*The plan is to meet down at the church on thursday night (March 23rd) between 6-6:30pm for those who want to carpool up to the retreat center (saves on car space up there, we have a lot men signed up this year)
*For those who are driving straight up there, don’t arrive before 6:30. Everyone will be up there at 6:45pm
**DINNER IS THE FIRST THING WE WILL DO, SO COME HUNGRY!!!!**
Faith and Victory Men’s Advance 2017 Packing List
We will be having dinner as soon as we get up there! @6:45 on Thursday evening
*Dress up clothes for dinner on the 2nd night (If you have a suit bring it, neck ties, dress shirts, whatever your “dress up” looks like is good)
* Bedding & Pillow
* Towels (Hot showers!)
* Toiletries (including soap and shampoo)
* Comfy clothes, possibly a rain jacket
* Athletic clothes for activity time, basketball, football, etc…
* Bible, notebook and pen to take notes with
* Umbrella – we will be walking between buildings (It always has a chance to rain this time of year)
* We are hoping that you will be able to leave your phones at home and really be fully at the retreat. Phone #’s that you can give your family for just in case, are Pastor Matt 253-203-4030,
Pastor Jay 253-267-2280
The name of the camp is:
Lakeview Christian Conference & Retreat Center
Address: 4005 South 360th Street, Auburn, WA 98001-9326
Driving Instructions from the Church: 1302 A St SE, Auburn
(You can use Google Maps, it works great!)
Short version driving directions:
1. Take WA-18 going west
2. Get off on West Valley hwy so you can head up Peasley Canyon Rd.
3. At the round-about go left (up the hill on Peasley Canyon Way)
4. Left on Military Rd. (at the top of the hill)
5. Turn right on S 360th St
The Camp will be a little ways up on your left, you’ll see the blue sign.
Driving directions, long version:
1. Head north on A ST SE toward 13th ST SE, use the middle lane to turn left onto 3rd ST SE
2. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for WA-18 West
3. Take the WA-167 S exit toward Puyallup, but keep left at the fork to follow signs for W Valley Hwy
4. Turn left on W Valley Hwy S, and then right onto Peasley Canyon Rd S
5. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Peasley Canyon Way S (basically take a left and go up the hill)
6. Slight left onto Military Rd (it’s at the top of the hill)
7. Turn right onto S 360th St, The camp will be up a little ways on the left
Lakeview Christian Conference & Retreat Center
4005 S 360th St, Auburn WA
*If you have any questions talk to Pastor Jay 253-267-2280
Faith and Victory Men’s Advance 2017 schedule:
Thursday March 23rd
6:00 to 6:30 – Meet at church and carpool (Everyone be at the retreat center by 6:45)
6:45 – Dinner in the Chow Hall (We can unload our stuff in the cabins later)
8:30 – First session in the Chapel
12:00 – lights out.
Friday March 24th
8:30 – Breakfast – Chow Hall
10:00 – Second Session – Chapel
12:30 – Lunch – Chow Hall
1:30 to 5:30 – Free time (Basketball, ping pong tournament, cards, games, fellowship time…)
6:00 – Get dressed up, and everyone meet in the chapel
6:30 – walk down to the chow hall together for the “dress up” dinner
8:30 – Third session in the chapel
10:30 – fellowship time, free time
12:00 – lights out
Saturday March 25th
8:30 – Breakfast in the chow hall
10:00 – Forth Session
* Start camp clean up, pack away your stuff, sweep cabins and take out trash
12:30 – Lunch and group picture in the chow hall
1:30 – Final session in the chapel
* All camp clean up
2:30 – Leave for church and home
2017 Men’s Advance: Rules of engagement
1. Be here, and nowhere else! You need to come to all meals and sessions. Be where you’re supposed to be.
2. Smoking is only allowed at the fire pit. PERIOD. No smoking in cars or anywhere else.
3. Talk to people that you don’t know. They may become your new best friend. The life you “bless” may be your own.
4. This is not Vegas. You can take pictures and post them on Facebook if you want, but work hard at staying off your cell phones and social media while you are here. Engage with the people who are here with you!
5. Be a good sport. Let down your walls. Play along. The less questions you ask about what is coming up next the better it will be.
6. Wear your name tag at all times. People want to call you by name.
7. Have fun, and keep it real!
That’s all folks! Soul Wars begins soon. Ask me if you have any questions. I can’t wait!!!
Pastor Jay Alexander
Some of you know that Kate and I do dragon boating. In case you don’t know, dragon boats are basically a 20-person racing canoe: 20 paddlers, a drummer/coach in the front, and a steersperson in the back—that’s me.
I’ve observed some things from dragon boating, that I think relate to the church and I’d like to share them with you.
Several months ago, I was training new dragon boat teams at Flathead Lake, Montana. These paddlers were real novices. Every boat is equipped with bailers. They’re nothing fancy—usually just plastic milk cartons or orange juice containers with the top cut off. But, these bailers are important. If the boat begins to take on water, those bailers can really save your bacon.
Well, these new paddlers didn’t understand the value of the bailers. The bailers got in the way of their feet and they sometimes found them annoying. Some of these novice paddlers threw the bailers up on the dock before the boat left for open water. That way, they’d have their feet and legs free and clear of plastic rattling around on the floor of the boat. We steersmen were so busy jumping from boat to boat, that we didn’t notice that the paddlers had thrown out the bailers. Those bailers are important!
We were out on the lake—8 boats in all—and the weather turned. The wind kicked up 3 and 4-foot swells. Our boat began to take on water and there wasn’t a bailer to be found. This is just basic! Have bailers on the boat!
Just like other basics that we think aren’t important, some Christians neglect to read and know the Word of God. It’s the Word of God—and your knowledge of it—that can bail out your boat when you take on water. Some may think that we can just hear the preaching of the Word on Sunday. But, sometimes we start getting sunk by the world, by sin, by sickness, by circumstances, by worry, etc. If we are armed with the Word of God, we can start getting that stuff out of our boat as soon as it comes in, instead of letting it overtake us.
So, back to my story: only one boat made it back to dock without too many problems. You know why? They had bailers. One boat overturned and six took on water. I went from being a steersman to a submarine captain.
Don’t forget the basics of your faith. Read the Word of God, emblazon it on your heart. It will serve you well in times of trouble, when the weather turns, and when your boat begins to take on water.
Disconnect your SMART phone? Unplug from the world? Are you crazy? When I thought I had lost my cell phone, I thought I would die.
How would I know where I was? Remember my grocery list? Call or text [insert name]? Take notes? Tell time? Check my email? Schedule an appointment? Photograph [insert important event]? Make dinner? Go to bed? Wake up? Get dressed? (Yes, I said it. And don’t pretend like you have never asked Siri “what’s the weather like today?”) And the list sadly goes on and on…
If you are like me, you have probably heard God calling… maybe even put him on hold? Perhaps you have also made a million justifications to why you need your [insert wireless device] because I have. I do it all the time.
When I made the decision to disconnect from it (just yesterday)… I came to realize I was finally able to live. It is a lie from the devil that I cannot go a single day or hour or minute without my phone. But the reality is, I am already dead if I am disconnected from God.
I must remind myself everyday that I don’t need to be connected to the world. Instead, I need to be connected to God. And through him, I will see the world in a whole new way.
Put the phone down. Disconnect. Be still. Unplug. Let my battery die. (Gasp!) Because our God is so SMART He doesn’t need a phone, the internet, wireless router, gps or any other mobile device “thingy” to connect to His children. He can recharge us without a cord or outrageously expensive data plan. All He needs is US to be ready and answer when He calls.
Because what we do (regardless of what we say or how justified we think we are)… someone is always watching. And taking notes.
I am just going to say it. I suffer from procrastination. It has been months since my last post.
I also love lists. I love making lists and crossing things off. But somehow, the things that end up on my lists always seem trivial and never as important as the things I actually need to do. Just the act of making the list allows me to procrastinate the things I know I need to be accomplishing.
Which brings me to my priorities. Truth is… they are out of whack. While I could bore you with what my priorities are at the current moment, I am just going to share what I know “my priorities” should be. And I say “my priorities” because they are mine and in no way a reflection on what I think yours or anyone else’s should be.
For me, my priority list is simple. Jesus. My marriage. My family. Then everything else. With that said, managing this list is the farthest thing from simple. It is so easy to find things to do (or add to the list) that get in the way of keeping me from putting God and the rest of my priorities first.
Teaching, unfortunately is one of them. It is a gift from God. It is also my passion. But when left unchecked, it has become the one thing that prevents me from my priority list.
This struggle is nothing new. In fact, I have been dealing with it for years. It just really sucks to realize that your passion (the one thing you put the most time and energy into) no longer fits among your top 3 priorities.
What are you procrastinating doing? What priorities are on your list?
Believe it or not, I get funny looks every time I tell people we paid cash for a car. It has become normalized that financing a car is the only way to buy one. It’s become normal that payments are a way of life. I always love the way Dave Ramsey describes it. He describes it using an Eeyore voice “you’ll always have a car payment, the little guy just can’t get ahead”
I’m here to tell you, it can be done. It’s true! Last Saturday, we purchased the 4th used car for cash since we started FPU. We scrimp, we save, we hold onto gifts we receive until one day, poof! The savings account says “go buy a better car!”
- But buying used cars is buying someone else’s problems! Nope. Studies have proven that once a car is sold to a new owner, it is not any more likely to break down than if I bought it new and drove it to the same mileage. (studies also show that people believe things more if you tell them it was in a study.) All cars need maintenance. Before buying a used car, have a mechanic look at it and determine if there is any work needed. Adjust price if necessary.
- But buying a used car without a warranty will cost more than payments. Wrong. I have owned a used truck for 6 years now. I have put $1,250 worth of repairs into it. That’s $17.36/mo. Nice car payment, ehh! BTW, I had bought a warranty on the truck. I asked for a refund 6 months in and received $2,100 back. If I had kept it, it would have only covered $800 worth of the $1,250 I put in. That means I’m ahead $850 on that move!
- But used cars are dirty and used. Again, nope. This car looks brand new. Actually, after a good wash and wax, all vehicles look new…well, most do.
It all started with simple decisions to pay off debt, save money and living on a budget. For instance, we were about to buy a new mattress when the new car entered the scene. Should we buy a car or a new mattress. Well, the mattress will last another year or so bring on the car.
I have to admit, I am lucky. My wife is awesome. One of the last things we bought on debt was my truck. It was only four years old when we bought it and it is very nice. Then we dumped debt and went all cash. In doing so, Jenn took a big hit. We sold her brand new Subaru Legacy and she rode the bus to work so we could pay off debt. She did so even after we found out she was pregnant. Yes, I am a horrible husband, I made my pregnant wife ride the bus! (I also made her mow the lawn pregnant, but that’s another story) We then bought cars with cash, stepping up each time to a better car. Well Saturday, all her waiting and hard work payed off. She drove home in a brand new (to us) 2007 Subaru Tribeca that has every option I think you can order from Subaru. This car is clean. Barely a scratch on it, it looks like it came off the showroom floor. Best thing about it, we payed around 65% less than when it was new! Boom! We searched online and did our homework, even had a mechanic look it over. In the beginning, we brought in the big guns…we prayed hard about this. Through the whole process, I feel God was with us. Buying a car was not even on the horizon for us. I truly believe his hand guided the whole process.
I am so proud of Jenn, she is such a trooper and earned this car. I love to see her light up when she gets in and gets excited about it. If we had bought this car new, we would have $570.57/mo payments for 6 years and have paid $43,080 for the car. Instead, we paid almost $30,000 less and still get the car! They just seem to drive better with no payments.