Saturday, May 30, 2015

National Sport Launch, 2015 Report

This article is a little different than most as I decided to post about a hobby that I have been involved with for some time, high power rocketry. What follows are some pictures and a report of a recent rocketry launch that Rhonda and I attended in South Carolina. 

Launch Report
National Sport Launch, Orangeburg, South Carolina, May 23-25, 2015

Field Conditions: A sod farm, for the most part dry with just a few wet areas and water in ditches.

Weather Conditions: Sunny, partly cloudy, low humidity, fairly windy at times on Saturday, less so          on Monday.

1. Deep Space Probe (Not pictured) on an H128W-Med. Delay.
A great flight, straight-up and fast boost, chute deployed at apogee. Unfortunately, the rocket lived up to its name and went into deep space because we never found it although we searched for a couple of hours. Rocket drifted down the field east of the pads.

2. Intruder (Public Missiles, the green rocket) on an I235G-Med. Delay.
A nice fast flight, deployed the 36” chute at apogee. Recovered in the sod grass east of pads.

3. Moonraker (Silver rocket) on an H123W-Med. Delay.
First time using the RMS system where you adjust the delay yourself. A great boost and flight, deployed perfectly on a 27” chute. Recovered with no problems.

4. X-Calibur (Yellow rocket) on an H180-Med. Delay.
A great motor combination for this rocket. Went out-of-sight into the clouds and didn’t see it deploy the chute. Rhonda spotted it down range west of the pads. Used an Aerotech 18” chute which brought it down too hot. There was no damage to the rocket but my threaded screws (retainer) were bent some.

5. Red Barchetta (Italian for 2 seat sports car and a song by Rush, large red rocket) on a       J350W-Med. Delay.
Another RMS motor where you adjust the delay yourself. A great boost and deployed perfectly in two pieces, the nose cone on a 30” chute and the rocket on a 36” chute. Rocket came in a little fast but no damage. Both recovered in sod field northeast of pads. This is the rocket in the launch picture above.  

6. Halo Effect (tall rocket white with red payload) on an I161W-Med. Delay.
Nice boost, straight up flight and recovered in the sod field near the “Away” pad. My last rocket of the day.

3 – H Motors
2 – I Motors
1 – J Motor

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happenings this Sunday, May 17, 2015 at HBC!

“Praising God in the Dark”
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening” (Acts 16:25, NIV). Praising God in times of difficulty is an act of faith. Their praise was God-focused and it was continuous, they were “singing hymns to God.” Paul and Silas did not sing “about” God, but “to God.” It’s fine to sing about God, sometimes we do that when we’re confessing some aspect of God’s character or the blessings of being “in Christ,” but when you’re in a dark place in life, you don’t need to sing “about” God, you need to sing “to” God. No shallow relationship with God will do, only a deep and personal relationship will satisfy. No wonder Paul and Silas are filled with joy, they are having a worship service! And their joy and worship impacted those who “overheard” them in a powerful way.

If you don’t have a church home, we invite you to join us at Hebron Baptist Church this Sunday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. for God-honoring and life-changing worship. It just could be a day that could change you forever! 

Note: We will also be recognizing our "Graduates" this Sunday. We are very proud of all our graduates. Congratulations!

Pastor Joe
"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015 Happenings (Mother's Day)

“The Woman Who Changed the World”

Acts 16 records Paul’s response of obedience to God’s will that brought the Gospel to Europe. Lydia’s response of obedience to God’s will brought salvation to her and her household. Your response to God has life-altering implications too – for you and others in your family and beyond! Join us this Sunday, May 10th as we explore the impact our lives can make through our obedience to following God’s will. It’s Mother’s Day and we will also be dedicating five precious children and observing the baptism of a new brother in Christ. Let’s gather with gratitude to give God all the glory! See you Sunday for Bible study at 8:45 a.m. and Worship at 10:00 a.m. We’ll have the coffee waiting for you.