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Yesterday another one of our pastors got married! Rob, our college pastor, married his fiance (now wife) Rikki in a beautiful ceremony at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. I had the privilege of not only attending but emceeing it was well. It was a perfect day for the perfect couple.

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The bride and groom with Pastor Carl officiating

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Their first kiss as man and wife

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And announcing Mr. and Mrs. Rob Wurlizter

Congratulations Rob and Rikki!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I hope you all had a chance to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage and kiss your favorite Irish person (luckily I married one so it’s all good!).

Today marked another reason to celebrate (other than the holiday). Today, my best friends Mikey and Liz Worden welcomed into the world their second daughter, Lexie Patricia Blake. The neat thing about this birth is that it’s not the first time Liz has given birth on a holiday. Lexie’s older sister Haley was also born on a holiday. Lexie is a St. Patrick’s baby and Haley is a St. Valentine’s baby (is this a Christian family or what?). What’s even more remarkable is that both this children were born exactly on their due dates! Two children, two holidays, two due dates…amazing. I can’t wait to see what holiday their next child will be born on (hopefully it will honor another saint too).

Anyway, enough writing since I know you want to see some pictures.

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Here she is all tuckered out from a hard day of entering the world

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The proud papa with his new bundle of joy

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Aunty Diana holding Lexie for the first time

Anyway, congratulations Mikey, Liz, Haley and now Lexie!

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Surprise!

Last Sunday we celebrated a birthday. Oddly enough, it was Jasen’s actual birthday, but we ended up celebrating Mikey’s birthday. Yay Mikey! Mikey’s birthday isn’t until Friday, but to surprise him his family picked a day that he wouldn’t know about which was conveniently Jasen’s birthday.

Now my only part in the surprise was to get him to the secret location at the secret time. This part was easy since Mikey normally comes to my house on Sunday nights and since it was Jasen’s birthday we had an easy excuse.

So he got to my house on time and under the guise of carpooling we drove him to the secret spot (which was Dave and Buster’s). Once we got there we went to the roof and he was greeted by a bunch of his close friends and family.

Now I gotta say, his family is so creative. Not only did they totally surprise him but when we got off the elevator we were greeted by their smiling faces as well as Mikey’s smiling face. That’s right, they put his face on all of their t-shirts. A little creepy to be sure, but creative nonetheless.

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Not one, but three Mikeys staring back at you!

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The planner of the whole night and the birthday boy

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Some of the guys

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Tricia looking like Yoda and a very surprised Stanton

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Of course, what’s a party without cake?

Happy Birthday Mikey (and Jasen!)

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One of the joys of my job is getting to meet new people. Many times new people soon become new friends and as someone once told me, “friends are the spice of life”. Funny, I always thought variety was the spice of life, but maybe I’m just getting my cliches mixed up.

Anyway, a few years ago, I happened to meet a nice Navy couple from Texas that just started coming to church. They came to one activity (a board game night I think) and they never came back again (to my activities I mean, not church). Despite repeated calls, they didn’t come to MiniChurch or any other function I did (I tried hard not to take it personally). Then, one day, out of the blue, they showed up at MiniChurch and ever since then they have been some very good friends.

But like most military friends we have at some point it’s time to move on. Even though Casey is leaving the Navy to open up a Chick-fil-A he and his wife Jo are leaving the islands. In the past four or five months that they have been in our MiniChurch they have always been consistently encouraging and they have always added to our group. Jo, Casey’s wife, leaves tonight and he will be on a plane next week.

They stopped by today for one last good-bye and so we at least got to take a nice picture with them (note: Casey is so tall I think he had to contort his body so that he could fit in the frame!).

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Apparently gray was the color of the day (too bad no one told Jo)

Godspeed Casey and Jo. We’ll be praying for you guys and we look forward to visiting you at your new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening this June in Laguna Nigel, California!

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craftsteak

One of the great joys of traveling is trying out different restaurants that you wouldn’t normally have a chance to try out in Hawaii. Keao and I watch a lot of reality TV and so we’ve had the chance to eat at a few celebrity chefs’ restaurants.

During this trip to Las Vegas we decided to splurge (we don’t normally eat at such fancy places) and try out Tom Colicchio’s craftsteak. Tom Colicchio is the head judge of Bravo TV’s Top Chef program of which Keao and I are huge fans so when we found out that Keao’s WPPI conference was being held in the MGM Grand it was a no brainer.

It was a Friday night so the place was fairly crowded, but since we made reservations a few months ago it was no problem.

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The entrance to the restaurant

We started by ordering two appetizers to share. Apparently this is a common occurrence because our waitress didn’t bat an eye and even offered to split up our soup, lobster bisque, in two portions for us. In addition to the lobster bisque we also tried quail with kumquat (which was a very great flavor). Then to our surprise, our waitress brought out a third appetizer which she said was on the house! We got some fried Hawaiian prawns for free! What a deal!

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The prawns, bisque and quail dish

Of course the real reason we were there was to have the steak. When Top Chef visited craftsteak on the television show they did an entire vegetarian meal. We weren’t doing that. We wanted meat. You really can’t go wrong with a ribeye so that’s what we ordered. A nice 16 ounce ribeye cooked to a perfect medium (they even sliced it up).

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Here’s the grilled ribeye

Finally there were the sides. Like most high-end steak houses everything is ala carte. We ordered two sides. We tried the sauteed baby broccoli and the roasted garlic and leek gratin. The baby broccoli was excellent. Keao really liked the potatoes which I thought was good, but nothing spectacular.

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The sides

Overall, it was a great meal. If money were no object, I would definitely eat there again. If you’re ever in Las Vegas and you have some money to burn it’s a great place to try out.

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So I’ve been a church employee now for the past 7 years or so and during that time I’ve worn several different hats. When I first started I was an intern in charge of the college ministry. Then after two years of that I did the college ministry and I also worked on the maintenance crew outside with Uncle Augie (20 hours each). Then, they moved me to the Singles ministry (where I met my wife Keao). Then in addition to the Singles ministry I also took the job of operations manager. But they gave that portion of my job away so I picked up the Sports ministry (still following?). Finally in the last year I did the Singles (and expanded it to include Couples too), the Sport ministry, Community Service and now my fourth hat IT. I did this all in the span of 7 years.

Of all the things I’ve done, I think I may be least qualified to do the IT. I mean, I like computers and everything but I really have very little formal training on all things related to computers. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time online. Who knows?

One of the first things I’ve been doing recently is trying to get our staff more in tuned with technology and keeping their webpages fresh and with new content. I’m also encouraging them to use more social media like Facebook, Twitter and blogging.

Every once in awhile, I’ll say something good and you know what? People are listening. We now have two more staff members starting blogs. I hope they keep it up (I’m subscribing with my Google reader). So without further ado, if you’re interested, here are our two latest staff blogs.

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http://carlmoore.posterous.com/

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http://alcolleenkalama.posterous.com/

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http://stanton808.posterous.com/

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So I’ve decided to move to word press. I recently got this new blog software that should make created blogs a little easier (so maybe I can blog more often…) but it doesn’t do pictures really well. It does however seem to work well with word press so I’m making the change.

Please go to https://pastorscottsthoughts.wordpress.com for further reading pleasure.

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