Monday, December 29, 2008

It Begins!

Sunday, January 4th is the deadline to sign up to go on the '09 trip and its our first meeting!

Be there @ 4PM (not 4:30 as was posted before), bring your completed paperwork (from your packet) and your first payment of $100.00

Keep in mind that some of you already have $ in your account but you are not signed up until you have both money and paperwork turned in.

At this point the cost looks to be $900 per person.

The Payment Schedule is as follows:

Jan. 4th - $100
Feb. 1st - $135
March 1st - $135
April 1st - $135
May 1st - $135
June 1st - $135
July 1st - $135

Please prayerfully consider going on the trip. We need everyone we can get but we need people who can be committed to making the payments on time and being at each monthly meeting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

The deadline for signing up for the '09 trip is
January 4, 2009.
All of your paperwork and your first payment of $100.00 is due then.
After this date the trip will close.
If you didn't come to the informational meeting you will need to see Amber ASAP for a packet that will have your registration materials in it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This is HUGE!

I love it when people go to the Rez or hear about it, get a vision for what can happen, and then take the imitative to make it happen. Our friends, 8 Lives Spent, a rock band from Winchester, VA have been strong supporters of the Lakota people for a long time. Last year they made incredible sacrifices to come to Cincy and play at Rezonate '08. They have not only donated their time and talent but have donated 2 custom designed Dean guitars to Backpacks for Pine Ridge. These guys just don't stop giving ... and they're not stopping yet. On January 10th they have put together a benefit concert at the Virginia Brewing Company with all of the proceeds going to purchase electric space heaters for the Lakota people. If you are anywhere near Winchester, please come out and see this show. It's going to be a night of great music and fun and all for a good cause. Backpacks For Pine Ridge will be there to start things off with a presentation about the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Cick on the poster for a larger view

Friday, November 14, 2008

Need Help For Rezonate Music Fest 2009

Click here to see what's involved.

Prayer Request

There are some challenges ahead for the 2009 trip to Pine Ridge and I've been praying, thinking, trying to figure out how to handle this. If you're the praying kind and feel so inclined I would really appreciate your prayers on this.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Holiday Fundraiser

Hey Winton Roaders, save yourself some holiday hassle and order your cakes/candy/cookies now for Thanksgiving and Christmas and help out a mission team member at the same time! Here is what is available this year.

* Please order from the person selling the item you want to purchase.

** Please pay at the time you order - ingredients can get expensive when you get a lot of orders and some of our crew need to be paid up front in order to buy the ingredients to make your order.

Buckeyes - $15.00 / Dozen
See Cathy Jackson

Peanut Butter Fudge - $10.00 /pound
See Cathy Jackson or Darlene Brinkley

Chocolate Fudge - $10.00 / pound
See Darlene Brinkley

Smile-A-Grams - $2.00
Send a smile ( a cookie with a smiley face in icing) to someone along with a personal message from you! This is a great way to let them know how much you appreciate their friendship or say thank you to them.
See Nirvana

Coffeecake (unsure of price at this time)
See Kristen M.

Cheesecake (unsure of price at this time)
See Kristen M.

Gingersnaps - $7.00 / Dozen in a gift bag
See Amber Buriff

Chocolate Almond Bark (can make any kind of chocolate or use any nuts) - $10.00 / pound
See Amber Buriff

*** If you're a mission team member and have something you are making but don't see your name here, its not too late to get in on the action - just shoot me an email or call and I'll include you.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Auction - Can You Help?? No Money Required!

Hey guys,

I am writing because we have an opportunity before us and you might be able to help - no, we're not asking for money ... at least not this time ;) but you may have something or even better, know someone who has something that can help.

If you've been to the Rez with us then you are aware of the "hole" that is next to the church building in Allen. This hole is not only an eyesore but it really presents a safety issue with the kids. Fred H. has it on his heart to do something about that. Don't ya love it when someone gets a vision and starts to make things happen. :) Fred is organizing a crew of a few skilled men/women to go out to the Rez a week before our scheduled mission trip to begin work on "the hole". Our hopes and plans are to make take what is a problem there and make it into something very useful - an amphitheater that could be used for services of all sorts. This will cost around $12,000 - $15,000 to do - we want to do it "right" and build it in such a way that at some point they could put a ceiling on if they choose to.

That's a lot of money. A whole lot of money. So, we will be having an auction in the early part of 2009 to help raise money for this project. We are also looking into some others ways to fund this project but we simply aren't going to come up with it all in one place. So, if you have any items or know of anyone who might have some items they would be willing to donate to this auction, please let us know ASAP. We are interested in all sorts of items but really need a few big tickets items to put in the auction. Feel free to pass this email along to anyone you know that might be interested as well.

If you can help out in this way, shoot me back an email or see me at church.


P.S. Check out the slideshow of Eliot Sloan singing @ Rezonate '08 this past August on my personal blog. It'll blow you away!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Backpacks For Pine Ridge will be at the Harvest Moon PowWow in Fairfield Township! Come out and see us!

Nov. 1, 2008
12 noon - 8pm - Grand Entry @ 2pm

Nov. 2, 2008
11am - 4pm - Grand Entry @ noon

Since this is a long couple of days I can really use some help. If you can come out and work the booth for a few hours I would really appreciate it. All that is necessary is to be there to hand out brochures and answer any questions people may have. Shoot me an email if you can help out!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Informational Meeting for the 2009 Trip

There will be an informational meeting for anyone and everyone interested in going on the mission trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in 2009 on:

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008
4:00 PM
in the Daily Living SS classroom (last room on the right as you go down the hallway)

Attending this meeting in no way commits you to going on the trip but if you have the slightest interest in going, you really must be at this meeting.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Summer 2008 Newsletter from the Pass Creek CHoG

News from Barry and Shelly!


Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I've been able to get a newsletter sent out but now summer is coming to an end and things have slowed down. There is so much I want to share with you and God has been so good. We have been blessed with so many wonderful people from all across the country that have came here and worked on projects and spent time in VBS with our children. If you have never been part of a work camp or been the hoset church to a work camp, I don't know if I can fully express the blessing of new friends and reuniting with old friends from summers past.

Our work camp year started with Tri-S University, headed by Ed Breeden and Emily Clark. Shortly after they left Dale Ridley from YWAM (Youth With A Mission) out of Minnesota called and wanted to bring some of his staff out to meet us and see our church. That resulted in one work camp from Minnesota - waht a terrific group of kids and their youth pastor Scott. We painted the post office in Allen and had a one day VBS. Two other groups that were in White Clay (from YWAM) came and had a one day VBS with the children here. They were from Chicago, Illinois and from New York.

We met some new friends from Vinita, Oklahoma that came and did an incredible amount of work in just a couple of days. They installed two new water heaters, ran water lines, brought new double and single sinks and a toilet for our second work camp trailer that we hope will be up and running in the Spring. They also built a deck between the two work camp trailers. We thank you guys so much!

Of course we welcomed our friends from Jersey Shore, Fairfield and Monroe City back for a great time. Emily Clark's home church from Kalamazoo, MI came out for the first time and they are an awesome group of people!! Bob and Carol we love you and all your group.

Another church that came out this year was the Castine Church of the Brethren from Ohio with their pastor Brian Delk. This is such a special group to me and I made some deep friendships, we may have some of their young people coming out next summer to help as an internship. Some time this fall I would like to make a trip to Ohio and stop in Monroe City on the way.


Shelly also included pics of each group but I can't do that here since I don't have access to those pics.

Please keep Barry, Shelly, and all of the people in Allen and on the Reservation in your prayers. Good things are happening there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Official Slideshow for the 2008 Trip

Songs Featured:

Don't Stop Dancing - Creed
Love is Here - 10th Ave. North

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Pics from the '08 Trip

Giving out backpacks

Lynol speaking at the Wounded Knee Memorial

The 2008 Crew!
Ericka and Joseph
Mornings are rough

You can call me Flower if you want to

Horses running wild

Ericka and Roman - the little boy who asked her to pray with him and tell him more about how much Jesus loves him

Hammer stole all our hearts

Off-roading at Melda's

A really bad hair day

This pic still makes me cry. Hammer had to go home early and no one was happy about it.

Dennis having too much fun

Mark and his girls

"The Associates"

Amber's war paint after the girls trailer came under attack by "the Associates"

We miss our friend Marcus Trejo

More of "The Associates" antics