Mr. Clutch

It’s pretty well-known (mostly because I keep reminding everyone haha) that Jake won the silver medal for his age group in the Provincial Bowling Championships last month in Kelowna. That means he’s the second-best 11 year-old boy bowler in BC!

Needless to say, we’re very proud of him. Especially considering that he really only started bowling last September. So to go from a beginner to a silver medallist in just seven months is quite an accomplishment.

Believe it or not, bowling is an extremely mental game. To do well you need good concentration, you need to adjust to lane conditions, and you need to be able to block out distractions.

You need to be clutch.

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Let the good times roll

 

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Vancouver Canucks Playoff Anthem: Something Big (Shawn Mendes Parody)

The Vancouver Canucks are back in the NHL playoffs and thus we are thrilled to present our Canucks Playoff Anthem:  Something Big.  It’s based on the original song by Shawn Mendes.

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I’m joined by my regular collaboration partners:  the wonderful and talented Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao.  They never cease to amaze me with their skills…in this video check out how they harmonize effortlessly while doing syncopated clapping…it’s NUTS!

We’re excited about a deep playoff run for the Canucks.  Something big is happening!  Go Canucks Go!

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Comfy – Parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” featuring Arielle Tuliao

There’s nothing like cheering on the Vancouver Canucks from the comfort of a La-Z-Boy!

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Arielle and I had a unique opportunity to put together a music video with the folks at La-Z-Boy just in time for the Canucks’ playoff fun.   Thank you to La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Vancouver for letting us run around the store and jump on the furniture. We had a blast making this video.

As well, enter a contest to win a $500 gift card to La-Z-Boy exclusively on Vancity Buzz here.

Special thanks to Daniel Roe of Jelly Marketing for producing the video and my brother Jason Imoo for producing the song.

PS:  Our actual Vancouver Canucks playoff songs comes out on Wednesday…it’s going to be awesome.

Emulating Mary’s “Yes”: God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called

Today is the Annunciation, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God.

As my friend and colleague Tom East has said, “I think this is an important day for us as youth ministers. We have the chance to be like Gabriel and bear God’s message of love and promise to teenagers. We speak on God’s behalf as we tell a young person: you are beautiful inside and out, and God has a plan for your life. What a privilege, this ministry we share.”

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Let it Go (Giving up Control): Reflections on FREEDOM

On Friday night, we held FREEDOM – our annual reconciliation event for youth – at St. Joseph Parish in Langley. Close to 300 teens and young adults packed the parish hall for an evening of prayer, worship, praise, skits, witness, and catechesis.

freedomcollageAlso, there were over a dozen priests (including Archbishop Michael) present to hear confessions. I spoke to a couple of them and they said that the quality of the confessions was really good. I’ve also heard priests in the past say that the event affirms their priesthood. That’s kinda cool.

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Husband, Father, Youth Minister, Speaker: Lover of God, Family and the Canucks

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