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Keeping up with Christy

Preaching at the 10:00 AM Sunday service May 24 and May 31 of South Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church


Preaching at the 10:30 AM Sunday service June 7th St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Reno.


Preaching at the 10:00 AM Sunday service June 21st of South Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church


Leading three two week TechCamps at ComputerCorps in Carson City June 15-26, July 13-24, and August 3-14


Returning to preach Sunday, September 20th at the 10 AM service at Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, 1430 Goodyear Blvd, Akron, Ohio 44305 as part of their anniversary celebration.
Thursday
Apr302015

Prayer for Nepal

Thankful that my brother and his wife left 12 hours before the earthquake in Nepal but sad for all the brothers and sisters that were not spared.

A friend was looking for a prayer from the United Church of Canada. Here it is: 

A Prayer for Nepal

God of Creation,
We live in a world where both beauty and danger are found.
Hear our prayers for those who have been overcome by the disastrous earthquake in Nepal.
For all who are grieving the death of loved ones…
For all who are in need of healing…
For all who are troubled with confusion or pain… For all who are in pain… For all who cannot find adequate food or shelter… For all who have lost their homes, community centres and workplaces… And for all who are supporting relief efforts…
Gracious God, hear our prayers.

Strengthen with your presence all who are numb with fear and distress.
Guide those who anxiously search or wait for loved ones.
Be near those who are grieving, and bless them with your peace.

In the midst of disaster we give thanks for moments of generosity and human kindness…

Grant tenderness, strength, and wisdom
To the doctors and nurses, aid workers, and emergency responders; to all who minister to human need in our time of distress…

We gather these prayers by saying together the prayer that you taught us:

Our Creator… [Prayer of Jesus]

http://www.united-church.ca/files/planning/theme/emergency_prayer-nepal.rtf

Sunday
Apr052015

Change 

 

My previous pastorate rented space to an active, for profit day care. When I arrived relations were strained. I worked on joint community programs like an Easter Bunny Breakfast, a Nativity learning activity in our Christmas decorated sanctuary, weekly book reading by church members, and coffee and rolls during winter for parents dropping off children (that the staff enjoyed as well!). Throughout my time we increased cooperation, communication, the sharing of equipment and expanded building use benefiting both the congregation and the day care along with the community. The partnership has continued in the time since I left and expanded.

 

Response to the Presbyterian Church’s Personal Information Form (PIF) question: Describe a time when you have led change.

A scanned copy of my PIF (references available on request)

 

Sunday
Apr052015

Growing to Serve

Working in retail service and as a volunteer instead of a director in a non-profit, I have learned how to say “Yes” and what I can do for folks instead of focusing on the needs of the institution or my own preferences.

 

My team leader emphasizes that our job is to make sure every customer has a good experience at the store and to see ourselves as a trusted friend, not a salesperson.

 

At the non-profit, ComputerCorps, I am learning how to work with others when I am not one with authority. My service there is giving me a new perspective on church life and work and a model of how to work with volunteers when not supported by church tradition and common beliefs.

 

Response to the Presbyterian Church’s Personal Information Form (PIF) question: What areas of growth have you identified in yourself?

A scanned copy of my PIF (references available on request)

 

Sunday
Apr052015

Where God is Calling Me

I believe God is calling me to service. Sometimes that is in a church, sometimes behind a retail service counter, sometimes as a volunteer at non-profit. Rather than follow my passion, I seek to bring Christ’s passion wherever I can be of service, “taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it”. My time away from church leadership has been used by God to develop my qualities as a trusted servant. As a Geek Squad agent I guide folks through living in our technology labyrinth. As a volunteer staff member at a non-profit, ComputerCorps, I help recycle struggling spirits of those performing community service, teens, the unemployed, the retired, mentally and emotionally challenged as we recycle computers.

 

 

Response to the Presbyterian Church’s Personal Information Form (PIF) question: Describe the ministry setting to which you believe God is calling you.

 

A scanned copy of my PIF (references available on request)

 

Sunday
Apr052015

A Moment of Success and Fulfillment

I remember feeling connected to God, church, and stranger at the first baptism at one of our first contemporary worship services in my previous pastorate. We gathered in the fellowship hall, where community has been nurtured for generations, to welcome folks into the body of Christ and the community of the church during worship. The baptism bowl was filled by individuals mixing their unique contribution into one common vessel and rested on a quilt of fabric made by church members. Friends and now brothers and sisters surrounded those joining on all sides as we shared the ancient words that hold our hearts today and forever in God’s gracious love. Togetherness and unity with each other, our community, tradition, and God was spoken, acted, and lived that day.

 - Response to the Presbyterian Church’s Personal Information Form (PIF) question: Describe a moment in your recent ministry that you recognize as one of success and fulfillment

 

A scanned copy of my PIF (references available on request)