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Don’t touch my ‘bot.

Rush Hour won a trip to Orange 2010 Conference to present two workshops about producing a family worship service on a shoe string.  The script called for Gordo and Vinny to have robots.     

'bots watching rehearsal. (Photo credit: Brian Dawson)


We originally had a couple of 10-inch tall robots, which were great and only cost $1 each.  BUT!!!!  Then, at the Orange 2010 conference itself, I went to a workshop that totally inspired me to go over the top.  So I hit Walgreens next door to the conference center and literally went up and down the aisles shopping for supplies I could use to build some whackier ‘bots.      

I worked on them until about two in the morning and had a blast with them.  Here are Vinny (Greg) and Gordo (Dwight) and I clowning around with the bots during rehearsals.      

Vinny, V, and Gordo with the bots


  I made them by using foam swimming noodles for the arms and poster board boxes for the bodies.  Add some silver and black duct tape, a couple of styrofoam cups and viola.     

The cool thing about working in a hotel meeting room at one in the morning was that I got to meet Veronique, a recent immigrant from Africa who came in to clean the room.  Getting to know her was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  I even named the bots in honor of our new friendship.  She is tall, beautiful, statuesque, and I’m short, round and kinda goofy looking.  So I named the tall blue ‘bot “Veronique” and the shorter orange one “Vanessa.”  The real Veronique really liked the way her namesake turned out.  🙂     

So here is how I made them…     

1. cut arms, toes, and legs out of swim noodles.  I just used scissors to cut the foam.  By cutting a wedge out at the bend of the elbows and using duct tape, I was able to make the arms bend at the elbows.     


2. construct poster board boxes for head and body.     

click to enlarge


3. cut hands and small “radar dishes” out of poster board (you may want to cut out bolts for the neck, antenna, etc.)     

4. Hot glue the pieces together (I used rubber cement which was a poor substitute)     

5.  Add duct tape for stability and decoration.  I made the legs look like they were wearing boots by using duct tape and some wedge shape foam pieces.     

6. Draw on eyes, cut buttons, nobs, and gadget looking stuff out of poster board scraps, and decorate your bots.  One bot had to have hair like Vinny’s so I made some long “fringe” out of silver duct tape and made that work.      

It turns out, these ‘bots were really tough,  almost indestructible!  Gordo had to fling himself down on the orange one to smash it (the script called for it to be destroyed).  It was a wonderful body slam, a la World Wrestling Federation!  Alas, though, we didn’t buy the bot a plane ticket home, so we had to say good-bye at the airport.      

Bye Bye 'Bot! Photo credit: Brian Dawson



Orange 10 – session notes – how to launch a blog

Session Notes from Vanessa Anderson
Session Name:   How to Launch a Blog (And Have Fun Doing It)  
                A.K.A. Blogging For Fun And Effectiveness
Date:  Wednesday, 4/28  Preconference Workshop #1
Speaker(s):  John Saddington and Tom “Shef” Shefchunas  

Speaker Bio’s:  John Saddington.  John is a web developer (programmer) with 13 years of online experience with Fortune 50 businesses.  He is now the Creative Web Director at North Point.  He is a social computing strategist.  

Tom “Shef” Shefchunas.  Multi-campus director of middle School at North Point, Buckhead, and Browns Bridge Community Churches.  He is the volunteer coordinator for North Point’s Middle and high school environments.  His wife Julie created “Upstreet” at North Point.  

Summary:  Blogs should be fun. Developing and maintaining them takes a plan and a commitment.  

Raw Notes:   


Develop 5 things you want to blog about to start, then fine tune the list over time  

Posterours.com is a good app for uploading content  

Blogs:  Johnsaddington.com           Coachshef.com
             @human3rror                          @coachshef   

They asked us to DRAW the answer to this question “WHY BLOG?“   

As a blogger, I would want a blog…  

Visualizing what I want from a blog.


1. …that lets like-minded people interact with each other just for the sake of connecting,  

2. …where those people and I can share inspirational ideas, and  

3. … where I can share and archive information I think would be helpful to that community of readers.  

(Note: bloggers’s brain is in the center, and not all the information exchanged has to go through the blog.)
Other Questions to ask when blogging:  

 Who do I want to reach?
The more targeted and specific you are, the more effective you will be  

What do you want to say?
Informative? Or Conversational?  

Do I need a blog to achieve my goals?
Like any other tool, make sure this one is the right fit.  

JUST COMMIT!  JUST GO!  Jump in and refine your blog over time – even if it’s not perfect, you will get better from the feedback you get  

WORDPRESS.COM – a free app for blogging that they recommend  

Getting Started:   Scheduling is EVERYTHING!  

A) Schedule a launch date (yes, do this first)  

B) Make a weekly time commitment (decide how much time you will spend each week blogging  

C) Schedule a number of posts (example: I will post twice a week on Tuesday and Friday so my readers will know when to expect new content)  

D) If you are representing a church, schedule a time to talk to others ( for accountability).  Tell them your plans and what you hope to accomplish with your blog.
  Senior Leaders
  Focus Groups
  Friends and other advisors  

E) Publish!
Review and Refinement:  

 A) Blogging is a process  

 B) You learn as you go  

 C) Use the TOOL!  The software itself will help you develop the look/feel of your blog  

 D) Every “worth it” ministry involves some risk  

 E) Blogging is “a marathon on sprint”  meaning you will not see results immediately  

F) Blogs can be disruptive to normal channels of communication – make sure this is the appropriate forum for any specific comment
 G) Successful blogging does not look the same for everyone
NAMING THE SITE is very important
 Will you put your picture up?
 What will you call your blog?  

There may be technical challenges to a ministry blog, but there will also  be spiritual ones.  

What time of the day will you post? You may even receive criticism for WHEN you blog (I suppose blogging during work hours or in the middle of the night might be a distraction for some people).  

PROMOTING YOUR BLOG:  Email signatures, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are all great ways to blog and get the word out.  Be “HUMBITIOUS”
Additional Contact Info:  John’s Website    111.8bit.io

Orange ’10 Session Notes – Leading from your strengths

Session Notes from Vanessa Anderson
Session Name:   Leading Strategically From Your Strengths

Date:  Wednesday, 4/28  Preconference Workshop #2
Speaker(s):  Michael Chanley

Speaker Bio’s: 
Michael Chanley is a former Marine who is the parenting and family minister at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. 

Summary:  Leverage the individual strengths of your team members to increase success in meeting your ministry goals.  Adaptation of the US Marines’ War-fighting techniques to your planning process in order to meet challenges and overcome adversity.

Raw Notes: 

The church has been applying business strategies – Michael proposes a warfare model will be more successful

War-fighting models can be successful against problems facing the church

“History is the testing ground of strategy”

Battles are won by the successful application of resources in the right place at the right time.

Marine Motto:  Adapt and Overcome

     You must define the following:

 OBJECTIVE:  example:  to write, to create, to earn
 SITUATION:  what is the problem?  Example: overcome fear, overcome apathy

 MISSION:  how will this advance the kingdom?  Tie it to your church’s values

 EXECUTION:  create a plan to get it dome. Include goals, objectives, etc.

ADMINISTRATION and LOGISTICS:  Who works, how will they be supported? What resources do they need, what training is needed?

COMMUNICATION and CONTROL: set goals and mile markers, logistics like meeting times, follow-up, accountability, strategy, how you will measure success

Once you have decided, BE STRONG & COURAGEOUS!  Joshua 1:6-9

Keep the enemy off guard,  If the enemy cannot predict your actions you will be more successful.

Also, remember the opposite of this idea… BE PREPARED SO YOU ARE NOT SURPRISED.

It is important to DEFINE “THE WIN”

ECONOMY OF FORCE: reduce resources needed

Speaker recommends a strengths finder test such as “strength finder 2.0  by Tom Rath
Note:  Speaker referred often to “The Art of War” by Sun Tsu, I found a free copy in PDF format here:  http://www.scienceofstrategy.org/main/content/art-war-pdf-download-translation-only

Additional Contact Info:  cmconnect.org

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