It appears that I have neglected posting here for a few past days, and for that I apologize several times over… to the 3 people who read this.
I have been quite busy the past several days. Last Thursday was the church’s Thanksgiving dinner. It was quite crowded. Me and Gary went walking about the Liberty while most people were partaking of the turkey and festivities. He hasn’t seen the progress that has been made on the building for the past several months. So I showed him around. And then we went down to the madness that was dinner. Ok, it wasn’t exactly madness. There were mass people crammed into the lobby area, though… like sardines in a can. ‘Twas warm and muggy to say the least. The unexpected monsoon outside helped none too much in making the experience less…. moist.
But it was not a bad experience. Me and Gary just hung out most of the night… talking about upcoming teachings that were immenent in both our lives – mine on the Triforce Weekend the next day and he on Sunday at The Connexion. Finally, the line for he buffet-style meal reduced to an adequate size, so we got on. Happily, there was still much holiday food stuffs remaining as we, the last ones on line, arrived at the food-distribution area. What made it even a more splendid experience was seeing Jenn and Sarah there, spoons in hand, ready to serve us. And I let them know of my approval of this situation. Twice.
So we ate, and as we were eating, most of the people went upstairs to the auditorium for the second wing of the night’s festivities. We (me and Gary) stayed in the lobby, me with my MacBook and he with his Inspiron, and began typing. I was a wee nervous because there was much notes to type before I had to present this teaching the following night at 8pm at the Triforce’s Advanced Leadership Training Seminar. So we typed. The night ended and the hoards of people flooded back into the lobby, making their exit. Eventually we were kicked off the table, as it had to be broken down and put away. So we went to Starbucks.
Now, I am no large fan of the Starbucks. I think I have been there less than 4 times in my life. I still do not fully comprehend the broken English that is their menu. I went up to the lady at the register and said, “I want one of those big vanilla cold drink things.” She processed and confirmed my order in Starbuckese, and me, not knowing if she confirmed my true order, took a gamble and said, “Yeah, sure.” Well, she got it right. And I was happy… until I found out you have to pay T-Mobile for WiFi access there. Eh, not the end of the world. We typed until closing and then parted ways.
I took off of work on Friday. There’s something about Paid Time Off that just makes the sun shine a little brighter and the air feel a wee bit crisper. It was glorious. I began typing my teaching notes again around 9am and ended about 3:15pm. Then I had to shower, get dressed, get packed, go to Liberty and make a few hundred photocopies, and go to the store all before I had to meet the bus at 5pm. The pressure was on.
Well, I made it by about 5:10/5:15pm. So the bus was still there and all was well. I ended up going up in the van with Carlos and we spoke of some things and I graded a survey I gave to the youth attending that I would use as a part of my teaching later that night. There was large quantity of traffic on all major highways getting to Camp Tecumseh, so we were delayed by a good hour, but we made it.
When we arrived, I got right to work creating slides for the presentation since I had no time at home and Michael didn’t charge the laptop battery for the car-ride up there. I finished the notes with about 15 minutes before I had to teach it… My [final] title was The Great Dichotomy of Our Modern Culture. It dealt with worldviews and living a Christian life and the concept of Truth and other such things. I enjoyed it. Spoke for a full hour and 36 minutes. I was told to keep it to an hour. 🙂 I think those who were in the seminar enjoyed it… at least some of them. The results of the survey really made an impact with them. Perhaps I will post the results here later on. It was anonymous, so no one should mind.
The next day I was with the Discovery Retreat people. I taught the morning session – about unwrapping your spiritual gifts, Ali taught the afternoon, and Janelle was in charge of the night. The three of us decided that we want to revamp the whole thing. Re-write the teachings, keeping what is good and removing what is not-so-good, and adding what is missing. I like this Discovery leadership team. I think we’ll make this series a real thing of beauty by the time we’re done.
We got home around 8:30pm. Probably left the parking lot around 9, by the time the last parent got there. But, of course, every youth worker knows, just as I told Jenn, “When the trip is over, that’s when the real work begins.” And so we unloaded the van in the various places it needed to be unloaded, we returned the van and got Carlos’ car, and then went to 7-Eleven for some hot chocolate since is was so FREAKIN COLD that night. I’m talking hypothermia if there was much more exposure to the elements. We finished and I was home by around 11:30. I came home and can’t remember much of what happened. I think I just passed out from exhaustion.
And then church the next day. Setup at 8:30am, of which I was alone for the first half hour… which I will have to deal with later on. And then the regular routine of Sunday took over. I left at 4 from the high school. A few of us went to the diner afterwars for some dinner, and then I was home around 5:30. Jimmy and Danielle and company were there and I just chilled all night and didn’t do much.
I’ve been listening to a lot of teachings by people like Rob Bell about Sabbath. The more I hear about it and understand the more I like the concept. I guess God really did know what he was doing when he made that 4th Commandment. So the past few weeks I have made Sunday after church a Sabbath for me. No work. No creating anything. Just be. It’s nice. I’d like to make the whole of Saturday a Sabbath, but we shall see.
Ok, this is obnoxiously long, and probably only the hardcore committed one of the three readers will get this far, so I take my leave. I believe this makes up for not positng for three days.
Until next time…