Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

March 14, 2010

Family & Friend Visits

On January 2, 2010, one of my cousins, Judy Leinecker, got married! This was my second cousin to get married -- the first was in a prior post (in October 2009).
We welcome David Strobolakos into our family!

Curtis and I took the trek to Reidsville, North Carolina on New Years Day to celebrate with them.

On February 5-7, my parents came and visited us in Savannah. We traveled downtown and learned more about the history of Savannah. We ate at some fabulous restaurants and enjoyed the time with my parents. We had such a great time that we forgot to take pictures!

On February 20, we also had one of my good friends, Jenna Handley, and her fiance, Dan McMicken, come visit us in Savannah. We enjoyed our time getting to know Dan and hanging out with them as a couple. We are excited to attend their wedding on July 24th in Gainesville.

March 13, 2010

Ministering at Grace for the Past 7 Months

We've been living in Savannah now for about 7 months, and we thought it might be nice for those of you that are following us/our ministry to know some of the events and activities that Curtis and I have been doing at Grace Church of the Islands.

If anyone knows me, they know that I am a huge fan of playing board games (and the Wii, but that's for another event) so I set up a Girls Game Night shortly after arriving back in August.
One of our favorite games was Mad Gab -- here's a shot of four of the youth girls and one of the youth leaders, April. It was a nice way for me to get acquainted with several of the youth girls.

We also had a day where the youth painted the High School room at the church. The picture below is the section of the wall that the girls created.
I thought the girls were very creative in thinking of this verse for our section of the wall. You can see me & Sarah (another youth leader) displaying our wall for you.

The boys were in charge of another section of the wall...
Timmy M created this beautifully detailed ship on the boys side. We had a lot of fun making the youth room look better!

Curtis then organized a Wii (video game) Rock Band Night at our little apartment in September. We had all the youth divided up into "bands" and had a show-down to see who had the best skills at Rock Band.
In this picture, you can see several of the youth watching as Timmy B (the winner) got a 100% on the Expert level. You can tell it wasn't his first time! :)

We were invited to our first birthday party for one of the girls, Sarah, who turned 16. She had a scavenger hunt to celebrate.
In this picture, you can see Curtis' team taking a picture for the scavenger hunt on the playground. Almost every person in this picture has been involved in our youth group.

Another event planned in October was a Movie Night -- the movie shown was August Rush.
In this picture, you can see lots of the youth huddled around for the main event. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend this event because I was still working in Jacksonville.

In November, we had a mini-retreat at Tybee Island. We spent the day at the Fresh Air Home and Curtis led the group in a discussion about how to make our youth group better.
In this picture, Nicole (one of the youth leaders) and I are hanging out with some of the youth.

In December, we had a Christmas Progressive Dinner. We traveled to 3 different church members' houses for appetizers, an entree, and lots of yummy desserts. At our final destination, we also enjoyed a White Elephant gift exchange.
Here I am with several of the youth girls and one of the youth leaders, Danielle. We had a wonderful time!

Even though I only have pictures of the fun events, Curtis taught the high school students (in Sunday School) about the gospel in a unique way -- Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation. Each Wednesday night, Curtis taught the high school boys about Becoming a Man through different scripture verses. Meanwhile, the high school girls were going through a book study over Lies Young Women Believe And The Truth That Sets Them Free. During this time, Curtis organized a group of adult volunteers that were willing to invest in the lives of these young people -- The Youth Ministry Team (YMT).

In January, the YMT decided to change the format for Wednesday nights to include both middle school and high school students. This was done to create a culture of intergenerational ministry - where the adults minister to the high schoolers; the high schoolers minister to the middle schoolers; and the middle schoolers minister to those younger than them.

On Wednesday nights, Curtis teaches the youth group about their identity (Who Am I?) -- in their purpose, future, relationships, etc.

On Sunday mornings, Curtis explains to the high school students what it means to be a Christian as he teaches through the book of I John.

One of the most popular events that we had was the Pirate Video Scavenger Hunt in January. The students dressed up as pirates and walked around downtown Savannah creating videos of the tasks to complete. After the allotted time was up, all the groups met at the Pirates House for lunch and the viewing of the videos.
Unfortunately, I had to work so I became one of the tasks on the hunt! This picture was taken from a clip with Curtis' team of pirates. You can see that we have very different attire for our lines of work!

Since then, we have had another board game night and we are about to have a lock-in and a dodgeball tournament.

We are excited to see how God will use us in the lives of these young people as we continue to serve for God's glory, even if we never get to see the outcome. We'll make sure to post more as the months and years continue at Grace.

If you are interested in hearing some of Curtis' sermons that he has preached over the past year, I have attached a new link to our webpage (or you can get it right here).