Archive for March, 2008

King of the Inadvertent Crotch-Shot

Promise AuctionIt was great to see so many familiar faces back from Uni/School – just a shame that we didn’t have a great deal of time to catch up on everyone’s news. We spent most of the evening going over the final plans for the Promise Auction, and preparing ourselves and each other for the madness which will hit us on Saturday. It all seems to be coming together though, with everything in place or at least in hand. The only thing we’re not sure of is the number of people who will be turning out – but we have a backup plan if there are more than we anticipate (sadly, we don’t have a back-up plan if fewer than anticipated turn up!). I want to write more but don’t want to give away any surprises for the event. Three months in the planning, and probably less than three hours in the execution – crazy. The Catalogue of Lots is available for browsing before the big event.

We enjoyed some chocolate (of course, it is the Easter season) and a leisurely cup of tea/coffee, before putting out containers to catch the water which seemed to be pouring into some parts of the Church from nowhere. Then once the Youth Hall was free we headed in for a mass game of Volleyball Keepy-Uppy. It was a game like no other, as we usually only have about 7 players, but tonight were blessed with 12 or so. We tried out some new tactics and soon settled into the swing of things – before setting a new record of 50! As most of us weren’t counting it came as quite a surprise – especially as it was such a scrapping game – but we’re happy to accept it and will aim to improve in the coming weeks.

Human HomerAs a way of filling up what would otherwise be a bit of a nothing post, take a look at the following picture (click for more detail):

“not what Homer Simpson would look like if he was a real person, its just what a cartoon like Homer would look like if he kept his toon proportions but had realistic texturing and lighting”

It’s kinda freaky – but pretty cool too.

Anyway, this time next week the Promise Auction will be over, hopefully we’ll have raised a tidy sum of cash for the BB Company, and life can return to something which resembles normality (whatever that is!).

Next Week: Promise Auction Debrief and Chill Out

Promise Auction Update

After a week of solid work the Catalogue of Lots is now complete and available online for your viewing pleasure. The final catalogue contains 34 lots and a further 5 surprise lots will be presented on the evening. Download the catalogue for the full details…

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch.

Most Green-Fingered Hours Of Top-Notch IT Muffins

Tonight started with painful levels of squeaking and much hugging… Yep, the troops are re-appearing from Uni for the (brief) Easter break. Tonight we were joined by Matt and Nick B, and we’re expecting even greater numbers next week!

There was no time for a long catch-up tonight though, as we still have plenty of prep for the Promise Auction next weekend. Our main task this evening was to write up exciting descriptions of each lot for the printed catalogue, along with Daily Mirror-esque puns as titles. A gruelling job indeed…

We did have a chance to preview Amicus The Movie in all its glory, prior to the World Premiere during the Auction. I’m giving nothing away, but the production now has sound effects, music and credits at the end. (It still only lasts 1 minute and 7 seconds but who’s counting.)

As has been mentioned, the list of lots is complete, but we’re all pushing hard to get as many people as possible along on the night. The church is now filled with promotional material, as are several of our schools and workplaces AND the Crosslinks Centre. If you think you know somewhere we could stick a poster, please download a copy here and go for it! (Blue Tac expenses to be reimbursed at our discretion.)

So we’re all very busy, but it wouldn’t be an Amicus update without a look at the weirder side of the internet. So I leave you with a gross but brilliant desk tidy, a deeply theological look at the impossible task our God has, and an intriguing test which may have you thinking you’ve gone mad!

On a side note, I think we may have just created the most surreal update title EVER, which is really saying something.

Next week: Final headless-chicken planning activities for the Promise Auction. If we have time afterwards, perhaps we can work off some chocolate egg calories with something sporty.

How Many Times Does The Blue Man Heave?

This evening was spent chatting, catching up on news, randomly wandering off the subject, talking over each other, eating chocolates and drinking tea and coffee.  But mostly we spent it planning the finer details of the Promise Auction.

We’re very pleased with everyone’s generosity and now have a complete catalogue of lots (35 in total) and a number of people who have volunteered their time to help out on the evening.  The final catalogue will contain details of 30 lots, with 5 kept in reserve as surprise lots for on the night.  The 30 will include 5 extra special ‘star lots’ and there will be a number of silent bids where you write you bid on a slip of paper and the highest submission wins the lot.  It’s all starting to come together…

New Seat GinebraDuring the evening we welcomed Simon back from the Geneva Motor Show [photos here] – looking a little tired but he soon perked up.

The only other thing to report is the new Keepy-Uppy Volleyball record of 47 (you may have noticed that the current record can always be found in the column on the right).  Well done to everyone – especially Nicci and Flic who nearly sustained injuries in the process.

Next Week: Promise Auction planning – but will probably include Ikea nibbles too ;o)

The Gospel According To Mr Potato Head

Amicus this week was something a bit different – mostly sensible! After enjoying the movie Toy Story 2 last week, we tackled the first section of our Connect bible study covering computer-animated movies.

The studies in this series, written by Scripture Union, each look at a modern piece of culture or entertainment, and then examine the Biblical themes within them. Topics as broad as the TV show Friends, generic soap operas, Harry Potter, Star Wars, global warming and the iPod are all covered. Back in January we took a vote, and chose the computer-animated movie study to look at first.

Toy Story captured the imagination of millions and was a box office smash; many thought that Toy Story 2 was even better. As well as breaking new ground with their computer animated graphics, the creaters of Woody and firneds had two noteworthy hits to their credit. But it wasn’t just the way it was done that made them so successful – it was the stories too…

So began the bible study, and we went on to look at the themes of imagination, belonging, rivalry and courage in the face of a tough task. If you’ve seen the movies, I’m sure you can appreciate how important a role these ideas play.

For imagination, we looked at the section of Job 40 in which God lavishly describes the behemoth. (Pop Quiz: Read the passage and have a think about what animal it might be. [Answer]) We also looked at a challenging section of Revelation in which Peter describes heaven. We were all very intrigued by the weird and wonderful beasties in this passage, particularly the four creatures “covered in eyes”.

We also spent a lot of time looking at 1 Samuel, and the relationships between Saul, David and Johnathan. Saul’s crippling jealousy of David’s prowess on the battlefield linked very well to the plotline of Toy Story, which has Woody seeing Buzz as a rival first, not a friend. Later in the chapter, David and Johnathan find the courage to cope with tough challenges through their friendship and devotion, echoing Buzz’s journey in Toy Story 2.

So as you can see, we took the opportunity for a calmer, more reserved evening very seriously. Still, there were obviously several passages which had us all giggling uncontrollably. Without that it wouldn’t be Amicus would it?!

Next Week: Serious prep time for the Promise Auction, now less than a month away. Eek!