Sunday, January 27

the decision

So, this afternoon LSLC voted to call me as their next associate pastor! I have spoken with the call committee chair and the senior pastor and am now waiting to get the official Letter of Call. Apparently, I need to write a Letter of Acceptance - anyone know what needs to be in that?

I am very excited about doing ministry in this place and working with the staff. My time so far with the congregation has been a blast, and I know that it won't all be sunshine and roses, but I've got a good feeling, and most importantly, a strong belief that God is calling me to this place. Also, I've got a good lead on a place to live - hopefully that will work out, and I can start the moving process and working on getting my stuff there from ND and Oakland and Berkeley.

Thanks to all for your prayers, support, encouragement and humor. I can't believe that I'm going to be a pastor!

waiting...the homestretch (I hope)

after all of the months of waiting - we're closing in on 11 - I'm close to receiving a call. Maybe as close as 90 minutes away. Today is the special congregational meeting at LSLC and I'm the topic. As I write this, they are minutes away from beginning the 2nd service of the morning and the meeting is after. Ugh. This has been the loooonnnngggest morning ever! I was up very early - mostly because I am sick and went to bed super early - but still - I've straightened up my room, got my tax stuff together, hung up all of the loose clothes, figured out how to forward my cell phone calls to my land-line, made and ate a hot breakfast and watched two episodes of an NBC show on-line. And I still am waiting. It's been the theme of my life for the past year, and I'm wondering how I'll deal with actually having an answer. To be honest, I don't think this thing is going to derail at this point, but nothing is certain, and so I wait.

Friday, January 11 I am again. Who knew I was gone so long? I hate, hate, hate New Year's Resolution time - I don't make them, when I have tried, I don't keep to them...I hate it, so I simply avoided blogging this year around that time because I felt some existential pressure to announce my resolutions, or at least have deep things to say about the past and/or the future. I have none - resolutions, deep thoughts, any of that.

I do continue the waiting game. LSLC votes on my call at their annual meeting Jan 27th. I am there this weekend doing the "meet and greet" thing, as well as preaching. I'm not terribly nervous about it - it will be what it is, and I trust that God is at work in spite of me, sometimes through me, if I've done a decent job.

There's not much else to report - so here's the RevGalBlogPals Friday Five:

1. When is your birthday? Does anyone else (famous and/or in your own life) share it?

February 6...Ash Wednesday this year, sigh. Famous people - Babe Ruth, Ronald Reagan, Tom Brokaw; and a quick check of Wikipedia reveals also Natalie Cole and Axl Rose (as well as a bunch of people I have never hear of)

2. Do you prefer a big party or an intimate celebration for the chosen few?

Lately, I've put the word out, gone to the neighborhood pub and wait to see who shows up. My social circle continues to shrink, so the "chosen few" may be the whole of my local friend group this year.

3. Describe your most memorable birthday(s)--good, bad, or both.

I guess it was 30. I decided that I wasn't going to quietly turn 30, so I started putting together my own party until a friend took over and put together a huge bash at a local restaurant with lots of people and good food.

4. What is your favorite cake and ice cream? (Bonus points if you share the cake recipe). Or would you rather have a different treat altogether?

This is so boring...white cake, sweet frosting and vanilla ice-cream. Yes, it's true...but Oh so good.

5. Surprise parties: love 'em or hate 'em?

The only one I have ever had was a hoot, so I'll give it the thumbs up. I've given them as well with mixed results.

Bonus: Describe your ideal birthday--the sky's the limit.
I'd love to rent a house near a beach, and have friend coming from far and wide for a couple of days of good food, good drinks, good times.