Category Archives: Uncategorized

What is Community?

This afternoon I attended a meeting/gathering of Community Group leaders from Salem Alliance Church. It served as a platform for defining what community is, a time of meeting the new Pastor’s of Community Groups, and being challenged with how our groups can impact the community. Pastor Steve Fowler gave us some incredible information and things to take back to our respective community groups. One thing that remains with me is community groups serve as a platform for discipleship, which in turn leads to disciple makers.

We were reminded of three things about discipleship that is like what Jesus did: 1) Passion for spirituality; 2) Radical community; and 3) Missional zeal. We were challenged to focus on these three items and how they can help grow our community groups.

As we concluded the session we were challenged to “articulate a cause”, find a cause or project that our community groups can use as their “missional service opportunity”. This could be a short-term project lasting three months, or something lasting perhaps a year or more. We were given some suggestions when selecting a cause or service opportunity that include 1) Who is the group; 2) what are the time requirements; 3)  what are the talents and passions within the community groups; and 4) what are the unique spiritual gifts within the community group.

As Salem Alliance Church continues to impact the community and the great Salem area, community groups will play a pivotal role in this process! I’m excited to be able to take this great new back to my group, Legacy Community Group, and see how God uses us for discipleship and outreach into the community!

Stay tuned for updates in the months to come!

Dale, the “Community Dude”

Leave a comment

Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Church Life, Uncategorized


Life of a Gym Dude

Well now, if you have followed me on Facebook, you know I have been going to a gym for several years now. This is something I never, ever thought I would be doing — from a kid who did not like PE classes (if I was able to get out of PE I found a way) to a guy who looks forward to working out, I’m now ready for the next level of fitness. The past couple of months I have been meeting with my personal trainer at Body Renew Fitness in Salem to monitor body fat (BMI checks). Since December it has dropped by 3 points! I am pleased and my personal trainer is pleased. Trevor is very encouraging and positive, and wants to see me succeed with my goals. Next week comes a big new challenge: Work outs with free weights, core exercises, and some fat-burning and muscle-building workouts. Goal: 30 minutes, two to three times per week, working up to 45 minutes per session and four days a week. Right now I’m at that plateau one reaches when they lose weight. With this new workout plan in place I should be able to firm up the core area in a faster time period.

I continue to attend my weekly Weight Watchers meeting at work. Having an at-work meeting is ideal and gives me an accountability. Do I miss the weekly weigh-ins? No, I need only weigh in once a month, and that happens next week, which so happens to be my hour session with my trainer on the free weights and bench.

God is so good and keeps me on the straight and narrow when it comes to taking care of our bodies. Our bodies are His temples, and we are to take care of our body. I’m hoping to live a long and healthy life beyond my retirement years (when ever that happens). Just this last year my doctor took me off of cholesterol-reducing medication that I had been on for over ten years. I attribute that to loosing over 30 pounds over the past three years, working out regularly, and eating healthy. I think the reward came when I realized my slacks and jeans were all of a sudden “too big”.

BUT … the accomplishment I am most proud of was running my first 5K last summer. I trained daily for it and come race day I was ready! I wasn’t concerned about my time but the fact I ran AND finished a 5K! God is SO good. I have already made plans to run at lease one 5K this spring or summer. Check my Facebook page and/or this blog for details!

From the Gym Dude


Leave a comment

Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Life as a Runner Dude

Yes folks, you read that title correctly! I am a runner, believe it or not. A couple years ago the fitness center closed for two weeks for maintenance and I had no place to workout. That’s when the “idea” of running hit me. So, knowing the building where I work is equipped with showers and lockers, I decided to give it a try at noon time, Woo hoo, I was able to run 2.4 miles during my lunch time! What a great feeling! And, this is coming from someone who hated PE in school, and found ways to get out of it, if possible.

Well, this spring I saw a post for a 5K and 10K run, sponsored by the Christian organization, “Compassion International”. The “Run For Compassion” was my first, yes folks, very first 5K run! I didn’t care about time, I just wanted to accomplish at 5K. It was great, I met some folks from my previous church that I attended, and really had a good time.

I would post photos but they are on a jump drive and I can’t find it!

Needless to say I’m already searching out future 5K runs. No marathons….yet. This was an item my “bucket list” that I can now check off as “accomplished”. I plan to blog about bucket lists soon. Check back!

It looks like I have a new nick-name now, “runner dude”! I love my nick names! Sun Bum, Desert Dude, Beach Dude, and now Runner Dude! (I’m really wanting to be a desert dude in Arizona soon!)


Leave a comment

Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


Life as a Beach Dude…

Wow, it has been nearly a year since I posted on my blog. Life happens and your blog doesn’t get updated! Well, today is the day for an update.

Greetings from sunny and very warm Daytona Beach, FL! Yes, the desert dude/sun bum has become a beach dude/beach bum! I’m here for the annual spring showcase conference of Christian Meetings and Conventions Association. We’ll be based at the Hilton Resort/Daytona for the week, with events taking place in Daytona.

I arrived late last night after an all-day trek across the country via Salt Lake City and Atlanta. Today I was able to sleep in and no agenda! It’s been fun walking around the area and taking in all of the tourist shops filled with “stuff” I would never dream of bringing home! From the tacky and tasteless to the terrific, you have it all along Atlantic Avenue and the Boardwalk!

The weather is simply incredible with a high of 91 predicted for today. In Florida that also means high humidity and I’ve encountered it. I want to do a two to three mile beach run in the morning, maybe as the sun comes up over the Atlantic! It’s odd seeing the sun come up over the ocean! I’ve got an ocean view room on the 16th floor of the Hilton and it comes with an incredible view of God’s creation. I was reminded this morning He created the waters on earth. What a God, to give us an ocean and a beach where we can run, lay out and sun tan! He is good!

I’m not sure what the rest of today has coming, nor tomorrow. This is an agenda-free vacation until Tuesday evening then the conference happens and I get to see my CMCA family once again! This is truly a family reunion when we get to see each other again. I’ve taken on a new role with CMCA, that of “Social Media Director” (aka Facebook and Twitter Guru). During the course of the conference I will be “trending” with updates and live happenings, interviews with attendees, etc. I’m looking forward to being out on the trade show floor getting interviews with the planners and suppliers, trending and updating with their impressions and thoughts about the conference. If you want to follow or join us, just do a search in Facebook of “Christian Meetings and Conventions Associations”. You’ll see my posts hopefully starting Tuesday evening and throughout the week.

Well, that’s about it for today and day two in Florida. Day one really was a non-day for anything but travel, airports, travel and more airports!

More coming later!

Dale (Florida Beach Bum/Beach Dude)

Leave a comment

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Hardest Thing to Say to Someone…

Did you know that those who appear to be very strong in heart are real weak and most susceptible?

Did you know that those who spend their time protecting others are the ones that really need someone to protect them?

Did you know that the three most difficult things to say are?

  • I love you
  • I’m sorry
  • Help me

Did you know that those who dress in red are more confident in themselves?

Did you know that those who dress in yellow are those that enjoy their beauty? 

Did you know that those who dress in black are those who want to be unnoticed and need your help and understanding?

Did you know that when you help someone, the help is returned in two folds?

Did you know that it’s easier to say what you feel in writing than saying it to someone in the face? But did you know that it has more value when you say it to their face?

Did you know that if you ask for something in faith, your wishes are granted?

Did you know that you can make your dreams come true, like falling in love, becoming rich, staying healthy, if you ask for it by faith and if you really knew, you’d be surprised by what you could do?

But don’t believe everything I tell you, until you try it for yourself, if you know someone that is in need of something that I mentioned, and you know that you can help, you’ll see that it will be returned in two-fold.

Today, the ball of friendship is in your court. Share this with those who truly are your friends.

Leave a comment

Posted by on April 23, 2009 in Life in General, Uncategorized