Monday, August 23, 2010

Mosaic is Aflight!? Afloat?... Going

Hello Kelsey Keizer,
Here comes another update from the cube with high walls. Today there was a brief but urgent uproar about my controlling of the thermostat. Apparently the batteries went dead without informing me therefore leaving our section of the office quite warm. I didn't notice. However after several complaints from my co-workers and upon further review of the thermostat, a maintenance report (yes I had to fill out an online form to acquire 3 AAA batteries) was submitted and we are beginning to feel the coolness that comes with air conditioning. Repercussions may include moving me to a new cubicle if I don't take my thermostat responsibilities more seriously.
In other news it was quite the weekend at the Schaepe household. Friday evening we went to a fancy restaurant and spent entirely too much on sea bass for Nathan's birthday (the 22nd). We then proceeded to a successful surprise party for Anna White which included the longest and maybe most irritating game of telephone pictionary I've ever played. Then kpax stayed the night at our house and I saw her for approximately 30 seconds. Saturday we watched 3 movies including Gladiator and Bring It On 1&2. Nathan will never admit to the last two but trust me, it happened and he liked it. We then went to a dual surprise party for my brother and his fiance. Each planned a surprise birthday party for each other which was super awkward but turned out to be not awkward at all because they both really knew about each other parties and duped all the guests. Complicated? Yes. We wrapped up our weekend Sunday with another birthday party/outing at my parents house for Nathan and my brother Ben. (You have not miscounted, that was the 4th). We shot bows and arrows which was fun and a terrible idea for anyone with bad shoulders. After eating entirely too much corn and mashed potatoes we drove to our church meeting in a food comatose.
This is where the title comes into effect.
Our church plant that we are extremely fortunate to be a part of is well on its way. We have been meeting in different houses on Sunday evenings. Its been super great and we have met tons of new people who are passionate about Lincoln, and young families and Jesus. Its a really encouraging and uplifting environment to be in, not to mention hilarious. We shared a ton of laughs last night and got to know each other better. Since the church is still getting off the ground its pretty low key and open forum so anyone can share anything and discussion is facilitated and encouraged by our pastor. I felt super led to share about Exodus 17 and how our group of friends play that out so well and how that has shaped my view of how the church should be. It was awesome. It was so great to hear open struggles and praises and prayers and voices united in song. The first few meetings I felt really uncomfortable but I'm beginning to feel at home and its great to feel at home. I think Jesus is doing some really cool and powerful things in the Mosaic Leadership Team and I'm super excited.

ALMOST AS EXCITED AS I AM FOR YOU TO BE BACK IN THE U-S-A! I'm stinkin' pumped about that!

Okay, love you, bye bye.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I am in great anticipation for when you come home to Des Moines. But since you are still in Europe, when I look at my wall, I always am reminded of you...and Leigha and Lauren :)


1 Peter 1:22 - "You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart."


Hey Kelsey :)

I love you and can't wait to see you!...

In the meantime, I love this song.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Let's reminisce on a time we....

Hopped of the plane at LAX...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Knees Drawn Up

"I turn in my sleep and draw up my knees except that there is no I at this moment but just my knees which draw up themselves by some complex autonomy of bones, tendons, muscles, like an empty self-service elevator working off calls from floor to floor after closing time. And with my knees drawn up, I dream I am sitting down. I am sitting on a stool at a bar, and my glass has left a wet ring on the wooden counter-top. With my finger, I start to move the wet around. I move it this way and that way with nothing much on my dream of a mind. And then on the smooth counter of the bar I write a name. When I have finished writing it, I start to weep, and the tears wake me up. I cannot remember the name I wrote, but I know that it was a name that I would be willing to die for. Maybe it was the secret name of God or the secret name of the world. Maybe it was my own secret name. The dream is only a dream, but the tears are exceedingly real" (Buechner).

Monday, August 9, 2010

another great movie pick...

only this time someone else picked wacked out one...I am currently watching some shoot-um scenes...I have covered my and plugged my ears on MULTIPLE occasions and other than Boondock Saints I dont think I have ever heard the "F-bomb" dropped so often:) so thats what youre missing over here on 39th street:)

Also there was some crazy rain last night...3 inches in like an hour and your room got water in it so Dennis had to come in and do some work.  Apparently they are looking to sell the place as soon as this lease is up b/c they are moving.

I always try and think of funny stories to tell you and I think for sure I have a bunch but when I sit down to tell you about them I totally forget...probably my blogs are the most boring to read:)

Leigha wanted me to tell you that she is watching this movie, eating chips, peeling skin off her legs and wishing you were here to give her a back rub...and holy cow one of the main guys just got shot!...I knew that would happen.

anyway, Love you bunches and cant wait to see you soon!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Why complain?

Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

So the last night of Epicenter was Wednesday, and the last two messages hit me more than any others did all summer. The passage above is just a small morsel that I took away from the two teachings.

Why do we complain or argue anyway? It's because we are believing a lie. We are believing a lie that God is withholding something good from us. Instead of believing a lie, we should uphold the TRUTH. The truth is that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28).

Where are we bound by lies that we are believing? We need to search the Word for the TRUTH that will surely set us free.

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39).

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wish you could have enjoyed the breakfast cupcake feast. :) Hope you have as good a start to the week as I did. --Bia