It’s Here: The 1st Imoo Speed Stacking Tournament

Jake the Master Stacker
Jake the Master Stacker

Finally, weeks of anticipation will end on Saturday afternoon as the Imoo family hosts its first-ever Speed Stacking Tournament.  The entrants are coming from across the Lower Mainland to take part and include a famous anthem singer, social media experts, a teacher, a missionary, a youth ministry consultant, students, and more.

We’ll open our doors up at 2pm for anyone wanting to get an early jump on the competition (or get a coveted parking spot in our complex).  Jake will provide free speed stacking lessons starting at around 3pm before preliminary seeding begins at approximately 3:30pm.  After the seeding, we will have best of 3 single-knockout showdowns until we crown a champion.  And yes…we do have a prize for the winner.

As a bonus, the winner will get to face off against Jacob in a special challenge match. It could get ugly.

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Winning On and Off the Court

The Champ is here!
The Champ is here!

Today was a great day for Jacob and his friends as their Grade 5 Boys’ Volleyball team won the championship in the CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Association) Tournament.  That means that they were the best team of the 40 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Vancouver – a great feat to be sure!

The team went undefeated in their three matches at the Harry Jerome Sports Complex in Burnaby by beating St. Andrew School, Our Lady of Sorrows School (not “Old Lady of Sorrows” as Jacob thought), and Holy Cross School en route to the championship.  All three matches were quite competitive and full of impressive volleyball – especially for 10 year-olds.

The day was actually a family affair as Gail was there doubling as a scorekeeper and teacher sponsor, and Sean was there with his Grade 7 Boys’ team – they ended up finishing a respectable sixth just one year after winning the silver medal.  Kudos to them for not just one great year of volleyball but a great three years.

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Trending in Vancouver (for an hour or so)

Twitter_logo_blueDuring the Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks game, an apparent second-period goal by Henrik Sedin was called off by the referee. The reason was that the ref felt that Henrik’s brother Daniel had interfered with the Stars’ goalie just prior to Henrik shooting the puck, thus not giving the goalie a chance to make the save.

Needless to say, Twitter exploded with conspiracy theories and charges of bias against our Vancouver Canucks. Speaking of exploding, first-year Canucks coach John Tortorella was extremely animated at the bench in voicing his displeasure – likely the most heated we’ve seen him in his 6 months here. Given the reputation that preceded him, I was actually surprised that it took this long for a famous Torts blow-up.

Thus, I snapped a quick picture on my phone from the TV and posted it on Twitter from my @CanuckClay account.

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Spirit Day 2013 Highlight Video (OYYAM – Archdiocese of Vancouver)

Witness the unbridled joy, energy, and hope of the young church in this magnificent highlight video of Spirit Day 2013 – the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It was held on November 2 and 3 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium at Pacific Academy in Surrey.

Spirit Day featured APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and the Jacob and Matthew Band leading music. At over 2,100 participants and close to 150 volunteers, it was our biggest Spirit Day ever.

THIS is why I’m in youth ministry!


Jivvy and Genevieve: How Two Became One

The happy couple
The happy couple


On November 8, 2013, Genevieve and Jivvy got married in Renton, Washington.  I was blessed to co-emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Gen and Jivvy about how they met and how they got to know each other.  Enjoy!

The Great Adventure of Jivvy and Genevieve began over 12 years ago in the summer of 2001.  Ah yes, the glorious time of the summer of 2001.  Microsoft unveiled Windows XP.  Beijing was named the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  The top movies were The Princess Bride, Rush Hour 2, and American Pie 2.  And the undisputed number 1 song was the Destiny’s Child smash hit Bootylicious.

But more relevant and more importantly, the summer of 2001 was when Jivvy and Gen met for the first time: on the University of British Columbia campus for a Singles for Christ Conference called “One”.  Upon hearing some sweet sounds and silky smooth voices, Gen noticed a pile of women surrounding a couple of men singing some songs.  The two dudes in the middle were Jivvy and his cousin leading the music ministry for part of the event.  Needless to say, Gen was quite impressed…along with many of the other ladies there who were single…and apparently ready to mingle.

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