Sunday, September 30, 2007

Second Hour

Second night of Driven by Eternity was heavy, The Eternal Home of the Dead. John Bevere spoke on reality of Hell, the myth that it is a figurative place, and the difference between Hell and the Lake of Fire. Not a night for warm fuzzies. Bevere was good. What he said seemed right on, nothing was new, it was just more concentrated. Because of the clear focus things stood out more.

In the middle he said that supernatural experience don’t save people. Events are not powerful enough to get a person delivered from Hell. As he said it I was thinking, "I disagree, I disagree! He’s wrong!" Till he added "It takes the Word of God spoken into their life" and that when coupled with God’s Word experience can make all the difference. Which had me thinking, "Shut up Liz and wait till he’s done before you critique."

Good words were said. Scott concluded the night with open discussion and then prayer in small groups, which was also good. Lastly a couple brought in fresh tomatoes from their garden for anyone interested. I have a small container in my fridge. A very good night indeed.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Movie Night

The girls and I went to see Sydney White tonight. It was light, girlie, and predictable; just what the previews suggest with some cheese on the side. It follows a long line of modern day telling of classic fairy. It is neither the worst nor the best; the biggest difference being that it was Snow Whites story not Cinderella’s. I liked the hot or not magic mirror, the poison apple and the seven dorks. The dorks were each loveable and quirky with little idiosyncrasies that fit the Disney dwarfs’ titles. They and their run down cabin made the movie. I was happier with the minor characters love story than Prince Charming. He is excepted the second seemed sweeter.

Just because of the genre it’s obviously not for everyone (chick flick). I loved it, not sure how much of it was the company and mood we watched Ella Enchanted after, but I did enjoy myself. As much fun as it was it is more of a girls night/sleep-over renter, wait to see it if you’re interested.

Rating: 3 out of five.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Who Am I?

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I tried out this personality test I found. I don't completely agree with the results. The questions were chose between these two words, for many I found that I agreed with both equally. I am a walking oxymoron. The multiple intelligence results also raised the question: How can one be 75% Interpersonal and 75% Intrapersonal? Who knows, but this is me, supposedly.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #29

It’s been a great week full of happy things. Here are a few of the happening and little things I’m thankfully for:

-The return of CSI
-Sleeping in and early mornings depending the amount of sleep the night before
-Seeing friends
-Restful fun
-Friends who hold my hand during scary spontaneity
-Good words/messages/sermons

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cat Tales

I’m in NB and my cats have been visiting friends since Sunday. I can’t believe how attached I have become to them. The house was too quiet yesterday. The week Inu came to live with me Scott sent me this forward. I thought it was cute and definitely explains a few of my cats’ apparent innocent behaviors. So I share it with you:

DOG DIARY
8:00 am - Dog food! My favourite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favourite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favourite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favourite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favourite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favourite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favourite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favourite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favourite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with my people! My favourite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favourite thing!

CAT DIARY
Day 983 of my captivity.


My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Jerks!


There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage. Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs. I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Additions

New today, list of what I'm the currently reading and the 2007 reading lists. Back in January I was posting of the books I had read. I was also trying to keep a list of all the movies I watched but soon forgot to keep a record. I watch way too many movies. I’ve kept up with the book list, though I stopped posting the new entries. I was always planning on it but it never happened and the list grew. Then during May till end of July I just didn’t read anything. It was a very odd not to be reading, not sure why I wasn’t.

Anyways, at the start of August I got a library card and have been reading like crazy. I love my library. They have this great system that connects all the area libraries and the website lets you order books from any library and you choose where to pick them up. I’m on the waiting list for about 9 books right now. Also, the writer’s workshop I participated was put on by the library.

All that to say there are two new lists, faster than posting the reading list. Who knows, next there might even be a links list. The link thing has always been an issue for me. I like the idea but I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out and I wouldn’t want to try to compete with Matthew for Bethany hub. My solution has just been not to have one. That might change.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

First Hour

Our church started a twelve session video series by John Bevere based on his book Driven By Eternity tonight. It was an introduction but I liked it. I’m looking forward to what will come. As part of the study we also got books and a set of CDs with a dramatized telling of a vision/parable/allegory Bevere had called Affebel. I would describe it at Adventures in Odyssey for adults. I really…enjoyment isn’t the right word. It was at times enjoyable and entertaining but at the heart there was something more. It is worth listening to.

I believe its going to be interesting and very possibly life-changing days ahead for me.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #28

Its been a quiet week; I’ve enjoyed the simple pace and being back into a routine. Till this morning when I could hardly get out of bed. Being sick makes me thankful for my good health other days. I’m also thankful for:

-Children’s laughter
-Hard questions that make me think
-Friend stopping by
-Drugs that make flu symptoms go away
-My kitties
-Phone calls from family
-Water

and Gina is thankful for horses

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cat Tales

The little ones are well. Inu’s eyes have changed colour. I miss the blue but he’s still gorgeous. Kima hasn’t tried hiding in the couch since Friday.

The kitten’s had their next set of booster shoots today. This was my first time at the vets. Healthy pets are expensive. Inu did fine. Kima was a handful. Other than that the day was uneventful. The vaccines have left both kitties sleepy. Inu’s been napping curled up on my lap since I got home. Not really sure where Kima is but I am sure she’s fine.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Writer’s World

I drove to a small town library about an forty minutes from my place to be a part of a writers’ workshop today. I was surprised by the simple fullness I feel from being creative in this environment. It was the most relaxing thing I have done for myself in a long time. Interacting with the other participants was motivating. The facilitator, a local published author, had such helpful tasks. We did a five minute free write, character development (I think this was my favourite part), word imagery, and poem collaborations.

The poems were really word collages sharing each of our thoughts on a subject. Before we arrived the speaker had placed four sheets on the walls each with a word, ocean, mountain, morning, and war. We were given post it notes and asked to write our thoughts of the words on a separate sticky than put them on the corresponding sheet. Next each table chose one of the large word sheets and using the words, images, and/or thoughts of the whole group wrote a poem that fit the title. What I find neat/encouraging, the exact words I used for each subject were used in all three poems. I never considered myself a poet but these are the results of the exercise:

Ebb & Flow

Waves breaking on the shore then sucked back to sleep
Murky waters hide slivers of knowledge
Deep down lights dance in the volcanoes’ mysterious roaring rage
In the blue gray coldness, a silent place of peace
CRASH!
Salt birds and a boat chugs by.


Mountain

Rising from the mysterious depths
Jagged blue peaks
Chiseled face honed from
Eons of glacier’s slow march
Raucous overpowering wise and silent
Cutting cold
And aching joints

Morning

The waking of the world, art gallery of the day,
Crows heralding: opening the eyes from sleep,
The sun touches the trees with orange radiance,
Misty silence breaks with the rustle of life.
It is day.

Maize Maze

I got lost in a corn maze tonight, lost, found, and lost again, some how managing to make it out in the hour given. For the first youth event the night went well. Started at my place with a meet the cats. Kima was so scared she managed to find herself up in the bottom of the couch. Only she got herself trapped. The guys ended having to flip the couch upside down (slowly and carefully of course) to fish her out.

Then we walked over to a local farmers market, where we had booked use of the maze. With flashlights in hand we bravely faced the challenge in groups of threes and fours. I joined the three grade seven who enjoyed finding all the hidden locations. The girls got a little spooked but other than that it was great. We ended the night with a campfire and marshmallows. The great part for me was two teens I didn’t think would come back this year came out, both of who I sent letters to last week with a schedule of out up coming events. And another youth brought a friend. What a great night! Now to bed.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #27

Last Saturday I was talking with a couple in my church. They were asking about the preparations for the big kid’s event the following day. I told them everything ready I just needed to figure out what to wear since I had grown out of my suit. The husband looked at me in surprise and said, "Liz, you can’t have grown." With a smile I said, "only outwards." It was a light playful conversation that soon switched to other topics. I had completely forgotten it till yesterday when his wife called me up and wanted to know if I was available for lunch and the afternoon today. She then explained I had been on her mind, that the conversation had got her thinking more about me, and that she wanted to bless me with a new outfit. I was in shock and amazement.

We went out for lunch today and had a delightful time. She is so much fun to be with. I’ve known her since coming to the church, she helps with the children’s ministries, but today I saw her as a friend. After lunch she took me to the mall. At first I was discouraged. We tried three shops and nothing fit right. The last few times I’ve gone shopping I’ve cried in the change room for the same reason. It’s not just a "this makes me look fat" thing. Only certain body types are flattered by most designs and I am not one of them. The folds and pleats are never in the right spots. The sleeves are too long on shirts that fit well everywhere else. My friend didn’t give up. We tried one more store and the clerks were wonderful. The clothes were beautiful, comfortable, and fit. Then my friend surprised me more by purchasing more than the promised outfit. I might to a "fashion show" of the new threads tomorrow. I’ve been humbled; I’ve been honored; I’ve been blessed.

I drove into my yard tonight and was just mesmerized by the beauty of the stars and the greatest of God. It was the ideal end to a day of blessings. I am blessed. I have a wonderful family. I have wonderful friends. I have a job I want to get out of bed to do. I serve a God who loves me and desires. Youth tonight went well, very well. I really have peace and joy about how things went, about the message and its re to the students lives, the small groups discussions, and for the first time I am looking forward (not dreading) next week. For all this I am thankful.

Quote of the day:

"You're a cool God-lover,
'cause you don't judge!"
-Gina, during a MSN converstation

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Cat Tales: The Tale of Two Kitties


Last Thursday youth group resumed with a party at the VanMeekeren’s, the family who gave me Inu. We were discussing how he has been adjusting to life at my apartment when I mentioned that I was wondering if he would do better with another cat in the house. Speculation became reality because some how I drove home with Inu’s sister, Lily, to determine if my hypothesis was correct.

There was much hissing, ached backs, and tearing about the place. I thought for sure they’d kill each other the first night and at points I had to put Inu in a separate room. Friday night the youngest VanMeekeren, who had woke up that morning to find Lily missing, called to ask when she was coming home. Her parents had explained our experiment as a kitty sleepover. I determined Sunday would be the best return day. After the Sunday morning excitement and a quick cat nap, literally Inu laid across my tummy while we both enjoyed our "Wesleyan Hour," I took Lily home.

Turned out to be more of a trade. Kima (Key-ma? I am not sure, one of the VanMeekerens named her) is now staying with us. So far she seems to be a better fit. They play well together, keep each other active, and help burn energy which works for me –I end up with less scratches. Moments ago Kima leaped off a chair onto an unexpecting Inu has he walked by, and another game of tag begins…

…It looks like another will be added to our numbers at Apartment #2.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Yesterday

Thanks for asking how it went Sarah, and for anyone else interested, the day was wonderful. Everything came together beautifully. There were new faces and families. I counted 29 kids. I missed most of the CastleRock presentation because I was waiting for the inflatable guy to show up. He came just at the right time. The ladies did a wonderful job organizing the BBQ. There was enough food for everyone, someone brought in these amazing lemon cupcakes. The weather was great so we could be out side to eat.

Some of my youth did facing painting. Jay was awesome. I laugh just thinking about it. Most of the boys had a tractor painted. It was so random, I couldn’t figure it out till I heard that he was sitting with the face painters and a young boy wanted Jay to paint something. Jay agreed but said, "I can only do tractors".

It was an amazingly great, full, tiring day. The only downside to the whole day…I forgot my camera at home.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Anticipation

I just watched the sunrise. At 6:08 AM I woke with a surprising start, which turned out to be a good thing because I forgot to set my alarm clock last night. I think it was my nerves that woke me or the cats, probably the nerves. It is less than four hours till the churches big "back to school why not back to church" (not the working title, it’s really a kick-off to resume our children’s ministries but neither of these explanations make for good titles either) begins. For the children’s moment and lesson Tanya Nace’s parents are here as CastleRock. They are going to do puppets, clowns, juggling and other fun things with the kids. After the service we are having a church BBQ. There is going to be an inflatable bouncing house, a face painting table, and a colouring table.

This past week we sent out about 7000 flyers advertising today. We have no idea how many people will be in church or if we have enough food. I am nervous beyond belief and the anticipation is growing. I want everything to go well but I am playing out different potential problems in my mind, like a food storage could be curbed with a quick trip to the SaveEasy. Still I have butterflies in my tummy. I don’t feel prepared but it’s not like I can postpone the day. I have no choice but to live out the next few hours. I hope it goes well.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #26

Some times its hard to see the blessing in the midst of a full week. Through three books, friends, and just daily living God reminded me He loves me and wants me to seek him. I am thankful for that and for His forgiveness. I am also thankful for...

-Babies
-Ice Cream
-Walks
-The sweet calm after everyone has left, chocolate sauce is wiped up and the first youth event of a new school year is done
-When delegated tasks get down
-Books that draw me close to God
-Fun fiction
-Wonderful people who you can call when a task is just to big to handle, like having 5558 sheets of paper to fold in half before 1 pm
-Hugs from dear friends
-Late night talks with good friends even if its over msn
-Wise words from friends weather it be in person, over msn or via blogdom
-Friends who greet with by naming food rather than hellos, Yay Pie!
-Sleep...

...goodnight.

Nursery Nightmares

I love babies. I think they are great. I love my friends who have babies. I love new parents. And I love having babies and their parents at our church, I do. Yet the great struggles in my ministries are related to our nursery. Nightmare is too strong a word (it did make a good title) but it has been an on going frustration. When I came on staff last year this was an area that was addressed as "needing improvement". I struggle to find the best practical solutions, yet I think I have created more issues. I feel over my head most days.

Last weekend I stayed with one of my dearest friends and another couple. Both families had babies. We talked about different concerns they had when visiting a new church and childcare in general. I enjoyed learning their thoughts and perspectives on the subject. They raised issues I hadn’t even considered, making me realise I still have a lot to learn.

Anyway, the point is I want like to hear others thoughts on nursery topics. Not sure if this will be a series, a semi-regular event, or done after this post. If it continues it will be a different area concerning nursery. Today’s subject…the check-in and out. What is your experience? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? Should churches use tags, stickers, or sign in forms? What have you read, heard, or thought on the subject? Anyone can comment but please say where your experience comes from (like parent, volunteer, children’s pastor/direction, innocent bystander…) Thanks!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cat Tales

The day after Inu came home I was a little worried to leave him by himself. It was the first time he’d be alone for that length of time. I checked everything twice. The food and water dish were filled. His toys were out. The litter box was set up; it has a lid and a flap entrance. I held the up the flap let Inu climb in and out to make sure he knew where to do his business. Everything seemed great so I left for work.

Came home that evening, opened the door expecting Inu to come bounding out of some corner only there was no cat. I called for him but no cat came. I looked under the couch and in a few of his hiding spots –still no cat. Then a faint mew came from the bathroom. Entering the room I found Inu’s trapped in the litter box with his face and paws pressed up to the clear flap. Not sure how long he had been imprisoned for but he was very thankful to be released. I removed the flap but it took me two days to convince him the box was safe.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Anniversary

Exactly one year ago to the day I started at New Hope Wesleyan Church. Feels like I just started yesterday, that I am still at the beginning trying to find my footing. I still giggle internally when someone calls me “Pastor Liz”. Yet at the same time it feels like forever ago, almost like this is what my life has always been.

I find I get so use to where I am. It feels that life has always been and will always be what it is currently. I felt I had always been in elementary school, high school, college, internship, here. Those were realities and everything before had just been a dream.

So I have another year ahead of me. I am happy where I am and where the youth and children’s ministries are headed. It should be an interesting year.