The girls took on Pittsford on Monday night and beat them 3 out of 4 games - enough to win the match. [Side note: the boys played Pittsford on Tuesday night - beat them by a squeak of 1 point - Whew! Great game - lousy officiating]
Thursday - well... North Adams clobbered our girls. They swept us in a double-header. I guess clobbered is a little to rough - most of the games were close. But there were some real -- uh -- bonehead mistakes (the ball should never hit the ground - especially with two players watching it smack the floor in front of them). Lyndsey had some great serving time, though. She served the best I have seen her do all season - and she was able to rack up quite a few points. Not a lot of aces - but some real crisp serves. It made me happy!
“I am amazed and even numb now, of when I ask Christians what they are doing to share Jesus with others or how they are being Jesus to others. I am guessing around 95% of the Christians I ask, especially church leaders, are not in any true friendship with a non-Christian. I ask when was the last time you went to dinner with someone outside of the faith? Or when have you gone to a movie with someone not already part of your church? The answer almost 95% of the time is "I haven't". All of the time is spent with Christians in the church. Have we so turned the need for "community" into a selfish thing to where we now don't ever make effort to be salt and light to others? Or do so only by giving money to the poor or go on mission trips elsewhere - but not being in real relationships and friendships with those outside the church where we live?” Original Post
Many of you may be planning to see the new movie The End of the Spear - a movie about the ministry of Nate and Steve Saint - and the natives to which they ministered. Many Christian leaders have thrown their support behind the movie.
I have attached an article that informs that the actor who portrays both Nate and Steve Saint is a practicing homosexual and very outspoken gay rights activist and advocate. I do know that the actor who played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings was also a homosexual - but the LOTR was NOT about Christianity, it wasn't a religious allegory, and Gandalf was NOT the "Christ-figure" of the movie. Admittedly - a person may be an exceptional actor and do a good job. But...as one reviewer pointed out, no matter how proficient the actor - how would you feel about an openly gay activist portraying the life of your favorite pastor - or even your father.
Whether you see the movie for yourself or not - it is always wise to be aware of the backstory.
On the 7th there was a tournament in Hudson. JCS won 4 games and lost 4 games.
On the 9th the team played at Burr Oak – and almost found a way to lose – but won 3 games to 2.
On the 12th they played Camden-Frontier and got smoked.
On the 14th there was a tournament at East Jackson – and the team didn’t show up and lost 5 of 6 games.
I used to say “We shouldn’t be losing to these teams. We should beat them.” But, evidently that is wishful thinking. It seems that some of the girls on the team don’t have the desire to win. I think they are told to have fun first – then win. I think they should win – and have fun while doing so.
On the 16th we played Climax-Scotts – which used to dominate us. We lost the match – but every girl was playing hard and the games we lost were real close. The coach said “We couldn’t have played any better.” – I replied there were some areas that we could – but at least every girl showed up to play. I would put Lyndsey on the backline more – she has a better presence of mind than Abby (who still is a good player – but doesn’t give it all some times). I am prejudiced – no denying that.
No more VB until the 23rd.
I haven't forgotten about posting out here - just took a break during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
But volleyball is back in full swing (we have a tournament in Hudson today) so I am compelled to post.
The first match of the new year as reported by the Jackson Cit-Pat:
Jackson Christian def. Waldron 25-13, 25-16, 20-25, 25-11: Abby Cartwright and Lyndsey Matthews shared team honors with seven kills and six service aces apiece as Jackson Christian opened Southern Central Athletic Association play with a victory.