The Heart of Worship .. Using a Drone and Fireworks!!!

Let’s recap… Last week I talked about Deb and I making the decision to move the family across the river into the Ooltewah area…. With that said… We put an offer on a beautiful town home and … wait for it… we accepted a full price offer on our home. I know!  We literally had the house on the market for 5 hours before we had some showings and then an offer for our full price asking.  Praise Be!  Now comes the hard part… packing.  Urg! Does anyone have any tips on how best to pack for a move? 

Last week was big. I got caught up on all my jobs.  YAY!!  I finally got caught up on all my weddings.  I showed Deb the highlight film of the wedding I edited and she thought it was one of my best ones.  I am always too critical of myself but that is just because I want it to be good.  I so hope the couple likes it.  I will post it later this week but I will say that I had a beautiful couple to work with as it was a beautiful day and they were fantastic, easy going and down with whatever I needed to do to tell their story.  The perfect clients!!!

It was also Riverbend this past week, a musical arts festival in Downtown Chattanooga. Saturday night I am laying in the bed with Deb watching Netflix and I said to myself, I really want to take my drone down to Riverbend and capture some aerial footage of the fireworks display.  The bed was so comfortable and I really didn’t want to get out at 10:30 on a Saturday night but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t.  So, I did. I grabbed my drone and headed downtown.  I pulled into Deb’s work parking garage, which is right next to the fireworks display, and headed to the top level.  As I got up there, everyone else obviously has the same idea and where up there to watch the fireworks.  As soon as the fireworks started, I fired up the ole’ drone and sent it off into the night’s sky.  I think I captured some good footage.  You can catch that footage on the Beckett Media Facebook page if you like. 

The next morning Deb and I took the boys to church.  It was special simply because it was Father’s day and we went back to my home church of Harrison UMC.  It was a beautiful homecoming.  Even though I really had not been back, for a normal church service for almost 15 years, It felt as if I had never left. I saw some new faces as well as a lot of my church family.  They welcomed me back with hugs and hand shakes as soon as we walked in the door.  It was very sweet and emotional as I am sure I will be back from time to time as the Becketts figure out where we are going to land.

If I am being totally honest here, I still feel like I am in“detox” from my previous season.  I have to figure out how to live life outside of full-time church ministry.  Right now the term church and going to church feels like a job and work.  I mean, I served in some ministry capacity for almost 15 years.  I don’t want to go to church on Sunday mornings for the sake of just going to church.  I want it to mean something and be authentic. I don’t want it to feel like a job anymore.  I spent years forgoing my time to worship so that I could serve the church in making sure the window, for those participating in worship, was as wide open as it could be.

I have to get back to the heart of worship.  My brain still functions on a level of the details.  For example, Sunday morning during the liturgical readings, I was praying that the screen operator was keeping up with the pace and would switch to the next slide on time.  I mean… that is all I think about when I am in church and frankly I am tired of thinking about that stuff.  I want to go to church and be free and clear and with an open heart ready to worship. Maybe I am thinking too much into it?  Maybe not?  Maybe its okay to have those thoughts?  I don’t know.   All I do know is that I need time to let it all go and accept that while my time serving in ministry was fruitful.  It is now in the past and I need to find a way to move forward as a simple participant engaged in corporate worship. 

That’s about it for this week.  As always, thanks for reading!!!


Oh and... More Change!!!

I am coming off a wonderful week.  I had two great video shoots with my friends over at Christ United Methodist Church and Gordon Hospital.  Both shoots had a special meaning to me in different ways.  How so?

Upon working with the folks over at Christ, I was reminded about how much ministry means to me.  It felt great to serve the greater good in efforts to change the world.  For Gordon, I was fortunate to take Danny and Chris with me.  Who are Danny and Chris?

I came to know them both at Burks.  I have watched Danny grow up and remember seeing him as a little Pre-K singing in the church kid’s choir.  Over the years, Danny has been searching for his gift, his talent.  Being just 15, he has come to love the art of Audio/Video.  Being Summer, I felt like this would be a great opportunity for him to get out of the house and learn something in the art of Video Production so I text him and asked if he wanted to tag along.  I truly hope he got something out of it.

I met Chris last year during Burks’ Summer VBS.  Chris has worked cameras and screens and just about everything for me at Church.  He loves the Media Arts and again, being summer, I felt this was a great opportunity to get him out of his house and practice what it is he loves. 

They both did an amazing job and truly hope I can bring them along with me again soon.

So Deb and I had dinner, this past week, at her favorite restaurant, The Red Lobster! We needed to talk.  We needed to decide if we were going to stay in Soddy or move the family.  If we decided to move, do we up grade or down grade or what? Just about all my clients are either South of the Tennessee River or in Georgia.

Anyways, after an intense discussion, we have decided that we are going to scale down.  We are going to buy a town home in Ooltewah and live in it for 2 years to finish paying off debt and save some cash. Then, hopefully, Beckett Media will be a conglomerate empire and we can rent out the town home and build or move into our forever home.  Sound like a plan?

We looked at a few town homes this past Saturday with Sue, our wonderful real estate agent, and found a few we really like. While in town, I took the kids by Harrison Bay State Park to play.  We went to my Papa’s grave, William Thomas Beckett, whom Will is named after. We also drove past Harrison UMC, my home church.  During this whole tour, I was reminded how much I miss my home town. Is this just a phase? Do I just need to deal with it and move on in life or is this a message from God telling me that I need to go back home?

Change, Change, Change!!! What to do and what to think?  If we relocate to Ooltewah there will be new schools for the kids and half the living space we are custom too.  However, I get to essentially move back to my home town (or close to it) and be closer to my extended family. This move will also relieve a huge house payment from our monthly finances.

With all that said, I guess it is set.  I am moving back to my old stomping grounds.  Since 2005 I have resided in the Hixson, Middle Valley, Soddy Daisy Area.  Where as I will miss the time and relationships I have built here in this town, I am looking forward to going home. 

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where do we go from here?  This past week, especially the weekend, was rough for the family and I.  Trying to finish up securing everything from my previous ministry responsibilities has proven to be both heart breaking and painful.  However, we must do what we have to in order to move forward. 

As a husband and father of two boys, Church culture has been the biggest struggle in trying to balance family life.  At times, professional church ministry can be the most rewarding yet get pretty nasty when working with the church folk.  As a former church staff member alumni, I tried my best to keep certain things hidden from the boys.  Should I’ve?  My fear was that my sons may grow up resenting the church if they knew what all went on behind the scenes. I don’t want that for them. When done right, church culture can be life changing.

What was so cool is that, West went to Preschool at our church.  I was always right down the hall.  For 5 years, he grew up in that church.  he knew every wall, each hallway, knew where things were in the sanctuary and in the gym.  All of that is now over.  Where do we go from here?

My wife, Deb, and I have been married 7 years this past May.  She is the love of my life, my partner, my sole mate and mostly my conscientious voice of reason.  A couple of years into our marriage, we brought West Beckett into the world and 3 years after that we welcomed young master, Will Beckett into our family. Those boys are firecrackers.  As rowdy as they may be… they are simply an extension of my love for both Deb and the family as a whole. 

I have a couple of jobs lined up this week.  I am fortunate to carry on my ministry by working with the amazing folks over at Christ Church as well as work with my dear friend Garrett over at Gordon Hospital, who’s mission is to “Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ.”  I mean.. YAY!!!

God has a plan! I am sure of it!

So the question that has been laid is this: Where do we go from here?

This past Sunday, we got the kids up and went to iHop for Breakfast.  I didn’t figure it would be that busy since it was during Sunday morning church hours.  I was wrong as it was packed!!! Next week, we are looking at going back to my home church to visit then maybe the next week try something else… I don’t know.  the door is open!  Maybe I should take a break from organized church for the summer.  Should I?  Everything is up in the air right now. It is looking like we might be moving soon. Looks like I may be taking a part-time videographer job. I am also looking at some minor surgery this summer.  I feel like we need to just take it easy and go slow… not worry about church right now. Get through the summer transitions and settle into a new church home this fall.  What do you think? 

Bringing up the Becketts… what a ride! 

The End of One...The Beginning of Another.

I left my job of this week to pursue the great american way of life... Self-Employment! What have I done! This is a mistake.  I should drop all my clients and go running back to the job, that employed me for 11 years, and beg for it back.  I have to wonder if they would even consider taking me back? What if this new business venture doesn't work out?  Think they would take me back in six months when I realize that I have no clients hiring me and my only other choice for work is bagging groceries?  No! I am going to do this.  I am going to make this happen because I have faith and confidence in God and His plans for my family and I.  I pride myself on being a hard worker.  I just hope it isn't in the food service industry.  Eleven years! I have been dependent on that certain paycheck to pay the bills and support my families' ever growing needs. What now? Crap! 

For those of you who are reading and don't know me.  Allow me to introduce...  My name is Dagan... Dagan Beckett and this is my website blog. Not much too it.  Black, White and filled with Videos.  Yep.  That's what I do... Videos.  People actually pay me money to tell their story.  For most of my clients, they hire me not because they saw my services listed somewhere... They hire me for me.  They know me and trust me and want me to tell their story.  Whether they are selling underwear, medical services or the good ole' martial ceremony, they call me and ask me if I will video their story.  That's what it is all about right?  Stories!  I figured that out a long time ago.  The meaning of life are stories.  We all have a story.  We all have a story to tell. Most importantly, we all have a story that someone wants or needs to hear.  I just figured why not document those stories and spread those stories across the world.  Hopefully in an effort to make the Earth a better place.  

Any ways, back to the beginning... about 15 years ago I had just turned 22 and really didn't know what I wanted out of a professional career.  I had grown up in church my whole life and studied music through the artistry of the Beatles...(oh and school too.)  My best friend, FRED, took pity on me and in an effort to point me to something that I might like, he ask me to play bass guitar at this church that he had been playing at.  I told him that I wasn't interested.  I said that I was sorta taking a break from organized church.  He persisted until I said "yes."  I showed up with my bass guitar on that particular Sunday morning and the rest was literally history.  That one moment when I stepped my foot inside that church changed my life forever.  After that worship service, I knew that I wanted to pursue Music Ministry and I did. I went back and played at that church from time to time and was officially hired on as a part-time worship leader for their contemporary worship service in January 2005.  I eventually moved up to full time doing more music.  Somewhere down the road I switched over to media and communications and everything in between.  I had done it all and what a journey it was!

Fast forward to today.  This past Sunday, I walked out of those church doors with the same bass guitar that I walked in with 15 years ago.  

So What is next?  Where do I go from here?  I don't have another steady paying job lined up as all I have are my videography skills, my gear and my clients.  Is that enough to pursue an new career in videography?  I can honestly say that without the burden of getting the day-to-day and week-to-week jobs of the church done... my capacity for absorbing new energies in my brain is much more open than ever before. I am terrified! I am scared! I am excited! I am relieved! I am everything! 

Here we go Day 1 of the rest of my life... Let's clock in and make this happen. Let's focus on bringing up Beckett Media to the world!!!

Coming up next... The Kids, The Wife... the Family!