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Old 02-06-2009, 01:11 PM
Location: Santa Monica
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The article also says that the church puts on a "car show and burnout contest" on Father's Day, with more than 120 cars entered last year.

BillingsGazette.com :: Harvest Church hosts guys-only Super Bowl bash (http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/02/02/news/local/18-harvest.txt - broken link)

Weidlich said that the party is primarily a social activity that provides men the chance to hang out outside of church, but it also serves as an opportunity to promote the church's Wild Men study groups, which meet on Thursdays, and explore the notion of what it means to be a Christian man without being the churchy stereotype.

Weidlich said that churches average about 30 percent male attendance because most churches do not provide services or activities that are attractive to men. At Harvest, men make up about 50 percent of the membership, primarily because of the church's efforts incorporated more manly activities.
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:12 PM
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I find that to be a shame that they feel that they should resort to entertainment over substance.

Nothing wrong with a super-bowl party....but it just seems a little gimmicky to do the fathers-day stuff like that.
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:13 PM
Location: Nashville, Tn
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I see my home state is going to hell in a handbasket.
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:27 PM
Location: Mississippi
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I always found stuff like this to be sort of stupid. I mean, it's great if people want to get together and all but in my experience with church-sponsored events (most of the youth sports leagues growing up were all inter-related with the churches down here) they always had this boring feel to them. I always felt like people were standing around at whatever church get-together it was acting smugly 'proper' in front of everyone else but couldn't wait to get home to do keg stands and nude bodypainting. It was as though people all tried to outdo one another to see who could be the most fake while in the presence of others.

My thoughts are thus:

If you're going to get together with a group of people you might as well be who you are. For me, that would be someone who prefers to have a few drinks or ten to sort of mellow out some of the uneasiness associated with social gatherings. If there's a church Super Bowl Party that didn't mind if I pounded down a few pitchers of the nectar of the Gods while having a few Hooters girls dancing on the tables during half-time than I'll be more than happy to go. But, somehow, I just don't see Pastor Jim Smiley at the local Southern Baptist Church down the street advocating anything like that.
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