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This Week in Ministry

Sunday 5/20

  • Had an okay worship: preached on Pentecost with a German + audience participation rendering of the scripture. Lots of people away.
  • Welcomed Jennifer Beeks (Family Community Resource Center Director at Orchards Elementary School) to speak at our potluck. Shared about her work and the kids that will be coming to us through Project Transformation. I am amazed at the work FCRCs do and I am deeply concerned about how much we as a society expect out of our public schools.

Monday 5/21

  • Visited with a local benefactor about the possibility of bringing a laundry ministry to the church.
  • Visited with folks from Council for the Homeless about reviving the Village Support Network-a great and creative program from a now-defunct agency.
  • Both of these meetings involved working connections and dreaming up new ways for people to collaborate. It’s one of my favorite things about ministry and I feel a particular knack at it.

Tuesday 5/22

  • Took the kids with me to “Covington Breakfast” a bi-weekly breakfast we host for a local YoungLife chapter. Watched 3 members feed 30 kids while they got a good support and challenge from a teacher-mentor. Took some names so we can pray for them over the summer break.
  • Took the rest of the day off as a “mental-health day”.

Wednesday 5/23

  • Late start day at kids’ school meant a late, quick but productive office morning. Worked on getting things ready for the summer with Project Transformation. Best part was discovering that we had raised all the money for our buy-in to host the program.
  • Had a lazy but good time with my lunch buddy at Orchards Elementary.
  • Really miffed that I missed the Evergreen Faith-Based Coffee.

Thursday 5/24

  • Did a lot of worship prep for the coming weeks. Genesis is no slouch y’all.
  • Spent the afternoon with the Council for the Homeless as they prepare an update to their Homeless Action Plan. Have a promising follow-up to get out Tuesday connecting a new contact to work being done through Faith Partners for Housing group.
  • Had a late-for-us training session for Project Transformation. Tough having to take kids when it’s their bedtime but they really did great. It’s crunch time for us with volunteers and registrations.

Friday 5/25

  • Had a great day off with my little buddy. Can’t believe how big he’s getting. And I love him to pieces. Road bikes all morning and spent time at the library. He’s so charming and funny and smart.
  • Had a great rest of the day off after picking up our second grader. She’s so intriguing. Seems to absorb all things around her. She’s a ponderer with a sneaky silly side and keen fashion sense.

Saturday 5/26

  • Long day with the kids. Washed the van, enjoyed more park time and cleaned the house. Went to the airport early to watch planes land and wait for Mommy.
  • Wife came home from a long week at Festival of Homiletics. Everyone is happy!

This Week in Ministry

This week, as a pastor, I…

  • shared the sermon time with a lady from Clark County Food Bank,
  • helped teenagers look for God in times of uncertainty,
  • turned in application for Leadership Clark County, moved family time to make room for an interview,
  • helped a dude get clothes,
  • read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, talked about it with colleagues,
  • sorted frozen meats for the food bank, revisited my Reynaud’s disease,
  • had two lunches with church leaders regarding my Individual Development Plan,
  • talked about sacraments in the context of God’s covenant with humanity through the church,
  • attended a community forum of affordable housing.

It’s been a good week.

This Week in Ministry (for last week)

This week, as a pastor I…

  • talked about the future of children’s ministry at Orchards,
  • considered Psalm 139 with teenage boys,
  • sorted goods at the food bank,
  • thought about hunger in its many forms,
  • created an Individual Development Plan for myself and my work as a pastor,
  • read David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell,
  • talked about Adam & Eve, the imago dei, original sin and Baptism,
  • gathered support for my application to Leadership Clark County

Overall, it was a good week.

This Week in Ministry

This past week, as a pastor, I…

  • ate pancakes with 8 middle school boys I didn’t really know.
  • joined 7 seniors and a young adult in contemplating what it means to be a good church member.
  • consulted with 5 church members about recent vision work.
  • ate chili.
  • perused and studied (indulged) pop culture offerings from 1988.
  • tried to take good care of the church property.

…all in all, it was a good week.

This Week in Ministry

This week, as a pastor, I…

  • Considered what teenage boys need to know about God,
  • Taught about how to pray for San Bernadino,
  • Completed my last task (a thank you letter) for a now defunct congregation,
  • Met a homeless mom with 5 kids, a minivan and a surprisingly easy smile,
  • Wondered how to teach generosity in the year to come,
  • Encountered a man who had slept out in the pouring rain,
  • Learned how to add audio to ProPresenter5,
  • Moved two project meetings to January, reluctantly,
  • Completed 1 of 4 items to make the congregation more receptive of visitors.

There were a lot of distractions this week. But it seems to have been productive, nevertheless.

This Week in Ministry

This week in ministry, I…

  • passed out chocolate kisses,
  • drank beer and ate pizza,
  • scrubbed urinals at the shelter,
  • hung up garland poorly,
  • wrote to the Bishop,
  • read a book on my phone,
  • thought a lot about John the Baptist,
  • wondered what to say or do about terrorism and gun violence,
  • recruited parishioners for a new ministry.

Things are getting busier, but most of what there is to do seems important. It was a good week.