Archive for September, 2007

Concert Tonight!

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Thursday closed with a dress rehearsal.  All the songs were played/sung through.  The sound system was EQed and the chairs are set.

Now all we need are people.

So, if at 7:30 tonight you need a place to be come to the Kindersley Alliance Church, 74 West Road in Kindersley. 

The concert is free (free will donations are accepted).  The music is great.  A night out on the town!!

See you there!

New Babies

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

New skin, small limbs and innocent smiles. 

That was the blessing I looked upon today.  Twice in the last two weeks I’ve been happened upon children — new born — and their parents. 

Both mothers are first time birth-givers.  As I look at the new child, the mother is beaming.  She has gone through the last months uncomfortably, with the day of delivery heightening that discomfort.  But now . . . a child is born and smiles abound.  Today’s father was just beaming.  Couldn’t stop smiling.  Effusive in his joy is not an overstatement.

Oh, there will be days to come — when they will wish the day would go quickly.  But, the first day is a happy one, with the promise of many more to come.  So, I prayed for health and a good life.  God is good!

Our son is back!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Tim arrived in Saskatoon at midnight.  The drive home was uneventful (no deer or other wildlife to disturb the ride!).  In bed by 3:00 am.

Now, I’m writing this at lunch as we put together schedules and the general arrangements upon arrival back.  Looks like he is here for almost two months.  The next few days he’ll slip up to Edmonton to care for some business.  Thanksgiving there is a family reunion.  Perhaps a few classes he would like to take while he’s here.  And then back on board ship by mid-November.

Good to have him here.

Kindersley Inter-church Golf Tournament

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

21 golfers.  Great lunch.  Prizes galore.

The day started at 10:05 with 5 flights of golfers.  Nine holes later, playing best ball, and one team comes in with a 38 — the winning score.

My knees were a little sore, so I was assigned official photographer.  Here’s one of those pictures — who is really up to hit the golf ball?

Powerpoint at the ready!

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

I’m having fun today as I prepare my sermon for Sunday.

The sermon will be shorter.  There are a number of prompters to worship besides the sermon.  So, I’m punching twice as much into the sermon — using additional powerpoint "oomph!"

What do I find so interesting?  Over the past few years I’ve taken a number of photographs.  This powerpoint will feature a number of those pictures.  People, things, landscapes, workshops — just the type of portraits that will hopefully give an added perspective. 

Tomorrow?  A final run through — revamping of the sermon script.  Possibly revamping the powerpoint.

By the way, have you heard of a new sport dubbed pecha-kucha (Japanese for “chatter”).  You use powerpoint:  a simple set of rules – exactly 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. 14 presenters going head to head in an evening "competition".  Might be something church youth groups could explore??

Getting older?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

A few days ago I was labelled a senior.

Not that I really mind.  I am into my 50’s.  But then, I’m not 93, like one of my friends. 

I guess I still figure being over 60 is senior.  Or even over 65.  At least I can get a pension at that age.

So what does "seniorism" bring?  A slower lifestyle — you can’t go as fast as you used to even if you wanted to.  A mature approach — some people call this getting ripe.  A heightened sensitivity — there’s more points of pain the older you get.

OK, so that doesn’t sound so good.  But, deep down I actually like my age and my skin.  Now, if I could just get more hair!

Staging

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Somedays you forget!

In a past life, I coordinated a number of drama productions.  They ranged from skits to full length productions with flats and blocking, scene changes and full staging.

Tonight I felt back into it!  We needed a small stage area for a drum set in an upcoming concert.  The size was inconsequential.  Here I was once again smelling the wood and putting together a platform.  Old days flood back.  Seeing a stage built four feet high to serve as a "radio station".  Complete staging around a large platform to provide a running area for the actors behind the action.

When you’ve seen what can be done, you seldom stop at merely adequate.

So tonight, for three hours I worked on a small 6′ x 6′ platform that will be solid enough for drums, should absorb the rhythm, and is heavy enough to strain my back. 

But all in all — it will work!!

Our son heads home next week!

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Just got a call this afternoon.

Tim is headed home next Sunday.  It will probably be late in the evening when he arrives in Saskatoon.  He’s here for two months. 

Now that we have a date, I’m excited that he will be back with us soon. 

Teen Challenge

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Tonight was a story of release from drug addiction.

Teen Challenge is a faith based international drug addiction rehabilitation program.  A high result rate – in the 80% range.  Six men were there who have been in or through the program.  The regional director, Serge LeClerc, also came.

My impression, as I write this a 11:00 in the evening?

There is a youth and even adult culture which too easily succumbs to drugs.  And it’s not the "down and outs".  How do we prevent this — from both a governmental and a church base?  Certainly we as the church need to actively seek out youth.  As a government we need to allow faith based programs to function with our blessing, if not our dollars.

I’m sure there is more to consider, but right now I’m off to bed!!

How we think!

Friday, September 14th, 2007

This morning I’m opening the brown sugar container.

There is a label on the outside.  Two containers look exactly the same so I always look for the label.

As I’m opening the container, I’m still looking to see the label.  Finally, I’m staring at the contents.  My mind is still asking — "Is this brown sugar?".  My head is swivelling, twisting to see the label on the other side.

And right in front of my eyes?  Brown sugar inside the container.  Right in plain sight!

I guess we think a label is better than the real thing!!