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Swithching over to WordPress

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I’m making the switch.

This blog runs on a program called fusion publisher.  Lately I’ve been looking for a few more things.  And I’ve been encouraged by a cheaper rate.  All if I switch to a program called WordPress.

Now, this is whole new ground for me.  So, if the blog disappears, or doesn’t do everything you expect, or looks different — bear with me.  Hopefully things will go smoothly.  Or not!

The youth of our elders!

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Every week I get an email of the ministry tool box of Rick Warren .  Rick is the Purpose Driven life guy — not the "New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose" (Eckhart Tolle) guy.  NOTE:  For those of you who are reading bestsellers — the previous sentence reflects that fact that two bestseller books in the last decade have focused on purposeful lives, both with totally different views.

Reading to the bottom of  "the ministry tool box" you find quotes.  Often they are mundane or on a topic of "non-interest".  But sometimes my funny bone is tickled.  Today’s email had such an effect on me.  Here’s the quote:

 "Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened." – Jennifer Yane.

Now, I think that goes for 16 year olds, and for 96 year olds.  I just think when  you are 96, it takes you longer to wonder what happened!!


Those forwards!

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Every once in a while I open a FW from someone’s email.  And every once in a while I surprised.  There may be some funny photos or funny phrases or even a provocative thought.  But more often than not I use the delete button.  Email is becoming obsolete, or at best very focused.

I think that’s why most people are going to text messaging.  You really can’t forward something.  It’s immediate and personal (at least until someone finds out how to send spam through text messages).  We don’t use IM (or MSN) much anymore.  And emails are a hassle even with spam cleaners on your internet servers.  That was the assessment of my sister whose two teenage daughters are on the cusp of this continued information revolution.

Now, I’m just waiting to see what will be the next wave of the future.  How will we stay immediately in touch?  Or will we decide to restrict our contact?  I was sitting with someone at coffee, and they received and answered a text mail.  Maybe not as obvious as a cell phone, but still somewhat distracting.  Is it good etiquette to disregard a text mail?  Or do we need to keep all things ordered in our world every second of every day?

I wonder how my grandmother survived contact wiith her family when the mail would take weeks to arrive and weeks to be sent?  Did that push her to focus more on a few people instead of a large crowd?  In that case, Saturday night on main street with the local residents may have both a highlight and a stress reliever. 

How much information can we process at one time?  Have we become such control freaks that we constantly require the latest piece of communication so we are not left out of something that is totally irrelevant to our lives?  Is just taking a holiday from information going to save our lives?? 

Pie making and planning

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Just down the road an hour!  fThree sisters and one sister-in-law.  Making pies.

How good is that!!

OK, so tthe pies were going into the freezer for a 90th birthday celebration August 9th.  But the aroma was heavenly, the talk enjoyable and the busyness hectic!  Here’s a picture of the action — sorry, Heather, you really are there — just tucked in behind!!

The fun of food

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and vegetables.  Topped with a cherry cheesecake.  Now, that’s a meal. 

And that’s just lunch.  With 16 workers from a construction site next door.  Bet you wish you were here!!

Quick trips and children's finale

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This morning it was off to Saskatoon, a two hour drive.  We took along a friend who had an appointment (she was done in minutes).  Jill also had an appointment with the pacemaker clinic.  The technicians enjoyed their time with her.  The new pacemaker is a model they had not seen before. 

There were tests of the pacemaker to check its abilities.  They were also able to delete some functions that took up extra battery power.  Jill should last for another ten years — right into her senior years!  A miracle, should this come to pass!

Then we rushed home and literally walked into a banquet and program for our children’s AWANA program.  Over 100 attended — just enough spaghetti and meat sauce!  Great to see kids who work hard, play hard and have fun.  Of course, we leaders realize spring is here — they are a little rambunctious!!

And now, we are preparing for rest!

Overcoming weariness

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

A number of people around me are weary.  Weary in well doing.  Weary in just doing!

Tonight a committee met to discuss our educational direction.  Our church has dedicated workers, but too few.  And yet, often the vision of a new outreach, or a significant impact can reform and excite us.  We tried to think outside the box.  Even to just understand the confines of the box.

We are still weary.  But hopefully in a week’s time, when we meet again, we will know the box better.  And perhaps have enough of a view of the horizon we can sail into the sunset (love the use of cliche and metaphor — they combine well to make up an understandable picture!).

Twice around the block!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Each day brings new experiences.  One experience is just waking with breath flowing into your lungs.  I heard of someone today, a relation of a friend, who breathed their last breath.  So, I’m thankful.

Another experience is being able to walk around the block.  And today, as my wife and I traversed the block, I sensed enough strength to go another.  That is an added bonus.  And a sign that these knees of mine are healing.  Perhaps this week I’ll progress so that another block will be tranversed.  The day may arrive when I can walk the whole town.

But, it’s all one step at a time.  That’s where I started today, and where I’ll start tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day . . .

Foodbank banquet

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Along with 45 others, I ate.  Then I heard about food.

Those who have, and those who don’t.  In Kindersley we do have people who find no food in the pantry.  Their rent, the gas for the car, the prescriptions add up.  And nothing is left.  So they come, many humiliated that they must ask.

The foodbank gives, and hopes to find ways in which they can address the greater issues. Richard Sevigny and Barbe Dunn both presented the needs.  Now the question is, what further can we do as the community of Kindersley?  Will we see those who are in need?  Will we find ways to address those needs? Are our efforts to date sufficient?  How much more needs to be done?

The Future Church

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada puts out an occasional pastoral letter.  Most deal with the trends in the church, as he sees them.  The latest is on "The Future Church".

Probably the most interesting question he addresses is "Questions Three:  If the youth of today become the board of elders of tomorrow (way past ten years from now), how will they change the church?"

A lot of interesting answers in this part of the letter.  Things like letting the church be messy, being humble, grassroots.  A redefinition of success —  the church more as an alternate society than being relevant — since relevant seems to mean being like the rest of our culture.

One statement of interest — "Music will continue to be important.  One leader said that gyms will not be as important for the next church as recording studios."