On Saturday Sarah and I traveled to Jackson, MS, to tell her parents that we have been matched with a little baby boy! He will be born in early June, in Utah, and we cannot wait to meet him. The day was spent driving, celebrating, and calling friends and loved ones to tell them the good news.
On Sunday I celebrated and preached at both the 8:30 and 10:30 services. This year we did the Great Litany for both services, though we only chanted at the 10:30. I preached on the Gospel (Mark 1:91-5), and spoke about how Jesus was a man of action; he didn’t wait around for someone else to make a move, he lead from the front. I announced to the congregation that Sarah and I will be adopting a baby boy, and smiled as big as I ever have as the congregation applauded our good news.
Today was another busy day, spent emailing, phoning and meeting with different people. I met with two community leaders, and made arrangements for next week’s trip to Tupelo to attend the Bridges Out of Poverty seminar.
For a long time I have wanted to keep a journal, similar to Bishop Gray’s in the Episcopalian. It has always been one of those things that’s fallen to the bottom of the list, week after week, month after month…but I did not want it to turn into year after year. Using Lent as my motivation, I have endeavored to keep a daily journal of what I do. I will start with Ash Wednesday, and hopefully go beyond Easter. For those who do not have internet access I will gather all my posts at the end of the month and send them through the mail.
February 22, 2012 – Ash Wednesday
Arrived at the church at 7:00am, prepared for Ash Wednesday Services. Had three services today, at 7:30am, 12:00 and 6:00pm. Overall attendance was fantastic; nearly eighty people were present to receive the ashes. Began reading the Gospel of Mark as part of the Bishop’s Gospel Challenge, took care of several mailings/communications, and made arrangements for a tour to come through the old rectory.
February 23, 2012 – Thursday
I’m still learning how to use Word Press to edit our website. I hope to do these entries as separate posts instead of repeatedly editing this page.
This morning I started working on a huge pile of paperwork that’s built up over time. I returned several phone calls, finalized the Lenten bulletins, and had a conference call. I had lunch with Sarah, then came back to office to prepare for the class I was to teach at the Spring Initiative. Met with a parishioner, took a phone call of someone in need, walked to CPU to pay her utility bill, met with a community leader, taught at Spring Initiative, went to New Covenant to visit with Habitat Group from Illinois, went to Ramon’s to pick up supper, and came home.
But I hope and pray it won’t be a long time gone. I have been meaning to update our website for well over a year, and I have finally taken the time to learn how to do it. What you see here are just the basics; as I learn and as I teach my support staff (Debbie) the website will grow and hopefully get better. It is a work in progress, and as such I invite your input. Let me know what you would like to see, what you don’t want to see, and what tools and or helpful items we can add to the site. Don’t be shy; without your input, the website will not be a true reflection of the people it represents.