So it doesn’t spell a real word. Sue me 😛 (no, please don’t- who can afford an attorney these days?) Anyway, it is time for my bimonthly update it would seem. Let’s try bullet points since much has gone on- not so dull after all.
- AWANA- ended several weeks ago. First year of round 3 complete. In my previous round, the Sparkies I had the first year were K-2. This year they finished 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Hard to believe there was a round even before that, but I have been serving in kid’s ministry since fall ’98, and started that first AWANA round fall ’99.
- My AWANA team had a *lot* of 3rd-graders. Where are they now? Why, many of them have shown up in my weekend classroom. That’s right, 3rd grade through high school officially moved up at the beginning of this month. Younger kids don’t move up until the end of summer. I can hear the sing-song voices of the older kids: “I’m now in 4th grade, but you’re still in fir-irst. Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!”
- 5th graders moving out at the end of last month was as usual sad. Some didn’t even bother showing up (not their fault I’m sure) which was even more sad because I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to them. Especially since the week before I missed.
- What? I missed a week of church? Blasphemy! Okay, I have an excuse- I was in southern Illinois for my nephew’s graduation. From college. Yes, I am officially old… I never want to repeat that weekend again, by the way. We stayed at my nephew’s house (take that, h/motel industry with your doubled prices for graduation weekend!) which was in and of itself not a problem, but he had parties going on Friday and Saturday night. Think me and parties, those that know me- college parties. Kegs, beer pong, hip-hop (non)music… Yeah, I appreciated going home at the end of it. Oh yes, I watched my pastor’s sermon on the web, so I only missed the fellowship, not the message.
- The boy’s TnT director had a mini-golf outing two weeks ago for kids who finished a book that year. Does anyone recall the mini-golf outings my church experimented with a couple years ago for 4th and 5th grade small groups? I’m sure I wrote up something as back then I was still making semi-regular posts here… Yeah, it went like those. 28 book-finishers. Two showed up. Two. Out of 28… Sigh. Still, for the few of us it was an enjoyable afternoon.
- Two new employees for my company. One person had moved to sales, so really just one new for all intents and purposes. It does free me up a little for camp in August since I gave her two of my stores. Yeah, August- two months later than prior years. Well, six weeks anyway. And minus a day too. The church decided to change things for this summer to add two extra camp sessions, which actually gave them three because they are consolidating the two 4th and 5th grade weeks into just one for all campuses. It is going to be crowded I think. But it will still be fun.
- The book store is closing at my church so I used the gift card that one of my AWANA kids gave me for Christmas (sweet of him) and added $20 of my own to get four books at 40% off. Books by John MacArthur, Greg Laurie, David Jeremiah and John Piper- the former three who can be heard on Moody radio on a regular basis. I also have a book from Erwin Lutzer and others books as well, so I really had better start reading them. The only fiction book I am waiting to read is the final Wheel of Time book due out sometime this year. No, scratch that. It *was* due out in March of this year after having been pushed back. Now it has been pushed back until next January. Oh, well. Plenty of time to read the more inspiring books of my collection first.
- What of the musical I tried out for? Didn’t make it. Oh, well. I wonder if God wants me to use my gifts elsewhere? I sent an email to CYT Chicago, now apparently called Spotlight Youth Theater to see if they had volunteer opportunities for non-parents. Apparently not since they never bothered to email me back, even with a reply of “no.”
- Today there was a short period of wind and a thunderstorm. Sometime during it I heard a funny sound from outside. I looked and saw that one of the trees in the front yard had assumed a mostly horizontal position. Yikes! I expected to see a scorch mark on what remained of the trunk, but apparently it was rotting and all it took was this wind storm to finish it off. Praise God though- it fell on the ground and driveway and not on the house or one of the cars *on* the driveway. In fact, there was at least a foot between the butt of my car and the nearest branch (which would have done little more than scratch the car- there was even greater distance from the thicker branches and trunk which could potentially have caused catastrophic damage. Again, Praise God.
Saved the best for last, right? Okay, maybe not, but at least it comes with pictures! I have AWANA award ceremony pictures too, but I probably shouldn’t post them.