Wednesday, December 26, 2007

If you`re looking for something to do today, set aside twenty minutes and check this out:

The Story of Stuff

Particulary on this Day of Boxing, so often filled with bargain sales, shopping and consumption (or just laying about, digesting yesterday’s turkey), it is good to step back and reflect on the role of ”stuff” in our world & in our lives ... Where does it come from? Where does it go? Why do we need it?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

merry christmas ... and a happy new year!

Quarry is on a holiday break for the next two weeks.
We'll gather back together on January 7th.

Have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and good cheer. Oh, and maybe some nog.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007


It's time for the the 3rd Annual Quarry Christmas Party!

See you at 7:00 at My Thai!
399 Elizabeth Street, Burlington - downtown, on the corner of Elizabeth & Lakeshore

A few things to remember:
1. Your fancy (or semi-fancy) clothes - we're going all dressed up!
Ladies, please consult the database for a complete selection of available outfits & accessories

2. A gift: a house-warming bucket for Micah House guests
- When guests move out of Micah House and into their first home, Micah House tries to send them with some start-up supplies, such as a broom, cleaning products, kitchen supplies, etc. Please put together a 'housewarming kit' (or part of one & pair up with a friend), put it in a mop bucket and bring it with you on Monday - leave them in your cars & we'll gather them all up at the end of the evening to bring to Micah House before Christmas.

3. Your canned food pledges for Gary.
He may need to borrow a truck!

It's a party ... yeeeaahh!

Monday, December 10, 2007

What a great night at City Kidz! I can't belive we wrapped all of those gifts ... and neither could they! This weekend, City Kidz will welcome thousands of children to their Christmas programs where they will each receive one of these gifts!

Some of our favourite gifts ...

Thanks to Eddy, Linda, Kaylee & Oliver for welcoming us to City Kidz!

Fore more information on City Kidz & their annual Christmas program, check out

Thursday, December 06, 2007

out of the living room.

This Monday, we're going to City Kidz!

Each year, City Kidz runs a Christmas program for kids in the downtown core of Hamilton, and they have thousands of donated gifts that need to be wrapped. Quarry is going to help!

We'll be meeting at Rob & Lisa's at 6:00 for carpooling from Burlington, or at City Kidz at 6:30. If you can't make it then, join us at City Kidz when you're available! City Kidz is at 177 Sherman Ave North (in the Playhouse Theatre, just north of Barton Street - you'll find it on mapquest)

Check out for more info on City Kidz & the good work they do in Hamilton.

Don't worry, if you don't know how to wrap a box, there will still be lots for you to do!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Sunday, December 02, 2007

monday ... in the works

Don't worry - I hadn't forgotten about posting. We are still meeting this Monday, taking a second look at James. This week we're looking specifically at James 4:13 & onward

Mark is off to a conference tomorrow, so we've had a change in venue. Monday will find us gathering at Rob & Lisa's. Check the sidebar for details ...

Bring yer Bible.

Monday, November 26, 2007


The Irish crew is sick, so the kids will be curling up on the big read couch tonight.

We're off to Mark Eade's house tonight!

581 DRURY Lane

2nd house past/before Courtland.
You can't park on Drury, so park on Courtland.
Mark's numero - 905-979-5069

Spread the word if you are talking to folks...

Friday, November 23, 2007

james pt1... of many!

judgment. favoritism. character. taming the tongue.
real light topics.

let's gather together to talk about some of these themes that come out of James and seemingly slap us in the face.

Monday we'll gather to eat (6:30), discuss, challenge, pray, and worship as we dive into our study of th book of James.

Perhaps give it a read, highlighting the above mentioned parts.

We'll be meeting at Rob & Lisa's (see address on sidebar).

look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

book club

The results are in!
December's book of the month is ... James.

I'm looking forward to studying this book together - it is speaking to much of what we have been discussing recently & trying to live out both as a group and as individuals.

Please read through James before Monday (don't worry - it's a short one!) and come with your thoughts, ideas, questions, wonderings ...

What parts stood out to you?
What made sense?
What confused you?
What challenged you?
What do you want to talk about further?

See you at Rob & Lisa's on Monday!

Monday, November 12, 2007

an evening at Micah House

We cleaned out the main garage ...

Some of us even ventured into the 'secret back room' ...

And found some 'treasures' ...

Testing out the deck

These are the Daves I know ...

Blinded by the light ...

Friday, November 09, 2007


This Monday: Quarry returns to Micah House!
We'll be cleaning out the garage (and venturing into the 'secret' back garage ... )

Dress warmly and bring your spotlights.

We'll meet at Micah House at 7:00.
If you're carpooling from Burlington, meet at the Irish's at 6:30.

We'll find a warm place to go to afterward ...


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

thinking and praying and reading and ...

For the next series at Quarry, we're going to be exploring a chunk of scripture.
It was so good to work through Philippians together, so we thought we'd try a similar idea again ...

Soooo, this means we need to decide on a piece of scripture. Perhaps it's an entire book, or a segment of a book. What do you think? Please email your ideas to me ( by Sunday, so that we can start to read & prepare.

See you at Micah House on Monday!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

big red couch, the sequel

Monday: Rob & Lisa's.
Be there.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

we miss you, big red couch.

Monday: Rob & Lisa's.
We'll worship & pray & chat & eat ...
See you then.

Friday, October 26, 2007

paradigm destabilizers

1. Allow yourself to be thoroughly, extraordinarily, radically bored.
Resist the regular hustle of daily life.
Who knows what you might learn.

2. Play with children; dream with the elderly.

3. Write a poem; learn a new craft or art form; resist the temptation to compare your work with others, especially with stuff in stores and galleries.

4. Go dumpster diving or second-hand shopping; see old as new. Better yet, reverse the exercise: bring items back to the thrift store.

5. Clean up after others the next time you use a public bathroom. Taste the humility in the process. Brag about this to friends; just kidding, monitor your self-righteousness.

6. Talk differently. Maybe slow down your phraseology. Or insert the words "like" and "totally" several times in a sentence; pay attention to how that makes you feel.

7. Study history.

8. Forgo the trip to a less-industrialized country. Meet new immigrants from that region; listen to their stories, assist as needed. Or, hang out with marginalized people in your community.

9. Pick up a book by an author with whom you strongly disagree and read it with interest.

10. Visit a church from a strange denomination. Better yet, visit a new faith (or no-faith) group and embrace difference.

11. Shave your head. Wear the same clothes for four days straight. Or keep the store-tag on your shirt if you buy one new.

12. Watch your TV for 15 minutes with it turned off. Read only words written by women. Eat from another person's plate in a restaurant.

13. Put your fork down between every single bite and really eat.

14. The next time a telephone solicitor calls, veer from the script. Aim to humanize the encounter; ask him where his office is located;
ask her what the weather's like there.

15. When a clerk or sales rep hands you a coupon, hand it back and say, "Oh, I don't need that, I have too much money already."

(geez, summer 07)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

paradigm stabilizers

1. Keep busy.

2. Keep moving: travel as much as possible, and when you do, find
familiar restaurants.

3. Find the most efficient route to work, to school. Then don't stray
from your patterns.

4. Mingle with like-minded people; avoid cross-cultural, inter-racial,
trans-class encounters.

5. Make smart financial decisions, consider market forces natural.

6. Don't do anything foolish; avoid awkward situations; avoid danger.
Get various alarm systems.

7. Avoid people who talk to themselves.

8. Think nasty thoughts about SUV drivers.

9. Watch TV, movies; migrate to four-cornered screens of any kind.

10. Like the average North American, spend 90 percent of your time indoors.

(geez, summer07)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

out of the living room (updated)

Ok guys,
so we've talked about wanting to try some different places to get out of the living room once a month...
so we're gonna do it.
this monday.

We're gonna roll up our sleeves, sort, pack, work at Salvation Army in Burlington.
Check out for directions (click on 'find us')
The address is: 1800 Appleby Line, Unit 14, Burlington
(please note there are a few sally ann churches, don't go to that one.we want to go to the community services one/food bank one)

times: Meet at Sally Ann @ 6:30
what: they told us to dress in work clothes, so im sure we'll be sorting, moving, and working hard!
we can then hang out at a pub or something afterwards if we so desire.

so dinner folks - you are off the hook this week!

that's all!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007