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Monday Musings

Posted: November 23, 2009 by Rich Landosky in Monday Musings, Rich's Random Ramblings

Its been a few weeks since I’ve sat down to reflect on the previous week, so I’ve got a few weeks to think about right now.  The past few weeks have been crazy.

Joel Ariza. The Friday of our October HS RIOT I learned of a former student in our HSM who had disappeared.  Joel had been a part of our group for a number of years.  We called him “Animal” for his insane abilities on a bike.  Apparently Joel and a buddy went out on his new boat and the boat capsized.  His buddy made it to shore but Joel never did.  To my knowledge, his body still hasn’t been found.  Tammy and I went to the memorial service for Joel and had a chance to talk with his dad a little and offer some words of encouragement and comfort, I hope.

Vacation. Our time up in the Poconos was incredible.  While the nor’easter was crashing down on the coast and causing some cold and wet days here, we had perfect weather up there.  Got some great reading in, a lot of rest, and some riding in.  Tam and I went for a 20 mile ride on the mt. bikes down the Lehigh Gorge Trail.  Much fun together.

Fifteen Years. The reception last Sunday was great!  We are so blessed to be a part of AUC and to work with students like you guys.  God has done and is doing some great things in the student ministry and it is just amazing to be a part of that and go along for the ride.  I am so thankful for all of our leaders – past and present – who really are the reason why everything goes so well and why I’ve been able to make it for fifteen years.  I am so blessed.

The Boy. Dean started playing basketball for the Aldan Boys Club.  So far he’s loving it.  Funny story about The Boy.  Thursday I took him up to school and as we got to the blacktop where they line up, about 5-6 boys in his class start chanting Dean’s name.  Then Friday as I brought him up, one kids saw him, yelled his name, and then got the attention of all the other guys who, in unison, yelled a loud “Deeaaannnnnn!”  I’m nervous.

The Infamous Fork Story. Well, yesterday, Jack walks in with a woman next to him.  After some curious thoughts run through my head (Is this one of his sisters?  Does Jack have a girlfriend?  he doesn’t have a computer so eHarmony is out…), I get introduced to Jack’s sister.  I had to ask the question – Are you the sister that he stabbed with a fork?  She smiled and said, “Yup!”  I’ve been smiling and chuckling since.  She has no idea just how famous she is around here.

Servant Hearts. I stand amazed and all of you guys.  You MS students were incredible raking on Saturday.  I am so proud of the way you all worked so tirelessly and so hard.  You HS students – I stand amazed every month when our Servant Teams come together and I watch you all working and making meals, doing bulletin boards, filming video, practicing music, doing the grunt work of setting up and tearing down and operating sound systems.  I am blown away!  You all are amazing!!!  This is what it is all about!

Date Night. Took Alyssa out on a date Friday night.  We went to get dinner and then went to the movie theater to see the new Disney Christmas Carol in 3D because it is supposed to be so awesome.  We buy our tickets and walk into the Granite Run AMC only to realize then that the 3D version is not being shown everywhere and is not being shown there.  A great night with my daughter.  A disappointing night not being about to see the movie in 3D.

Football. My Pittsburgh Steelers are killing me!  The only solace from yesterday is that the Bengals also lost so we didn’t lose any ground in our division.   Ugh!

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Monday Musings

Posted: October 26, 2009 by Rich Landosky in HSM, Monday Musings, MSM

Sunday Sports. It was a good day for me yesterday – both the Steelers and Yankees won.  Makes Rich happy.  Speaking of the Yankees . . .

World Series Time. The baseball season is winding to a close with what I think is going to be an epic series.  Looking forward to the Phillies & Yankees.  Our home is evenly divided so it should be fun.  At breakfast this morning, Dean said, “This is great! We can start talking trash at each other now.”  Not sure how it will play out in the series.  Phillies are hitting much better than the Yankees right now, despite the Yankees having a string line-up, in my opinion.  Starting pitching looks pretty evenly matched.  Bullpen – I think the Yankees are stronger, at least on paper, but the game isn’t played on paper, now is it?  I think the Phillies have the edge, in all honesty.  The invincible Yankees have stopped hitting this post-season and you can’t win if you don’t hit at least a little.  I don’t know.  Looking forward to it.  I’m ready. Let the dance begin.  🙂

Love. I’ve got to tell you, nothing warms my heart the way watching you all demonstrate real love does.  I loved watching what you all did for Jack yesterday with his birthday.  The roars at UG in the morning when his birthday was announced, and the party and gifts last night.  You guys rock!  The sacrifice in time and money to show love back to a leader who you all know loves you so much – amazing and awesome.  I love watching it!  It makes my day.  I’m so glad to have a front-row seat to watch the Holy Spirit’s continual transformation of so many of you.

Jack. Speaking of Jack, even though I know he’ll never see this (he still doesn’t own an answering machine nor will he take a free one!), his dedication, love and commitment to our high school students and this ministry is unreal!  I hope that we all realize that.  Take a moment to thank God today for Jack and his love for us.

Lessons From  Saul & David. I’ve been reading through 1st Samuel in my devotions and right now I’m reading about Saul and David and the relationship that they found themselves in.  Quite interesting.  Over the next few weeks I’ll share some insights from their lives.  I’ll begin with a simple one today.  JEALOUSY WILL EAT YOU ALIVE.  This is so apparent in the life of Saul.  He starts off loving David and then being grateful for David.  But as soon as David gets some credit for something (which Saul empowered and enabled him to accomplish by giving him permission to go fight Goliath), Saul allows jealousy to creep up in his life.  His subsequent and constant attempts to kill David become the theme of the following chapters.  The jealousy eats at him and eventually devours him.  It is all-consuming in his life.  And the same will happen to us if we allow it to even creep in a little bit.  It’ll take over and consume you.

Monday Musings

Posted: October 19, 2009 by Rich Landosky in Monday Musings

It Never Gets Old! Watching students serve just never, ever gets old!  Seeing our worship teams and tech teams lead in worship yesterday morning at Elevation just gets me so pumped up.  And the watching the rest of our servant teams come together yesterday afternoon to serve the high school ministry and others just blesses me as I watch.  You guys are really getting it!

New Book. Just started a new book this morning by Francis Chan called “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.”

The Boy. The Boy is at an age where he is really beginning to push some boundaries and some of his mother’s buttons. Yet he’ll do things every now and then that leave me cracking up.  The other day, before I finally caved in and put the heat on, the temperature of the house had dropped to 57 degrees.  At one moment I got a chill and yelled, “Whoooh,” to which Dean walking through immediately, without any hesitation, started singing “I fell good. Dadt, dadt, dadt, dadt.”  And then he just looked at me with a big smile as I started cracking up.

Encouragement. I got an email from a recent graduate this weekend that just made my day.  While they’re off and enjoying college, they mentioned that they miss the high school ministry and us.  Those kinds of notes never get old.

Baseball. Those Phillies are looking better than I thought they would against the Dodgers.  Could it be a Phillies v Yankees World Series?  Looks like a possibility.  It’ll be fun in our house, I know that.  Bring it on!!!!

Monday Musings

Posted: October 12, 2009 by Rich Landosky in Monday Musings

Sleep. I need some.  Moving slowly today.  Just tired after last week.

Catalyst ’09. Amazing Conference – as it usually is.  Least favorite part this year – the overall worship.  Favorite part – the opening of the conference and the Thursday night worship time with Aaron Keyes and Francis Chan.  Still a ton to process from the week.  Looking forward to possibly hitting up Catalyst One-Day down in Baltimore in November.

Road Trip. I love road trips! Fun times with Andrew and Lowell and lots of youth group memories from the last 15 years surfaced and laughed about making for a great time driving to and from Atlanta.  The Suburban we had to travel in made the trip fun for me too.  The funk from my road trip buddies forced us to buy an air freshener (thanks Lowell).

Blessings. I’ve said before how incredibly blessed I am.  The memories that were laughed about on the trip force me to realize God’s incredible blessing in my life.  Tammy and I also received an envelope (no name or return address) this week with cash and a Scripture verse in it.  That just flat out blows my mind!  Who does that?!  And why us?  So blessed, so thankful, so amazed.  WOW!

Fun Post. Tony Morgan, an executive pastor at a church in GA, was at Catalyst this past week, too, and wrote a fun blog that made me laugh and realize that I’m getting old.  here it is . . . and yes, I remember most of this stuff!

Things I Remember that Most Catalyst Attendees Do Not

Hood ornaments

Family pictures at Olan Mills

Corduroy

Floppy discs

The Cold War

Mylon LeFevre & the Broken Heart band

Sanka

The “Glass Ceiling”

Burger Chef

Carrying my girlfriend’s comb in my back pocket

Glass Coke bottles

Avoiding wearing green and yellow on Thursdays

The Mickey Mouse Club

Tube socks and short shorts

Mullets

Three television channels

Sony Walkman

Nothing open on Sundays

Written letters

Moon landings

Feathered hair

Tandy computers

Needless to say, I’m getting old.

Monday Musings

Posted: September 21, 2009 by Rich Landosky in Monday Musings

The Boy. I love my two kids!  They are both amazing!!  And neither of them ever cease to amaze me in new ways.  Recently “The Boy” has been listening to some old school 80s Christian rock that I have.  Much to my surprise, we’re driving down the road the other day, and without the music on, he starts to sing Larry Norman’s  “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music.”  Makes a father proud!

The Boy – Pt. 2. Speaking of “The Boy,” he started Kindergarten this past week.  How time flies!  It is so weird taking him up to the school every day now too.  Thursdays are quiet around the house now.

Serving Our Community. I am so proud of all of you who were able to make it out last Tuesday night to help serve our community by watching kids for Aldan Elementary’s Back-to-School Night.  The school’s teachers and administration are always blown away by the hearts of our people doing this.  What an amazingly incredible selfless way for you all to demonstrate the love of Christ to people you don’t even know!  You guys are amazing!!

Kickball Tournament. OK, not sure how to express my excitement over Friday night’s Kickball Tournament.  WOW! It was incredible to see all of you out there.  And 21 friends?!  You guys rock!  That’s what the RIOTs are all about.  I am so proud of you all.  I can hardly contain my excitement as I see so many of you “getting it” – reaching out to your friends, serving others.  It doesn’t get any better than this!  It’s just September – let’s keep this train rolling the rest of the year and see what God can and will do.  I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be one incredible ride this year as God rocks our high school ministry as a result of you guys living it out!!!!!

Catalyst ’10. Only 2 1/2 more weeks before I head down to Atlanta for Catalyst.  Can’t wait.  The leadership training.  The discussions. The road trip.  Good friends.  And Ippolitos!  Yeah baby.  Wish you all could come.

Monday Musings

Posted: September 14, 2009 by Rich Landosky in Monday Musings
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New Year. I am seriously pumped up about the new year in both MS & HS!  We’ve got some great stuff planned – fun stuff, some great opportunities to serve and demonstrate the love of Christ to others, fantastic mission trips (JAM for MS and Place of Promise for HS), and I could go on and on…

First Day. Dean started his first day of Kindergarten today.  He did OK.  Tammy and I went to breakfast together after dropping the kids off and seeing a guy about some new kitchen carpet.  Tomorrow we go for a bike ride together after dropping the kids off.

Books. I ordered some new books today:  Francis Chan’s newest release, a leadership book by Patrick Lencioni, and a new ESV Study Bible (I hear it’s a great version but its the study notes that are absolutely fantastic in this Bible).

Reading. I’m reading the book “Tribes” by Seth Godin, a marketing expert.   Really good book with lots of practical application to the church.  Just trying to find the time to really sink into it and finish it.

That’s it for today.  It’s been a rather uneventful, yet crazy busy, week.  pray as we prepare for the following major events this week:

  • Child care for the school’s back-to-School night tomorrow night
  • The opportunity the HS has to paint the vandalized borough buildings Wednesday night
  • The HS’s RIOT|Kickball Tournament on Friday.  pray for more students to come and bring friends!

Monday Musings

Posted: August 31, 2009 by Rich Landosky in Monday Musings

It is good to be back!  Vacation was very good but it is great to be back.  I miss all of you when I’m away.  because of our mission trip to Peru and then vacation, it has been several weeks since I’ve done a Monday Musings, so here are some random thoughts from the past few weeks.

Peru. Our mission trip to Peru was absolutely amazing!  The team was incredible.  You can read accounts while on the trip and reflections after the trip at www.savedtoserve.wordpress.com.  Some brief highlights from the trip for me:  the team and the unity it had and relationships that were developed; seeing good friends from Peru and making new friends; arranging the marriages of both my children to Lucho’s kids.  Seriously, it was an incredible trip.  If you didn’t go with us but could have, you missed the experience of a lifetime.  Make sure you sign-up for next Summer’s mission trip if you’re in the High School Ministry.  Place and dates to be revealed this week!

Baptism. The day we arrived back from Peru, I had the incredible privilege of baptizing Becca Williamson in the evening service.  What a special night.  I was supposed to baptize Becca down in Honduras.  But when our plans to go to Honduras needed to change and the Williamsons needed to leave the country, we were able to arrange things so that we could baptize Becca up here.  A very special night for me.

Gift. The week before we left for vacation, I received a very unexpected gift from a friend. As I opened this gift, I unwrapped a new iPod Touch.  Totally blew me away!!!  What a blessing.  And just “because I felt God wanted me to bless you somehow.”  So amazing.

Vacation. We had a good time together the last two weeks.  We really didn’t go anywhere, just took a bunch of day trips and stuff but had a good time doing it.  We spent two days in Toms River visiting family, celebrating my mom’s birthday, and attended First Baptist Church of Toms River where I grew up.  We spent a lot of days at the pool at the Springfield Country Club due to the generosity of a student who signed us in as her guests.  Spent a day in Lancaster with friends after going to Willowdale Chapel in the morning and seeing Dave Walker.  I took the boy to a Camden RiverSharks baseball game with my brother, Nick, and his girlfriend, Caitlyn.  We went down to Baltimore for a day and Dean and I toured a couple of baseball museums, looked around Camden Yard, and then we all spend some time at Inner Harbor and ate dinner at the ESPN Zone. Dean wanted his dinner delivered to the Men’s Room where he could watch SportsCenter while standing at the urinal or sitting on the can.  We also went up to Bushkill Falls for a day to hike and enjoy the outdoors.  On the way home we swung through a little town near Allentown called Germansville.  I lived there when I was five – just one year.  Hadn’t been there in at least 30 years.  It was very cool.  Spent a day with the kids and went bowling and shot off hydro-rockets with them.  All in all, a very good vacation with the family.

Summer’s Over. Well, while I’m sad to see Summer go and this year over, I’m even more excited for The New Year! The coming year in the MSM and the HSM are going to be incredible!  We’ve got some great stuff planned and I can hardly contain my excitement as we jump into a new year!  You don’t want to miss any of it !  I promise.