Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Levi enjoying some attention from Mrs. Sharon
You can tell Josiah has played hard and eaten well.
Caleb practicing on his skateboard
A rare family picture
We had a very nice Thanksgiving this year. Two families that are also living away from their extended families joined us this year at our home for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The boys had a blast playing with friends. Caleb felt so cool when Josh, who is a teenager, took time to skateboard with him. I think it made his week! Josiah loved playing with Zoe and watching what everyone else was doing. Levi did great being held by others. He had taken a good nap and was well fed. So, he was ready to be entertained. I think he enjoyed the extra attention since he was all smiles.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I am so excited to write to you about a new season of life for Stephanie and me. The past few years at
Our Decision to Leave Saddleback
In September 2007 I made the agonizing decision to begin a conversation with the senior leadership of
Trusting God & His vision for STS
What is thrilling (and terrifying!) for us, is our complete dependence and trust in how Jesus will provide for us as we build this new ministry. We trust Him to provide our daily bread through friends like you.
We have a strong desire to assist pastors, churches, denominations and associations by, “making the most of every opportunity to help people choose Christ and belong to the church family “. We know this, the church in
Partners in Ministry
As Stephanie and I launch Street to the Seat” (STS), we are spending the next 40 days developing the financial foundation for our ministry. It’s too early to rely on income from consulting with churches; therefore, by partnering with us you are providing us time to be dedicated and focused on the build out of STS.
We are asking you to partner with us in this ministry. Together we can impact the lives of pastors, churches and denominations that will in turn, impact local communities and our world for the sake of Christ.
How You Can Help
We ask that you would prayerfully consider helping us through a year-end, one-time gift or by investing monthly. All contributions are tax deductible. Contributions can be made by:
- Check – make payable to VENTURE BEYOND
- In the memo line write: Street to the Seat
- Mail to:
- Securities – transferable electronically
- Call 949-235-0308 for details
However God leads you, please contact us. The reason we have written to you is because we know your walk with God and are certain that you will both pray about this new exciting ministry and do whatever God directs you to do. How grateful we are for your love for Him!
Could you please pray for us? We need your prayers for our family as we start this ministry and build the financial foundation.
We can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond in your support of us as we take this step of faith!
Thank You and God Bless,
Kerry & Stephanie Mackey
Street to the Seat
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
*Caleb has one more week of baseball. As much as he enjoys baseball, he is looking forward to a break before spring season.
*Caleb is taking skateboard lessons. A while ago, he saved up his own money and bought the skateboard and gear. When I asked him if there was another sport he would like to try, he said skateboarding. We found a nice, clean place for him to take 4 lessons and he's loving it. He is exhausted after each one hour lesson.
*School continues to go so much better than last year. If only I would have tuned in to his learning styles earlier, school might have been smoother on a more consistent basis last year.
*He has taken a growth spurt. It always seems to happen this time of year. Just when I think about buying him new pants in the current size, he grows overnight.
*He and Josiah have started playing so well together. They have had a lot of free time this week and can be found in Caleb's room playing or outside together looking for worms and such.
*With changes coming up in our family, Caleb has amazed me with his flexibility and understanding about God's plan for our family. What an amazing boy God gave us. We are so thankful.
*The above picture is only part of what happens if Josiah is left unattended on my bed with the diaper bag which was picked up off the floor so Levi wouldn't get into it. Josiah who supposedly was watching a DVD in my room, found the diaper cream and put it all over his body and part of my comforter. I should of known he hadn't just fallen asleep.
*With all of Josiah's free time this week, he has been playing in the backyard quite a bit. With that has come bumps, cuts and bruises. But he's loving it and having fun.
*Josiah's imagination continues to amaze me. He will pretend he's on a skateboard or throwing a ball. He will play for long periods of time with the toy car garage we have.
*His vocabulary continues to explode. He does amazingly well with pronouns. For example, "Mom, I want you to get me some juice." This normally occurs when someone else plans to help him and he wants another person to help. We need to work on using the word please a little more.
*He loves playing with Caleb.
*He remembers names very well. We were at church one day and I reminded him that Pastor Rick leads our music at church. A couple of weeks later, during the music time, he was asking me where Pastor Rick was. He loves music and is amazed at anyone who can sing, play the guitar, etc.
*We had a few weeks of him not using God's name correctly. We've been working on using God's name the right way. He can be heard saying or singing, "I love God." He also prefers to say "Dear God" instead of "Dear Jesus" during prayers.
*He is still full of life and keeps on our toes. I love his little twinkle in his eye.
*Levi thinks baby food is yucky. He still has a very very strong gag reflex. We've had physical evidence of it. So, we are not forcing the issue. Two weeks ago, he learned how to drink through a straw. No sippy cups for him.
*He pulled up for the first time last week. He's not very sturdy but he's trying so hard.
*He is starting to say "Mama" more often. It such a wonderful word to hear.
*He loves to follow his big brothers into Caleb's room. It's fun to see them all seeking each other out to play and spend time together.
*He still seems little to me. With Caleb and Josiah, I was always so excited about their new accomplishments and how they were growing up. With Levi, I keep thinking he's too little to be doing certain tasks. I guess he's got my number.
*He has different cries. One is so pitiful that we all drop everything to see what's wrong. It involves his chin quivering and huge tears. I think most of the time it's when he gets a little scared or unsure of what's going on and wants some reassurance.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Pastor Kerry Mackey is leaving Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA to pursue Street to the Seat Ministries full-time.
Hey Gang, I am writing to you on my wife's blog as we are moving in a new direction and Stephanie felt like it would come better from me.
Over the past several months I have been processing with my mentors and advisory team the next chapters of ministry. In so doing we have come to a decision to pursue Street to the Seat Ministries full-time as a consulting/coaching ministry with and through the local church.
It is to that end that we will be leaving Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California in the coming days to pursue this ministry full-time.
We look forward to serving you full-time as Street to the Seat Ministries. Please click on the Services & Bio tab to see how we can better serve you, your denomination, association, and/or congregation.
Please let persons know that they can CONTACT US to begin a conversation. If you know of churches/organizations that may be interested they can also call me at 949-235-0308.
God Bless and Thank You for passing the word.