Archive for May, 2009

Ezekiel bread

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Never tried it before.  Will try it again.  You can pick up the recipe off the internet by just entering “Ezekiel Bread”.

Our youth group were challenged to obey God regardless of how unexpected things would be.  This is the case with Ezekiel, an Old Testament prophet.  He was very dramatic and certainly unpredictable (actually God was unpredictable, Ezekiel just followed through).  We talked about not getting enough exercise (he was lying on his one side for 390 days!), about small portions of food he ate, and cooking over a cow dung fire.

All good illustrations to remind us that we should do what God asks us to do, regardless of how weird things may seem!!

International worker

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

What fun!

We heard about Mexico.  We heard about God’s love.  We heard about the trials and the great times.

Good stuff!  Almost makes me want to venture down south!!

Book-ending a meeting

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

OK, this is not about about reading.  Neither is it about ending a meeting by overwhelming someone with the latest novel.

Today I as off to Rosetown (down the road) for a meeting.  As it happened, I have relatives there.  So I arranged for a meeting before and one after.

Then on the way home, I also stopped in to see one of our parishioners.  Having left at 8:00 in the morning, I arrived back in time for supper at 5:45.  This almost feels like the commute some people take to get to work at 9:00 and home by 5:00.  I guess I enjoy having a five minute drive to and from work.

The business meeting went well.  The relative meetings went well.  The “drop in” meeting also went well.  Well, well, well!  Deep subject!

Very punny!

Back home and still moving!!

New Members join

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

May 24, 2009 we received three new members into the Kindersley Alliance church.  Rachel and Curtis Kornelson and Janelle Schellenberg are pictured below.  The white haired ones are our elders and the baby . . . just an added benefit!!  Congratulations!

new members May 24, 2009

Home again!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

My wife is back!

She enjoyed the few days away at the grandkids (and their parents as well!).  The time was busy helping with an active 3 year old and a new born. Washing was done, meals made and dishes washed.  The fun is in being together.  That certainly was enjoyable.

I’m glad to have Jill back.  Now, on to the mundane!!

Alli and kids May 2009

Garage Sales

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Somehow this year has not been kind to garage sales.

Just last week it seemed we were destined for winter all over again.  Snow on the grass and chill in the air.  Then a dust storm that blew an empty semi trailer truck over.  Finally, gray skies but no visible signs of downpours of rain.

We almost despaired of summer. 

But today!

Yes, today we saw the garage sale signs begin to appear and the sun shine it’s smile upon us.  Across the street from our church children’s toys and clothes appeared alongside a Whirlpool washing machine.   A card table held the change box.  With no whisper of a breeze I wandered over to see what there was to see.  Lots to see but nothing I wanted to buy.

The bank account remains intact, the sun is shining and life is good!!

Museum Visit

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

A while back I was given some brochures and letters to drop off at the local museum.  Time passes much to quickly, and today, being my day off in lieu of the “statuatory holiday” this week, I finally got around to it.

The local museum keepers were glad to see me.  Not so much for the materials I was bringing!  There was a project they wanted my help on. 

So, for most of the day I have been transferring over local histories done on cassette tapes to digital format / CD’s.  I’ve basically set the recorder in motion and gone on to other things.  Meanwhile, six of the sessions are now complete (anywhere up to an hour each).  That still leaves at least nine to go!

Thankfully this is a project that doesn’t need to be done tomorrow.  And wait it will have t0.  I’ve got a floor hockey game tonight!!

One of those meetings!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I attended a meeting for our local drug and alcohol awareness strategy team.  We started slowly – we had an hour time frame to work with.  We reviewed previous information we had discussed; reports were given on progress.

Then, one of those serendipity things happened.  A member mentioned a ridiculous idea.  One of the members mulled it over.  Then another.  Soon the idea took a reasonable shape.

And all of a sudden people sat up in their chairs.  They began to see timelines and possibilities that had been merely concepts until then.  By the end of the meeting we were walking away with assigned homework and an expectation that was unexpected when we arrived.

Now, that’s what I call a meeting.

Spontaneous

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Our seniors group met today.  Around 45 of them.  All set to hear from our local RCMP staff sargent. 

He was called out on an emergency and could not make it.

I’m left leading a meeting with a “hole” of about 30 – 45 minutes.  Once I explained that to the group, we ate slowly, sang favourites and generally sat back and relaxed.

Not a bad approach.   Those present will probably remember the meeting because it was totally unexpected.  That’s often the way our memories are best built.  We tend to remember the unusual. 

So, perhaps today, we built some good memories.  May that be true!!

A story

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I sat with a young friend and her family over lunch yesterday.  I had learned recently that she is writing a book. 

I’m personally interested in writing.  I’ve been a part of a writer’s group and have taken courses in writing.  I write this blog regularly.  I prepare sermons.  I have served in an administrative role where reports are constantly required.  I love words and their meanings.

So . . . I enquired about the book. 

What was the plot?  She mentioned that it stretched over an eight year period, was about a young couple and their life.

I probed a bit for further information.  To which I received that classic line of all good writers.

“You’ll have to read the book!”

So . . . she’s got my order!