores, visit or

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hope the camping trip went well.

I don't know who all went, and I haven't heard back from everyone, but from the ones I did talk to, I heard that it was a wonderful experience. I'm sorry that Rex and I missed it, but we had several very good reasons:

1) We were helping our friends Matt and Bridget move into their new apartment. We had to move everything from Ontario to San Bernardino. I helped on Friday, and Rex helped out both Friday and Saturday. We rested on Sunday. :-)

2) Rex doesn't like camping. He does not enjoy sleeping in a tent, in a sleeping bag, and not being able to shower, or use a normal toilet. (I heard about the "No Facilities" at the camp. Was there at least an outhouse, or some kind of indoor toilet?)

3) Rex's mom needed us, to take her to run some errands. It's only fair, since she's been loaning us her car for the last several months, until she has her last (hopefully) eye surgery, and her eye heals well enough for her to drive.

4) Last but not least, for those of you who don't know: Rex and I are having a baby! We are expecting our little bundle of joy on January 22, 2009! Of course, since it's my first pregnancy, there's even less guarantees on the due date, then there would normally be. We are so happy, and we're glad to share this experience with everyone in The Journey, and as of next year, we will have a new addition to the Journey family: Baby "Peanut" Arnold! (It's only a nickname, we are not actually going to name our baby "Peanut"!)

Hope everyone is well, and I will see some of you on Friday, at Fuel. We missed everyone last Friday, so we're glad Fuel is back at church! :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Never too late!

Hello to all my readers! I'm sorry I've gotten so behind in my blogging! I've been experiencing some serious craziness, with trying to finish all my classes by the end of August. I have to take four classes by then. I know, I know. I must have lost my mind, right? Probably, but I have faith that I can do it, and anytime I don't have the strength to do it by myself, I will pray to God for the additional "oomph" that I need. It will probably only get crazier! Oh well, once I complete these courses, I'm done for good! I won't have to go to school anymore! (Unless I get a wild hair, and decide to go back to school for my Master's. I don't see that happening, so all is well!)

As far as updates for the Journey:

Graduating seniors will be moving up to join us, either at the College-age Group on Tuesday nights (led by Evan & Adda), or at Fuel on Fridays. Whichever they decide, they are always welcome!

Young Women's group (led by Ellie) has moved to Tuesday nights at 6pm, instead of Monday nights.

Young Men's group has been put on hiatus for the summer. We'll keep you posted with any changes. Check periodically for details.

We have a new addition to our Childcare Leaders: Jodie! She has finally decided to be apart of the Journey Ministry! We're happy to have her!

There's only one more week to Be the Difference in helping the Tunde and Friends ministry! Since the beginning of May, we've asked Journey members to donate their recyclables every week at Fuel. This is your last chance! You can either turn in the recyclables yourself, and donate the money to Tunde and Friends, or you can rinse them out and bring them to Fuel, so we can do it for you. Or you can just write a check to Centerpoint Church, and in the memo write "Tunde and Friends". However you feel moved to help, it will be a blessing to their ministry.

Fourth of July Fun in the Forest: We need your money in by this Sunday! That's $30 for two nights, or $25 if you need to come home by Saturday. You can pay Shawn on Friday or Sunday. The details are as follows:
· 2 nights camping at Mt. San Jacinto State Park (showers & bathrooms available; you bring your own camping equipment).
· Friday, July 4, 1pm, through Sunday, July 6, 1pm.
· 5 meals, FUEL in the forest, Summer Sports Series, hiking & more!
· All for only $30. THAT'S TEN DOLLARS A DAY!!! (and it INCLUDES GAS!!!). Payment in full secures your spot.
· All money must be in on or before June 29.
· If you have to be back early: We are only allowed 2 vehicles for every 8 people. So as long as you ride up with 2-3 other people who need to be back early, you can ride back together too. And if you HAVE TO leave on Saturday, I will knock $5 off your camping price, which means you'll only have to pay $25.
· Have any questions?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Changes for the Journey.........

There will no longer be groups on Mondays.

The Young Women's Group has been moved to Tuesdays at 6pm. For questions and information, contact our group leader Ellie by e-mail at

The Young Men's Group is on hiatus, until Pastor Shawn has decided where the group is going. He's hoping to find a more exciting way to get more young men involved.

All other groups will still be meeting on their regular days, at their regular times. For more information about all these groups, visit, and click on the small groups link.

As for Fuel, Rex will be teaching this month. Come visit us this month on Fridays, to hear what new things he will teach us about God's Word. Rex has a lot of knowledge about the Bible, and I'm sure he's looking forward to sharing it with us.

Check out The Journey's blog at every week, and see what our Journey leaders have to share. It's the one place you can get the thoughts from several of our leaders, without having to go to several different websites. It's also a good way to keep in touch with what activities we have going on. You never know what you might discover when you visit our blog page! Come visit anytime!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tomorrow night at Fuel

We will be ending our series of "When I grow Up". Pastor Shawn will be wrapping things up, and help us to be better servants of Christ, and giving us guidance through God's Word on how to be good stewards as well. This series has offered several examples of how we need to live for Christ, regardless of where we are in our lives, and to never forget that no matter where we work, we need to remember that God is our boss. We work for Him, and we need to reflect that in all we say and do, both at home and at the workplace.

Rex will be leading worship, because Jess has the night off. So those of you who have never heard Rex lead (or just enjoy his style), come and join us! We would love to have you come worship and fellowship with us. We will also have discussion in Fuel Groups, so come prepared to share your thoughts.

Dinner is at 6pm (and I heard from my secret source, that we're having spaghetti!). Childcare is provided, and starts at 6:45, in the Junior High room. Worship starts at 7pm, and we will be reading Joshua 8 (for the Storyline Challenge), so you don't have to! You can either try to catch up to where we're at, or just wait until tomorrow, read Chapter 8 with us, and continue on to Chapter 9 on Saturday. Don't feel bad if you fall behind, just try to get in the habit of reading your bible daily. The point is to just get you immersed in God's Word, and learn more about Christ and His church.

Hope to see you all at Fuel!
For more information, go to, and click on the "Fuel" link.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sorry it's been so long!

Hey everybody. I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted. I've been really busy with school, church, and life in general. I hope you guys have at least been visiting The Journey's website at, or the group's blog at There are always new blog posts on both sites, that will keep you updated on Journey gatherings and announcements, just in case I haven't had time to post them myself. I truly apologize to all of my visitors. Rex and I are still trying to get used to the new apartment, we both are involved in more activities at church, and I'm trying to finish school. I know that's no excuse, and I'll try to get better about blogging on a regular basis again. Please be patient with me!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Who am I?

After hearing Pastor Shawn's message on Friday, and seeing the video that Andre made with Potter and Jason, I had to ask myself this question: Who am I? I was no more clear about myself, than I had been before. I know who I would like to be, and I know what I would like to do with my life, but have no idea what I am supposed to be doing right now. So I asked myself these questions:
What is my purpose here on earth?
What is expected of me?
Why am I even here?
Why do I have the friends that I have?

I sat down and began wondering if I was truly being myself. I wondered if I was trying to be somebody I wasn't. I had spent so much of my life trying to fit in with different crowds, that I began to wonder if I had compromised myself. I doubted if I even knew who the real me is. Was I just wearing a mask, and playing a role? Did I spend more time trying to please others, rather than myself (or God) ? Once I finally convinced myself that I always do my best to be true to myself, and always try to honor God, I began to ask a different set of questions:
Am I identified by my parents?
Am I identified by my husband?
Am I identified by my friends?
Am I identified by my job (or whether I have one or not)?
Am I identified by my education?

I had to seriously figure out what makes me, me. After several hours of prayer and self-reflection, I've decided that I am my own person, but every aspect of my life (family, friends, church, work, school) has molded me into who I am today. If it weren't for all of those factors, I would be a completely different person. (I don't think I would have liked the other me.) This revelation led to a whole other set of questions:
Am I the best person I can be?
What can I improve about myself?
How can I continue to help others?
Can I truly make a difference in other people's lives?
Am I putting other's needs before my own?
Why was I chosen for this particular ministry?
How can I serve God better?

Unfortunately, I don't have the answers to these questions yet. I'm still in the process of figuring them out. Everyday, I learn something new about myself, and how I can benefit others. I pray to God for guidance, strength, and perseverance. Only God knows the person I will become. Everyday, He reveals to me more and more. Everything will be given to me one step at a time. He will not reveal more than I need. I may not be able to see the entire path, but I know that as long as I continue to have faith in God, I will become the person He wants me to.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fuel Focus for this month.........

The theme for the month of May, is "When I Grow Up...". The idea is for us to always serve God, regardless of where we are in our lives. Whether we're students, parents, unemployed, or working in our different professions, the goal is to grow into better servants for Christ.

On May 2nd, Pastor Shawn's message was to "Live for Jesus Every Day." He reminded us that regardless of what our job is, that ultimately God is who we're working for. We need to work honorably, morally, and humbly. We need to show our love for Christ through our work. Whatever we do, we need to remember that our actions should always honor our Lord.

May 9th: The message will be"Go With What You Know." Come join us at 7pm in the High School room of the Student Ministries Building, to worship and to hear what Pastor Shawn has to say. Or you can come early for dinner at 6pm. Childcare is provided, and starts at 6:45 pm in the Junior High room. For directions to Centerpoint Church, go to

May 16th: "Rise to the Occasion"

May 23rd: "Manage the Middle"

May 30th: "Live the Legacy"

We welcome all young adults in the Inland Empire, regardless of where your home church is. Our goal is to give a supplemental experience to your church lives. We don't want to take from, we want to add to. Feel free to join us every Friday, or if you're not available on Fridays, we have other small groups and bible studies available throughout the week. For more information, go to, and click on any of the links you are interested in knowing more about. Or you can email me at

Monday, May 5, 2008

Financial Woes

Rex and I are trying to figure out how we are going to pay rent for this month. We are already late, so now we have to tack on the extra fee on top of what we already owe. My landlord called me this morning, and said that if he doesn't receive the money today, he will be by tomorrow, to tack a "Pay or Quit" notice on our door. This notice will give us three days to come up with the money to pay him, so we don't get evicted. So, of course Rex and I are panicking, because we were expecting to have the money by now. We try to have faith that God will continue to provide, but it's hard when the people we owe money to are always breathing down our necks. We're expecting a check from my uncle and the "Economic Stimulus" check from the government, but we don't know when either of those will arrive. Please pray for us, because this apartment was truly a blessing when it was made available to us. It's close to church Rex's work, and many of our church family. We love it here, and we don't want to have to move again. Thank you.

Friday, May 2, 2008


To All Journey Members:
Everyone has been so supportive of my finishing school, deciding to quit my job back in December, helping Rex and I move, and my current job search. We appreciate everything the group has done for us. All your efforts and prayers have been a true blessing. Many things would not have occurred, if not for your love and support.

To Cristina, Wandica, Ammie, Kat, Chris, (and whoever else may have helped):
I appreciate the efforts of you guys on Sidewalk Sundays (especially last Sunday, since I wasn't there). I'm guessing everything went well, because Shawn hasn't contacted me with complaints. It was truly a blessing to find people who were willing to run the table for me, and outreach to other young adults at Centerpoint. Keep up the good work!

To Paul:
Thanks for having the patience to deal with me during announcements. I know sometimes I lose track of what's going on, and other times I get carried away. I appreciate all your efforts to keep me on track. I know I'm not always easy to work with.

To Shawn:
Thanks for giving me this opportunity to be such a huge part of The Journey. It has been a blessing for me, because it has helped me grow spiritually and further my education. I enjoy all of the work you pass my way, and I look forward to much more activities and assignments with the group. I love working with all of these wonderful people. I hope you continue to have faith in my efforts.

To my wonderful husband, Rex:
I love you so much! Thank you for loving me, and being a part of my life. You were the one who convinced me to go to Cal Baptist, and believed in me when I doubted myself. If you hadn't prodded me, I wouldn't be graduating on Saturday! Our marriage has been a blessing, and I look forward to many more years of happiness with you. God truly has blessed us both!

To anyone who is planning on going to my graduation on Saturday:
The ceremony starts at 9am, but I recommend that you get to Cal Baptist as soon as possible, so you can find parking! The ceremony will be two hours long, so we should be done by 11am. If you would like to meet up with me after the ceremony, you can meet me at the short wall in Stamps Courtyard. To get to the courtyard, you go up the steps in front of the Yeager Center (by the waterfall), past the rotating globe in the walkway, past Wanda's (on the right), out into the courtyard. It's the short wall just before the grassy area, and there's a black marble plaque on the ground. It's not far from the front lawn, promise! If I'm not there when you find it, Rex should be. Call one of us if you get lost.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

This Sunday!

The Journey will be setting up a table at all services, to invite new people to come visit Fuel on our next Open House night (May 2nd), and offer information about the group to everyone 18-29 that attends Centerpoint Church. Any Journey members who are available to help out, please do so! Unfortunately, I won't be there because Rex and I are going out of town to celebrate our anniversary. Please let me know by e-mail, or if you are at Fuel tomorrow night, I will be gathering a list of volunteers. I would really appreciate anyone who can help out!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Rex and I, along with many other Journey members went and saw Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" after Fuel this evening. It was very interesting and informative. I was quite surprised by much of what I learned. I definitely recommend it to other people. Fair warning: Be prepared to be amazed by the ignorance of many of the people Ben Stein interviewed. One thing I suggest is to not go see it after 9:30, unless you enjoy documentaries! You might accidentally fall asleep, like I almost did. It wasn't that the movie was boring (because it wasn't), there were just some slow spots, and I was exhausted! I honestly enjoyed myself, and it gave many of us something to think about and debate about on the way back to the church (since we all carpooled). Go see the movie! Trust me, you'll be surprised at how "stupid" some of these "intelligent" people are. No joke. You'll have to see it to believe it.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fuel Focus for this month.........

This month's focus at Fuel, is Where is Your Heart? It's about ways for us to honor God with our money. On April 4, Pastor Shawn's message was about asking "Where is Your Heart". On April 11, the message was about "Tithing- Giving to the Church & it's Servants". To hear these messages, go to and listen to them on our podcast.

Tonight, April 18, Pastor Shawn is speaking about "Budgeting- Keep Track of Your Money". Come join us at 7pm in the Student Ministries Building for worship and Shawn's message. Or you can come early for dinner at 6pm. Childcare is provided. Also, after tonight's service, many Journey members are going to see "Expelled" by Ben Stein, at Edward's Ontario Palace Stadium 22. At tonight's service, we will have more information about what time the movie is showing.

Next Friday, April 25, the message will be about "Generosity- Being Open to the Lord's Leading". We will have a guest speaker- Tunde and his wife Titi, who will be speaking about Tunde and friends, and the mission to Nigeria. Come join us at 7pm and learn more about Tunde, Titi, their group, and how we can all help make a difference!

For additional information about Fuel, or anything about The Journey, visit our website. To read some thoughts and input from some of our Journey leaders, go to There are new posts frequently, so come by and check our blog out!

I'm graduating!

I just found out yesterday that I am cleared to walk in the graduation ceremony on May 3rd at CBU! My degree doesn't actually post until August, but I get to walk! My name will be announced with the other ADCP graduates! I think they just run down the list of all the graduates alphabetically, but I'm not 100% sure. I don't think they announce the names by educational programs. I guess we'll see, won't we? All Journey members are invited! All or my other friends are invited to! Everyone I love is invited! I expect to see most if not all of you there! I can't believe it! I'm going to be a college graduate! The first one in my immediate family! Yahoo me! Yippee! I can't believe it! I didn't think it was possible this quickly! I thought it was out of my reach for at least 5-10 years. Thanks to Cal Baptist, I was able to do it in two years! Two years! Thanks to Rex for talking me into attending CBU, and for supporting me the entire way. And more than anything, I give my thanks to God for giving me the strength and perseverance to make it through.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We're moved!

Rex and I are in our new place. We're settling in and getting unpacked. It's actually starting to look like we live here!. The only room that is still unorganized, is the dining room. The bedroom is 90% completed, the living room is 95% completed, and the kitchen is 80% completed. We hope to have everything done by this weekend, but we'll see. There are a lot of books and glassware that have to be unpacked. We just have to decide where to put all of those things. It's all a process, but we have to be patient and take our time. If we rush things, we'll hate where we put everything, and have twice as much work to do later. We still need the keys to our front door, screens on our front windows and balcony door, our heater unit in the dining room, the range hood above our stove, and curtains on all our windows. Despite all those things, we still love our new home! We hope to be able to have Journey members over for dinner and host some of the gatherings that we have throughout the year. We can even invite members over after Fuel on Fridays, Remix service on Sundays, and Thru the Bible on Wednesdays. We'll see how things go! The Journey is such a huge part of our lives and we're happy to finally have the opportunity to give back to the group. It truly is a blessing for us to be so close to the church. We look forward to having Journey members visit our home.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Open House at Fuel!

Come one, come all! Tonight, The Journey is holding our monthly Open House, for any and all 18 to 20-somethings in the Inland Empire! Regardless of where your home church is, you are welcome here at Fuel! We are here to offer a supplemental experience to all of our Church family. All new people are welcome, as well as our faithful attendees! Worship starts at 7pm (Childcare is offered), or join us early for dinner at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

Losing my mind!

This whole moving thing is INSANE!!!! We have 90% of our stuff packed, and we're moving TOMORROW!! I will be taking a short break from the packing, by going to Fuel. (Tonight is our Open House, so bring a friend!) Rex isn't feeling well, so he's going to stay home and try to get some packing done. He said he's probably going to have to take a lot of breaks, because he doesn't have a lot of energy. Hopefully, he doesn't overwork himself! After Fuel, I have to come home and help Rex finish packing whatever is left over! yay.........I'll probably be up late, trying to finish everything. The fun part is, everybody that is helping us move will start showing up by 9:30 a.m! So I probably won't get much sleep! Again.........yay.......of course, none of this would have happened, if we had actually started packing things a month ago. Oh well, this is what you get went you put everything off until the last minute.........Procrastinators of the world unite (not really, because we'll never get around to having a meeting)!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Great news!

Rex and I had been looking for an apartment for the past month. We wanted to find a place in either San Bernardino, Colton, or Redlands, so we could be closer to church and Rex's work. We looked at several apartments that were way out of our price range. We didn't give up hope but just kept on looking. We found one in Colton, and applied for a credit check. We weren't approved because Rex is the only one working right now, and our income wasn't 2 1/2 times the rent. So we were bummed, but we kept looking.

We were seriously starting to get discouraged, until our friend Gloria mentioned an apartment she spotted in Colton. Individually, Rex and I went to check it out. We both fell in love with the place. It was being renovated and wasn't completed, but we saw so much potential in the place. With Gloria's prodding, I got the landlord's phone number, and set up a time to meet him. Rex and I prayed about it, and decided we were going to apply for this place, too. So we did, and had to wait a few days.

While we were waiting, we began to get nervous, because the date for us to move out of our current apartment was creeping closer. While we were waiting to hear back about the Colton apartment, we got a tip from Evan about an apartment in Redlands. The rent was way reasonable, especially for a two bedroom apartment. We went by, and checked it out. We liked the layout, so I contacted the landlord and found out he didn't take cats. Again, another disappointment, because we weren't going to get rid of our cat.

Then, I heard back from the landlord of the Colton apartment. He had been trying to get a hold of our current management office. We had to give them permission to give out our information. A couple of days later, we received a call back telling us we were approved! We couldn't believe it! We were so excited, because we loved that apartment the minute we saw it! Of course, when we found out what the move-in was, we became discouraged again. The amount was way more than we could afford on our own, so we knew it was up to God.

God had supplied us the apartment, so we believed that he would provide the funds. It was really hard for us to sit back and just wait for the money to be made available. We prayed, asked all our friends pray, and even asked our Bible Study group to pray that God would provide for us yet again. I think we were starting to feel like we were demanding too much. Of course, we found out that all we had to do was ask. God made the funds available almost immediately! So, I called the landlord and set up a time for us to meet him and give him part of the money. (We plan on giving him the rest of the money when we move in.)

So, we met with the landlord on Monday and signed all the paperwork. We move in on April 5th! That's this Saturday! It's perfect, because we need to be out of our current apartment by the 7th! Anyone who would like to help is more than welcome! We welcome any and all of our friends! God works wonders! I am absolutely amazed! We are truly blessed! One of the best parts about this apartment, is that it's 5 1/2 blocks from the church! We can walk to and from church! We can have more get-togethers for the young adults, and they won't have to travel too far! It's also much closer to Rex's work, so it will no longer take 20 minutes to an hour for him to get there! Praise God!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Last night........

Rex made his debut at Family Stuf!

Every Wednesday, the Children's Department at Centerpoint Church, has Family Stuf, which is a service that lets children (ages 5-12) interact with their parents, and offers different activities and stories. Often times, they also have a drama, which tells a story about their virtue for the week. (This week's was Courage, next week's is Joy, etc....)

Well, about a month ago, Ellie asked Rex if he would be willing to become part of the drama team for Family Stuf. He agreed, and last week, he got his first script. It was a little difficult for him to learn his lines, since they weren't able to have rehearsal on Sunday (Easter). But with a little perseverance, and help from God, he remembered his lines!

His performance was a hit! Everyone loved his character, Herbert. He was so convincing as a 13 yr-old "nerd". He made everyone laugh, and after the service, several people came up to him and told him he did a great job. I was so proud of him! All his years of drama training paid off. I thought he was the best performer up there (but of course I'm a little biased).

Rex will be part of the drama again next week, so if anyone wants to check it out, come by at 6:30. Family Stuf takes place in the main Sanctuary at Centerpoint Church. For more information about Centerpoint Church, Family Stuf, and all other services, go to If you're looking for Journey (Young Adult, ages 18-29) information, you can either link from Centerpoint's website, or you can do directly to

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Good Friday Service..........

It was a hit! We had 130 adults/teens, and 15 children (2-12)! That's the largest amount of people we've ever had in the High School room in the Student Ministries Building (at least as far as I now). It was the highest attendance for a Journey service, at least. (Our Friday night Fuel Service usually averages about 15 people.)

The set-up went pretty smoothly, since G.P. showed up real early, and started setting up chairs. Rex and I got there fairly early, and started setting up the sound equipment and decorations. Little by little, everyone else started showing up, and we were putting things together. We were doing fine, until people started showing up EARLY! We weren't expecting people until 6:30, and they started showing up around 6! We started running around, trying to finish setting up. We finished as quickly as possible.

Then, more people started showing up. The only problem was, we didn't have the bulletins to hand out as they walked through the door. We greeted everyone, and directed them into the High School room. As soon as we received the bulletins, we made sure everyone was handed one, even the people who had already been seated. Shortly after, things started calming down, and the service started on time!

It was a beautiful service. We basically had a funeral service for Jesus. Andre took on the role of John, and gave the eulogy. It was very moving. The music Jess played was lovely. There were several positive comments made during the service and worship. It all went fairly smoothly. In fact, the service ended early! Fuel NEVER ends early! We're usually run late, or end right on time. It was a nice change of pace to end early. Everyone there seemed to appreciate what the service had to offer. Even Pastor Dane had a lot of positive things to say.

And since we had dessert available, many people stayed around, and had fellowship. Several people went up to different Journey members, and complimented our efforts. They were impressed by how well we ran everything. We hope that the Good Friday Service gives everyone who attended a better idea of what The Journey is, and what our goals are for young adults in the Inland Empire. We hope that they see us in a new light, and that more young adults at Centerpoint Church will want to attend our Journey services and meetings.

For more information about the Journey, and to hear the recording on our podcast, go to

Thursday, March 20, 2008

This Week....

Monday night's St. Patrick's Day party was a blast! We had good food, good friends, and lots of fun! Everyone was in an "Irish" state of mind. I think there was only one or two people who weren't wearing green (party poopers! just kidding!) They were welcome, too. It was nice seeing so many Journey members in the same place, at the same time.

Tuesday night's College Age Group was wonderful. Like we would expect anything less, from Evan and Adda! They are truly a blessing to those who attend those meetings. I look forward to stopping by sometime, to meet any "kids" I don't know yet. It is my duty, as Personal Relationships Liaison, to become acquainted with all Journey members! It's great!

Wednesday night's Thru the Bible went through without a hitch (or so I heard). The only problem was, Kevin (our worship leader) was not feeling well, and couldn't be there to add his special touch to the worship songs. He was dearly missed, and we hope he gets well soon. Pastor Dane's message was educational, as usual.

Tomorrow night: Good Friday Service! The Journey is hosting. It starts at 7pm, in the Student ministries Building. We will be having worship, prayer, and a message from Pastor Shawn. We will be offering childcare, so all you parents can attend! It will be a beautiful service, offered in remembrance of Jesus Christ, and what He sacrificed for us. Everyone is welcome! People of all ages! Come one, come all! We look forward to seeing you.

For more information about The Journey and all our groups or services, feel free to check out our website at

Friday, March 14, 2008

It's been too long!

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've blogged! I've been busy looking for a job, and Rex and I are trying to find an apartment, since our current lease is up next month. So, I've been turning in my resume to everyone I can find, and trying to pack up our apartment all at the same time! So much has happened since I blogged last! Okay, let's see if I remember everything in order.......

I started a new class, which I mentioned in a previous blog: Comparative Religions.

Rex and I joined a new bible study. It's on Thursday nights at Ed and Nancy Boyd's house in Grand Terrace. The nice thing about it, is the fact that we already knew 80% of the people who attend! Some of them are even part of The Journey: Evan and Adda Dahlke (College-Age Leaders), Kat Newhouse (College-Age Group and Fuel attendee), and Kat's boyfriend, Chris Nunez (Fuel Childcare Leader). We enjoyed reading and fellowshipping with everyone who was there.

I discovered that one of the young ladies that used to work with me at The Avenue passed away. We're not exactly sure what happened, but I attended her funeral on Wednesday. Please pray for peace and comfort for her family.

Rex and I applied for an apartment in Colton, and we got denied for the credit check because our income was too low. Please pray that we find the home that God has waiting for us, because we need to be out of this apartment by April 7th.

Rex will soon have a running car! A friend of ours had a 1998 Ford ZX2, that was just sitting in her apartment complex. She needed to have it removed, or her landlord was going to tow it. She told us there were some transmission issues, but we were welcome to it, since she wanted the car to have a loving home, and not be junked. We picked it up Tuesday night, he drove it home, and now we just have to wait to get the pink slip from her on Saturday, so Rex can start getting everything taken care of, and changed over into his name. Praise God that this car was provided for us.......we didn't have to pay for anything, except a new battery and possibly some transmission work! Amen!

I received a call from a marketing company, and I have an interview set up for Monday afternoon! Please pray that everything goes well.

My mother-in-law had yet another surgery on her eye this morning, and she called this afternoon to say that her doctor said everything went well. He's confident that this time, everything should heal normally. Praise God that my mother-in-law has such promising news! Thank you Lord for making everything go as planned!

Rex and I are attending the "I Love You More" workshop at our church, to help us continue to make our marriage stronger, and become more centered around God. I will let everyone know how it went!

We have Fuel as usual tonight, at 7pm. come join us early for dinner at 6pm! Childcare is provided. Pastor Shawn will be continuing this month's series, "What if there is no God?" Join us to see what God will reveal to us, through Shawn's message.

Sunday is Palm Sunday, and I will be setting up an information table at my church, about The Journey. If you have any questions, come by the table, and see me or one of the other volunteers! (We will be announcing the Good Friday Service- for more information about that, go to The Journey's website at

and just in case I don't make it back on here over the weekend:

Monday night is The Journey's St. Patrick's Day party! Anyone who wishes, come join us at 6pm. It will be in Rialto, at Ellie and C.J. Clark's house. For anybody who doesn't know how to get there, I believe there are directions or a contact number on The Journey's website, as well. If you come by, Don't forget to wear green!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Comparative Religions

My new class for this session at CBU, is Comparative Religions. It's basically World Religions, but from a Christian perspective. This class is aimed to educate the students on how other religions compare to Christianity. My teacher grew up in Thailand, so she learned how important world views are, and how Buddhism and Hinduism relates to Christianity. She is a committed Christian, and her only goal for the class is to introduce the other religions to us, and make us aware of how different they are from the Christian faith. I look forward to learning a lot in this class, and I believe this knowledge will give me a greater respect for my own beliefs. I am a Christian, but I know very little about the world faiths or how they view Christians. I look forward to learning all knowledge that my professor has to offer. Maybe I can share what I learn with the other members of The Journey. There is much many of us don't know about Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. I might be able to offer a different perspective of these religions. We'll see......

Friday, February 29, 2008


It will be the first Friday in months, that I haven't gone to Fuel. Ever since I was given the position of PR Liaison, I haven't missed a week! (That's been about three months now.) Even before that, I would go after work to fellowship with other Journey members. I wasn't always able to hear the message, but I wanted to spend time with the people who shared my love for God. So, tonight my husband and I have the "night off", and we decided we wanted to spend some alone time together. I'm looking forward to spending time with my husband, but somehow I still feel like something is missing. I feel like a part of me isn't being fulfilled, because I won't be at Fuel. I know it doesn't change my relationship with God, and it doesn't make Him think any less of me, but I feel lost! I feel the same way when I miss church on Sunday. I feel a small sense of emptiness, because even though my thoughts are with God, I'm not getting the fellowship with other Christians. I never realized just how important fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ can be. I know I'm never alone, because God is with me, but the Bible says we are to fellowship with other believers, and worship God together. The Journey is a part of who I am, and since I am unable to attend other Journey gatherings, Fuel is where I get that fellowship. I will truly miss Fuel tonight, and I'm looking forward to going back next week.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's Done!

I did my presentation tonight, and it seemed to be well received. My classmates were attentive, and I could see many of them nodding in agreement. The surprising part was that out of the 15 people that raised their hand when I asked "How many of you are 18-29?", only three of them raised their hands when I asked them if their churches offered a Young Adult ministry. (I hope I reached some of them, by letting them know they have another option for spiritual growth). It absolutely amazes me that so many churches miss out on the opportunity to reach their young adults. They leave them to wander alone, and just assume that their spiritual journey will happen naturally. Most churches figure that once you're out of high school, you should automatically become a part of the Main Church.

The problem is, it's not that simple. Once you hit 18, your brain doesn't immediately shift to "Ok, I'm adult now. Time for me to join in the Main church activities, with people my parents age (or older)." It's absolutely scary once you turn 18. You're no longer a child, and most of the time you "age-out" of the high school group. (Not always, but it happens too often.) So you're left wondering "Now what? I no longer have a small group of people I can relate to, and I don't have much in common with the people my parents know from church." Often times, this is when young adults wander from the church. They are usually working, going to school, or both. So they become lured out into the world, and find it harder to resist temptation. They no longer have their small group to hold them accountable, and help encourage them along their walk with God. They often lose their way, and make choices they wouldn't have made otherwise.

More churches need to offer Young Adult ministries. It would be a blessing not only to the young adults, but to the church as well. If more young adults are given continued guidance past their high school years, they are more likely to become stronger Christians. If they are able to continue worshiping, praying, and fellowshipping with people their own age, they will feel more comfortable as they transition into their spiritual adulthood. Young Adult ministry allows the members to ask questions they may be afraid to ask in church. They are able to relate to many of the other members who might be going through similar experiences. They may encounter members who have already been through what they're going through, that may be able to offer assurance and guidance through the difficult times. They have a continued sense of belonging, rather than feeling like an outsider.

That's why The Journey is here. We offer this sanctuary to any young adults in the Inland Empire who might feel lost, or are unsure of what their next step should be. We're here to offer a community of people who can sympathize and empathize with their struggles. Our wish is not that they leave their home church, but that we are able to offer something additional, whatever they may feel is missing from their lives. We want to "Be the Difference" for them, and help them become the difference in the lives of others. We hope to enrich their spiritual lives, and help them strengthen their relationship with God. The Journey is a supplement, not a replacement.

Anyone who has questions, feel free to visit, and learn more about The Journey. We have a podcast available for anyone who wishes to hear some of the messages before they decide to join us on our journey of truth. God Bless!

Monday, February 25, 2008

My Presentation........

The presentation that I was supposed to do last week, was postponed to this week. I get to do it on Wednesday. I believe I am second to go up. It will be about The Journey, since the group is something I'm passionate about. I'm a little nervous, because I don't like getting up in front of people. It's a fear of mine, that I am currently working through. Please pray again for me, that it goes smoothly, and that God helps me reach those young adults who are searching for a community of people their own age that love to worship God. I pray that God gives me the right words to say, and gives me the strength to do whatever He has sent me to do. May God give me wisdom and grace for this presentation!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I Just Signed Up For The Walk!

I just signed up to be on the Centerpoint Church Team for the Coachella Valley Autism Society Walk on March 29, 2008, to help B.E.S.T. Services raise money for Autism. I'm looking forward to participating in this cause. If you would like to help B.E.S.T. Services with a donation, you may do so by writing a check to B.E.S.T. Services and give it to me or one of the other walkers. Or you can go online and donate with a credit card or PayPal on the B.E.S.T. Services website, Or you can join our team! Go to the website, and click on the link for the walk. Click "Join a Team", and enter in our teams ID number. Enter in your information, and you will be added to our team. Thank you for helping in the fight against Autism.

Centerpoint Church ID: 34

Last Night's Fuel Gathering

It was great. Pastor Shawn spoke about bitterness, and how it can truly affect your life. I never thought of it in the way that God revealed it through Shawn. I began to see the uselessness of being bitter. Here are some of my notes from his message (paraphrased):

Bitterness is keeping a record of wrongs, it boils up into Rage, which is uncontrolled passion. If you lose control, it can turn into Anger, which is a violent emotion. Anger can escalate into Brawling (fighting, punching), and become Slander (speaking ill about someone else). Any type of Malice, which is wanting to do harm someone or see them suffer, is wrong. Don't let Bitterness become part of who you are! Bitterness is an OPTIONAL response to bad things that happen. We deserve God's wrath, but He gives us grace.
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
-Ephesians 4:31-32

When I heard these words, they truly hit home for me. How can I expect God to forgive me for my wrongdoings, if I can't forgive someone else? Who am I to judge the actions of someone else? I need to let go of all the wrongs that have been done against me, and forgive those who committed them. I am the one who is choosing to let these things continue to bother me. I am the one who chooses to be angry. I need to ask God to help me forgive them. I need to give my anger and frustration up to Him. I need to stop being bitter, because all it's doing, is eating away at me. It's tearing me up inside, and will eventually affect my entire life. As I sit here, typing this, I offer up my bitterness and resentment to God. I pray that He helps me to become a more forgiving person.

If you would like to hear Pastor Shawn's message, go to, and click on The Journey's Podcast.

Monday, February 18, 2008

This Week....

Wednesday, February 20th- I will be doing a presentation in my Business Communications class, that will introduce the What, theHow, and the Why of The Journey. I hope to reach some of the young adults in my class, and offer another place for them to worship God. The Journey's goal is not to take young adults away from their church, but to add to what they already know about God. We offer worship, prayer, and fellowship to all young adults that come to our weekly meetings. For those of you that are in my class, I hope that this piques your interest about my presentation, and please pray that it goes smoothly. For those of you not in my class, pray for me that this goes well, and that I don't make a complete fool of myself!

Friday, February, 22nd- Fuel will be meeting back in the Children's Ministries Building! (Last week, we met in the Sanctuary.) This week's message will be about Bitterness, and how we can overcome it. Pastor Shawn will be speaking, and will be offering the wisdom that God sees fit to bestow upon him for this particular message. As usual, we will be meeting for dinner at 6pm, and worship starts at 7pm. Come join us for prayer, fellowship, and community enjoyment. If you have any questions about The Journey, or need directions, go to the website at God Bless!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

B.E.S.T. Services

Behavioral and Educational Support Team Services, Inc.

The Journey will be participating in the Coachella Valley Autism Society Walk on March 29, 2008, along with B.E.S.T Services to help raise money for Autism. So far, they have raised $2,500, but their goal is $25,000! If you would like to help with a donation, you may do so by writing a check to B.E.S.T Services and give it to one of the walkers. Or you can go online and donate with a credit card or PayPal on the website If you are interested in walking with us you may join our team. All are welcome! To join, go to the B.E.S.T. Services website and click the link for the walk. Click on the "Join a Team" link, and enter in Centerpoint Church's ID number. Enter in your information, and you will be added to our team!

Thank you so much for helping us in the fight for autism, and God Bless!

Centerpoint Church ID: 34

Jess and Karilee's Message on Autism

On Friday, February 15, 2008, Jessica Cox and Karilee Jones spoke at Fuel. Their message was about Autism, and the children that they tutor. These two ladies are very special people, because they help Autistic children learn to communicate with others. I was very moved by their message, and by the fact that they were chosen by God to help these children.

What is Autism? It is a severe developmental disorder, that begins at birth or within the first two and a half years of life. It is usually diagnosed by the age of three. A less severe form is known as Asperger's Syndrome. Children who have Asperger's are higher functioning than children who are Autistic.

Statistics: 1 in 150 children in the U.S. are diagnosed per year. 4 in 10 boys are diagnosed, but only 1 in 10 girls are diagnosed. For whatever reason, Autism is more prevalent in boys.

If you would like to know more about Autism, go to, to hear Jess and Karilee's message on The Journey's Podcast, or visit the B.E.S.T Services website at

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

To all of you young adults: Hope you guys and gals have a great day and evening. It's Valentine's Day, and whether or not you are part of a couple, go out and have a good time. If you're single, go out with your friends or do something by yourself. Don't let the fact that you're single get you down. Enjoy it! Be yourself! Have a good time! Be young and exciting! If you're dating, keep it fun and simple. If you're engaged, try a nice dinner at a restaurant and maybe a romantic movie. If you're married, how about a romantic dinner at home, a rented movie, and snuggling on the couch?
Wherever you are on your journey of love, be careful, and always make the right choices. Be honest with yourself (and your partner, if you have one). Don't try to be something you're not. Don't let anyone compromise you into something you don't want to do. Be upfront, and don't be afraid to set up boundaries. You have a right to say no to whatever someone asks you to do. God Bless you on your endeavors!


This Friday's Fuel, will be taking place in the Main Sanctuary of Centerpoint Church. The Church is located on the corner of 7th and F St. in Colton. For all regular attendees, you guys know how to get there. If you would like to join us for the first time, and need directions to Centerpoint, visit the church's website at Fuel still starts at 7pm, but feel free to join us at 6pm for dinner.

Also, don't forget this week's message is about Autism. Jessica Cox and Karilee Jones will be speaking about it. If you have any questions, or would just like to know more about Autism, come join us. Both ladies work with Autistic children, so they have plenty of knowledge that they were willing to share with us. Come join us, and hear what these ladies have to offer!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tonight at Centerpoint Church

Everyone's welcome!
Whether you are a young adult or not, join us! Do you "want to know more of what's between the covers of your Bible?" If so, join Pastor Dane Aaker as he goes through each book of the Bible. "Thru the Bible" starts at 6:30 pm, in the Basement of the Main Building at Centerpoint Church. We have worship, which is lead by Kevin Krogstad, then have Pastor Dane's lesson, and then we break up into smaller study groups to discuss what we learned. If you are a young adult, join Kevin and Laura in The Journey's small group, and be with people your own age who probably have similar questions to yours. (Sometimes, the group goes for dinner afterward).

If you have children, join Pastor Pam and Ellie Clark in the Main Sanctuary of Centerpoint Church for "Family Stuf", also starting at 6:30 pm. Every month, they teach about a new virtue of God. It's a great place for families to "worship and grow together". Feel free to join in the fun!

If you have Junior High or High School students, they meet in the Student Ministries Building, which is right across the parking lot. "Switch" (Junior High) and "Ignition" (high school) do "teen-age stuff" and find out more about God. It's fun and educational! Come join in!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

College-Age Group

If you are 18-23, and live in the Inland Empire, you are more than welcome to join the bible study and fellowship group tonight, in Grand Terrace. The group is run by Adda & Evan Dahlke, at their home, from 6:30pm on (ending probably about 8:30-9pm). For more information about the group, visit The Journey's website at, and click on "Journey Groups". You can also get directions to the Dahlke's house. If you want, you can also e-mail Adda with any questions at We hope to see you there!

Monday, February 11, 2008

This Week's Fuel Gathering

Attention! This Friday, February 15: Fuel will be meeting in the Main Sanctuary, instead of the Youth Building. Centerpoint's Junior High Leaders will be getting the High School room ready for Anti-Camp on Saturday, so The Journey will be having worship and our message across the parking lot, in the church. Anyone who attends Centerpoint regularly, knows where that is. Those of you that don't, it's really easy to find: it's the big, white building on the corner of 7th and F streets (in Colton), with "Centerpoint Church" painted on the side. We welcome all newcomers, as well as all regular attendees.

This week's message will be shared by Jessica Cox and Karilee Jones. They will be speaking about Autism, and how it affects both the children and their families. Both ladies work with Autistic children, so I'm sure they have much wisdom to share. Here at The Journey, we look forward to whatever Jess and Kari have to offer us. So please come join us, and hear more about Autism. We hope to see you there!


One of our Journey couples just got engaged! They've been together for 2+ years. For more details, check out their blog page! Congrats, you two!

So Far This Month....

We've had five new attendees at Fuel! That is fantastic! We're excited that people are coming to check us out. One of the new attendees has already been back once, and we hope to see him again next week. We hope that the others feel free to come back and join us whenever they want. We're glad to become a part of their spiritual journey. We feel blessed that they have decided to add to The Journey's spiritual development.

I also heard that we had a few new people joining in on Wednesday night's Through the Bible (bible study) at Centerpoint Church. They came to hear Pastor Dane's lesson, and then they joined The Journey's individual discussion group afterwards. This is all great news! We look forward to seeing more new faces in weeks to come!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Parents of Young Adults (18-29)

Feel free to mention The Journey to your children. They are more then welcome to join us, and if you're the one who has visited this page tell them about the group! Let them know about this page, so they can link to The Journey's website, or just let them know about the other links. We are just looking for young adults that want (or need) a small group of their own, to worship God. Many local churches don't offer young adult groups, so we welcome any and all young adults who want to be part of one! They don't need to leave their home church, just join us and have ANOTHER place to fellowship, worship, and pray (with people their own age). Put the word out!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Attention Young Adults!

The focus for the month of February: Our Struggles Within

The entire month, we will have messages on struggles that we may have in our lives. Some are spiritual, some are psychological, and some are emotional.

Last week, we learned about Depression: what many of the symptoms are and how to cope with them. Our guest speaker was Dr. Mark Cox, and he offered a lot of suggestions for people who struggle with depression and their families. Dr. Cox's message offered much to those who needed to hear what he had to share. If you missed it, you should be able to catch it on The Journey's website at, on our PodCast.

This week, February 8th, the message will be about Self-Worth. Shawn Candelaria, our young adult pastor will be speaking. Come join us and hear God speak through Shawn on this subject.

Next week, February 15th, the message will be about Autism. Our worship leader, Jessica Cox, and one of our long time members, Karilee Jones will be speaking on the subject. Both ladies are tutors of autistic children, so I'm sure they have much to offer. Come join us and learn more about Autism.

On February 22, we will learn about Bitterness, and on February 29, we will learn about Anger. Stay tuned for more information!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Impromptu website assignment

In my BUS 301 class, our professor gave us an group assignment in class, to come up with a new type of scooter, and how to build a website to market this product. This scooter is aimed to kids aged 8-12. We had to come up with a web design, keyword advertising, name development, how to track visitors, and a web traffic plan.

As a group, we decided to have a video on our opening page, of well known extreme sport athlete doing different tricks. The product endorsement would be from well known extreme sports heroes like Tony Hawk, Stephen Murray, Justin Miller, Travis Rice, Gretchen Bleiler, Jake Brown, and Robbie Madison. There would also be an option for kids to design their own scooter, and offer popular designs from popular shows, cartoons, and movies, such as Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Bratz, Jimmy Neutron, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, etc.

Our keyword advertising would be: scooter, razor, extreme sports, sport heroes.

Search engines: We would use Google and Ask Jeeves.

We would use banner advertising on extreme sport websites, skateboarding websites, kids websites, family websites.

Any other suggestions on how to draw more people to our scooter website? All outside input is appreciated!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

This weekend with The Journey

To all young adults (ages 18 to 29) in the Inland Empire............
This Friday, at Fuel: Merle Aaker, the father of Centerpoint Church's Pastor Dane Aaker, will be speaking about prayer. He has much wisdom to offer to all of us. Afterwards, we will be breaking off into our small groups for prayer. For more information, visit The Journey's website, or come join us at Centerpoint Church for worship and fellowship at 7pm. Or come by at 6pm for dinner!
This Sunday, at Centerpoint Church: Join us for church in the Sanctuary at 8, 9:15, or 10:30 for worship and Pastor Dane's live sermon . Or come by The Service @ 10:35 in the Student Ministries Building, for worship and Pastor Dane's message on video! In between services, there will be a table set up for The Journey with information about the group, and Leaders will be available to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Storyline Challenge

Every month, our Young Adult Pastor has a "challenge" for the all the members. The challenges are to help members get better about reading our bibles, and to become more immersed in The Word. These challenges are designed to help us become better acquainted with what is written in the Bible. The challenge for 2008, is the "Storyline Challenge", which is to read the 13 books that tell the story of the Bible from Creation to the Church. The challenge began on Friday, January 19, and continues throughout the year. The idea is to read one chapter a day. To get more info about the challenge, go to either The Journey's MySpace page at or the website,

Friday, January 18, 2008

Come visit us at Fuel!

Everyone is welcome! We have our young adult worship group every Friday, at 7pm. It is a group of 18-20somethings, that are searching for a closer relationship with God. Our attendance usually ranges from 10-25. It's a small, intimate gathering, in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. We meet for dinner and fellowship at 6pm. Worship starts at 7, then depending on what our Young Adult Pastor has scheduled, we either hear a message from one of our teachers (or a guest speaker), or break into small groups to discuss the Bible, and answer questions that are given to us in our bulletins. (Some weeks we have the message first, other weeks we have small groups first.) Either way, we learn more about God. If you are 18-29, live in the Inland Empire, and are interested in joining us, check out Centerpoint Church Colton's website, or The Journey's website (which are both linked to the right) for location information. We would love to see you there!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Business Communications Class

Today, in class, my professor emphasized how important communication is for any group leader. The one concept that stood out in my mind, was the "Leadership Dimensions of Communications", which:
1. Builds Teams
2. Enables leaders to- share the vision, empower people to reach the vision, instill trust, solicit feedback (active listening), to learn daily, never being afraid to say "I don't know"

I think that this idea is essential for anybody in a leadership position. This is especially important to all of the leaders for The Journey. Our goal is to "Be the Difference" in our communities. The only way we can do that, is to set an example for all of our members. We need to share our vision with everyone in the group, and let them know that they can come to us for anything: prayer, guidance, and questions. As followers of Jesus, we are always learning new things. The most important thing, is for all Journey Leaders is to never be afraid to say "I don't know". We are not perfect, and it's okay to let others know that we don't know everything, and to lead members of the Journey to seek knowledge from the Bible, and to ask other individuals that are more knowledgeable than we are.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Taking my "job" seriously

Once it was decided that I was the PR Liaison for The Journey, I sat down with our Young Adult Pastor, and we brainstormed on different ideas to create excitement about the group. The first thing we have planned, is to set up a table outside of our church on Sundays, and have information and brochures available to anyone who has questions about The Journey. The table is going to be set up on the last Sunday of every month. There will be 1-3 Journey Leaders available to answer any questions, and we will have two different brochures: one that explains what The Journey is, and one that offers different small groups and venues that people can join to become more involved. We'll also try to show pictures and videos of different Journey gatherings, so people can see all the things that we do together in fellowship. I'm really looking forward to this "job", because I had been wanting to get more involved in the group. I know that God has lead me in the right direction, and I look forward to more adventures along the path He has chosen for me.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New recruit

I have been involved in The Journey (Centerpoint Church's Young Adult Group) since December of 2005. As of June of 2007, I became one of the group's leaders. My title ws never decided, because I needed to sit down with our Young Adult Pastor, and decide what exactly my duties were as a leader. Each leader has a different job, and serves a different purpose. As of last night, my title was established. I was "promoted" to Public Relations Liaison, which basically means that I come up with new ways to "market" our group to existing members as well as any potential members. One of my duties is to implement new methods of creating excitement about our group, and help existing members continue to make a difference in their own lives, and the lives of others. I'm glad to finally know what is expected of me, and where God wants me to be.