Bright Spots – Weekly Roundup


I spent last week in Ocean City, MD with my mom (who lives there year round – thanks Mom! it’s a great place to visit) and some extended family.  It was so much fun to tell them about Countryside, my first few weeks here and all the AMAZING stuff that is going on here on a daily basis.  Essentially, they way I portray you all to my family and friends is summarized by the following photo:


You are “Miyagi-ing” it on a daily basis with the members we serve.

Some cool things that have happened around here lately are:

  • OUR GYMNASTICS TEAM ROCKED at Y Nationals in Kansas!  Look at all the swag they brought back!

Countryside Gymnasts take “GOLD” at Nationals in Wichita Kansas June 22-25th Ethan Hunt took 1st place in All Around with the score of 61.50. He also took 1st place on High Bar 11.3, Pommel Horse 10.1 and Parallel bars 10.5. Morgan Smith, level 3, took 1st place All Around with the score of 37.325. She also took 1st place on Vault 9.325, Bars 9.35 and Beam 9.2 and 2nd on Floor 9.45.

Taking “Silver”, Abby Kenniv Level 7 placed 2nd in All Around with score of 36.15 and took 3rd on Beam 9.25.

Taking “Bronze”, Ellie Boeckley Level 3 placed 3rd in All Around with score of 37.075. She also took 1st on Beam 9.5, 3rd on Vault 9.325, 3rd on Floor 9.2

The Level 3 girls’ Team took “SILVER” with the score of 147.975 out of 54 teams. Competing Level 3 team: Kylie Barnhizer placing 2nd on floor 9.4 and 3rd on Bars 9.4. Alexa Gage, Eden Tepe, Emily Fox, Jena Cann, Lexi Miller, Mackenzie Savage, Morgan Smith, Ellie Boeckley.

Competing Level 4 Team: Maddie Armentano placing 2nd on Bars 9.0, Caidynce Daugherty placing 3rd on Floor 8.9, Ninah Miranda.

Competing Level 5 Team: Breckin Harner and Sarah Weiss

Competing Level 6 Team: Anna Cummins placing 3rd on Bars 8.875 and Katie Manwaring.

Competing Level 7 Team: Abby Kenniv

Competing Level 8 Team: Allie Sisco

Competing Xcel Gold Team: Madi Romano placing 2nd on Beam 8.95, 3rd on Vault 8.95 and Sydney Collins.

Competing Level 4 Boys: Ethan Hunt

  • NATE BRESTELLI – who fired up the grill on the 4th of July and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for staff who had to work that day
  • JORDAN TAYLOR – who is changing lives and growing membership bonds by giving members who are servicemen/veterans a letter thanking them for their sacrifice and including Bible verses of encouragement (what a great idea!)
  • LARA SURFUS – who is working hard to plan your STAFF BARBECUE which will be held on JULY 23 from 11:30-1 and 5-6:30.
  • JUDY BAUER – who has been filling in for Angela Harner and working hard with Lori Cook to find us the BEST possible new Marketing & Communications Coordinator
  • ZACH McCOLLUM, BILL ALLEN and the rest of the Landen Staff who are working hard to organize the “Shoot Hoops for Others” 3 on 3 basketball tournament to benefit the Annual Campaign.  This will be held at Cottrell Park on July 25, 2015 at 10 am.  Email Zach at if you have hoops skills we haven’t seen yet and you want a chance to show them off.
  • REUBEN SMITH who is willing to SACRIFICE HIS OWN HAIR for the Annual Campaign.    Want to help?  Donate $5.00 or more and you will get to PIE Reuben in the face at Friday morning devotion.  But wait, there’s more!  If camp raises $250, he will jump off the high dive in a ridiculous outfit.  For $500 he will become a human sundae.  For a mere $750 he will shave off his INCREDIBLE beard.  $1000 buys him a box of candy-apple red hair dye and for $2000 he will CUT that red hair into a Mohawk. I would like to see this.  Get going people!
  • BIG THANKS to those of you who followed Mike’s directive regarding employee parking – putting members first.MOTHER NATURE DOES NOT GET A BRIGHT SPOT in helping us feel good about walking through the parking lot.  It needs to stop raining!

Need a refresher in what our Annual Campaign actually funds?  Give this video a quick look.

In the meantime, remember this:


Stay awesome, and keep sending me your bright spots. I can’t share them if I don’t know about them!



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