Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday Stuff

Today was a bit different in that while I was at church, I wasn't participating a lot. I've been fighting a cold, and I was coughing a lot this morning. I thought about staying home, but it was the first Christmas concert practice, so I figured I should be there. By the time I left (at about 9:00), I wasn't coughing very much.

Anyway, I was needed as a "helper" in a classroom today as there was a teacher off sick. Mostly I was just needed as an extra presence, so I wandered in and out, taking care of stuff. I did a pile of photocopying for the concert (songs and lines), and sat in the Sunday School room and organized it all. Then, when it was time for the service, I decided not to try sitting through the service. I didn't have the energy to stand for singing, and I couldn't sing anyway (my voice is rather rough) (as a side note, no one would care if I sat down during the singing; at the most, they would worry that I was unwell). I also didn't want to disturb everyone if I started coughing. Happily enough, the service is piped into one of the Sunday School rooms (so parents have a place to bring restless children), so I hung out in there.

Practice went about as well as the first one ever goes. I was with the grade 5-12 students, trying to get them to stop talking long enough for me to give out lines and explain things. There were questions (that would have been answered if they had listened); plenty of "helpful" advice; and an attempt to convince me to use a real baby for Jesus (no, no, no, no, no!). We did get through the readings, and I understand that the younger children at least heard the songs (and some of them even sang). It's a start!

I have a bit of a different Christmas song for you this week. Enjoy!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday Stuff

I don't have a lot to say today, mostly because I'm tired and have a bit of a headache. I didn't sleep well last night, so today was a bit tough. It was a good day, though. We had a sandwich lunch at the church after the service. As always, there was an incredible array of sandwiches to choose from, and an incredible array of breads/buns used. As a single person, my responsibility is to bring a tray of veggies or fruit, which is the easiest thing. I generally eat with the young people, and it's a lot of laughter and fun; I love spending time with them.

We had a baptism service after the lunch, and 5 people were baptized. It's always a good thing, hearing how God has worked in people's lives. One of my former Sunday School students was among the newly baptized this time, which always makes me feel like there's one more child safely in the fold. Of course, every year there are more for me to watch over.

I know I'm not supposed to play Christmas music until December or something, but I'm going to post another Christmas song anyway. Enjoy!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sunday Stuff

Today in Sunday School I learned that I'm not allowed to get drunk and start beating people up. I think, from context, that it's the people at church whom I'm not allowed to beat up, but I'll try to refrain from beating up anyone just to be on the safe side. Adult Sunday School rocks. I spend a lot of time wondering what I've been missing out on all those years of teaching instead of sitting in the adult class.

Today is the official start of Christmas Concert season. We had our meeting and got people signed up. As always, there are a lot of small children who will be part. One wee one kept asking if we were having the concert today, no matter how many times I said no; another one was concerned that they would have to guess at the words of the songs, but I put his mind to ease. This year is a bit different because I have a lot of older kids. I'm missing the chunk in the middle, aka, all the shepherds. I have angels and I have someone to play Mary, but most of the grade 5/6 kids aren't in it this year. I think I'll have to recruit shepherds from grades 7 and 8. And, as always, I need a Joseph. No one wants to be Joseph.

In honor of the start of the season, here is my favourite Christmas carol:

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sunday Notes

Today started off emotionally messy for no apparent reason. Then I looked at a calendar, and figured out the reason. Sigh. One day this will be all over and my emotions will stop jumping all over once a month.

The rest of the day was better. I was able to make a couple Sunday School teachers happy with a new whiteboard and easel for their class. The whiteboard will also be used for other groups meeting in the library, so a lot of people get to be happy. I was made happy with a new computer for the library. The one we have works, we just need to turn it on before the service and it's all good to go after the service. The new one turns on quickly. We just need to get the program moved over, and we're good to go (and by "we" I mean "someone else" since none of the librarians can do it; however, one of the husbands will do it for us).

James preached about serving, and being willing to be a slave for the best good of others, and how freedom is being willing to give up our rights for other people. I need to think about it more and about how it applies to my life.

I had friends over this afternoon. We had ate, talked, and laughed. It was good.

So the day started rough, but went really well. I really wanted to hide somewhere and indulge my emotions, but being with others was so much better. It really does help on the bad days.

For your enjoyment, a song that I enjoy:

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sunday Notes

I was hanging out in various Sunday School classes again today. There seemed to be a number of students absent this week, so the classes were quieter. The little guys were sweet, and their teacher gave me a star for showing up, so they're currently my favourite class! The classes as a whole seem to be going well; there are just a few notes for them to help make things better. I like that I get to spend time training teachers this year, rather than assigning them classes and then mostly leaving them on their own. I think things will go more smoothly for everyone.

I'm incredibly tired today. My downstairs neighbours were in a party mood last night. They did move inside, but every time I started to fall asleep properly, they came back outside for a smoke, and they were loud. I don't think people realize how well voices travel at night, nor do they realize how loud they are when they're talking and laughing. Eventually they decided to stay inside, or I just fell asleep deeply enough to not notice.
The funny part was that I overheard a conversation where the guy said that he never hears his upstairs neighbours. It made me feel better about the amount of noise we were making Friday evening when I had a family from the church over. They have 9 children, and although they're fairly well behaved, having 9 children playing in my small apartment does make it noisy. And of course it's usually quite quiet in my apartment since I live alone.

One of the fish died at work. When I got to work on Wednesday, I knew it was sick (it was tilting while swimming). It died on Friday; I got to work Saturday morning to find 2 notes. Note one said, "Pebbles died. I didn't know what to do with her." Note two said, "Fish died. Fed it to the porcelain coffin." The students don't seem to be concerned; they are more interested in the pregnant fish.

Here is your song for the week:

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday Stuff

I spent some time observing Sunday School classes today. The little guys were obsessed with cheese, so that was interesting, and rather silly. The others were a bit more normal. It looks like my teachers and their helpers are doing a good job. I'll spend some time next week with them as well, just keeping an eye on things. Then I'll go back to being a regular student in the adult class. It's a good life.

I had a few days off this week. I haven't done much of anything exciting: lunch with a friend, supper with other friends, a bit of shopping (books and shoes), and some relaxing (watching movies and reading). It's been nice, and I'm feeling pretty unstressed now. I have a couple more days before I go back to work. I'm hoping I can hold the unstressed feeling even when life gets crazy again. It's not about what's happening, but about how I respond to the craziness of life; that's what I've been learning in the past few months.

Sleep is still hit-and-miss. I have more good nights than bad nights, so that's nice. I usually fall asleep fairly quickly; it's just staying asleep that's a challenge.

Overall, life is good.