Who: AFSC was founded by Dr. Heinz Lycklama and Rob Overgaard. Dr. Heinz Lycklama has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and is now retired after more than 40 years in the high tech industry. He has been involved in the Creation vs. Evolution controversy for more than 25 years. Heinz is an active member of Creation Association of Puget Sound (CAPS) and is involved with various international Creation ministries. He has given lectures and courses on topics in all three areas of interest to AFSC in different venues locally as well as overseas. [See heinz-bio-talks.pdf & www.osta.com/messages.] Rob Overgaard has an MA degree in history and an M. Div. Degree, and has served as a pastor with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in Canada and the US for 6 years. He is now employed by Boeing and has been involved with Creation vs. Evolution, Genesis and associated apologetics issues for many years. In recent years he has helped to promote speakers in the area from Creation Ministries International (CMI).
Dr. Heinz Lycklama, 425-501-5075, email@example.com.
Rob Overgaard, 425-344-1169, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Boettner, 360-652-3041, MattBoettner@yahoo.com.Pastor Rich Farinella, 425-481-1075, email@example.com.
The world characterizes the controversy between Creation and Evolution as a conflict between religion and science – it is actually a conflict between two different worldviews. Come and find out why.
We show how the famous Lucy fossil was falsely made to look like a transitional fossil. What happened to Neanderthal? New find – Ardi? When we look at scientific evidence in three different areas of science: 1) taxonomy, 2) origin of man, and 3) origin of life, we conclude that science supports Creation much better than Evolution. Come and find out how. There will be time for Q&A after the lecture. Refreshments provided.
Dr. Heinz Lycklama earned a Ph. D. degree in Nuclear Physics from McMaster University in Canada and has worked in the telecommunications and computer software industries for over forty years. He has taught through many books of the Bible and has served as member and Chairman of various Missions Committees as well as Elder/Deacon Boards.
Challenged in his Christian faith by what he was taught in university in the 1960’s, Heinz later developed a series of lectures on Creation vs. Evolution and Christian Apologetics over the years and presented the material in Sunday school classes, to college students, during church services, at Bible Schools, and other venues in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. With his knowledge of the Bible and science, he has continued to develop and present new material in these subject areas. More on Dr. Lycklama & his lectures at www.osta.com/messages.Public announcements of the meeting appeared in the local newspapers - the Everett Herald on September 21, the Marysville Globe on September 24, and the Arlington Times on September 25. The lecture was recorded and is available on the AFSC website here.
Chris Ashcraft is a Christian educator, creation scientist, and speaker employed as high school science teacher at Cedar Park Christian Schools where he provides instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Life Science. [See ashcraft.nwcreation.net for more details.]
Chris speaks regularly at churches, Christian schools, teacher conventions, and creation organizations. He is the founder of the Northwest Creation Network ministry and the CreationWiki internet encyclopedia where he serves as senior administrator. He is also the organizer of the annual Seattle Creation Conference.
The lecture was recorded and is available on
the AFSC website here.
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2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
The speaker, Spike Psarris, has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and has done graduate work in Physics. He worked for a number of years as an engineer in the US military space program. He entered that program as an atheist and an evolutionist, and left it as a creationist and a Christian. Today he speaks on creation/evolution, especially as it relates to astronomy, and has published two DVDs on the subject. His website is www.CreationAstronomy.com.Spike presented lectures on astronomy at the annual Seattle Creation Conference in 2013.
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2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
AFSC Meeting on December 27th - The fourth meeting of the Forum will be held on Friday, December 27th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. We will show the video on Evolution Demolition produced by Mark Champneys. A description of the video follows.
documentary film premiered at Missions Fest Seattle 2012 and was
produced by Mark Champneys with Saints Alive, a counter-cult and
apologetics ministry.The film demonstrates that Evolution is impossible according to the many good questions that brilliant evolutionists cannot answer. Creation Ministries International (CMI) launched the Question Evolution campaign in 2012 to expose Evolution's fatal weaknesses. CMI is building on this with the release of a book and documentary called Evolution's Achilles' Heels in early 2014. The Evolution Demolition film points out many of the fatal weaknesses in Evolution using terms and graphics easily understood by the layperson. The
film challenges the viewer to ask the basic question - is this fact or
speculation? It makes the distinction between observational science and
origins science, uniformitarianism and catastrophe, micro-evolution and
macro-evolution, information and random mutations, accident and purpose, design and random chance, and simple and complex organisms to show that Evolution has never been observed, is not occuring now, and indeed cannot happen.
AFSC Meeting on January 24th - The fifth meeting of the Forum will be held on Friday, January 24th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Patrick Nurre, a geologist, will speak on the topic "Creation Geology: The Key To Unraveling Earth History." A description of the lecture follows.
the world is truly billions of
years old, we would expect to see this in the geologic record - the
rocks, minerals and fossils. Secular geologists tell us
emphatically that the earth is billions of years old, having been
sculpted by slow and
gradual geologic processes, punctuated by brief, local
is this view based on scientific facts or a philosophy framed by
biases? Come take a
journey with us as we unravel this history and discover just how
Book of Genesis explains the geology of the earth. We will look
1) how the rocks and minerals fit within a Genesis view, 2) the
fossils, and 3) how the global flood explains geologic formations
Patrick Nurre was trained in the secular view of geology. Over the past 40 years he has been actively involved in the Creation/Evolution issue in the field of geology. He has spoken to hundreds of college students, and is a popular speaker at many conventions and homeschool conferences. In 2005, Patrick created Northwest Treasures to provide opportunities to study geology from a Biblical perspective. In the fall of 2012, he opened the Geology Learning Center, a geology museum/educational center located in Mountlake Terrace. Patrick leads field trips each year to many geological sites including his annual field trip to Yellowstone Park in August.His web site is at www.northwestrockandfossil.com (Northwest Treasures).
Volunteers Needed: Tasks to be Accomplished, Issues to be Resolved:
Heinz and Rob have contacted leaders in churches and schools in the North Snohomish County area over the summer of 2013 to determine the level of interest in the Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County (AFSC). Attendance (75+) at the first AFSC meeting on Sep. 27 and (160+) at the second AFSC meeting on Oct. 25 indicate a high level of interest in the topics discussed at the monthly meetings. The survey questionnaire AFSC-Survey.docx has been sent to about 60 possible interested parties and provided to AFSC meeting attendees. Those interested in serving on the AFSC Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board will be identified based on survey results. If you, or someone you know, have a passion for Apologetics and an interest in serving on one of these Boards, let us know. Please use the Survey questionnaire to suggest meeting topics and to respond to the questions. Fill in the blanks in the Survey MSWord document and return the survey as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heinz has written up the following list of tasks being considered by the current Board of Directors:
1. WEBSITE DESIGN/BUILD: The AFSC website is currently coded in text only. It needs to be redesigned using an appropriate template with an AFSC logo and graphics. I have been using the free Kompozer website builder and maintenance tool. We should probably switch to use the (now free) Microsoft Expression Web tool.
MEDIA: I think Twitter will turn
out to be a useful social media tool to get the word out about AFSC. Yes, Twitter
messages are brief (< 140 char.) but that is enough to point to a website
for the detailed information about upcoming AFSC meetings when users sign up to follow AFSC. Here are two recent
articles on Twitter from Forbes:
1. Twitter IPO Proves The Social Business Model - http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathansalembaskin/2013/10/04/twitter-ipo-proves-the-social-media-business-model/
2. Can Twitter Save TV? - http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2013/10/07/can-twitter-save-tv-and-can-tv-save-twitter/
Most Creation organizations on the web use both FB and Twitter (plus some others):
I've not studied how to best use Twitter, but it should probably be our next social media tool. I've grabbed "heinzlycklama" as my personal Twitter name. Have also grabbed "ApolForumSC" for AFSC but have not done anything with it. Twitter limits you in the number of characters you can use in the Twitter name.
3. EMAIL DISTRIBUTION: I've built and maintained the use of the email distribution lists for AFSC. My Thunderbird client handles that quite well, But I think we need to use better tools for this eventually. Again I know that Mail Chimp and Constant Contact are two possible tools and Carrie has provided some input on those. Patrick Nurre of Geology Learning Center uses "Constant Contact" while Chris Ashcraft uses Yahoo Groups. There may be others that we do not know about yet. This is not as urgent as the optimum use of social media (in my opinion) but we will need to settle on something eventually.
GRAPHICS: We should use a webpage layout like that of www.nwcreation.net with graphics at the top of the webpage and buttons
and “Apologetics” pictures embedded in the graphics. I like the layouts of
these websites as well:
5. LOGO: We need to come up with an appropriate logo for AFSC.
6. BROCHURE: A one-page brochure to be used as a hand-out.
7. BUSINESS CARD: Card with AFSC Logo to be handed out to interested parties.
8. HOME SCHOOL STRATEGY: Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the home school groups with an interest in Apologetics.
9. CHRISTIAN SCHOOL STRATEGY: Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the Christian school students with an interest in Apologetics.
10. CHURCH STRATEGY: Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the believers in churches with an interest in Apologetics.
11. COLLEGE STRATEGY: Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the believers in local colleges with an interest in Apologetics.
12. BOOK/DVD SALES: Establish and maintain relationships with sellers of books and DVD’s that may be of interest to meeting attendees. We may want to enter cooperative relationships with other local Creation/Apologetics/Worldview organizations to lower the costs of books and DVD’s.
13. PUBLICITY: Compile a list of event calendars in local newspapers and online websites for sending AFSC meeting announcements to. Maintain a list of church and school leaders who need to be informed of upcoming AFSC meetings.
14. NON-PROFIT ORG: Apply for AFSC status as a 501 ( c )(3) non-profit organization.
15. LENDING LIBRARY: Set up procedures for the operation of a lending library of books and DVD. Initially this will include books and DVD’s in Lycklama’s library.
16. “WINDOWS ON APOLOGETICS” MESSAGES: Compile a list of sources for meeting “tidbits” such as video trailers, testimonies, etc. that can be presented at meetings before the lecture. The major Creation organizations (AIG, CMI, ICR) offer some of these. We could feature an Apologetics event or news item. Providing an answer to an Apologetics question would also fit in here. Book/DVD/Movie review is another one. Promotion of a local Apologetics group or event.
17. CHILDCARE: Determine the need for childcare and implement a solution if needed.
18. EXHIBITORS: Having exhibitors present at AFSC meetings gives attendees one more reason to come to the meetings. We now have Geology Learning Center coming. We need to look for others to invite. I talked to two additional prospects this week.
19. CAMERA(WO)MAN: We might want to find someone to take pictures of some meetings so that they can be posted to the AFSC website.
20. NEWSLETTER: Might be nice some day.
21. EVENT CALENDARS: Identify event calendars where AFSC meeting announcements can be posted.
22. VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS: The lectures have been recorded in audio and need to be uploaded to the AFSC website. The next lecture will also be recorded in video. We need to upload all recordings to the AFSC website for easy listening and viewing. Might want to offer the recordings on CDs/DVDs in the future [as done by DSA].
23. VOLUNTEER HELP: We can always use additional help at meetings: a) setup and teardown for meeting, b) assistance with book/DVD sales and with manning other exhibits, c) assistance with audio/video equipment used at meeting, and d) providing and serving refreshments at meeting.
24. HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE: The annual Heritage Home School conference is being held at Overlake Church on April 24-26, 2014. This may be an opportunity for AFSC to advertise its meetings using brochures. Nurre exhibits at the conference apparently.
We are interested in volunteers who can help with various tasks identified above. This includes someone with web development skills to build and maintain the AFSC website as well as integrate various social media such as Facebook and Twitter into the website. If you, or someone you know, have an interest in volunteering for some of these tasks, please email Heinz at email@example.com or call him at 425-501-5075.
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