Friday, May 29, 2009

Tim Celek to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

The Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct the 2009 Inductees into the hall of fame. Tim Celek and Ken Gipe will join the high ranks of PCHS Athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, May 30, 2009, 5:00pm at the Port Clinton Elks. Tickets are on sale in the Port Clinton High School Main Office for $20 each.
Tim Celek, PCHS Class of 1977, earned an impressive total of eleven varsity letters (Football – 4; Wrestling – 4; Baseball – 2; Tennis – 1) and numerous honors in football and wrestling. Mr. Celek received the Mr. Football Award in 1976, was named All Ottawa County 1st Team Defense and 1st Team GLL. He was a member of the 1976 GLL Championship Team.

In wrestling, Mr. Celek was voted Most Valuable Wrestler in 1975 and 1976, Captain in 1976, and was a District Qualifier in 1976 and 1977. After graduating from Port Clinton High School he earned a four year scholarship to Marquette University. At Marquette, he earned four varsity letters and was Captain of the 1979-80 and 1980-81 wrestling team.

He graduated from Marquette in 1981 with a Bachelor's of Arts in History Education and a minor in French. He later attended Biola University in LaMirada, CA where he earned is Master’s Degree in Divinity. Mr. Celek is the founding and senior pastor of “The Crossing” church in Costa Mesa, CA where he lives with his wife Susan and two daughters.

Ken Gipe was a teacher and coach in the Port Clinton City School District for 30 years. During his tenure he had 71 coaching contracts, most notable was as the Port Clinton High School Swim Coach. As the Head Swimming Coach at PCHS he had 24 winning seasons and 349 wins. Mr. Gipe continues to be an active member of the community and school district by officiating many of the swimming and diving meets each year. In 2000, the Port Clinton Swim Relays were renamed the “Ken Gipe Relays” where he continues to serve as Meet Manager.

Mr. Gipe was a charter member, founder, and commissioner of the North West Ohio Aquatic Conference. In 1997, he was awarded the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award. He was named to the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. The Wurthwein Award, presented by the OHSAA “to an individual who has significantly contributed to high school swimming/diving in the State of Ohio”, was presented to Mr. Gipe in 2005.

Ken Gipe has also served as a swim official for the Big Ten, MAC, and OAC conferences and has officiated the state swim meet in Canton, Ohio for the past sixteen years. Mr. Gipe and his wife of 38 years, Patricia, reside in Port Clinton. Mr. & Mrs. Gipe have two children, Christie and Steven, and three grandchildren.

The Athletic Hall of Fame evening of recognition begins at 5:00pm with a cash bar, dinner at 6;00pm followed by the Induction Ceremony. The event will be held at the Elk’s Lodge on Buckeye Blvd. Any interested community member or alumni are invited and encouraged to attend as the 2009 Inductees are honored. For tickets and more information please contact Port Clinton High School at 419.734.2147

Monday, May 25, 2009

Beach Baptisms

The Crossing's annual beach baptisms are coming up and you are not going to want to miss this event!! Bring the whole family out on Sunday, June 28th at Corona Del Mar state beach as together we celebrate life change. A free BBQ starts at 12:00pm and goes until the food runs out. Baptisms start right at 5:00pm. You will want to arrive early to find parking. Look to the right of the beach for "The Crossing" signs. If you are interested in being baptized, please contact or call our church office at (949) 645-5050.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Loving the Unofficial Beginning of Summer by Tim Celek

Memorial Day weekend has ALWAYS marked the “unofficial” beginning of summer. The weather seems to get a bit warmer. The days seem to get a bit longer. And the 55 Freeway seems to back up more and more at its ending point in Costa Mesa during this time of the year :-). I always seem to relish the days between now and Labor Day in September.

Here’s your chance to kick off the unofficial beginning of summer just right...make sure you come to The Crossing this weekend. Miracles is the message! Everyone WANTS a miracle. Everyone generally NEEDS a miracle or two.

What happens when the miracle you're hoping for, praying for, wishing for, and wanting so badly to happen, doesn’t? What happens when the promise isn’t fulfilled? What happens when the dream gets dashed? We've ALL been there, right? I sure have! And so have YOU!!!

Join me this weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer, as together we look at one of the most riveting stories in the Bible. I'm pretty amped up and pumped to talk about this one! I guarantee you, you WILL be glad you came. And then after church...go out to dinner or go to the beach, possibly fire up the BBQ or take a drive...but DO NOT miss this weekend!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sweat, dirt, dust and pigeon poop?

The Crossing partners with Costa Mesa High School to show the students God's love in practical ways. And what could be more practical than cleaning up sweat, dirt, dust and pigeon poop?

"Many hands get a lot of work done!!"

Costa Mesa High School principal, Dr. Edward Wong says thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the clean up on May 9th. It was extremely cool to see adults and children in the community working together to make an impact.

Costa Mesa High School Clean Up Recap

Thank you to all those who helped clean up Costa Mesa High School on May9th!! What a great day - check out this video...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Grow Events by Patrick Detken

GROW ministries presents…..

F U E L:

• Finances 101: Learning to manage your money
• Christianity 101: Learning the fundamentals of the faith
• Spiritual Disciplines 101: Learning to apply spiritual practices to your life
• Bible Study 101:Learning to study your Bible
• Evangelism 101: Learning to share your faith locally and around the world
• Spiritual Gifts 101: Learning how God shaped you

Specifics on FUEL classes:
When: 4 week classes offered Tues OR Thurs starting July 14th & July 16th
Where: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on campus
Childcare: Available at $10 per child per night with a maximum of $20 per family
Please RSVP 48 hours prior to class by emailing Tonia Manchester at
Cost: $10 (Includes 4 classes, folder and teaching material)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Leadership Summit 2009: Registration

We are pleased to host this year's Leadership Summit 2009.

If you attend The Crossing and would like to register for Leadership Summit, please enter the passcode you received in the box below and click "register".

If you do not attend The Crossing and would like to register to attend Summit 2009 at this site, please: CLICK HERE

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