Number 7

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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Number 6

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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Number 5

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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Number 4

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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Number 3

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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Number 2

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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I’m Looking for Comments

I’m putting together some – possible – advertising for St. Andrew’s. I’d like to get people’s comments on them… and see if you’ve got some other suggestions that I can build on… before I take them to the board. So – for each one – what does it say to you about St. Andrew’s United Church? Does it seem to be directed at you? If not, who does it feel like its directed to? Do you like it – or not? (Why would be helpful.) Thanks!

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Saturday…

good – and long!

This morning, I headed over to the church (yes – I know its my day off… I’m comping on Monday!), to help the group put the sanctuary back together afer we moved things around for last week’s concert. (On Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening, the Langely Ukulele Ensemble had Christmas concerts. Ok, Ok… I know you’re thinking, “UKULELE ENSEMBLE”? What?!?! Actually, it was fantastic… and completely outside of anything anyone would expect.)

I had hoped to get a floorplan together, but ran out of time this week. I’ve instigated some pretty major church furnishing changes with this little move. Rather than having the choir pews (which are at the front of the sanctuary) brought back in, we’re using movable seating. The ‘modesty screens’ weren’t put back in.

From my perspective, it means that the front of the sanctuary is far less ‘heavy’ and structured. It also means, that in future, it will be much easier for us to clear or move the front of the sanctuary… and we’ve got far easier access to be able to set up screens when I’m using slides or the digital projector.

Having said that, I know that there are people in the congregation… and ‘specially in the choir… who are going to be unhappy with the changes. So… tomorrow… I’m going to call the ‘Six Week Hold’. (“This is a six week experiment. I am asking you to keep your comments – both negative and/or positive – to yourself for six weeks. At the end of that time, I give you my word that you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts with me, with Worship & Sacraments and with Property about what we’ve done. Those thoughts will be part of our decision makeing about what to do next.)

I came home, worked on doing some last minute preparaions for our open house, made lunch for the three of us… and headed back to the church to be a ‘supportive presence’ during the decorating. (I didn’t actually do anything. By the time I got there, most everything was done – and the folks who were doing the decorating knew far better than I about what is expected in Advent & Christmas decorations. The tree is beautiful!

Then I picked up a couple of armloads of dry firewood and headed back to the house. Shannon & Rowan and I ad made an invitation to the congregation to come and join us at the manse for an afternoon open house of apple cider and cookies. We wanted to give the congregation a chance to come and see that we’re settling in, and offer them some of our own hospitality. Over the three and a half hours we had almost 40 people come and join us.

The fire was great. The cranberry-apple cider was delicious. The conversation was fun.

We’re tired… and tomorrow – its worship and then off to Rowan’s first dance school (she’s taking Scottish dancing) Christmas cèilidh.

Then Monday… oh day of blessed rest. *grin*

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My Writing

has been in other places, lately.

One of the things I’ve come to realize about many people with whom I’ve come into contact in the church is both the lack of and the desire to enter into reflection and prayer around scripture.

I started working with the members of the church board (the ‘Elders’). They have a number of responsibilities to their ‘Youngers’. (That’s what they call them here – I love it. One Elder has a Younger who is 50 years older than they are. *chuckle*) I gave each of them the list of their youngers, with a simple prayer for their well-being attached.

I know I shouldn’t be, but I’ve been really surprised at the response. One member put the names of his youngers on the splash page of his cell phone, so he’d have them in front of him every time he opened his phone. Another, for whom formal prayer has been quite foreign, was found by their partner standing in front of their fridge (where the list had been posted), eyes scanning the list, talking with God.

So… I took on a new project – the creation of a ‘Daily Scripture and Prayer’ pamphlet. It’s based on the Consultation on Common Text’s new daily lectionary. The brocheur is an insert in our bulletin, each Sunday morning, and is posted at our website. Once again, I’m overwhelmed with the response. Over the past wek, I’ve had 13 people come to tell me how helpful the pamphlet is… and how they’re hoping that it will continue.

Well, it *is* going to continue. Three other ministers in the Presbytery have signed up to take part. In return, I’ll create a .PDF file with the pamphlet specific to their congregation (about 45 seconds of work!). At the moment, that means I will only have to write one out of every four. (And I’m hoping that other UCCan types will decide to join on, too.)

So – here’s the one for this week (.PDF alert!). Next week’s will be posted on Sunday.

I’ve had a slew of prayers/calls to worship and other stuff in Gathering… and am writing an article for Clergy Journal – but I haven’t had much time for the ‘creative writing’/short story stuff that I enjoy.

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What Difference Do Any of Us Make?

(I posted this at the WonderCafe… and thought I’d post it here, so I wouldn’t forget it!)

One drop from the sky goes ‘splish’ on my head…. and I look up.

One-hundred drops from the sky go ‘splosh’ on my head… and I wonder where I left my hat.

One-hundred thousand drops from the sky go ‘splooosh’ on my head… and
I might as well dance in the rainstorm, because I’m not going to get
dry until I head inside.

One million drops from the sky go ‘splash’ on my head, and on the land around me… and things have a chance to grow.

In my lifetime, I hope that I’ll have a few hundred… maybe even a couple of thousand – ‘drops’ of making a difference.

Add that to yours.

And to the person beside you.

And to the person… well… you get the picture.

And… for those of us who come out of a faith perspective… add to that Divine difference…

“Splash”… and things have a chance to grow.

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