Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

Do you like eating chili?

Do you have a tasty chili recipe?

Do you regularly get compliments that you make the best chili?

Do you think you are the world’s greatest chili maker?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to show us your skills!

LOVEboldly is trying to raise money for upcoming events, like the GCN conference. Also, we like good chili and good fellowship. So, it only makes sense this November to have a chili cook-off. There will be great food, live entertainment, and prizes!

 

Where: Embrace Epworth Campus

            (1015 N Limestone St., Lexington, KY)

When: Saturday, November 16 at 6:30 pm

 

$5 per chili entry (Sign up to enter at http://tiny.cc/lbchili)

Suggested $10 donation at the door for all the chili-eaters

 

 

 

 

GCN 2013: Opening Night

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Greetings from Phoenix! I took the picture above at the resort today – a really beautiful place! The weather is slightly chillier than I like, but an improvement from winter, so I will take it.

After a very late night last night (think midnight pizza calls and collapsing into bed) today was a nice break. After running through our presentation for tomorrow, Christy went on her merry way to meet up with an old friend while I visited with an old friend as well – my bed. 🙂 After two straight nights of terribly interrupted and not long enough sleep mixed with sickness, it was great to relax, prepare, decompress, and spend some time with the Lord throughout the day.

The afternoon and evening have been filled with stumbling across old GCN friends, meeting new ones, and deepening connections with the “Hey I recognize you” acquaintances from the last time I attended and didn’t have time to become best friends with everyone like I normally like to. 🙂

I love meeting new people so conferences like this where everyone is so eager to build new friendships are paradise for an extrovert like me. Tonight’s worship service was great and I have now been privy to the great unveiling of the soon to be updated GCN website which everyone is very excited about. Justin Lee also shared some fascinating information from surveys taken at Christian universities across the nation regarding understanding of LGBT issues and faith. There is much to reflect on and I think this will influence some future blog posts. It is clear that there is a dramatic language breakdown when we discuss these topics, which is truly preventing our ability to hear and understand one another. More on that to come.

Our presentation is scheduled for 1:30 PM tomorrow (Mountain Time). We are very excited and hoping for a good turnout, but most of all, so thankful to God for every open door he has given LOVEboldly and for all the support of each of you which has served to carry us here to Phoenix.

Thanks for all the prayers! Keep ’em coming!

Enroute to GCN 2013

I write from the airplane which is, at this point, traversing the skies between Indianapolis and Phoenix. We are off, on our way to the Gay Christian Network Conference 2013!

I am excited.
I am thrilled.
I am exhausted.
I am nervous.
I am ready to hug some old friends.
I am ready to meet some new friends.
I am inspired.
I am worn down.
I am full of hopeful anticipation.
I am ready to meet with Jesus.
And I am still sick.

Even so, I am allowing the anticipation to settle in, remembering my first GCN Conference experience in 2011. What stands out to me most is that it was not a conference about sexuality, but about Jesus. Everyone was so thrilled to share with one another in their love of Jesus! It was such a powerful witness to me back then, and I can hardly wait to bask in the presence of the Lord these next several days. Times of sweet fellowship, sharing with likeminded and different minded folks both, laughing and crying with one another, and joyous communal celebration for all that God is doing in our lives – these are the things that I know await us in Phoenix.

My sickness persists. Thankfully my energy has (mostly) returned but the traveling and prep for the trip has been hard on me. My immune system seems to have been rather under attack these past several months. Some have suggested that there may be spiritual attack occurring against me at this point. I’m not willing to say I know what is happening, and I am certainly unsure about how those things work, but either way, I covet your prayers. His grace is sufficient, whether it is just circumstantial bad luck or something more at work.

Please pray that I would have the stamina needed for the intensity of the weekend ahead, and that I would not spread my germs to Christy and the rest of my lovely roommates. Pray that Christy and I both would be able to find times away from the hustle and bustle to bask in the Lords presence. Pray that the trip would be productive and helpful, that we would be blessing and be blessed. Pray the Lords protection over us and our travels. And pray that our words would be filled with God’s graceful unfolding of truth.

Each time I speak, I am always humbled at the responsibility of the task at hand. Little do I feel equipped, especially as a straight person, to speak with authority to the challenges facing the LGBT community. Yet the Lord has called and so I go, with his wisdom going ahead of me I hope, and preparing hearts and minds to receive not the words of a straight women, but of His hope and redemption, irregardless of the vessel.

How little we often ask of him and how much he longs to give. I am praying and believing for God to be big in us this weekend. Would you join with us in that prayer? More to come!