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A Special Valentine

I just want to drop a gratitude bomb on everybody that made it out to the Houston Mission Trip Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner last night. I don’t have exact figures but based on the size of the crowd, it was a resounding success!

Thought I would share a few cruddy cell phone pictures from the event:


Spaghetti Fundraiser
They filled these with pudding. Delicious, delicious pudding.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Heart-shaped brownies. Get outta town!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Myriah making the sauce.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Miss Jodie rolling silverware and eyeing cupcakes.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
The Schoffs making that delicious, delicious pudding.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Hello Jaxon.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Teamwork!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Amber serving up spaghetti to the ravenous Methodist horde.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Would you believe the gentleman on the left’s name is Bennet(t), but he spells it wrong?

Spaghetti Fundraiser
A full kitchen. That is me by the fridge.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Drink team!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Trinity brought Tatum!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Remember that Ashed-Selfie the Ashfie I was railing on yesterday. Here is mine. Jaxon’s fault.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this is an awesome cause, BUT my significant other made me go somewhere else in an ostentatious display of what is undoubtedly our great love. Perhaps the love of the century. Therefore, I couldn’t make it. But I would like to contribute some pittance to the cause. After all, taking 20 or so people to Houston can’t be cheap.

Well friend, today is your lucky day! Not literally today. But at some point in the future we will be having at least one more fundraiser. I have no doubt you will be able to make that one.

So stay tuned for another announcement. Same Photography 139 time (roughly). Same Photography 139 channel!

Happy Ash Wednesday!

I know it is also Valentine’s Day, but Ash Wednesday is the more important holiday. So Happy Ash Wednesday!

If you don’t know what Ash Wednesday is, it is the day that Christians post selfies that look something like this:


February 10, 2016
File Photo

If the Selfie Project was still ongoing, I’m sure I would also partake in this ancient Christian ritual on the Instagram. However, since the Selfie Project is dead and unlike Jesus, it won’t be resurrected in 3 days.

Therefore I’m going to use my Ash Wednesday blog post to pimp 2 things.

#1. I’m working on a project for an upcoming Youth Group lesson on perception of Christians. To further the discussion I’m looking for volunteers to help me out. The process will cost you 5 minutes of your life. Max.

Interested?

Curious?

This is what I want people to do. Record a video of you answering the following 4 questions:

1. State your name
2. How were you raised, religiously speaking? Example: I was raised in a cult in Waco, Texas
3. How would you describe yourself now, religiously speaking? I currently
4. What do you think of first, when you hear the word Christian?

NO VERTICAL VIDEO!!

I’m serious about the no vertical video. If you send me a vertical video I will track you down and I will punch you in the throat. I’m looking for a diversity of opinion. Not a diversity of aspect ratios.

The average video has been about 30-60 seconds.

No profanity would be great as well, but I can edit that out. It just would be work for me. If I was interested in doing work, I wouldn’t be getting you to fill up the lesson for me.

Deadline is next Monday (the 19th).

This isn’t an attempt to whitewash people’s views. If your view of Christians is negative, be negative.

If you know anybody that would have an interesting perspective, grab them too!

If you are interested in participating, let me know and I will email you instructions on how to put your video in my possession.

Click on this link to email Christopher D. Bennett

Thanks in advance for your participation.

#2. I hope you didn’t think I was done talking about the Youth Group, cause I’m not. You like to eat food, right? Well it just so happens that tonight starting at 5:30, in the Boone First United Methodist Church basement, the Youth Group is serving a Spaghetti Dinner as a fundraiser for our mission trip to Houston. The cost is an at-will donation. So you can get a free meal if you are so inclined! Or you can donate a Hamilton or two or three to a worth cause!

If you are wondering, we will be doing the Protestant thang and serving sauce with meat in it. That’s how us Methodists roll. With meat. 365. 366 on leap years!

Then after you carb load, you can come to church with me and get your ash on. No pictures this year though. Respect the day man. It marks the first day of Lent. A 46 day period of fasting, repentance, prayer, AND self-control!

It is like what Jesus set in Matthew 6:1-6:

“Be [very] careful not to do your [a]good deeds publicly, to be seen by men; otherwise you will have no reward [prepared and awaiting you] with your Father who is in heaven.

2 “So whenever you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not blow a trumpet before you [to advertise it], as the hypocrites do [like actors acting out a role] in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored and recognized and praised by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy], 4 so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.

5 “Also, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to pray [publicly] standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets so that they may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.

I’m pretty sure that verse is all about selfies. If you don’t like my interpretation, then to quote Shawn from Youth Group, “fight me”. But you know that I already have my fighting dander up because I want to throat punch all the vertical videophiles.

This is the part in the blog post where I post pictures of the Youth Group doing good deeds publicly on a mission trip to try to convince you to come support our mission trip, even if you don’t like spaghetti. Cause let’s face it, spaghetti ain’t all that, but remember crooked sticks can draw straight lines.


Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Misc.

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Misc.

Mission Trip  - Day 0

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 1

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

And if you are celebrating that other holiday, what could be more romantic than a spaghetti dinner in a church basement for a good cause? I mean if Lady and Tramp could make it work in an alley, I think you can make it work in a church basement. I will not play accordion for you though. I mean, I would, but I can’t play the accordion.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 126 – SMALL TOWN

The old WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE seems to still be suffering from a case of the winter blues. Hopefully participation rates will rebound in the next few weeks as the weather gets warmer again.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - BECKY PARMELEE

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 127 - STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE!


STILL LIFE! What a great theme! What is a STILL LIFE photo? Here is a good definition:

Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.

As usual, I can’t wait to see your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

I’m pleased to announce that Shadi Mubaidin is the latest to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I used to work with Shadi back in another life. In my days at the Campus Outpost of the Evil Clown Empire. If you see Shadi out and about walking the mean streets of Des Moines, feel free to give him a knowing glance and show him the super secret Photography 139 Handshake.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very still Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 124 – COLORFUL

A pretty decent amount of people had their creative bell rung by COLORFUL. At least that is what I will tell myself to get to sleep tonight.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
ANDY SHARP


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - STEPHANIE KIM
STEPHANIE KIM


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - STEPHANIE KIM
STEPHANIE KIM


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - TAMARA PETERSON
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
LINDA BENNETT


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 124 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


What a great week of submissions!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 125 - JEALOUSY
JEALOUSY!


JEALOUSY! What a great theme! What a tough theme! I consider this to be maybe the toughest theme is this set of 52 themes. What is a JEALOUSY picture? A JEALOUSY picture would be of somebody being JEALOUS(Y) of somebody else. For example of an Iowa Hawkeye fan being JEALOUS(Y) of an Iowa State Cyclone fan for having a college education. Or another example would be showing something that makes you JEALOUS(Y). I don’t have a very good example for this, I experience JEALOUSY so rare.

As always, I look forward to your interpretations.

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very jealous Monday!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 122 – High Perspective

I usually start this blog post with a statement on how participation rates went this week, but this week I’m going to start the week differently.

A recent subscriber and often contributor to the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Tamara Peterson’s husband Glenn recently got a tough diagnosis and they have a long fight ahead of them. They are legitimately 2 of the best people I have ever known. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Thoughts are good. Prayers are better.

Also, Jesse’s Dad has been going through some complications with his cancer treatments lately as well. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers as well.

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Looks like HIGH PERSPECTIVE was not a super popular theme, but that is okay because we have a submission from Andy Sharp. His first submission!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk tommyrot abut participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


Week 122 - High Perspective - Sarah Karber
Sarah Karber

Week 122 - High Perspective - Tamara Peterson
Tamara Peterson

Week 122 - High Perspective - Christopher D. Bennett
Christopher D. Bennett

Week 122 - High Perspective - Andy Sharp
Andy Sharp

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole-Foley

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 123 - FOOD
FOOD!


FOOD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to explain FOOD to you. Hopefully, all of you put enough of it in your mouth every day. If not, I know some people that can help you out.

As always, I’m interested in seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very foodie Monday!