My Friday, tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday. Here’s what I found today:
1. Spiritual Gifts Tests and a note about a Grief class – I wonder how many of you have taken one a spiritual gifts tests before? You answer some questions, tally up the answers, and voila, you now know how God has uniquely gifted you. Or maybe not. It’s just not that simple. Last week, I was doing some searching online for spiritual gifts tests, and I printed a couple to evaluate. The reason is that the church is having elective classes during the month of April, and I am teaching one about spiritual gifts. I was thinking about looking at the various biblical passages that talk about gifts, but since we’re going to cover that, at least partially, in the 1st Corinthians series later this year, I decided to go a different direction. PLACE Ministries has a very unique, holistic approach to evaluating spiritual giftedness. Each letter of the acronym PLACE stands for an element of who we are as persons: Personality Discovery, Learning Spiritual Gifts, Abilities Awareness, Connecting Passion with Ministry, and Experiences of Life. I think it is going to be a wonderful study. We also have some great other elective classes you can join: a Grief discussion group (which is what the note was about…a planted note, I think!…just to see if it got mentioned in this Monday Messy Office Report???), a video series on the Apostles Creed, and the Multiply Movement.
2. Concert posters – A long-time member of our congregation is turning 80, and instead of celebrating with a party all about her, she decided to have a birthday concert to glorify the Lord! Pretty cool, huh? You’re all invited. On April 12, 2pm, join us at Faith Church for a concert by Brenten MeGee, a Lancaster Bible College music student, as he sings some of the great hymns of the faith. I put up the posters around the church. You may love hymns, but you also might not, which is okay. How about coming to the concert to express support for someone turning 80 who just wants to praise the Lord!
3. Race bib – I wore bib #388 on Saturday at the Buckskin Breakout 5K. Since the spring of 2010 I have been running races, almost all of which have included people from the church. The Buckskin Breakout was no different as my son and a close friend from church ran together. My son beat me! So did my friend, Brandon. We have run countless 5Ks, a half marathon, and two marathons. If you told me five years ago that I would be doing all that running, I would have laughed. Here’s the story of how it all got started. I keep all my race bibs in a file in my office. On the back of each one, I write the date and time. I have two more 5Ks in the next two months, then training begins for the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon, September 6th, the date of my 40th birthday!
Now it’s time for me to clean up!