Sunday, January 8, 2012


Have I mentioned lately how much I love my life? I began to teach a new class today, and the first one went very well. It was a good group, and good discussion. I'm looking forward to next week. Daughter had a good day, too. She has been helping in the nursery some, and I heard today that she is a great helper down there and they love having her do it. The woman who coordinates the volunteers wanted to know if it was okay to ask Daughter to help, and if she could ask her more frequently. I told her to go for it.
We had a visitor in worship this morning who is looking for a new church. She discovered that two of her friends are members here, so she stayed for the fellowship meal and spent time visiting an catching up with them. I have two other women who have been attending who are ready to become members.
Two women who don't know one another very well and haven't been real active in the church (in both cases, their husbands are much more active and regular in their attendance) were talking during the fellowship meal. One just retired, and the other has cut back to 4 days a week. They decided they are going to co-chair a craft show they want to start at the school in the fall. Both are very artistic, and will do a good job.
We were downstairs in the freshly painted fellowship hall for the meal. Everyone was amazed at the difference and loved the new color. The men will be back downstairs tomorrow to finish the work, and the leftovers from today's meal were left in the refrigerators for lunches this week. We'll eat well with with lasagna, salad, and bread.
I took Daughter to the mall on the other side of town to spend a gift card Sister gave her for Christmas. She got some amazing deals, including a pair of jeans for $1.97. They will need to be shortened, but at that price, we'll shorten them. I took Daughter back, and she thanked me for a good day. She had her touchy moments with the shopping, but over all it was a very positive visit. Very positive. I'll see her again at her doctor's appointment on Wednesday.
It's going to be another busy week at the church. I'll be at the church 4 nights in a row, and most days I have at least 3 commitments. I'm going to have planning meetings at the church and for the judicatory, and I'll also have time with colleagues as well. I'm mentoring a young woman on Wednesday, and will meet with denominational colleagues for lunch at an educational event on Tuesday. Thursday I'm meeting with an ecumenical group of pastors in this immediate area. We have two medical social workers in the congregation, and they're going to lead a workshop on dealing with issues of aging for members Tuesday night. I think we've had over 30 people say they plan to attend. I love the variety of things I will be involved with this week, and throughout the week the property guys will be working around the building, stopping in to chat about issues large and small while they're there. It will be fun.
I've decided I'm going to get a few things done this evening to get a head start on the week. I'm not going to rush into the office tomorrow, as I have two evening meetings. It's going to be a busy week, and a good one. I love my life.


maeve said...

You know what, I think you're over the hump, you and Daughter.

Your last few posts have been so wonderful and encouraging.

I almost wished I lived in your town. I'm not a church woman, as you know, but it would be fun to be there. Maybe I'll look around here. Recovering Catholics are in abundance here.

Anonymous said...

So GLAD for a good start (in ministry and also w/your daughter) for 2012 -- I actually went back to your archives of Jan 2011 to see some of the changes this year! One question: what on earth is a judicatory? It likely goes by another name in our church ... Rachel in SL

Reverend Mom said...

I think you're right, though Daughter would probably disagree-- the house manager doesn't know what I need to do to get money to Daughter, and they're taking her for more bloodwork tomorrow morning-- they screwed up Saturday.

It's the regional body that oversees local congregations. The year is off to a great start, and I'm very grateful.