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A Church Success Story

A few months ago, on whatever Sunday the story of the ten lepers was the gospel lesson, I preached a sermon challenging the congregation to get up from the side of the road and start moving. The teens present heard the message and came to the Vestry (our church governing board) with a letter echoing the sentiments of the sermon and saying that they were frustrated with the comfortable, but relatively inactive stability of our parish, that they wanted the church to grow both in size and in mission, and that they wanted to be part of the moving forward.

The Vestry’s response was to challenge them back by encouraging them to put forward a youth candidate for the then up-coming vestry election. The kids pointed out that a 3-yr term (which is the standard term of office for governing board members in the Episcopal Church) was too long for a teenager (any 16-18 yr old would have to resign to go to college). So the vestry created a 1-year fully empowered youth representative position on the vestry and it was filled by a 16 y.o. Junior at the annual meeting.

The Vestry also asked the kids what they would like to do in the way of mission and, after researching the question and discussing it at the youth group meeting, they decided they would go to the Gulf Coast to aid in the on-going Katrina/Rita recovery. Fifteen of our folks, teens and adults, have signed on to go on the trip, and they invited two other parishes who are going to send another 15 persons.

It was agreed with the kids that the parish would fund 1/3 of the cost from the operating budget; our bishop’s youth missions fund (established just a couple of years ago) is providing a grant for another 1/3; and the kids are responsible for raising the remaining 1/3.

The fellowship committee met with the kids and came up with some fundraising ideas, one of which was a Men’s Cake Auction. The idea was that the men of the parish would be challenged to bake a cake all on their own and then these would be sold at a potluck at church. We though maybe 15 cakes or so would result and we’d raise maybe $500 for the effort.

The sign up resulted in 29 men agreeing to bake confections and the auction was held today. Two guys turned out to be unable to carry through on their commitment, but each made a separate donation in place of the cake. So there were 27 cakes auctioned off. Some of them were incredibly creative, and there was a great variety of types — lots of chocolate, a pistachio cake, a carrot cake, a cake made in the shape of our church building, another in the shape of an 18-wheeler, one that looked like a huge hamburger!

Total raised: $2750! Amazing — these darned cakes sold for an average of over $100! My carrot cake went for $180! The cake shaped like our church building sold for $260!!!

Great fun was had by all present and more than 80 people stayed after the auction to enjoy a potluck luncheon and dig into a few of the cakes for dessert.

And most of all there was a real sense of folks buying into the mission project.

It’s amazing what a little well-channeled youth frustration can accomplish.

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Water or Wine?

I cannot claim authorship of these words of wisdom…. I received them from a friend, who was forwarding an email to me. I have no idea to whom to attribute the following thought:

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine.. And those who don’t.

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) – bacteria found in faeces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

However, we do not run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Remember:
Water = Poop
Wine = Health

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I’m doing this as a public service.

Imbibing rodents

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Bubble Shooter

OK … I admit it … this is really stupid.

A friend sent me the URL for Bubble Shooter and warned that it is a “time waster.”

She was right!

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Another Christmas Music Video

More fun with Christmas tunes!

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A Christmas Gift

¬†Here’s something that is lots of fun!¬† Enjoy!

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Episcopal Election Walkabout in Nevada

The author of this blog is one of six nominees for Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. If you would like to follow the route of the Walkabout (the visits of the nominees with clergy and electors in various places around the diocese), you may do so at a blog maintained by a priest of the Nevada Diocese who is accompanying the nominees as they tour the state.

The blog is entitled The Desert Shall Rejoice and can be found here.

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Carpentry vs. Ministry – Part 3

I finished the project in the garage. I’ll take picture and post it here in a short while. The thing was actually finished quite a while ago.

I moved on to a larger deck project. We have a 30’x12′ deck along the back of our house. It is essentially a 2nd-story deck because our house in on a hillside and has a walkout basement exiting at the back. The deck, which comes off our “great room” (one of those combined kitchen/breakfast room/den things), is on what is the ground floor if you enter from the front of the house, but the second floor when looked at from the rear.

This deck with surfaced with pressure-treated cedar “five-quarter” decking and railed with a badly built, nailed-on affair of two-by-fours and one-by’s. It was awful and badly weathered. So I tore all that decking off and removed most of the rail and set about resurfacing it with composite decking (the same stuff I used to surface the little porch in the garage). That’s done – it was back breaking work. That composite decking is heavy stuff; about three times the weight of a comparable piece of natural lumber.

Now I’m installing a white vinyl rail. My spouse is assisting. We have installed the rail along one end and have now installed the posts along the 30′ side. Next we will measure and cut the railing sections for installation on that side. Then we’ll do the eastern edge and a slanted rail for the stairs (which lead down to a concrete patio outside the walkout basement sliding glass door).

And that will be that … it will be done.

It’s either going to be something we will enjoy for years to come. Or it will be a sales feature we can highlight if we ever relocate and need to sell this residence.

Carpentry is a great hobby!

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