Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ike Update - NUMBER 3

The Good news is:

* Not one person in our church or immediate family lost a loved one. Thank you Jesus!
* The clean up is in full swing
* We had church Sunday in our parking lot and our Celebration Family is amazing!
* 2/3rds of our families are back to work
* 60 % of our town has power
* our water is drinkable now
* we are and will continue to help our church familes in every way we possibly can

Our Church Situation this week is:

* Waiting to see if our building can actually be repaired and making sure the structure was not compromised. We are leasing the space and this is the responsibilty of the owner. Initiative in process
* The internal structure that Celebration actually built out is ruined. If insurance company pays what is outlined in the policy we can rebuild our internal structure/ we are waiting on our land lord's report.
* Our adjuster will be @ our building site with in a couple days to confirm our loss and what they will actually pay! We will disclose that amoaunt once we know.
* We are looking for a temporary place to meet and have church.... we have not confirmed anything as of today.

We believe that God has a building that we will be able to purchase! It is God's desire and will for Celebration of Life to own our building and quit leasing.

Last but not least we continue to help the poor and the needy in our city. Our church gave away food and supplies Sunday Morning! What a joy! .... Celebration feeds the poor on a weekly basis.

Today we went to the Red Cross Shelter to offer help and assistance as well. Our church will be helpling provide a weeks worth of milk, fruit and juice for over a 100 people in one of our Baytown Red Cross Shelters. Wednesday the 23rd we will visit the other Red Cross Shelter to see if we can help them as well.

Make donations payable to: Celebration of Life and send to:
David Childress
1002 Meandering Way
Franklin, Tennesee 37067

Thank you so much for all the prayers and support. And thanks to everyone that's given so far. You're amazing! May God bless your sacrifice.

-jack and the leeland boys

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Videos!

Leeland and I have been posting some videos talking about the Opposite Way movement. Here's the newest one! Watch the rest of them here on our YouTube Channel.

And for those of you who missed the live webscast the other night, we've posted the videos for you to see. A big thanks to our friend Marcus Hackler for putting these up.

Visit our Vimeo site for the rest of them!

May Our Praise/Free Worship from Leeland on Vimeo.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ike Update - NUMBER 2

Here's the good news, the power is coming back fast to our city. The damage, although was bad, could have been a lot worse. Texas and its national neighbors are working together fast and furiously to help us recover.

The grocery stores are starting to re-open but here are some of the challenges we still face.

Many people are without money and cannot resume their jobs until next week or the week after. So even though the stores and power are beginning to resume operations, they are having to rely on charitable organizations for food and water. Also, they are relying on charitable organizations for the financing of being displaced until their homes are restored. We also have many who have lost everything and we are going to have to step in and help until our national organizations like FEMA can help them.

On a personal note: Our immediate families homes only incurred a small amount of damage! Praise the Lord! Our church, on the other hand, as suffered a lot of damage. Sunday morning we will resume our worship service in the Parking Lot. Immediately following the service, we will begin passing out supplies to our local neighborhood.

Celebration of Life was founded six and a half years ago by my mom and dad (Todd & Cyndy Mooring). It is a vibrant, young church with a love for God and a love for their community. It is their passion and desire to see Baytown, Texas, transformed for the glory of God. We will try to send weekly updates and we thank you for every sacrifice and donation made.

Make donations payable to: Celebration of Life and send to:
David Childress
1002 Meandering Way
Franklin, Tennesee 37067

Thank you again for your prayers and support!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike Update

We can’t thank you all enough for praying during this terrible time. Through comments on our blog, we know that hundreds of you are.

Baytown, Texas, on the east side of Houston, is our hometown. The entire area is currently without power. We have countless family and friends who will be without work for weeks to come. The financial toll that a disaster like Hurricane Ike leaves is unbelievable.

Somehow, the homes of all of us in Leeland are completely fine except for Mike's place. The ceiling caved in, and he's going to have to find another place to live. Our church sustained significant damage. There is standing water in the sanctuary. The roof/ceiling leaked tremendously and lots of ceiling tiles caved in. We will be unable to have services at the church building for weeks and the building will need major repairs. We just found out today that the damage to the roof is so bad that the buliding could possibly be condemned. We'll find out soon either way.

Our hope is to rally all of the support we can for all of the people in the place we call home. If it’s on your heart to help, please send a monetary donation to:

1002 Meandering Way
Attn: David Childress
Franklin, TN 37067

Please make checks payable to “Celebration of Life Church.” No matter the size, it all helps.

Thanks for the love. God bless each of you.

Leeland, Jack, Jake, Mike and Matt (Leeland)

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Online TV Shows by Ustream

Live Webcast

Tonight we're playing at Capital Christian Center in Boise, ID. We'll be streaming the worship service live, right here on our blog!

Be here at 7PM Central to watch.

-the leeland boys

Friday, September 12, 2008

Please Pray


Thanks for all the prayer! You guys are amazing. The storm packed a punch. All of our houses are ok... but our church sustained a lot of damage. Some people lost homes and even more have flood damage. I'll dedicate a full post to this when I know more details.

Thanks again for being the body of Christ and stepping up in prayer.

talk to you soon.



Hey guys and gals. First of all, thanks for the amazing response on the last post! We've been reading your comments and it's so inspiring to see our generation dreaming big.

We wanted to ask you guys to really pray for us. There was a mandatory evacuation issued in Houston yesterday, so we had to leave our homes. This hurricane could be really really bad, and it's headed straight for us. Prayer works, so we're asking that you guys pray that our homes and churches stay safe and don't get flood or wind damage.

We'll be in Idaho this weekend. Will post an update soon.



Tuesday, September 9, 2008


We made it home yesterday morning and went straight to our church, Celebration of Life, in Baytown. This week we're hosting the annual Prayer & Prophetic Conference. Dale Gentry is here with us. He's a really huge mentor of ours and has an incredible prophetic ministry. He's prophesied over me, Leeland, and Jake many times as well as the whole band. 

The past couple days have been so refreshing; worshiping alongside our family and seeking God together. God has been igniting dreams in my heart again, and I feel so close to the Lord right now. We all need these moments to keep us focused and our hearts on fire after God.

I pray right now for whoever is reading this. That you would realize that you can go where God says you can go. You can do what God says you can do. Write what God says you can write. Build what God says you can build. Record what God says you can record. Go to the nations that God says you can go to! Nothing is impossible with God!

I'd like to give you a little challenge. Get alone with God and spend some time in His presence sometime today. Then just begin to dream. Dream huge. And know that whatever you're seeing... God see's something even bigger. God has an absurd amount of confidence in you. He designed you to change the world. 

Here's one of my dreams... to start community centers all across the globe. It would be a huge facility that serves the community... everything from medical services, an orphanage, food distribution, and ministry & job training. I know that God's going to help me build those all over the world! 

What's one of your dreams? Share them with us. We would love to pray for you. And I hope you know that God is committed to your success. It might take a little time but those dreams WILL come to pass. Just be faithful to God.

Much love.

-jack and all the leeland boys

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Van Playlist & People in Costumes

Ok... so here's a sampling of the music we found yesterday...
  1. Roy Orbison  "You Got it"
  2. Bruce Springteen "Dancing in the Dark"
  3. Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer"
  4. Lionel Richie "Dancing on the Ceiling"
  5. Tammy Wynette "Take me to your world"
  6. Jim Croce "Operator"
  7. Blue Oyster Cult "Don't Fear the Reaper"
  8. A-Ha "Take On Me"
  9. Anita Baker "Same Old Love"
  10. Thin Lizzy "The Boys are back in town"
Some of these songs are kind of crappy, but some are genius. Tell us what's playing on your iPods right now... we're music lovers and always interested in finding new stuff.

Currently Listening: Mates of State "Get Better"... Lee showed it to me. I love it!

-jack and the boys

We played at Universal Studios today! Amazing. And of course, we rode all the rides. Leeland saw a gang of random characters back stage and he got some pix. These are a bit creepy to me for some reason...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Life in the Van

We woke up this morning after a nice show last night in Dothan, Alabama. By the way, did you know that Dothan is the peanut capitol of the world? Any ways, we got in the van and made a little stop by Krispy Kreme. All the guys have pledged to eat extremely healthy for the rest of the day after having the worst breakfast possible.

We're driving to Orlando right now... on our way to Universal studios for Rock the Universe festival. I think we're going to get into the park tonight and ride the Hulk... another life changing ride similar to the Ride of Steel. I also want to find the Harry Potter park that's under construction. Leeland live... in Hogwarts? Sorry, I'm a dork.

Oh... and we didn't bring an FM transmitter for our iPods... no cd's either... so we can only listen to the radio. :-( But, we've found that you can find the most amazing music on the radio if you look hard enough. In a little while we'll be posting our van playlist. It's going to be kind of random, but what isn't random with us?

Playlist coming soon...