Tuesday, September 22, 2009

End of Summer in Photos

Enkutatesh 2002...happy Ethiopian new year! (above)

State Fair (above)

first day of school (above)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

the gentleman and the lady

Levi has taken to giving Kate rides across the backyard across the ice or water--whatever the end of winter has left that day. it started when Kate didn't want to walk across the ice. Levi offered a ride. Here is Sunday's 3:30pm ferry ride.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Calvary Kids Valentine's Dance 2009

I'm trying to post this to Facebook, but having lots of trouble. This is well worth a couple minutes to view.
A sweet gathering of friends, a game of 'pass the sombrero', and Captain Joe Schwitters steals the show!
(A little background for you 'pass the sombrero' first-timers, if you get caught with the hat when the music stops, you have to do a little dance. In Joe's case, a BIG dance. Very sweet.)

At the end, an all-out dance broke out. We didn't clear this with Pastor Jeff, but we think this fits within church's doctrinal positions on dancing.

Friday, February 06, 2009

I used to journal...

...but I got perfectionistic and obsessive about it. if i missed a couple days, I would get down on myself, feel bad, then try to catch up by writing all at once the things that I would have written had I journaled on those days I missed. I would never feel satisfied with that. If I missed enough days, I would use one entry to create a list of things I wanted to cover...then try to use the next few days to work my way down that list. Oh, my. That wasn't any better. A vicious cycle, really. One I'm going to avoid in my blogging career.

So, here i am again after a long hiatus from the blogosphere. I don't even have anything really interesting to say. The main thing I came to do was drop this video in. It was taken over a 20 minute period and compressed to 2 minutes...i used it for a sermon illustration of "Patience" for a sermon...and the payoff if we actively wait for God's best for us. Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Road to India

As I type this email, I’m at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport awaiting my flight through Frankfurt, Germany to Kolkata. For the next two weeks, I am honored to travel to the beautiful country of India to meet ministry partners and to develop a new summer mission outreach. I'll spend time in the cities of Kolkata (aka Calcutta), Bangalore, Nagpur, and Hyderabad. In Hyderabad, I will spend a week taking a course in my Doctor of Ministry program.

Although I didn’t expect it to be easy, leaving my family in Minneapolis was difficult—more difficult than I had anticipated. I am incredibly blessed with a wife who fully supports me, prays for me, and wants God’s glory to be reign in me. I consider it a blessing to love someone so much it hurts to leave for two weeks. My kids, of course, are also incredible and I will also miss them deeply.

God’s richest blessings to you all.

I will also be posting ministry updates on this page: http://cas.bethel.edu/campus-ministries/sb-missions/sb_updates

I hope you enjoy the ride with me!

Levi--here's a picture of me with the plane that will take me to India! It's a little hard to see the plane through the window, but can you find the plane in the picture?

I love you, buddy! See you in 15 sleeps!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas (Minneapolis version)

Christmas Eve at Calvary...

Gathering with Friends...

Christmas Day with the Schrantz'...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

random play

It's -6 in Minneapolis today. Amy and the kids are at home without a car (Daddy's got it at Bethel). While Mama gets caught up on bills, Christmas letters, and her own stuff, Kate and Levi are randomly playing around the house. Here is Amy's report from Bloomington Avenue:

Kate is pretending to read out of a book. She says...

"I love God the best. I love and respect God for his words. Jesus loves us and sent us the very best gift of all - his son, God. And he got put on the cross and nailed of every kind."

Levi chimed in and said...

"He got nailed on the cross and died."

Kate continued...

"The verses say that..."

Levi interupts and steers them in another direction...

"We're going to be late for the parade."