My tidy Friday office is mysteriously messy on Monday. Here’s what I found this week:
1. Conference stuff – After having been away from the office Wednesday through Friday of last week at my denomination’s national conference, not only is my office messier than normal, I also have a bunch of conference stuff to add to the pile. Each year pastors and representatives from each of our churches meet together for a few days to discuss the mission of the church. We hear lots of reports about what God is doing in our churches, and we get stuff! When you walk into the registration area, there is a bag awaiting you. The brown paper bag is filled with all kinds of info to take back to your church. Also throughout the week you can get even more stuff, from display tables or other reports that are distributed throughout the sessions. While there are some business sessions that can be hard to stay focused on, for the most part, I find our national conference to be super inspiring. This year a delegation from our sister churches in Japan participated in our conference, as they were given national conference status as well! It was an awesome moment. A young man who grew up on our church took his pledge to become a pastor in our denomination. When I first came to Faith Church, he was in fifth grade! Amazing. Our conference approved a major strategic planning initiative, one that I believe will help our denomination and local churches be faithful to God’s mission for many years to come. Finally, we heard lots and lots of stories about how God is at work in the Evangelical Congregational Church. It was such an inspiring week.
2. Race Signs – We started off National Conference, for the second year in a row, with a 5K race to raise money for church planting. It was a run, walk, and new this year, ride. One guy did the bike ride, which started at 9am, and in which he got first place, then put on his sneakers and ran the 5K, which started at 10am, and he got third place in that! Our National Conference meets at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and if you have never been there, one thing you need to know about is HILLS! I pretty much have to expect that my 5K time will be two minutes slower than normal. But it is a lot of fun, as the course has roads, hiking trails, and grassy areas. Both years, I have created the signage. I put most of the signs and cones away in our church’s shed, but I kept two in my office. That’s because later this week I’m going to make new signs adverstising our Worship in the Park which is coming up on Sunday! Feel free to join us worship God in the High Pavilion at East Lampeter Community Park, 10am. Our denomination’s Bishop, Bruce Hill, will be joining us as well. I can’t wait for a great morning.
3. Kid’s Craft – Someone (I know who) didn’t want to bring their Sunday School craft home, and decided to leave it my office yesterday. I really appreciate how creative our kids’ classes are! So I took the project and posted it on my office door.
I’ve spent all day cleaning up this mess…