Archive for June, 2007

Some thoughts on visiting Meadow Lake

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Meadow Lake is a beautiful town.  Right on the edge of lake country.  Trees and golf courses in lush green array.  I even loved the fact that I was probably outnumbered as an ethnic "White Caucasian!"

While there and in  the midst of meetings the following thoughts came to me.

1.  In a Calvin and Hobbes comic, Calvin says to Hobbes something to the effect — "The reason I thinkk there are intelligent beings in our universe is that none of them have tried to contact us!"  We do seem to have done a great job of messing things up — interestingly God has contacted us!

2.  Bach is reported to have said — "The purpose of music is to bring glory to God and recreation to the human soul."  We use music for a lot of other things, but maybe we would be better served to restrict its usage?

3.  "To be healed is not so much about being able to "do more things" for God, but about bringing glory to God."  I tend to think that it would be nice to get healed so I can throw myself back into all the stuff I think I should be doing.  Maybe it would be more important to see how God can use this, than to prove to others than I am a superman able to do everything!

SPN?

Monday, June 18th, 2007

A while ago I became a member.

The group was called SPN.  At first the letters denoted – Strategic Planning Network.  The idea was to work out where churches could be started. 

The group morphed into a regional pastors network.  The acronym RPN wasn’t quite right, but that was the idea.  We met for support and to consider furthering outreach in the area.

Now we are called are back to SPN.  Now the meaning is "Senior Pastor’s Network." 

That’s where I will be the next two days.  In Meadown Lake.  Lake country of Saskatchewan!  Work and pleasure!!

Bike Rally 2007

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Gorgeous day.  Lots of sun and hot dogs.

As a service to our community we provide instruction on bike riding to children ages 5  – 13.  The parents join us.  Fun is had by all.

Sunday is our church picnic.  Already looks like rain will be our lot!  And a game of Survivor to boot!

Allison, Christopher and Jill arrive

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Yesterday I got into clean up mode. 

I’d been renovating our bathroom over the last while.  Tools got placed "our of place", white drywall mud seeped into the cracks of the floors and walls, and furniture had been moved.

Part of the afternoon was spent in undoing the damage.  I washed floors, vacuumed everything, hung doors and replaced furniture.  The basement looked great (as great as you can look in the midst of renovations!).

Around 7:00 the gang arrived.  Christopher (my grandson) is now 1 1/2 years old.  He loves to laugh and play.  I lay on the floor, hoisted him on my knees and generally enjoyed having him here.  His mother, Allison, is doing a great job in raising him.  Her husband, Scott, will be down on the weekend to pick them up.

So, the next few days I’ll spend time with family, as well as finish  sermon, attend our church bike rally, and prepare for our church picnic.  All in all, the weekend looks to be great!

Ahead to Father's Day

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

In the midst of busyness, I’m glad for designated days.

Although we have gathered together mementos for our Father’s Day service, other things are crowding my mind.

I received an email today — an update on Promise Keepers.  Embedded in the text was a link to a video on a Father’s blessing.  Although I have been blessed constantly by my father, this was a good reminder.  We older men need to be blessing younger men.  Reminding them that they are loved.

So, I sent off an email to my own son, and I hope to bless a number of other men in the next few days.  Just to let them know that God loves them, and that I support them in their endevours in life.  They are not alone — God has handcrafted them for his purposes!

Look around for those you can encourage today with your blessing. 

Seniors housing moving along!

Monday, June 11th, 2007

This evening, at the Elks hall, the next step was taken.

Caleb Group came with a proposal for the seniors housing project in Kindersley.  They had listened to comments made in the past months.  There are stoves (that can be turned off) in each apartment, and a washer and dryer.  Showers and baths are available in a new and unique enclosure. 

Apartments run up to $3600/month (these are with meals and all amenities included).  Smaller apartments are in the upper teens.  Condos start around $150,000 (don’t quote me – you can get the quotes from Ron Falsted who is in Kindersley for the next two months or so).  And even 12 townhouses are planned.

If you look out the fourth story window you will be able to see the endless expanse of prairies, perhaps the water from our local dam, and possibly the roof of the Kindersley Alliance church.  One person was here seeing what we were doing, and considering how that might work in his home community of Prince Albert.

Exciting days ahead.  Let’s see what God has in store!!

Picture this!

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

The lenses of the camera would have been blurred.

We started with a BBQ at 5:30.  The weather was a little cool, and the clouds moving in.  The sky remained pleasing for a few minutes as we ate our hot dogs and hamburgers.

Then the breeze turned icy.  The sky blackened.  And drops began to fall.

The baseball game was scheduled for 6:30.  As we stepped on the field the drops increased.  Half way through the first inning we almost called the game.  We did call it after two innings.

Funny thing!  Once you are wet you really don’t need shelter.  The other team had been dry during the first inning.  We were beginning to drip freely.

Did we win?  We only needed one!  They won 13 – 3.  Add another 1 to our 3 and we would have been in the running.

I must admit — it was fun.  Days like this are ones you remember!!!

Back again!

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Well, the conference went well.  11 hours travel one way — 11 hours back.  Stopped to see a someone with cancer on the return trip.

Today was a full day of work, as well as grouting the tile in the bathroom and setting up for other renovations.  Tomorrow is a BBQ and ballgame.

All in the life of a pastor.  Not a bad life!

Winnipeg here we come

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Churches get together as churches.  Or at least, some from each church.

That’s what happens these next few days.  I’m off to our district conference.  I’ll enjoy talking to other pastors and lay people.  I’ll serve as secretary for the business sessions.  And I’ll drive four other pastors to and from the conference.

What excites me the most?  All of it!  I love business sessions.  I love talking to other pastors (we’re cooped up in a van for 10 hours — I better like the chance to chat!).  OK, the secretary thing isn’t exactly my first love, but I’ll be glad to work for those who make up this gathering.

So, this space may be dead for a few days — I’ll check and see if I can get on the internet.  If so, I’ll keep you updated!!

The bathroom!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

In our basement we have a bathroom.

Not an ordinary bathroom

No — this one has no toilet, no cabinets and no door. 

Why, you ask?  Or maybe you don’t ask, but I will tell you.

We are renovating.  Today we put on the last coat of paint — yellow that shines in the light and invites company.  Tomorrow we will put down flooring — linoleum that has beautiful squares imitating tile.  And the cabinets will be returned to their proper place.

So, if you are coming to visit, wait!!  At least until the bathroom is back in working order.