Friday, May 26, 2006

Willem Steven Deur

The dude arrived Thursday, May 25th around 2:30 pm. 7 pounds and I think 12 ounces. 20 inches. A little smaller than our other two, but a half week earlier too. Cute, quiet, soft, and carrying weapons... you should see his guns! :)

Vicki did an AMAZING job in the labor. Vicki and Willem are fine.
We are hanging out in Holland and should be back soon.

PS - seeing a baby born takes your breath away. a freaking miracle.

Three kids=pushed over the edge and ready to buy a Quiet Riot album,
sd

:) - metal health!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

baby wait

We are about to go into the hospital for an induction.
Hopefully by tomorrow the baby will be out and healthy.

I'll keep you posted.
sd

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Fab Life of Worship Leaders

NOTICE: Watermark Church is currently looking to hire a worship pastor.
This is currently a part time position. (20 hours)

Do you know someone who would be a good fit with Watermark?
Email me: steve.deur@iamwatermark.com

Thanks,
sd

If you are the praying kind - please pray for God to bring us the right person to our close knit team. :)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Baby, the house, and the assessment.

Three updates and comments:
1. My wife typically does not enter into labor naturally. So, our pregnancy's tend to go long and produce big kids. Therefore, if she does not have the baby by Wednesday - we will be going to the hospital for baby number three to be induced and ripped from the comfortable environment of my wife's womb. :) So next week at this time - God willing - we will have another diaper to change. I am pumped up!

2. As a result of the baby countdown - my wife is in full nesting mode. She is like a well oiled machine getting the house ready, cleaned, prepared. This nesting thing is pretty powerful. If we could harness that energy we could run a fleet of SUV's on that power!

3. I served as an assessor for our church planting assessment center. In a nutshell, this is a couple days of intense work where we look at people's lives and help bring clarity to whether or not they would be an effective church starter based on 13 characteristics. It is challenging, draining, but enriching work. For me I am always challenged to be more effective in what I do as I watch and learn from others. We had a great time with great people.

Our softball team lost while I was away. So we are 1-1.
The Pistons are one game away from losing to the Cavs. (By the way - I dislike Lebron James.) COME ON!

Rack em,
sd

Monday, May 08, 2006

1-0

Our softball team won on Wednesday.
This is a new experience.
I am not sure how to process this...

Baby is due in about 3-4 weeks.
Getting the house ready.

Like the time I dug a hole,
sd

Monday, May 01, 2006

Michael Thomas Morgan

Well, we had a bit of a final staff dinner with Mike and Joni Morgan, before they travel to California. We had the dinner at my folks... they put together a great meal and it really special to be all together. We really have a great team and it is an honor to work with them. We had a good time remembering funny stories, important moments, and the time we've spent together. We also spent some time affirming Joni and Mike. As you may know, Mike has been our worship leader since Watermark began. Mike and Joni are going to San Diego for college and work and we'll miss them.

Anyways - I'm not going to take time here to get sentimental. :)

Nate did a good job yesterday speaking about "gathering people" and not "judging people." Our job is to fish for all people (all kind of fish) and not to be the ones to decide who is in and out. It can be easy to focus our attention on trying to intellectually win an argument of faith with someone. Although, I don't think you ever "win" an argument like that - if anything I think people get turned off by that. But, if our focus is to love - is to gather - is to a community that is marked by radical inclusion and loving our enemies... then something happens. First of all, I think we actually listen. Second, I think we are more aware of our own need for grace and therefore offer it to others rather than feeling superior. Third, I just wanted to say I had a third point.

Fish fry,
sd