Friday, December 31, 2010
(tie)10. Adrenaline - 12 Stones 34 times
(tie)10. Gone - Fuel 34 times
9. Bullets - Creed 35 times
8. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down 36 times
7. Breaking Point - Along Those Lines 38 times
6. Awake and Alive - Skillet 47 times
5. Sabotage - Beastie Boys 51 times
4. Dear X, You Don't Own Me - Disciple 56 times
3. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down 59 times
2. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace 62 times
1. Pass the Mic - Beastie Boys 66 times
10. Sabotage - Beastie Boys 51 times
9. Broken Road - 12 Stones 54 times
8. Reign In Us - Starfield 56 times
7. Dear X, You Don't Own Me - Disciple 56 times
6. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down 59 times
5. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace 62 times
4. Pass the Mic - Beastie Boys 66 times
3. No One Higher/The Stand - Steve Fee 69 times
2. Hosanna - Hillsong United 84 times
1. Lead Me To The Cross - Hillsong United 85 times
10. Trapt - No Apologies
9. Gungor - Beautiful Things
8. Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy
7. Bebo Norman - Ocean
6. Alter Bridge - ABIII
5. Robbie Seay Band - Miracle
4. Carlos Whittaker - Ragamuffin Soul
3. Kurtis Parks - Light Will Shine
2. Disciple - Horseshoes and Handgrenades
1. Hillsong Live - A Beautiful Exchange
Reflections - Looking back at 2010 (celebrating what has happened/milestones in our family):
Some of the wins from 2010 as we reflected back:
Torin started school and is doing very well
Chris is losing weight and getting healthy
Went to Catalyst Conference in Atlanta together
17 years of marriage
New friendship we have
Lora went to the beach with Crosslight Women
Our first strategic planning retreat
Chris went to Spain
Our small group community
Our Kingstowne Community
Good renters in Richmond
Where do we need to improve/grow and what can we institute to address those things in 2011:
Some evaluations where we need to grow and improve:
Communication – Scheduling/Calendar, Share how we feel and think with a good tone
How we handle money – Becoming better stewards
How we communicate when we discipline Torin
Chris to do better with taking Sabbath – NO WORK ON SABBATH!
Reorganize & Minimize – Clean clutter and mess/simplify
Cutting back on the internet and phone when we have family time
Not letting Torin watch as much TV
Reading more books together
How we communicate with each other in front of Torin
Connecting with other couples more (outside of small group)
Chris praying for Lora more
GOALS FOR 2011 AS A FAMILY:
1. Continue a deeper spiritual legacy as a family through continual reading the Bible together, praying together and serving together.
2. Keep a family daily gratitude journal.
3. Lora and Chris to read two-three books together in 2011 Parenting/Marriage
4. More experiential opportunities as a family. We need to take advantage of great parks and museums that the DC area offers.
5. Communicating our calendars, so we can be on the same page of what is going on with our lives.
6. Guard our family time with each. Gift to us as a family is the gift of presence - NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!
7. Continue to develop and build on our Family Virtues and Mission Statement (PUT INTO PRACTICE!) Virtues -Generosity (Give away of time and finances), Gratitude (Giving thanks and praise to God), Grace (Love and Forgiveness), Growth (Growth Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally, Physically), Generational (Legacy)
Mission Statement - The Jarrell family is Christian family who will be a family that loves, encourages, challenges and laugh with each other. We will exemplify our faith in Christ with our finances, time, talents and follow Christ in all we think, say and do.
8. Continue to develop traditions as a family
9. For Lora and Christ to do their Last Will and Testament
10. Keep to our budget and get rid of debt.
Those are our 10 goals as a family! Looking forward to the potential and possibilities that lay ahead in 2011! Looking forward to what God will conceive in us this next year.
Looking ahead to 2011...
“As God continues to pour out His blessings and as He continues to give us favor within the Kingstowne area and the surrounding communities, I want us to be intentional about ENGAGING by taking risks in 2011.” -Pastor Chris Jarrell
Sunday Morning Worship Experience - (Genesis Question #4: How are people experiencing Sunday mornings?) Are they fully connected to what is happening? Fully involved in service – I want people to be fully involved and ENGAGED in our Sunday morning worship experience and not just be a casual observer. I want to see people respond to what is happening during our services…it’s more than just coming to be comfortable, it’s that they will truly experience what God is doing.
Ministries - (Genesis Question #2: Are we intentional about each person stepping out and plugging into ministries to use their gifts and talents for God’s purposes within the NCC Sunday morning worship experience?) Get people to actively commit to being involved in our Sunday morning ministries. I want people to ENGAGE by using their gifts and talents to bless others. My hope is to get at least 5 new people added and committed to all of our ministries at Kingstowne by the end of 2011 and that new ministries will start in 2011.
Small Groups - (Genesis Question 3: How are we growing as disciples and as a community?) Developing more leaders, so we can continue to provide more small group opportunities in the Kingstowne area. I want us to have 15-20 Small Group Opportunities by the end of 2011. It is my prayer and hope that people get ENGAGED in discipleship and in the lives of others.
Outreaches - (Genesis Question 4: Are we being noticed so we can make God’s name known and bring His fame in what we do?) Continue to push with outreaches, developing new opportunities and continue to make current outreaches BIGGER and BETTER. We want to have a GREATER impact in our community. I want the Kingstowne location to be ENGAGED in a greater capacity in our community.
Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Going ALL IN:
PLAYING IT SAFE IS RISKY: As we seek to ENGAGE at NCC Kingstowne, I want us to grab hold of this core value and run with. As we look back on all of our wins and as we move forward to 2011 let us begin taking some greater risks.
Let’s be strategic and give everyone an opportunity to serve here at NCC Kingstowne. Let’s help others raise their level of risk by inviting them to be a part of a team.
This is where discipleship happens. Take a risk and lead a group. Take a risk and join a group. Risk taking is what cultivates community. Our level of growth as a location will come from our level of growth as in small groups at NCC Kingstowne.
Let’s raise our level of risk and get involved with our community on the ground level.
Looking Back at 2010 - Giving God Praise:
Malinda del Mundo and Valerie Petty - New Hospitality Leaders
Lora Allen - New Nursery Leader
Sharon Simon - Connections Leader
David Collier - Small Group Coordinator
Katie Cowles - Outreach and Events Coordinator
New People stepping into Ministry Roles at Kingstowne
Congo Orphanage Miracle last May during Miracle Series
New Signage at Kingstowne
New People Coming to Kingstowne
Invested over 25 people into Potomac Yard Launch
2010 Easter Eggstravaganza - 300 People
Great Partnership withTopGolf Alexandria
Concert for a Cause
2nd Annual Live Nativity
Moving Forward to 2011 - New Initiatives/New Goals:
New ministry that reaches out to military personnel in our area.
Expansion of Crosswalk Parenting ministry in the area.
15-20 small groups in the Kingstowne area and surrounding communities.
Kingstowne Only Retreat
2nd Saturday Serve Northern Virginia
Trunk or Treat with Glow in the Dark Minigolf at TopGolf
CoffeeServe at Metro Station and VRE Stations in March
Co-ed Softball in Fairfax County
Ministry Spotlights during Sunday service
Getting other people involved during service elements
Stay United/Stay a Family:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesian 4:1-6
1. Keep moving forward, growing and maturing - spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. I feel like in all these areas in 2010 - I have made significant strides in and I going to keep going in that momentum.
Spiritually - I have grown deeper in 2010...I will continue in that in 2011 with continual study in God's Word, Serving and Generosity - three things that stretch me and deepens my faith.
Mentally - Continue to read, 2010 I read my first fiction book since high school. Continue to grow myself in 2011, mentally through reading and gaining knowledge and wisdom from other voices.
Physically - Continue with morning workouts and stay physically in shape. 2010 I got into the best shape of my life, I will continue that pattern in 2011.
Emotionally - Emotional wellness comes from stability in a consistent prayer life and maintaining stability with character and attitudes. In 2011, I will continue to grow in my prayer times and keep my attitudes in check and stay grounded in the peace of God.
All these things work together. I will continue to develop all these areas in 2011. I believe these things are the foundation of everything else that will follow in 2011.
2. Keep my priorities my priorities and not compromise - with Lora and Torin and potential child number 2 in 2011. Family is more of the priority. For me, presence is the greatest gift I can give them...for me, I will NOT sacrifice my family on the altar of ministry. For me, my family is who I have after it all said and done.
I have seen too many friends in ministry and outside of ministry who have lost family and with that they have lost everything else.
My priorities are as follows - God (my faith and all I do is based off my relationship and desire to follow Christ more closely), Family (My wife and then my child(ren), my Calling (ministry to people).
3. Keep running and nurturing my dreams - I still have some life dreams I want to see achieved sooner rather than later that goes hand and hand with my calling. I believe these dreams are God inspired ideas and they need to be nurtured.
I will keep going after those dreams in 2011 and I will see them fulfilled soon!
That is it! My goals for 2011---Simple and Sweet---oh yeah---it takes work but achievable. If I achieve these goals I will be a much better person in January 1, 2012 than I am on January 1, 2011. I can also be more effective in what God has called me to do.
My encouragement to you keep your goals simple and sweet...they don't have to be elaborate, get back to the foundations.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! MUCH LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU!
A little inspiration for 2011 as you are considering your goals.
Friday, December 03, 2010
While I don't want to be too rigid with our time, I do want us to be able to cover all of these topics. Here is the time line agenda for the next 24hours.
Planning Getaway Agenda
4:00 – Leave from DC to head to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore
5:30 – Check into Renaissance Hotel/Freshen up – relax
6:30 – Dinner at Cheesecake Factory - Wins from 2010/Evaluation What we can do better as spouses as a family (areas we need to improve and address)
8:00 – Walk over to Barnes & Nobles – Talk budget and finances
9:00 – head back to hotel
8:00 – Wake up and get ready
9:00 – Breakfast at Panera’s – Calendars for 2011
10:00 – Go over to Barnes and Nobles – Virtues/ Missions Statement
12:30 – Lunch at Noodles & Company – Personal/Family Goals
1:30 – Barnes & Noble – Traditions/Experiences/Prayers for next year
3:30 – Head back home and implement
5:00 – Pick up Torin
By the way, I just want to say how grateful that we are for Nathaniel and Brooke Bennett for watching Torin for us! Thank you guys! Much love and appreciation!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I wanted to post a few thoughts about Lora and my getaway as we plan for 2011. Both looking as a family and personally. I really want this to be an intentional time and I also want it to be a time that is a mile marker in our marriage and in our family.
During our 17 years of marriage this the first time we are doing this and this will be an annual thing that may coincide with our Anniversary (Nov. 20) in the future. We are looking forward to getting away for 24 hours to Inner Harbor of Baltimore. It will be an intense 24 hours with focus but also some fun :-) and good food Cheesecake Factory. We will probably do most of our planning at the Barnes & Noble (this is an awesome B&N) so we can be surrounded by lots of great books with amazing ideas.
Here is an agenda for those 24 hours...(None is this is meant to be prescriptive but descriptive of what we will do.)
-Reflecting - Looking back at 2010 (celebrating what has happened/milestones in our family)
-Evaluating of what we can do better individually as a couple/family
-Our Budget for 2011
-What bills/cards can we pay off
-What can we do to control spending?
-Set a reasonable budget
-Support missionaries 2 or 3
-Big events for next year
-Time off thoughts
-Goals – both personal and family
-Experiences – what are experiences do we want to have or give Torin this year
-Where do we need to improve/grow and what can we institute to address that?
-What are we building in our family?
-Virtues: Generosity, Gratitude, Grace, Growth & Generational
EXAMPLE: The Jarrell family is a Christian family who:
Unconditionally loves, supports, nurtures and forgives each other.
Demonstrates fiscal responsibility, including giving of our time, talents and treasure to the Lord.
Models faith and Christ-like living through what we think, say and do
-Summer Vacation get away – Beach/mountains/Lake - 4 day getaway
-Christmas gift from NCC Missions Catalog
-Christmas 3 gifts for each other as a family (Symbolic of gift Jesus received of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
-Our Will (Last Will and Testament)