Black Extension Cord, Connection Cards, Avon Catalog – The Monday Messy Office Report – April 21, 2014

21 Apr

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today:

black extension cord1. Another extension cord!  Two weeks ago in my Monday Messy Office report, I told you that I found a brand new white 12 foot extension cord. Today there was another brand new extension cord in my office, but this time it was a black 3-prong cord.  I could get all excited and say “What’s with the mysterious appearing of all the extension cords???”  This time, though, I think I have it figured out.  My laptop battery only gives me about 45 minutes of life, so I need to have it plugged in almost all the time.  Unfortunately, my power cord is on the short side.  In our conference room on Thursday mornings we have sermon roundtable, a Bible study where anyone from the church can discuss sermon passages before I preach…and I love it and depend on the shared wisdom and experience of the people who attend.  It has enhanced my sermon preparation process immensely.  The only problem is that our conference room barely has any electric outlets.  Often my power cord is hanging across open space like a clothesline, which is not the safest arrangement except for the high hurdlers who attend roundtable!  Seeing this, one kind and generous roundtable participant bought me the white cord!  It was super cool of them.  But because my computer power cord is 3-prong, and the white extension cord was 2 prong, I couldn’t use it. Now I’m going to venture a guess that they also got the black 3-prong cord, which I will carry with my computer.  Thank you!  In the meantime, I’m also using the white cord as an extension for my phone charger.

2. Connection Cards.  To be fair, these cards are in my office pretty much every week, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned them before.  Inside our Sunday worship bulletins, we include a card that asks people to fill out their contact information.  On the back of the card we have space where they can ask questions or write prayer requests.  We totally ripped the idea off another church.  Our family was on vacation visiting Michelle’s cousin and his family in Cincinnati a few years ago, and we went to church with them.  They used Connection Cards, and we thought it was an awesome idea, so we started it up.  Just about every week we get a few prayer requests, and we pray for them on Wednesday evenings at our church prayer meeting.  We also get contact info from guests and we send them thank-you letters for visiting.  Later in the week a lady from our church gives guests a call to talk further.  We LOVE guests at Faith Church!

3. Avon Catalog.  If you’re thinking “Why would you have an Avon catalog in your office?”, there is a reason.  We have an Avon sales rep that goes to our church, and every so often she puts catalogs in the mailslots of ladies in the church, in case they might be interested in purchasing some products.  My guess is that one of my kids or my wife collected the mail in our mailslot and then deposited that mail in my office, only to forget to bring it home with them!

Now it’s time to clean this mess up!

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