Fuge Report

If you have ever been to M-Fuge you know that this first day is the worst. Here are the reasons…

  1. Most of the students didn’t sleep much last night
  2. You spend the whole day walking from meeting to meeting (I walked from and back to the same bible study room 4 times)
  3. You aren’t doing anything but getting ready for ministry.
  4. Most of the tracks times don’t need all of the prep time (some do) so most students are just sitting around
  5. Students are still a little nervous about the groups that they are in so they start getting really defensive wit their own friends.
  6. The students haven’t really gotten into the whole “God-Flow” that comes later in the week and helps them to get along better and act better.

I guess that last one is true of any camp type experience. It takes a few days of being away from the culture and seeking God for students to begin to sort of forget about petty things and start to focus in on God a bit more. That is when the week gets fun. Also a whole week of sleep deprivation doesn’t hurt either.

 

On a different note I think I am about done being a youth minister. I just can’t muster up enough reserve to care about teenage relationships. I know I should think it is important who a 9th grader is dating, but I just can’t seem to fake that I care–especially when they are fighting at camp. I want to just scream, “IT ISN’T THAT IMPORTANT!” But I know that is wrong this relationship is important to them at the time. But I keep looking at them thinking, “You are just making camp miserable for yourself and those around you so quit” I think it is time I find another marketable skill.  

15 thoughts on “Fuge Report

  • June 5, 2006 at 11:11 AM
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    Shane glad that you have Wi-Fi…As much as you would miss posting I would miss reading your posts (cue the "sappy" love song) Anyways enjoy your week.

    The bf/gf thing drives me nuts too!!!!!! I really have a hard time mustering the emotional energy necessary to help them cope.

    I’ve been to many of these sorta events…One question. Why is non-stop constant activity always a part of the equation? My youth group kids are really starting to despise events because they don’t get time to "just chill". It’s funny we as youth ministers say that our youth are over-scheduled and under-pressure and we take them on a retreat weekend and don’t allow them time to just retreat.

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  • June 5, 2006 at 12:08 PM
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    Why do we overschedule them? One word… FEAR.

    We are afraid of them running around without structure. Especially in a big group like this.

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  • June 5, 2006 at 4:22 PM
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    Just a little sidenote, which is totally off subject, but reading about you being at camp made me think of it. The very first name-brand cologne I ever owned was the leftovers of a bottle of your (original) Polo – the green bottle with the gold lid and horse on it. I think you had just switched to Eternity or something. Anyway, I wore it at Centrifuge circa 1991. To this day, whenever I smell that fragrance, which amazingly I still do, I am immediately taken back to very specific and fond memories of that week in my life.

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  • June 5, 2006 at 5:57 PM
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    Shane, correct me if I’m wrong. It sounds like the stuff that’s frustrating you is probably the same stuff that we did to frustrate the adults in our lives. At least they don’t have admirers driving from 2 hours away to meet them. That would be crazy.

    -B; I think I’ve got some pictures from that fond week in your life. Next time I’m in the 270, I’ll dig’em out for you.

    Extra points to anyone who knows what a Fite boy does when he dances his way into a corner.

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  • June 5, 2006 at 8:50 PM
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    He dances his way right back out! That’s funny!

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  • June 5, 2006 at 9:34 PM
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    Almost as funny as both of them sitting there wearing a bedsheet and not much else awaiting a toga party.

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  • June 6, 2006 at 12:08 AM
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    I suddenly feel "outta the loop"

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  • June 6, 2006 at 1:48 AM
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    Chris,

    Don’t fret, I feel the same way…and I actually went to high school with Shane, -B, and Andrew. I never did the ‘fuge thing though, I actually got a summer J-O-B in high school. They had Jesus for a week, I had money to take my girlfriend to the movies…we all make our choices! ;-)

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  • June 6, 2006 at 3:14 AM
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    J-O-B? Now you’re talkin’ crazy.

    I normally don’t have more than one thing to say on any particular post, but I couldn’t resist.

    I am a chicken
    I am a chickenhicken
    I am a chicken hicken ricken i sicken ticken i a nicken
    And I have chickenhickenricken i sickenticken in my hicken e a rickenticken
    And I will licken i vicken e e ticken e rickennicken a lickenlickenyicken

    Have they outgrown the pizza hut song. I would hope so after Shane almost lost his burger on stage. Is this church camp or college party?

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  • June 6, 2006 at 8:52 PM
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    They have outgrown the Pizza song and the I am a C-H song and all of those other songs of our early days. It is funny to see now, but those songs are seen as Children’s songs. The songs for youth are now rock worship songs. And if you look closely they all look like this.

    Part One: A verse that is sort of slow and low and relatively easy to sing

    Part Two: A bridge that is a little harder to sing and a little louder (optionaly including a pause before part three)

    Part Three: The verse comes in with distorted guitars and full rock sound. It is now so high that only professional singers can sing it well. Most people just scream it.

    Repeat through a second verse cycle

    Then bring the chorus down to just the accoustic guitar and sing for one chorus and build back up to screaming again for a couple more.

    If you will pay attention most new worship songs follow this pattern.

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  • June 7, 2006 at 3:28 PM
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    3 on one topic. Amazing. The thing that impressed me the most my first time at ‘Fuge, keep in mind I’d been a believer less than a year, was the joy that people showed in everything they did, right down to the ‘childish songs’. C-H and Pizza Hut to name a few. No one was too cool, everybody was just just praising the Lord without regard to music style. People were just glad to be together. As for the childish music, I guess Jesus was just kidding when He said we should be like children. (That was meant to be tongue in cheek, BTW) I’ll go pray about that now.

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  • June 7, 2006 at 4:21 PM
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    Let me look into my crystal ball….

    Oh, I see it now – "Confessions of an Average Railroad Junkie". It’s obvious you have ample time to post.

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  • June 7, 2006 at 4:21 PM
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    For what it’s worth, Cooper, my two-year-old, LOVES "Pizza Hut" and the revised version, "Jabba the Hut." He’ll give a good belly laugh if you do the hand motions with him. His dad thinks they’re pretty cool songs, too. ;-)

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  • June 7, 2006 at 4:24 PM
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    Dude, I’m swamped. No time to post.

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  • June 7, 2006 at 4:57 PM
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    Drew, seriously. It took you all of 3 minutes to respond to that post. My house is a mere 4 blocks from a fire station, and they couldn’t respond that quickly.

    How about, "Futrell’s Futilities"?

    (Your being swamped makes me think of Kramer when he had his "job" he kept showing up at, briefcase and all, when he wasn’t really employed there. "The boss is killing me with these deadlines.")

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