Saturday, October 01, 2005

Another Waggoner Makes Her Arrival

Jillian Grace Waggoner was born at 3:05 PM (Indiana time) yesterday in Lafayette, IN. She was 7lbs. 8 oz. As soon as I get the pictures from proud parents, Bob and Rebecca, I will have them posted. I'm sure that she already loves her uncle Keith!

Friday, September 30, 2005

A big win for the Cougars

The Grace Christian Academy Cougars (in white shirts) rolled to an impressive 22-0 flag football whitewash of visiting St. Ambrose Academy last Friday. The Cougars definitely controlled the game to pick up their first win of the season. I am still trying to figure out the rules for flag football. It's unbelievably confusing! Here are a few pictures of the big game:

Star receiver, Myles Clason, reaches in vain for the pass.

The tenacious defense didn't let much get by them.

Hello, #3, hello...

The coaches confer with the players during an intense timeout. As you can tell, most of the Cougars are enthralled.

I thought that this picture looked rather odd. The perspective of the camera gives the unusual impression that...well, hey, you figure it out.

A new Waggoner

I'm waiting to hear word about the newest Waggoner on the scene. Jillian Grace Waggoner is scheduled to make her arrival sometime today. As soon as I hear from Bobby, I'll let you guys know. Pray for Becca if you think about it.

Blake Ryland Bishop

Two days ago, a Bishop entered the world! Philip and Dorcas Bishop, close friends of Lori and I, had their first child, a son. Blake Ryland Bishop arrived on Wednesday at 12:06 PM. Now as you can tell, he gets his looks from his mama. I traveled with Phil for 3 years in quartet, and I'm telling you, he never looked that good. I just hope for the sake of Dorcas that he takes after her. I always told Phil that God was going to repay him for his ornery ways.

For those who don't know Phil all that well he comes across as a mix of cherub and Sunday School Charlie. As a person who traveled with Phil for several years, I can tell you that you need to get that idea out of your head ASAP! He's a prankster with a droll (very corny, OK) sense of humor. In fact, in the future I'll throw out some random quartet stories, many of them starring Phil.

Phil and Dorcas moved into the apartment above us our last year at GBS. Trey was 1 and a half when they moved in. At this point in his life, Trey had a hard time getting to sleep. It involved much crying and screaming. It was a major struggle to get him to settle down. Well, Phil figured out at what time Trey went to sleep in the evening. On this particular occasion, we had an awful time getting Trey to bed. Finally, he drifted off to sleep...for about 10 minutes. Phil purposefully, started at one end of the house and headed to the other end running pell-mell, stomping as loudly as he could. I'm sure to Trey it sounded as if we were being bombed. He jolted awake, and began screaming at the top of his little lungs. I could hear Phil's wheezing laugh upstairs. What a weasel!

The Bible says that the sin of the fathers passes down to the 4th generation. Phil is in for some major trouble:-)

BSU Blowout

Last Wednesday the Grace Teens headed over to Boise for an evening of football. The Boise State Broncos were hosting Bowling Green State University on the famed Blue Turf. For those of you who have heard about the blue turf of BSU, let me say that the stories about birds flying over and dive-bombing the field are nothing more than urban legend. NOT!! It's absolutely true! They have had trouble with seagulls attempting to land on the turf. It's a little weird, but definitely distinctive.

I couldn't believe it, but I forgot my camera, so I don't have any personal shots of the teens at the game. The following pictures are available on the website of the Idaho Statesman (

It was an evening filled with fun, noise, and lots of intense action. And I'm just talking about in the stands. The game was great, too. BSU prevailed 48-20. I love blowouts! We all screamed like fools, waved our towels wildly, and shouted what we thought were great one-liners at the opposing players. Usually the insightful diatribe uttered by the typical football fan has the humorous impact of a knock-knock joke. The evening was no exception to the rule.

I found it hilarious that the fans expressed more hostility for a local sports anchor than for any opposing player. I don't know the guy, but he walked into our area and the fans just unloaded on him. He moved on pretty quickly.

Overall, it was a great night. Our teens enjoyed it, and that's the important thing.

Go Broncos!

Jared Zabransky, oft-criticized quarterback for BSU, caught some air as he went up and over for a touchdown in our end zone. We were sitting about 10 ft. to the left of this picture so we got a good look at his tumble. I have to hand it to the guy, it was a great dive. I was waving my towel wildly.

Definitely the highlight of the game was Lee Marks return of a kickoff for a touchdown. The dude is only 5'9" and 165 lbs. but can run like greased lightening. He took the kick-off in the north end zone and headed south towards us. Man, he blew the defenders away. They were about 5 yards behind him. The crowd noise was deafening.

The over-rated Omar Jacobs, pre-season Heisman trophy candidate, got rushed and pressured all night. He made 4 really good throws all night. He definitely didn't live up to his billing. Every time he touched the ball, the crowd derisively chanted OOOO-MAR, OOOOO-MAR! It was a lot of fun. Bowling Green didn't score a touchdown until the 4th quarter, with all of the freshmen and subs in. I screamed at Omar when they scored in our end zone, "How does it feel to score against the scrubs?" My witty verbal jab (I guess) was met with boisterous laughter from the fans in our end zone. I felt pretty good about it. It doesn't take much, I know.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Grace Bible Church Worship Order for 9.25.05

9/25/05 AM


Worship Sequence: Grace Praise
*Here I Am to Worship

Invocation: Pastor Keith

*Step By Step

Welcome/Guest Binders/
Pastor Ray

Tithes and Offerings: Pastor Ray

Worship Sequence: Grace Praise
* Great Is Thy Faithfulness
*Through It All
*Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Prayer Requests: Pastor Keith

Prayer Chorus: Grace Praise
* Center of My Joy

Pastoral Prayer: Pastor Ray

Special Song: Pastor Keith, Lori, and Marc

Sermon: Pastor Ray

9/25/05 PM


Announcements: Milo Wittkopf

Tithes and Offerings: Milo Wittkopf

Worship Sequence: Marc Taylor
*Jesus, Name Above All Names
*All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
*What a Day That Will Be

Prayer Requests: Milo Wittkopf


Special Song: Cheryl, Faith, and Margaret

Sermon: Milo Wittkopf

Long time, no see

OK, I know it's been forever since I have posted anything. Man, this has been a long, long week. I had a board meeting that I had to go to in Indiana. In fact, I just got in from the trip yesterday afternoon. Then it was off to Grace Teens service, so I haven't had a chance to update the ol' blog. Stay tuned.