May Already?

Wow, a lot has happened since I last posted.

First we had a great time in Lincoln.  It was cold, but my body felt better – go figure!

I came home and we’ve decided to move back to Lincoln.  It will probably be within a year, but God willing, things will work out sooner.

I quit my job at the church.  So many things played into this decision but mostly it was for my health.  I was tired of working and going to bed only to get up for work the next day.  And spend the weekend in bed so I could survive the next week.  Not much of a life and dealing with what I had to deal with there, it wasn’t worth my health.  So I am not working.  I’m enjoying not waking up to an alarm clock and I have to make a list of things to do, or I would stay on the couch watching tele.

Hubby’s job will be ending in November/December, so hopefully we will be able to move by then.  We’ll see!!

I had a CT Scan on my lungs on Monday, 5/12 – if my lungs are starting to get affected by the Scleroderma, then I will not be taking  Methotrexate as it compromises the lungs.  Ugh, just when I finally talked myself into it.  LOL … oh well, we’ll see what is in store for me, after I see the Rheumy.

So that is my news, time to go read.  Talk at ya later!!

Tax Day

Those of you that have read this blog for several years now, know that I detest tax day.  I always have to pay  … which is crazy!  But, oh well, such as it is.  I have a friend that is pushing to get rid of the IRS and have a straight tax across the board.  The more I think about it, the more interesting it sound, but it would never work, as those working for the treasury dept. won’t have anything to do and would be out of a job.  As a matter of fact, I think one of hubby’s old girlfriend still works for them.

Today was my first full day at work.  I spent all day doing another job, as she’s on vacation this week.  So, tomorrow should be catch up day for me.  I’m happy I survived the day.  I’m kinda wooped but that is okay.  I still have enough energy to check in with y’all.

It is so sad to hear about the Boston Marathon.  It seams we need to put into affect a system to check every event for any explosives or possible danger.  Sad that it has come to that.  I just hope those in charge do that and make it a standard procedure.

I’ve been working in the finance director’s office all day.  It’s been fun, but it is the first time for the communication’s director to be exposed to me for the day.  I’m talking to myself and giggling as I remembered something to do, then forgetting to do … hah … it was fun, but oh my word…it took me all day to do what the finance director does on Monday.  I’m sure there is something I’ve messed up – hopefully she’ll be able to correct whatever I messed up when she returns.

I’ve changed my desk around and I’m loving it.  I have more room and I don’t have to fold in my desk every night.  So, yes … I’m a happy person with my new desk arrangement.

Well, the meds are kicking in, so I guess I should get ready to go to bed – otherwise, hubby would need to carry me down the hall.

Y’all have a great evening and I’ll talk at ya later.

 

Where have I been?

First off, thank you all for your comments and welcome new readers and followers.  I apologize for the lack of responding to  your comments.  I’ve been trying to do better, however, time just doesn’t allow it.

My neck of the woods has been crazy.  It’s Easter Weekend and we’ve been hopping.  Working more hours than I’d care to admit, but … it’s Easter!!

Last night was the first of six Easter Services at our church.  Very moving!!  Very exciting!!  The drama was from the perspective of Barabbas.  He was the one set free.  Think about that … He was set free so Jesus could die.   Interesting, as Jesus died to save us all.    The Bible doesn’t talk about Barabbas after that.  I guess I’ll need to add, “What happened to Barabbas?” to my list of questions to ask the Father when I get there.  I have so many!!  How about you?

I just love my church!!  I love my job at the church!!  Even though it’s a harried time, it’s still the best time I’ve ever had on a job!!

Elegance in Carson Valley?

We celebrated our volunteers last night.  It was a decadent dessert buffet with cheesecake, brownies, madeleines, red velvet cake balls with white chocolate, strawberries and a chocolate fountain.  We wanted to thank the volunteers in a special way for all they do to make the activities at church happen, all week long.  The theme was Oscar night and the auditorium looked fabulous!

Last year (I wasn’t on staff then), the celebration was a skit by the staff, with the finale being the male pastors lip singing & dancing to NSYNC’s, “Bye Bye Bye.”  So the volunteers were truly looking forward to this year’s event.  They were entertained by our lead pastor as the opening act (have I mentioned that he used to do standup?) … then the headliner was “Nazareth” … .no … not the group … the comedian!  Funny funny stuff!  I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!!

Another long day, another exhausting night, but so definitely worth it!!   I. Love. My. Job.   Oh … and no ticket this time … as hubby drove!!

Great Fun!

Yesterday was one of our assistant’s last day.  We are real sad she’s going, because of her new circumstances, she was only with us for a short time.  As I mentioned before, she has always wanted to do a chair race.  So, yesterday, we did.  It was so fun and so funny!!  Unfortunately, I haven’t asked for permission to post it, but trust me, it was good!

I mentioned to one of my friends that we had a team building moment.  When I reflected on it, it really was a team/trust building moment.  It wasn’t just the assistants in this race, but also the finance director, who is our immediate supervisor.  For her to join in was huge, not just to the one leaving, but to those that are still there.

As much as we missed our pastors this week, we had a great day of laughing, something our lead pastor encourages!  After our race, we all went to lunch for our friend’s farewell.  When she left, our office was quiet, somber really.   After a day of great fun, her walking out the door for the last time, brought us back to the reality that it was her last day working with us.

Thinking back, in my other places of employment, when other co-workers have left their jobs, I have never felt that type of emotional loss.  We became a team in such a short time.  If this is a glimpse of what our team can be, then I am filled with anticipation to see who God brings as her replacement.

 

 

While the cats are away …

All of our pastors and their spouses are gone this week.  In addition there are two staff members of Children’s Ministry also gone this week.  They all seemed to fret over leaving the remaining staff behind (about 10 of us).   I’m thankful my calendar is light … but … it gives me time to dream up things to do while they are gone.

Our one pastor who is quite mischievous was specific on where he wanted his new white board to be installed.  So we were thinking of having someone hold it to the ceiling while I take a picture and send it to him, with the caption of …”How does this look?”

Another thing is filming chair races.  We definitely are going to have chair races before the week is out, it should provide interesting conversation when we send the clip to them while they are gone.

Someone else is going to bring his clubs so we can pretend to play office golf and hit the cups on the floor.

These are just a few of the things we thought of.  We are hoping to get them done and either show them at our next staff meeting, or send them clips while they are away.

Don’t get me wrong, ministry is still happening and the tasks are getting done, but we need to throw in some comic relief here and there.

Have I told you lately, that I love my job?!?!

Happy Presidents Day

This is the first Presidents Day I’ve had off in 21 years.  It feels weird but at the same time, I’m ready to relax.  Part of me just wants to sit and read, the other part of me wants to go out and enjoy the sun.

As I’ve had a busy work week, I may just sit and relax.  This past week is a blur as it was action packed and went quickly.  Thursday the staff served the 55+ attendees of our church.  They all were touched and enjoyed the time together.  Of course, they were suspicious of a hidden agenda and were still hesitant as they were waiting for the other shoe to fall.  However, once they realized the ONLY agenda was for us to serve them and let them know they are loved, were they able to relax.  Many have served our country and have given us the freedoms we enjoy  today.  Not all that we do during the weekend service is geared toward this group, as there is humor in the teaching, contemporary music with a band for worship and a very relaxed come as you are setting.  Some that have grown up with a very traditional setting may find our church a huge change from their normal.  Although we do sing worship songs (not always hymns), we do teach from the Bible and we do care for each other.

Starting in March, our church, as a whole, is doing a layered learning.  The book we all are going to read and study in our small groups is The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels.  It will be interesting to see how we, as a church, will grow by this study.  I’m getting to the half way point of the book and I would definitely recommend this book!    For the past 2 weekends we’ve been selling the books and participant guides at church.  We’ll continue to sell for the next 1 or 2 weekends so everyone has a chance to purchase this book and start reading it.  The weekend teachings will be complimentary to what is discussed in the book and DVD.  The small group hubby and I belong to, is going to change our meeting times to every week in March, so we are in line with the weekend teaching.  We normally meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.  As we are a newly formed group (only a couple of months old) we take turns on where we meet.  Thankfully, we all live within blocks of each other and can walk to and from.

On Friday, we had a memorial service for one of the ladies that I was blessed to know for just a short time.  It was an interesting mix of people.  Being a recovering Catholic, the traditional Catholicism and non-traditional Christianity collided.  When I was a child, I went to a parochial school from Kindergarten through 6th grade.  I was brought up to hold the priests in the highest esteem or on a pedestal.  When I started going to my current church I was doing the same with our pastors.  Once I joined the staff, I was having a hard time talking to them as I still had them up high.  That is until one of them told me that I had to take them down a whole bunch of notches as we were a team and on the same level.   There is still a respect for their position, however, they are still human!  Sorry, I digress, so … at this service, our Comfort and Care Pastor lead the service in a way that only he could do.  He was able to touch on all the emotions of everyone in the room.  Of course, he is in charge of the Biblical Counseling Team and understands the grief process.

What I liked about this service, was that he initially gave everyone permission to feel whatever it was; pain, sorrow, anger, joy, laughter, tears … it didn’t matter, because it was a celebration of her life.   With this celebration was going to come all these emotions and it was okay.  To actually have someone up front say it was okay, seemed to relax everyone in order to remember this person.

Now mind you, half the auditorium was filled with people that went to our church, the other half was filled with people that went to a Catholic church.  Why?  Well, the daughter-in-law of this person was Catholic and her friends were there for support.  It was quite interesting as I was sitting there and heard someone say, well, there’s Father so and so, we might as well have mass.  I chuckled as I thought about how the priest feels about being in our church.  Again, as I’m a recovering Catholic, I still have the mindset of priests being on that pedestal and doing no wrong.  I know, I know … we all know what has been brought to the light by the news … but still, that is where some are … high above the rest of us.

After the service, I had to tell our pastor what a great job he did, as I had never been to a memorial service that he officiated.  Then I went to the front to speak with the family and met the son and daughter-in-law.  I told them what I thought of their sweet mother and then noticed a golden retriever sitting there.  It was the priest’s dog and he was just getting ready to find a place to take the dog out to do her thing.  So I escorted him out and across the parking lot to a field so he could take his dog off leash to run.  While there we were talking about the history of how he acquired the dog and laughing at how his dog, if no one is available to watch her, will sit next to his chair during mass.  It made me realize that this was a person.  Even though he had his priest clothes on and had his priest demeanor … he was still a man who loved his dog.  It was a great blessing I was given to take them off the pedestal and bring them down to human level.