Today I’m starting a new series on the blog, my Monday Messy Office Report. One of my first tasks every Monday is to clean up my office. I am always amazed at what I find here when I arrive on Mondays. Something happens on Sundays, so that what used to be a (mostly) tidy office when I left on Friday turns into a mess by Sunday morning. Is it a Toy Story kind of office where my books and gadgets and office parapharnelia come to life and have a party while I’m gone? Nope, it’s just the craziness of Sunday!
So here goes…my first Monday Messy Office report…on Tuesday. Yesterday my wife left for a trip to Cambodia with Imagine Goods, and we got a snowstorm so the kids were off school and I worked from home. So this first post in the series is a day late.
Here’s what I found in my office:
1. A 100ft CAT5 cable, a USB superbooster/extender, and an HD webcam. We use this equipment in our sanctuary when we’re doing Skype calls with our missionaries during worship services. In the last two weeks we chatted with BJ Whitaker in Spain and Lamar & Janice Stoltzfus in Kenya! I love Skype, and I love the Whitakers and Stoltzfuses! Things got a bit hairy this past Sunday morning when we weren’t able to connect with the Stoltzfuses. Their daughter Alyssa, in college in Harrisburg, joined us for worship, and she had just gotten a call from her parents saying that the internet was down in Kenya. Can you imagine that? Thankfully, it was back up about 30 minutes after the service began, and we were able to connect. I’m so grateful for our sound/audio crew working that out, and I’m grateful for our missionaries.
2. Reports. Each week I get a giving report and an attendance report. I’m not a big fan of numbers as a measure of faithfulness to the Kingdom of God. Our society is really into the philosophy of “bigger is better”, and so it is very easy to feel that success for a church is growing your budget and growing your worship services. Growth might point to faithfulness to the Kingdom of God, but it also might not. Jesus called us to Love God, Love People, and make disciples. To accomplish that might necessitate that some churches actually get smaller.
3. A visitation report. We have a bunch of people who regularly visit the sick, the homebound, and others. I love that! Those who receive visits love that. And what we have found is that those making the visits receive love as well. If you would like to be a part of our visitation team, please let me know, and I’ll sign you up. This particular report was very encouraging.
4. A Child’s size clothes hanger. For the last few years on Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve had Super Mission Sunday here at Faith Church in the morning. It was another great time of hearing about God’s heart for the world and how we can get involved. Steve Baker from The Global Aid Network was with us, and did a great job sharing about how one outflow of the Gospel is that we who have become disciples of Jesus should show our love for God and the world by doing good, that others may become his disciples as well. We had a delicious brunch (thanks to our Mission Commission who did an amazing job!) after the service, and in preparation for the meal, they decorated the fellowship hall with global items. My wife brought a couple items to help with the decor, including two girls dresses she brought home for our daughter from past trips to Cambodia. Apparently one dress made it back home without a hanger…
And that is my messy office report for this week!