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

May 15, 2011

Small Group Hangouts

On April 30, we went out to Miyabi's, a Japanese steakhouse restaurant, to celebrate the birthdays of three people in our small group -- Allen (April 1), Laura (April 18) and Curtis (April 18).  Unfortunately, Allen and Heather were unable to make it at the last minute, so we only celebrated with Laura and Curtis after all.  Pictured above - the Roulos, the McDaniels (us) and the Amadors.
Because of the way that the table was set up, we decided to have the girls sit together and the guys sit together.  Here's our girl shot!  This is when we decided to have a Girls Night Out the next week (later in this post).
It was all of our first times to Miyabi's and we all thoroughly enjoyed it!  Pictured above, you can see the large portion of rice that they give each person!  We definitely came away with yummy leftovers!
Here's the boy portion of the table!  It took me a while to get Chris to smile.  I also had to crop Laura out of the picture, as she requested. :)  Afterwards, we came back to our house to have a homemade Strawberry Torte cake that I made for Curtis.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but it was delicious!

I was planning on blogging about our Girls Night Out, but I feel like Laura did such a good job of blogging about it already on her website that I am going to defer to her post instead:
We had a great time bonding together!  I think this is my favorite picture of the night.

May 10, 2011

Ministering at Grace for the Past Year

It's been a while since we've given you an update on Curtis' ministry at Grace.  Although I was a lot more detailed in my post (last March 2010), this one will be much briefer giving you some of the highlights.  

Last Summer, Curtis taught about the Ten Commandments in Sunday School.  Each week, it became more and more apparent that we had all failed every commandment that God has given to us.  Curtis also led youth group on Wednesday nights about the men of Genesis.

Curtis took the middle schoolers to The Edge, a summer camp that was located at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.  He also took the high schoolers to RYM (Reformed Youth Ministry) at Panama City Beach, Florida.  It was a very encouraging time for Curtis to get to know the kids in the youth group.

In the Fall, Curtis taught about "The Objections About Christianity" on Wednesday nights.  Topics included: 
  • How Can A Good God Allow Suffering? 
  • Hell
  • How Does Science Relate to Faith?
  • Is Christianity The Only Way?  
He also shared his philosophy of ministry with the high school Sunday School entitling the series "Why we have the Middle Schoolers with us on Wednesday Nights."  

One event that stands out to me from the Fall includes our Girls Night Out - we traveled to one of our youth leaders' cabin an hour away.  It was a special time where we were able to share in each others' lives.  Curtis and the boys camped out at the church and then had a "Turkey Bowl" where they played a game of football - adult men vs. youth boys.  If you're wondering, the adult men won!  We also had a great turnout for our annual Progressive Dinner around Christmas!

In the Winter/Spring 2011, Curtis has been teaching a study called "Face to Face with Jesus" through the book of Matthew on Wednesday nights.  He is also teaching "God's Wisdom for the Confusion," a study on the book of Proverbs.  I feel like I get so much out of his teaching!

I've already posted about the ski trip (in January), but we also had a Lock-In, another Pirate Scavenger Hunt in downtown Savannah and a Paint Ball extravaganza!  

Last Tuesday, we had a Senior Banquet to honor our 6 high school seniors that are about to graduate.  In the above picture, our seniors include Sarah, Kathryn, Reid, CJ, Alex and Julianne.  We can't believe they are already moving into their next chapter of life, but we are excited to see how God will use each of them. :)

May 8, 2011

Easter 2011

Our church has an annual Easter egg hunt for the children.  The youth group assists by hiding the eggs.  I helped hide eggs for the really young kids (3 years and younger) with two of our middle school boys, Nick & Daniel.  Can you spot some of the eggs in the above picture?
While we were hiding eggs, the kids listened to Carol, our Senior Pastor's wife, share what Jesus did for us on the cross and how He was resurrected on Easter morning (the real reason for Easter).
Here's some of the older kids opening their eggs to see what kind of candy was inside.  They had such a great time!
The next day, Curtis and I had members of 4 different families over for Easter lunch after our church service, a total of 13 people.  This was my first time having multiple people over to our house for a meal.  My mom gave me lots of advice and I cooked my first ham!