Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Example Myth #2

The myth: Example is elitist.

The Truth: Example is not elitist. It does not think its members are better than anyone else. In fact, at every Example event we talk about how we are all sinful and in need of the forgiveness Christ offers to us through His death on the cross.

Yes, Example reaches out to students that don’t drink and use. Too often loud voices win. Too often loud, drunken voices make it seem like everyone is drinking and using drugs. They aren’t.
Example events prove that and we want students who have decided not to drink to know they are not alone. It takes courage not to drink and live in obedience to God’s commands.

Example fiercely promotes that choice.
Example unabashedly encourages that choice.
Example passionately defends that choice.
Example fervently upholds that choice.

However, Example also welcomes anyone who has made the wrong choice.
Example points a finger at no one.
Example exists because it recognizes everyone is sinful.
Example exists because it wants to help people avoid the tragic effects of drug and alcohol use. Christ’s mission was to seek and save the lost.

That same Gospel message is found in Example: Christ has saved us from all of our sins including the lying, the cheating, the sexual promiscuity, the deception and debauchery associated with drinking and drugs. Our response to that eternal love defines Example’s purpose. Living a drug-free life is one way we can thank our Lord for everything He accomplished for us.

Is that easy to do? Certainly not.
Is it impossible? Certainly not. With Christ’s redeeming love as our source and motivation, all things are possible.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Example Myth Number One

The Myth: Example is boring.

The Truth:  You will never be arrested by being involved in Example. Bowling. You will never have to lie to your parents about being in Example. You will never vomit because of an Example party. You will never be expelled or suspended by attending an Example activity. Faculty Pits. Your license will never be revoked because of Example. You will never have to scrounge up money because of a MIP offense. Blindfold Dodgeball. You will not be fined because of your involvement in Example. Human Luge. You will never need to cover shame and guilt because of an Example event. You will never attend a funeral of a friend because of illegal activities at an Example event. Your G.P.A. will not implode, explode or any other type of plode because of Example. Human Curling. Your energy, motivation and creative spirit will not decline because of Example. You will not die of alcohol poisoning because of Example.  Toilet Paper Mummification

You WILL have an opportunity to laugh guilt free, eat pizza, enjoy snowball fights, hear the Gospel of Christ and find great strength and gain confidence that NOT everyone is  drinking or using.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.   
                                                - God, as he speaks to us in Proverbs 3:5-6

Monday, March 22, 2010

Example Bowling

Irony was in fine form as the March example event was bowling.Known for its smoky atmosphere, Example hit the lanes for some bowling fun.

 With nearly 40 students members of Example hit the lanes, rolled some strikes and plenty of gutters for a great time.

RyKap, North Star reporter extraordinaire Ryan Kapanowski, tallied the highest score with a 174. Michael Beowulf Adams did his best to outpin RyKap, but his selfless nature took over and opted for a lower score. It’s this kind of humility that Hrothgar would have enjoyed.

As Prom nears Example will be sharing information about the dangers of alcohol and drugs to students and parents. Prom is a lot of fun but it’s also a night where drinking is an unfortunate reality. Not everyone that attends Prom drinks and there are plenty of reasons why students should stay away from alcohol and drugs, especially that night.

Beowulf displaying more altruism as he exchanges stories of adventure, bravery and fun with Alex  and Charles.

Ry Kap explains the finer points of bowling.  Perhaps a North Star article or blog post will surface in the near future.

Example bowling was a lot of fun.  Too often people don't think statistics apply to them or they will overcome the odds.  Example's purpose is to show high school students that you can have a great time with God-pleasing decisions. 
Smoking is the perfect example of negative peer pressure.  Who lights up for the first time and enjoys the experience?   Coughing is followed by dizziness which is followed by a sore throat.  How enjoyable can that experience be?  Once the nicotine addiction kicks in, the smoker is hooked and now battles the negative affects of smoke in the body and the mental affects of nicotine addiction.  At this Example event, nobody lied to their parents about where they were.  There was no guilt about attending the event.  There was no shame in having fun with friends.  There was no anxiety about parents finding out about the event.

If you haven't attended an Example event, why not?

We're gearing up our Prom strategies.  It's a great high school experience that doesn't have to be polluted with alcohol or drugs.  In fact, many think Prom is the greatest night of high would be even greater if you could remember what happened without any shame, guilt, anxiety or fear.

Look for more information on Example activities on this blog or on the bulletin board outside Mr. Brandt's door. 

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young,
but set an EXAMPLE,
for the believers in speech, in life,
in love, in faith and in purity.   
- I Timothy 4:12

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bowling for Example

The next Example event will not be on North's campus. We are heading south. Bowling at Imperial Lanes begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 20. Yes, we will be traveling south of Hall Road but fret not, young ones. All is well because even if someone chases you down, you'll be able to slide away with those sweet two-colored bowling shoes on your feet!

You will need to sign up with Mr. Brandt and pay him before the event. There is a limited number of spots available so don't delay. Order now!
As a special bonus: sign up now and then go to Key Club's wheelchair basketball fundraising event!
Cost:  $9.00 for two games plus the glory of wearing shoes many have worn before.  Oh, lighten up.  Everybody wears them!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Example t-shirts and hoodies

Here is the design for the new Example t-shirts and hoodies.  .

T-shirts are $12.00
Hoodies are $20.00

Place your order with Mr. Brandt by giving him the size, type (t-shirt or hoodie) and money.

This logo, desgined by senior Amanda Brandimore, will be on the front.  It matches the banner in the gym

This graphic will be on the back of the t-shirt.