Yesterday was packed with visitors! Ruth stayed at church for a baby shower for a young mother-to-be in our congregation. She returned home just in time to welcome Josh and Alexi Callen and their two boys. Josh and Alexi were dedicated members of our ministry at Lehigh University and we hadn't seen them for a… Continue reading October 18, 2021 — Children!
We dropped Stephen off at the airport Wednesday morning a week and a half ago. That gave me half of a week to finish my regular tasks and prepare for a celebration at my childhood church. On Saturday (October 2) I attended the men's breakfast at our church, worked on list of outdoor chores, and… Continue reading October 10, 2021 — Comings and Goings
Last week was anchored by the fixed events: Sunday School lesson on worship, meeting with Matt (our pastor), and Bible study in Daniel. We studied Daniel chapter 2, where Nebuchadnezzar has a disturbing dream and attempts to kill all the wise men because they could not tell him what the dream was. When I asked… Continue reading September 26, 2021 — Fall Routine
Last week I ended by speculating the upcoming week would have a more regular pattern. I guess that happened. Stephen has been with us, so that has made it different, but it's been nice to have him around. It looks like this fall will consist of a Sunday School class on worship, meeting with our… Continue reading September 19, 2021 — Regular Pattern?
I taught the second in my series on worship in the adult Sunday School class this morning. I got one compliment again! I also got a bundle of questions and comments. Those are good, too. Right? I dedicated last week to recovery from our week away, preparation for the fall, and family. The memorial service… Continue reading September 12, 2021 — Family Focus
My task last week was to prepare for the adult Sunday School class which I will be teaching this fall. I spent the best part of each day formulating the course outline and preparing the lessons. I completed the outline, although I am sure I will make adjustments as I go, and I completed 4½… Continue reading September 5, 2021 — Preparation
Monday was packed! Staples was able to print the family newsletters. Meanwhile Ruth and I kept appointments and got ready for a visit to our grandchildren. We got the letters in the mail just as we were leaving for our visit. This week is dedicated to preparing my Sunday School class on worship. I begin… Continue reading August 29, 2021 – Interlude
We had our “final interview” on Friday. but that’s not the last step in getting overseas. The interview went well and the agency expects to approve us, but a few things need to happen first. Apparently we tried to compress a several-year process into several months. Normally people visit a prospective destination before they apply.… Continue reading August 22, 2021 – Not Done Yet
Ruth and I had our second interview with the agency to which we are applying. It was long – 3.5 hours! – but seemed to go well. We are cleared to proceed to the final interview, which is scheduled for this Friday – the same day our employment would begin. We feel propelled into the… Continue reading August 15, 2021 – On the Precipice
On Friday Ruth and I had our first interview with an official in the agency to which we are applying. We had a pleasant chat for an hour and a half, at the end of which we received some new information. The starting date for the job for which we are applying is August 20… Continue reading August 8, 2021 – Waiting