11.29.2008

Saddleback vs Rock Harbor Turkey Bowl



This motley crew of Saddleback staffers took on Rock Harbor Church in a friendly battle of flag football the day before Thanksgiving. I am still sore... oh yeah, we snuck a win 35-28. Great game, RH played very well.
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Ben and Jess Engaged!


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11.24.2008

Hanging with the Von Eberses

Von Ebers (aka Abs or Michael) and Elisabeth stopped "allegedly" to simply meet and hold Autumn. When Von Ebers started chanting "Bear Down"(a Chicago Bear fanatic mantra) and place his Cubs hat on her brow, I had to put a stop to that.



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Thankfully, my wife took over and sang sweet Dallas Cowboy songs to console her.

11.21.2008

Jordan Meets Autumn!

We picked Uncle Jordan up from the train today! He got to meet Autumn for the first time. Such a special day just hanging together and catching up on life for the past year since he lives in Washington DC. Auntie Lindsay flies in on Tuesday and we'll all be together for Thanksgiving. I think Autumn really likes her uncle...just chillin' in his arms!




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11.11.2008

THREE YEARS OF PURE JOY!

Las Brisas lunch in Laguna Beach... great guacomole and chips. Thanks to Mormor and Grandpa, Autumn could relax at home while we enjoyed two hours overlooking the ocean, celebrating three years together!









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Grandpa and Mormor Visit!





11.08.2008

Eddie and Karens Wedding

These picts were taken at a wedding that has special significance for me and Joy.

Yesterday, we were at our good friends' Karen and Eddie's Wedding. It was in San Pedro at the Double Tree, overlooking the harbor. It was such a cool occasion for a fantastic couple, and I got the opportunity to perform the ceremony. Out of all the family and friends that came, Joy, Autumn, our couples small group and our worship guy John Stearns and friend "Auntie" Molly came as well.

Eddie and Karen's story is fun. Apparently, Karen (a diehard sports fan and chargers fan) listened regularly to the Fox Sports show Eddie broadcasts on. She appreciated his perspective, his humor and his good nature. She would even call in regulalry - and Eddie NEVER remembered her calls.

It wasn't until years later that they met at a coworkers bday party and began a friendship. They overcame their differences of allegiance - her to the Chargers and him to the Steelers and found themselves moving towards more than friendship. Eddie realized he wasn't going to see this relationship turn into something more serious until he took another look at this Christian stuff Karen was in to. He started coming to Saddleback but still had a lot of doubts. He didn't want to compromise his beliefs and so he started asking questions - this is where I got to start meeting with him regularly to process through his great questions.

Eddie eventually came to Christ at Saddleback Church last year. He was baptized a few months later and popped the question to Karen at a romantic setting - Qualcomm Stadium, Denver vs. San Diego, Monday Night Football. Over the past year they have been a key couple at our new church. He now has been leading our small group, serves in the traffic ministry at Saddleback Irvine and serves alongside Karen in a ton of other ways. We are so happy for them and loved being a part of their story together.

To top things off, Jeannie Wilson (extended family) did the wedding shoot so she took these pictures of us!







Interesting Poem

Creed

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don't hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy's OK
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything's getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated.
You can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there's something in horoscopes,
UFO's and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha
Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
his good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation sin heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it's compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What's selected is average.
What's average is normal.
What's normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between
warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It's only his behaviour that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth
that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds.

Steve Turner