March 19, 2009

Crave Out

Posted in Church, Crave, Family, Vision at 10 p by Travis

Well last night was our last Crave meeting here at C3 – that sounds so dramatic doesn’t it.  The truth is, that’s an exciting statement, because we have now gotten to the point where we are multiplying our student experience into two separate groups.  One for Middle School called “The Mix” and one for High School called “413” after Phil. 4:13.  It really is cool though to think back about Crave.  I’ve been the Crave pastor now for a little over two and a half years and it has been awesome to watch the group grow and the students grow over these last couple of years. I am extremely proud of our students!!!  It is so cool to see so many of them who were completely unchurched, get so plugged in and just trying to live for God the best they know how.  What’s also so cool is to see  how almost all of the students are  now inviting their unchurched friends to come check out this student community. I’m sure there are parts of Crave I will miss, but OMGosh I am so jacked about the opportunities we will now have to continue to build relevant and safe environments.  Environments where students really can connect with others their own age and develop positive influences.

February 2, 2009

DC3 Football

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10 p by Travis

What a game last night!!! Even though the Steelers won, it was still a great game. I really can’t stand the Steelers and it would have been great to see the Cardinals to actually win a super bowl, but it was still a good game. Commercials were pretty good, nothing really outstanding – although my kids really like the careerbuilder one.

DC3 was outstanding yesterday. I always love meeting so many new folks that are looking to join C3. What was also really cool is we had 18 from yesterday’s DC3 that need to be baptized. We have our next baptism date coming up on February 22nd at 4:30 in the afternoon at the Blanchard Park YMCA. If you need any more info on baptism give me a shout travis@c3church.cc.

January 26, 2009

Everything

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10 p by Travis

Dude, it’s been so long since I’ve blogged I had a hard time remembering my password to get into this thing. Sorry to the five people that follow my blog constantly – I’ll try to do better. So let me get you caught up in 30 seconds or less.
• Christmas was awesome; the boys got a lot of cool toys that I have enjoyed playing with. My favorite is the Rip Stick and Trampoline – no I have not broken my neck yet.
• We just got done with our Mosaic series on Sunday mornings. During this series we publicly launched our Community Groups, which I believe is a key piece to our future here at C3. If you are not part of a community group you can get more information and sign up in the community section of our new web site at http://www.c3church.cc.
• Did I mention we got a new web site? It is one seriously sweet site, ya gotta go check it out. Of course with the new site has come new email and that hasn’t gone so sweet. However, I think we’ve finally got all the bugs worked out so you can now reach me at travis@c3church.cc.
• Crave has been awesome this month. We’ve seen some of our largest attendance yet at boardwalk bowl. We also have some really cool stuff coming up in February. Check out http://www.myspace.com/cravestudents for all the latest stuff.
• Today is my birthday and I was starting to feel a little old until Darrell reminded me how old he is – now I’m good.
This is going to be another great weekend here at C3; you definitely don’t want to miss it. C U there.

December 22, 2008

Others First

Posted in C3 Kids, Church, Family, Vision at 10 p by Travis

Wow, what a Sunday!  We had an absolute blast yesterday meeting so many first time visitors and adopted families.  It really is hard to put it into words but, we have really just felt blessed to be a part of C3’s “Feed the Family” holiday campaign.  It really has been sweet to get to know our adopted family and to be able to help meet some of their physical needs. The greatest part was that yesterday the mom of our adopted family prayed to receive Christ. 

 

The Feed the Families campaign has also given us some amazing opportunities to talk to Caleb and Luke about giving and helping others.  Ya know the idea of putting others first really does not come natural to any of us.   But when we are able to put others first I think then we can really get a glimpse of the word through Jesus’ eyes. 

 

I was so proud of Luke last week.  He had an auction during school were they could use points that they had earned through the fall to buy toys and gifts.  Luke had been telling us about several things he wanted to get.  But then when the day came to get his stuff, instead of using his points for himself, he bought his family gifts.  I know it’s kind of a small thing but as his dad it was huge.  You start thinking, what if we could change the way the next generation of Church thinks.  What if we had a whole generation of church stopped thinking so much about themselves and what they can get and started focusing on loving God and loving others first.  What would happen?  How would it change the world?  How would it change the way people view the church?

December 11, 2008

Crave at UCF

Posted in Church, Crave, Friends at 10 p by Travis

I love our Crave students!!!  Last night we had a blast taking the students to Light Up UCF.  If you haven’t been to Light Up UCF ya otta go check it out.  It’s a pretty cool event with an outside ice skating rink, light show, good restraints and free holiday movies.  I have to say the ice rink was a little smaller than I expected, which was not cool for me because I do fine on the straight ways but those turns really throw me off.  So with a smaller rink it felt like all I was doing was turns – or my version of turns anyway.  It also made it a little tight with all the people on that little rink.  But, the cool part was there were 46 of us from Crave that were there so, we pretty much took over the rink. J

 

So if you’re looking for something to do this holiday season, definitely go check out LU UCF.  You can get more info at www.ucfarena.com.  Oh, another piece of advice, since it’s an outdoor rink, go when it’s cold outside.  It felt really weird ice skating when it was like 80 degrees out last night. 

 

Also, if you are in High School or Middle School you really need to come check out Crave.  You can get all the latest info on Crave happenings at www.myspace.com/cravestudents.

 

C ya at C3 on Sunday.

December 1, 2008

Feed The Families

Posted in Church, Family, Vision at 10 p by Travis

This weekend started our Feed the Families campaign at C3.  This is an awesome opportunity for the family of C3 to supply food and other basic needs to 100 families who need a little extra help this holiday season.  Sandi and I are just so jacked about connecting with the family that we’ve adopted.  They are such an awesome family and it is so cool to not only be able to drop off the food and supplies, but to be able to pray for them and get to know them on a personal level.  What a sweet chance to connect our community to Christ.

 

As any other awesome opportunity, there are always some bumps in the road.  Today, as folks are trying to get info about Feed the Families and report back, our site; c3orlando.com has completely gone down (I love technology).  If you are looking for more info on FTF or if you are trying to report back from delivering your food, please visit www.byronbledsoe.com for more info.  Specifically you can go to http://byronbledsoeblog.com/2008/12/01/urgent-feed-the-families-update/ to get all the info. 

 

Thanks to everyone who is participating in FTF!!!  You are making an eternal difference for Christ. 

November 19, 2008

Hap’n

Posted in Church, Crave, Crew, Vision at 10 p by Travis

What an awesome weekend!  I’ve have really been love’n this Google series.  This weekend Pastor Byron talked about Great Sex.  If you missed it you can check out the message archives on c3orlando.com or check out the new pod casts at byronbledsoe.com. 

 

We also had a great Discovering C3 with 4 more folks who are ready to be baptized.  I also was able to get some more Crew volunteers from DC3 as well – yeah.  Huge thanks to everyone who currently serves on The Crew, you guys do such an awesome job every Sunday to create a welcoming and irresistible environment.  Thank you for investing in lives!!!

 

Tonight, we are having a special Crave where Pastor Byron will be coming out to hang with the students.  I can’t wait!!!  Josh has some awesome music planned and with what Pastor will be talking about, it is going one seriously sweet night!!!  If you are in High School or Middle School and you haven’t checked out Crave yet, ya gotta come join us on a Wednesday night.  You can get all the latest Crave happenings at www.myspace.com/cravestudents.

November 12, 2008

Pro Duct

Posted in Church, Vision at 10 p by Travis

I love productions meetings.  We usually get all the pastors together once a week to talk through this coming week’s message and future messages as well.  This week we actually had two separate production meetings to talk about the “Great Sex” message for this Sunday and our next series starting after Google.  All I’m gona say is ya don’t want to miss this Sunday and there is some seriously awesome stuff coming up this winter!!! 

 

Also don’t forget this Sunday is when we will be signing up to adopt a family for our 100 families food drive.  We as a church are partnering with Feed the Children and several local area schools to help feed and meet some of the basic necessities for over 100 families in our church’s primary zip code. 

Also this weekend is Discovering C3.  If you are new to C3 or would love to get a behind the scenes look and what makes C3, C3 then you need to check out Discovering C3.  Just give the church office a call today or tomorrow and Peggy will get you all signed up. 

October 23, 2008

No Lunch for You

Posted in Church, Crave at 10 p by Travis

One of the things I love about Crave is when some of the Crave staff and I head out to the local schools and hang with our students during their lunch periods.  Having lunch with the students is always a blast and it’s a great time to connect with them, meet some of their friends, and encourage them. 

 

Middle schools are a little harder to have lunch with the students then most high schools; which I think is a good thing.  So, not only do you have to have all the county’s background and reference checks done, but you also have to have a letter from the parents allowing you to have lunch with their student.  Again as a parent, I think the letter thing is a good idea, since I would like to know who’s having lunch with my kid.  However, today when I went out to Odyssey Middle to have lunch with our students, I was told I would no longer be able to have lunch with them during school hours. 

 

I’m not complaining, every school is different and has its own set of circumstances.  However, I just find it real interesting that they would no longer allow pastors to come have lunch with the students, even if the parent says it’s cool.  I had talked earlier this week with a 9th grade VP who was telling me how happy he was to have pastors on his campus and how he is always looking for positive influences for the students.  So it kind of baffles my mind to think a school would want to cut out someone who is trying to encourage students and help them fight against all the negative influences like; sex, drugs, violence and so forth. 

 

I love our students here at Crave; they are just down right awesome!!!  However, they (just like the rest of us) really do have some huge struggles in life and so many of them are surrounded by those negative influences every day.  So if you remember, please pray for them and our ability to connect with them.

October 16, 2008

Roll’n C3 Style

Posted in Church, Crave, Vision at 10 p by Travis

Have I every said how much I love being a part of C3?! 🙂 I get so jacked about a church that will truly do whatever it takes to show love to others, especially the un-churched and those far from God. I talked to a few of our first time guests this week and one just stood out in my mind. Their family was one that has been out of church for a very long time and they were really hesitant to give church a try. Which I can completely understand, because you starting thinking; “will I know what to do or where to go,” “will people judge me because I look a little different and have been far from God?” But with all the questions aside, they decided to give C3 a try, and what was so cool is that she said not only did they feel very welcomed, but they can’t wait to come back next week. Huge thanks to everyone who makes C3 all it can be every Sunday, you guys are making an eternal difference!!!

Huge props to our students as well. You guys are doing an awesome job of investing in relationships at school and inviting your unchurched friends. Last night I heard a conversation with one of our first time students as someone asked them what they thought about the night. I loved the reply; they said: “this is freak’n great!” You guys are doing an awesome job!!! Don’t forget to check the Crave Spam page for all the stuff we have happening in November.

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