Archive for October, 2006

The other side of nowhere?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Help me out! 

It’s halloween and time for a scary story!! 

I’ll start a story and let’s see where it goes.

“Into the evening staggered an event of extreme importance. 

The daylight had been shaded with wisps of cirrus clouds and stabs of chilly wind.  Around the grounds of the humble abode, once stately flowers were now withered stubs.

As if to announce the evening’s folly, a piercing yowl arose from the depths of the flatland.  As if brushed by a hawk’s breath, a frightened rabbit skirted around stubble and moldy hay bales.

There in the center of the field arose a frightening . . .”

OK, that’s the start.  Notice the use of adjectives and unusual action verbs!!  Let’s see what develops.

To Saskatoon and back!

Monday, October 30th, 2006

The bus ride was great! 

39 interested persons.  Two more join us. 

With over 40 in tow, the tour operators take us around.  They show the sights.  We eat a delicious noon meal.  Afternoon coffee break includes dutch pastries.

We come with one thing in mind.  To see, know and understand.

The object of our affection?

A seniors complex called Caleb Manor!!

Yes, we were there to see a model of seniors housing.  A scaled down model would end up being the possible thing for Kindersley.  We’ll see!!

By the way, the ride was great.  Even the singing on the way back was enjoyable!!

Promise Keepers

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

11 of us.  Our group up by almost 100% from last year. 

Four hours travel.  Three vehicles..  

Overnight in sleeping bags.

Great stuff!

1,000 men in one place. 

With God. 

Not a bad combination!!

Slipping from the Net

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

These last few days have been away from my computer.

I’ve set up for a recording session for this evening.  The recording studio is basically contained in my laptop — which I bought recently to do just that!  My laptop, portable as it is and with wireless capability of the highest quality, does not have a wireless router nearby.  Thus, no connection to the world of the Net.

As well, I have been visiting, doing church administration, along with a myriad of other tasks.

So, I thought to myself, “Self”  — this idea of calling one’s self, “Self”, has been a practice from my youth that has never ceased to amuse me!! — So, I said to my self, “Self, all these other blogs I am reading are constantly linking to articles and amusements they have read on the Net.  How then shall I live?”

To which I replied — “If life is the internet, I am in trouble.”

Now, I know the bloggers I read also have a life — if you read their blogs you soon see this.  And they have RSS feeds to sort out the newest items from other’s blogs, instead of having to go to each one individually each day.  So they aren’t as deeply enmeshed as one might think!!

In my defense, I do enjoy surfing the Web.  My library background prepared me to do research in a labyrinth such as the Web.  In some ways, I am ideally suited to the Web. 

But today, and yesterday, and the day before  —  I slipped right out of the Net!

Tea today

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Our phone rang at 8:00 am.

We had heard our boarder leave at 7:00am.  John is with us for a few days a week, for the next few weeks — awaiting buying a house and moving here with his family.  I guess I would say he is more a house guest.  We have enjoyed a meal together and look forward to just having him around.

So, back to the story!  Our phone rang at 8:00 am. 

One of our parishioners was inviting us over for tea.  3:00 in the afternoon would be fine.

At 3:00 we walked into her apartment.  She is in her 90’s (?).  Certainly keeps going well even though age does tend to wear on people!

After a number of discussions on church, family, weather and other topics we arrived at funerals. 

I’ve determined that funeral preparation is as much a part of life as dying!  Someone nearing the end of life has a decided desire to prepare for the eventual end.  When this preparation is done, then there is a sigh of relief. 

This precious parishioner has been thinking of funeral preparations and as we discussed I was glad to hear some of her thoughts.  She has favourite hymns that have had an effect on her, as have the scriptures.

Next visit we have an agenda already set.  A bit of oral history — just finding out some more of her life.  And a look at how she would like a remembrance service to look! 

To this meeting — I am looking forward!!

Extracted people

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

There was a day when I thought all people just attended church.  Must have been when I was younger.

Of course, there were the bad kids.  They wouldn’t go to church because they were so bad.

Now I’ve grown up.  It’s not just bad kids who don’t go to church!

For a number of reasons, the institution of the church has hurt and disillusioned a number of Christians.  Not that they don’t recognize a need to be with other like minded people.  But they are afraid of the hurt that comes when they get invovled in a large group of people.

A small group, a house church, even a coffee klatch, is acceptable for Christian fellowship.  In fact, they will get involved with people who are involved in a church at any other time than during the “regular church service” time.  They will eat with, fellowship with, work with, serve with, and even minister with them.  But the church service time seems to hold them back.

OK, for some it is just a matter of stubbornness or laziness.  For others, though, there is a very tangible history that has invaded their reality.  I’ve been looking this over for the last few years.

So, here is where your comments would be helpful (as they have been in the past!).  How can a church change — what does a church need to change — in order to welcome back those who have been dechurched?

The tie story!

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

In 1974 I was introduced to Sam Polson.  He was a buyer for an national clothes chain.

Sam’s mandate was to outfit a singing group called Sound Alliance.  He made sure that we had ties and wool suits of the highest quality.  He also had to show us a few tricks for tying ties.

When you crossver the two ends of the tie, you find the seam in the tie and start looping from there.  I can tie a tie in less than 20 seconds.  And it looks good first time around.

Many men struggle with ties.  They leave them knotted.  Watch the contortions that happen as they try to remove the tie without pulling their heads off!

If we could get past the actual tying of ties, we would soon see that they are a good thing!  Let’s bring back the tie — for the following reasons

  • Keep your neck warm
  • Cover your buttons
  • Work as a napkin
  • Provide clothing decor
  • Work like duct tape to tie things together

Any other reasons?  Add your comments as we attempt to resurrect the proper place of the tie in our society!!

Wedding Day!

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

A local girl who has been living in Calgary, Sheri Verhaeghe (oops — van Runt) got married to Michael today!!

Computer pain!

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Last night I spent time thinking.

If fact, most of the night I was thinking.  Not much sleeping.

Our church had been given a new computer (OK, not quite new — but “new to us”).  The library is to be the beneficiary.  All fine and well.  But the disk had been wiped clean.  Windows needed to be installed.  My learning curvewas more like a vertical wall than a slight slope.

I “side by sided” this computer with another of my own.  I would switch back and forth parts to make sure all was running.  In the midst of this both computers quite.  That’s where I stood at close to midnight.  Or should I say lay.  I was in bed determined to sleep.

Worked for four hours.  Then I was up for my usual devotional time with God.  I laid it out to him — but still couldn’t sleep very well.  At 6:30 I was up and moving again.  By 8:00 I was off to a ministerial meeting with a diagnostic in my head.  Had to be the power supply or the motherboard.

I picked up another power supply — that wasn’t it!  But in playing I found that a hard drive I was using to do my testng seemed to have a short in it — or perhaps it was drawing too much power trying to turn the drive.  I dispensed with that drive and soon things were running.

Now it is almost 9:00 in the evening.  Both computers are running.  I trust my midnight sleep tonight will be a little more restful!!

Memorial Service

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Every few months our local Heritage Manor holds a memorial service.

Today is my first time.  The instructions were pretty vague.  “Just do what you feel is right.”

As a pastor, we encounter all sorts of situations — times when we are expected to know local traditions, possible approaches and who people are!

In this case, I do know a name or two on the list.  I also don’t know a few names.  So I plan on using this as not just a memorial to those passed away, but also an encouragement to those still alive.

In fact, the greater part of the service is for those who still remain.  They are the ones hearing what is said — dead people don’t talk or listen!