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Free Military Family Photo’s :: December 8th

Cruz Family :: June 2010

The Cruz family were the first family we photographed back in 2009 when we started photographing Military Families, as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.

On December 8th, 2012 at Liberty Station in San Diego we are offering active and retired Military Families from all U.S. Armed Services, Free Family Photos.   It can be just the kids, the whole family, gramma & grandpa with the grand-kids or just the 2 of you…We are here to serve and bless those who protect us through their service in the Armed Forces.

If you would like to take us up on this offer, please email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com to reserve a time slot.

December 8th,   8am to 11am at Liberty Station in San Diego.  All Military folks welcome.  Please help us spread the word:)


Photopeeps this Wednesday…May 30th

Victory Loves Preparation!

Join us this Wednesday as we share what’s happening this Summer with Photopeeps.   We have tons of fun things planned, some new classes, photo outings and summer bbq’s…

All are welcome, with or without a camera.   If you do have a camera, please bring it with you…we might take some photos in class!

Photopeeps :: May 30th, Wednesday at the Rock, 7pm in Rm 353

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


Photopeeps Tonite:: Come and Have Fun with Us!

Photopeeps Tonite :: 7pm at the Rock in Rm 353

All are welcome.  Tonite we will be wrapping up our Intro to Photo Fun Classes.  But don’t fret, we will be teaching this class 2 more times before the year is done.

San Juan Capistrano trip is this Saturday, come and learn more tonite.

Sharing is Caring!  Come have fun with us.


Photopeeps :: Intro to Photo Fun

Photopeeps:: Intro to Photo Fun!  Classes begin this Wednesday

The fun is about to begin…Our 6 week Intro to Photo Fun classes are beginning this week, in Rm 353 at the Rock.

All are welcome and classes are FREE!

Requirements:

~Please bring your camera and camera manual to class with you each week.

~A digital camera is preferred, but if all you have is a Polaroid camera, your more than welcome to join us.  ‘

~Each week we will be taking photos in class and you will be assigned homework assignments that you will   share in class the following class session.

~Be ready to share.  The class is meant to be fun and part of the fun is sharing photos we take and learning from each other as we share.

~Before you come this Wednesday, make sure your camera is ready to use and battery is fully charged with a memory card that is ready to use.

This Wednesday we will be talking about the Intro to Fun classes as a whole and what’s expected, and we will be talking about “the Camera.”   No camera, no photos.  No photos, no photo fun!

All are welcome, even those who don’t consider themselves as beginners.  There’s something to learn for everyone.

Any questions, please leave a comment or email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com


Photopeeps this Wednesday :: February First

How many folks does it take to hold a ladder for a photographer?

Photopeeps this Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm at the Rock Church in Rm 353…Join the Fun!

Homework for this Wednesday is Shadows

Come join the fun as we share photos we took this week of Shadows.  If you weren’t able to make it last Wednesday but want to share in the fun…go and take photos of Shadows.  Please bring three(3) photos to share with the class, plus the photo you took and shared on facebook.  Be ready to share, since sharing is caring.

We are starting our Intro to Photo classes on February 15th.  Keep an eye on this site for more info…


Photopeeps this Wednesday :: Join the Fun!

Homework theme: Texture

Photopeeps this Wednesday, January 25th in Rm 353 at the Rock Church.  All are welcome.

This Wednesday we will be sharing photos we took for our homework.  The homework assignment was to take photos of Texture.  Texture is the theme, how you choose to take photos that express our theme is up to you.  You can join the fun this Wednesday by doing the homework and bringing photos to share.  Sharing is caring!

Please bring three (3) photos of Texture to share with the class.

You can bring the photos on a thumb drive, cd, or memory card in order to share the photos.

Please bring your cameras to class with you.  Time permitting we will answer any questions you might have about your camera or any other topic you can think of.

We will continue to share more info about our upcoming Intro to Photo Fun class coming in February.

Any questions, you can email us a MISSION.focused@yahoo.com or you can leave a comment and we will get back to you.


Be Prepared

I was chillin with a friend the other night when The Mechanic came on, we hadn’t seen the movie in awhile so we decided to watch it.   I’m not giving anything away for those who haven’t seen the Jason Statham flick, but there’s a gun in the movie that has engraved on the side AMAT VICTORIA CURAM, translated from the Latin means Victory Loves Preparation.

As I thought about the phrase I began to think how well it relates not only to our relationship with Christ but also to the photographic world.

In order to have victory in our relationship with Christ we also need to be prepared.

Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

(1 Peter 3:15)

In the same way, if we are to have victory in our photography we need to be prepared.

How you prepare is the question.  

In Christ, thankfully we have the Holy Spirit to guide us through the process of conforming ourselves to the image of God (Sanctification).

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

(Romans 12:2 ESV)

As a photographer, we may not have the spirit of Ansel Adams in our ear to instruct us, but thanks to the internet there are tons of resources online to learn from to help us on our journey to becoming a master photographer.  For those of you in the San Diego area, we have free photo-classes to help you along the way…

We want to help y’all be prepared.  More prepared you are, more fun you will have, and more photos you take that you will love.  At least that’s the idea…  Come join us on Wednesday nites in Rm 353.  Leave us a comment if you want more info on our classes.


Photopeeps this Wednesday…Join the Fun!

Photopeeps is back!  Come join the fun this Wednesday, 7pm Rm 353 @ the Rock, All are Welcome!

This Wednesday, January 18th, we will be sharing our calendar of events and photo field-trips for the year and talking more about upcoming classes.

Homework for this Wednesday…was to take photos of palm trees.  

Palm trees are the subject, beyond that it’s up to you…please bring three (3)  photos to share with the class.  Please bring your camera to class as well, because there might be a surprise in class photo contest…you never know!

All are welcome, with or without a camera.  Classes are free and photographers from all skill levels are welcome.  Come and share with us…sharing is caring!

Any questions…leave a comment and we will get back to you…


Fotopeeps 2012 :: All Are Welcome

Fotopeeps is….Fabulous! Fantastic! Fotography fun for all!

Photopeeps is our weekly gathering of folks that want to share & learn more about the Joy of Photography.   

We meet every Wednesday at the Rock Church in Rm 353, 7pm till they kick us out…usually 9pm.

We are gearing up for 2012 and are excited for another year of fun and fellowship as we explore the world of photography together.

All are welcome to join in on the fun.  We have folks from all walks of life and photography skill levels who come and have fun with us.  You don’t even have to have a camera to join us, but it does help!

In the next few weeks we will be getting to know each other, sharing photos, answering questions that you may have and preparing for our Intro to Photography Phun classes that will be starting in February.  If you have been wanting to learn more about photography but don’t have time or money to go to your local community college, come join us.

Our Intro classes are free!  We only charge a small fee of Nothing! to join us.  All we ask is you come and be ready to have fun and share with the class.

WARNING!!  Our classes are not meant to be an exhaustive, learn everything about photography class.  

We believe that the best way to learn is by taking photos as you learn new things about your camera.  Our goal is to teach you how to use the camera you have, not the camera you want.

Therefore, the best camera is the camera you have.

We also believe that you can learn everything there is to learn about photography but if your not actively taking photos and sharing  your photos, all that knowledge is for not.

In the same way we believe that Christ came that we all might have life to the fullest (John 10:10) and as  followers of Christ it’s not enough to memorize Scripture and read God’s Word from cover to cover…you need to use it and share the Hope and Joy of Christ with those around us, especially with those who don’t know Christ yet.

We invite you to come and learn with us.

If your reading this and want to join the fun, but are beyond the basic “Intro classes”, don’t fret!  There’s room for you too.  Come join us and we would be glad to share more with you.

We will be sharing soon some of our scheduled fun foto outings for the year in class and on this site soon…so stay tuned.  If you haven’t been to our facebook page and “Liked” us yet, please do so.  That way you will be kept up to date as to what we got cookin for yall.

Any questions leave a comment and we will get back to you.


FREE Audio Book :: Knowing God by J.I.Packer

Today is the last day to get this classic FREE from ChristianAudio.com

Christian Audio is offering Knowing God by J.I.Packer, as this months free audio book!    Narrated by Simon Vance, this is a classic book all should have read.  Now you can listen to the book as you read!  Go to ChristianAudio.com to learn more and get your free audio book!

A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian’s existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection” by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word.

What began as a number of consecutive articles angled for “honest, no-nonsense readers who were fed up with facile Christian verbiage” in 1973, Knowing God has become a contemporary classic by creating “small studies out of great subjects.” Each chapter is so specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God’s wrath, and God’s sovereignty), that each succeeding chapter’s theology seems to rival the next, until one’s mind is so expanded that one’s entire view of God has changed.

Author Elizabeth Eliot wrote that amid the lofty content Packer “puts the hay where the sheep can reach it–plainly shows us ordinary folks what it means to know God.” Having rescued us from the individual hunches of our ultra-tolerant theological age, Packer points the reader to the true character of God with his theological competence and compassionate heart. The lazy and faint-hearted should be warned about this timeless work–God is magnified, the sinner is humbled, and the saint encouraged.


Photopeeps is Back!

Christmas has come and gone but the Gift of Christ still keeps on giving for

those who still seek HIM!  

If you didn’t know, it was snowing this past Christmas at the Rock.  Great photo Cyndy!

We like to have fun and 2012 is gonna be fun.

We will be meeting this Wednesday, January 11th in Rm 353 at the Rock, 7pm.  All are welcome!

Since we haven’t met since last year before Christmas, this Wednesday is gonna be a sharing night. Hopefully all y’all have been taking lots of photos during our break because we want you to bring your five(5) favorite photos that you want to share with the class.

Being the 1st gathering of the new year and the fact that we like to have fun, we will have some snacks for y’all as well.  Feel free to bring some snacks, soda or steak to share with the class and come learn about all the fun we’re gonna have in 2012.

Any questions feel free to email us MISSION.focused@yahoo.com or leave a comment at the end of this post and we will get back to you.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens :: FREE from Christian Audio

Christian Audio is offering A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens as this months free audio book.  It’s truly a Christmas classic and a great addition to your audio library.   They are also offering the ebook for free as well.  So don’t miss this great opportunity.  While your at it, go check out some of the other great audio books they have.  They are a local company based out of Escondido, so lets support local businesses.

You can go to ChristianAudio.com or click HERE to get your free goodies.  You can learn more about A Christmas Carol below.

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published at a time when Britain was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and the Christmas stories of Washington Irving.

The tale was pirated immediately, was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.


photopeeps!!!

photopeeps this wednesday!  sep 14th

come and hang out with us as we share whats new and what weve been taking photos of recently…

all are welcome

7pm at the rock, in room 353

got questions email us a MISSION.focused@yahoo.com


Dog Sunday at the Rock

On Sunday the barks of dogs, small, medium and large filled Rock Park as the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility offered dogs for adoption.
Children and adults met, bonded and went home together as dogs were offered free to loving families. There is nothing like a dog and a child bonding and loving each other.
you can see more photos on our facebook page
A boy and his dog…classic.

photopeeps this wednesday!

grab your camera and join us for photopeeps, july 6th edition!

you dont have to have a fancy camera to join us…bring whatever you have and lets all have fun.  we will be sharing some photos from our fieldtrip last wednesday at seaport village.  but dont fret, if you didnt make it you can still come and share photos that youve been taking recently.

dont be afraid if you camera doesnt look like the camera above, we want all the cameras to “just get along”

any questions you can email us at  MISSION.focused@yahoo.com

photopeeps

wednesday  july 6th  7pm

room 353


photo peeps this wednesday…dont hide, come join the fun!

photo peeps this wednesday, 7pm at the rock, room 353

all are welcome…please bring your camera and get ready to have some fun.  dont worry if you dont have a camera, you can come join the fun!  for more info you can email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com


photopeeps::come have fun with us

photo fun this wednesday, june 15th at 7pm at the rock, 3rd floor in room 353…all are welcome

took this with a diana 110mm soft-focus tele on a 5d.

all are welcome, with or without a camera.  if you have a camera, please bring it to class.

any questions, feel free to email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com


photopeeps this wednesday…free fun for all!

photopeeps this wednesday, may 4th, 7pm at the rock in room 353

all are welcome, friend or foe!

we are continuing our journey into the world of film photography.  bring your camera to class with the camera manual already read.

you dont have to have a fancy film camera, like the above kokak camera w cube flash, and you dont have to have a film camera to join in on the fun…but it does help.

if you have a digital camera, please take a look HERE or check out the FREE CLASSES tab on our site, there are some rules we would like you to abide by to keep things more honest and to increase the fun factor for you.

come ready to have fun…because photography is fun.

if you want to learn the joy of film photogaphy, but dont have a film camera and would like to borrow one…email us.

any questions email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com


May Free Audio Book: The Next Story by Tim Challies

ChristianAudio.com has a wide variety of Christian books you can listen to wherever you go…each month they have a FREE book you can download.  This months selection is The Next Story by Tim Challies.  This is what they have to say about the book…

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.

In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?

Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.


Easter Family Photos at Rock North County

Easter is a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus!  Because of what He did on the Cross for us, our sins are forgiven and we now have access to God the Father.

It’s also a time for fellowship and family!  Rock North County has all the goodies you will find at the main campus, plus a more intimate family feel, and delicious home-baked goodies.  If you live in North County San Diego, come check it out….You can learn more about the Rock North County family by going to www.therocknorthcounty.org

Another benefit for those up in Rock North County is we can take the time to have a family portrait taken on Easter…Be Blessed!  Enjoy!!

Praise God for the Rock North County Family.

if you would like a FREE hi res copy of your photo, please email us

mission.focused@yahoo.com  

to see all of the Easter Family Photos please visit our Facebook site HERE… if like what you see please LIKE us 🙂


do nothing!

we like to think that we are the masters of our own destiny.  it comes with the package and as americans, we get a double portion. our sinful nature and the american mentality of “we know best.”

the reality is that we are not in control and the world doesnt revolve around us.  and the test is if you think it does…tell God that everything you have and possess is because you “earned it” and God cant take it from you.  if your that egocentric, watch out!

no matter how hard we try, we cant do a thing to make ourselves perfect…which is Gods standard.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

     Ephesians 2:8-9

the good news of Easter is we dont have to do anything, the work has been done…Jesus died on the cross on our behalf.  and because of His death and resurrection we now have access to God.

we are sinners in need of a Savior, and if we believe that He died on the cross for our sins, and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior…He will meet us where we are at. 

so contrary to what you may hear at times…dont do something, do nothing!

Happy Easter

wise men still seek Him!


photo peeps powered by the force…

come join us this wednesday as we continue our journey into the force!

this wednesday, 7pm at the rock, 3rd floor, room 353

all are welcome, with or without a camera

we will be spending some time

sharing about the

photopeeps

for

all the

folks that came

to our ministry fair booth

on sunday and want to learn more

about what we do and how we use the power of

photography for good and not evil…

we will also continue to share

the fun we can all have

with film cameras.

free fun!!!!!!!

come join

us!

for more info

feel free to email us

MISSION.focused@yahoo.com

hope to cyall this wednesday nite at

photopeeps.  remember……

photography is fun!!!

cyall soon!!

blessings!


FREE audio book: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

this months free audio book from christian audio is the hiding place

The amazing story of Corrie ten Boom, a heroine of the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape from the Nazis and became one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20th century,is told in her classic memoir,now retold for a new generation.

you can go HERE to download the FREE audio book


stirring the pot…

rob bell recently published Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. needless to say controversy has followed along with much debate… christianaudio.com is currently offering  for FREE John Piper’s book Jesus: The Only Way to God Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved?

heres what they say at christian audio:

The last several weeks have generated significant amounts of discussion and debate regarding the release of Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell.

While there are many great resources available on christianaudio that discuss this topic, none is more timely or informative than Jesus: The Only Way to God by John Piper. This powerful & short audiobook illustrates clear biblical doctrines of salvation, the gospel, faith, and hell, and is imperative for thinking rightly about the eternal purposes of God.

you can go to amazon books to get rob bells book and you can get the FREE audio book of john pipers book from christian audio HERE