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My church's women's retreat went really well. It was a lot of fun and great to get away. And it was over way too quickly.
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This is definitely timely for the next two months (and even after), got this via Relevant Magazine. 7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics.
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The rest of the retreat this morning was really good. The whole weekend was great and refreshing. I just wish it couldn've been longer. :-)

And there's some stuff that was brought up that I need to deal with in certain ways that's going to be hard. Just because I was confronted with it when I got home and had to stop myself from dealing in the way I always have - which I shouldn't.

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On a happier note, I got to spend part of the evening with Jean and Melissa - which was a lot of fun.

And a new episode of "Sherlock" was on tonight - which was awesome. :-D
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I hope everyone who celebrated had a good Christmas. And I hope everyone who didn't had a great Sunday.

We went to church this morning.

Then I went up to my mom's and my brother also came up and we exchanged gifts. And my mom really liked her afghan.

From there, we came back home and exchanged presents here with my dad, grandparents, one of my uncles, and our neighbors. Got everything I wanted except for giftcards for A.C. Moore and gas, but I kinda figured those were long-shots anyway. I am going to have to exchange some stuff from my grandparents, since I already have too many knee-high stockings (from previous years), the underwear they got me are too big, and they got me a new pair of L.L. Bean duck boots - which I don't need, so I'm going to see about exchanging them for a pair of slippers - which I do need.

After dinner (my grammy's lasagna and Christmas cookies - yum!), I went to J's. She, M, and I watched the Doctor Who Christmas special and exchanged gifts. And made lots of jokes about my package from M, which was a set of three candles - a pillar and two balls.

I'm glad I have off tomorrow.
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In recognition of National Coming Out Day, I thought I'd share something I recently came across that I totally agree with. It's an open letter dealing with coming to terms with being both Christian and gay by Jason of Jason and deMarco
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Today was a good day.

Got out of the house a little after 6:30, and to hospital a little before 7. (It's the best place to go for a blood test, instead of LabCorp.) Couldn't find my insurance card, but had all the info written down and they took it, thankfully. The lady who drew my blood was also really good and only pricked me once. Was out of the hospital by about 7:10.

Didn't have to be into work, so I went to Panera for breakfast and read the newest part of Sentinels of Atlantis. And finished my [livejournal.com profile] sgareversebang fic and sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] gblvr.


And in really awesome news - the Presbyterian Church (USA) changed its stance on ordaining openly gay pastoral candidates.
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The retreat finished on a really good note today. It's always amazing how quick it goes. Aside from some good spiritual growth this weekend, I got to play some fun games like Bananagrams and One Word.

The latter was fun because of the random things people would say. Like for the clues "a condiment/to enjoy", someone said (with much conviction), "Ketchup!" (real answer - relish). After the team's turn, her teammate was teasing her about it, and said something like, "I'm really ketchuping playing this game with you". Which struck me as really funny, and I snorted a little bit of soda into my nose. Everyone else's laughter at that only made me laugh harder. Note - when I start really laughing, my face turns really red and I don't breathe. (And any exhortations for me to breath will only make me laugh harder.)


I was hoping to see The Eagle this afternoon/evening, but it isn't showing anywhere near here. So, instead I think I might go see Beastly tomorrow after work.
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Yeah, still not sure about my cellphone - the battery died between 5 and 7 last night. Which is really weird, since I charged it earlier in the week, and it usually lasts about a week. Hopefully it'll sort itself out once I get home and plug it in.

But the retreat's going awesomely and God's definitely moving among us. :-D
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Things that aren't awesome:
- My cellphone being in some weird "USB Download Mode" for over three and a half hours. Which is really weird, since it apparently turned itself on and put itself in that mode while I was at work.

Things that are awesome:
- Finding $14 in my bag.
- Getting off work at 3pm on a Friday.
- Going on the women's retreat this weekend.
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This is courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] melissima.

Bishop Desmond Tutu in a Washington Post piece on March 12, 2010:



Our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters across Africa are living in fear.

And they are living in hiding -- away from care, away from the protection the state should offer to every citizen and away from health care in the AIDS era, when all of us, especially Africans, need access to essential HIV services. That this pandering to intolerance is being done by politicians looking for scapegoats for their failures is not surprising. But it is a great wrong. An even larger offense is that it is being done in the name of God. Show me where Christ said "Love thy fellow man, except for the gay ones." Gay people, too, are made in my God's image. I would never worship a homophobic God.

"But they are sinners," I can hear the preachers and politicians say. "They are choosing a life of sin for which they must be punished." My scientist and medical friends have shared with me a reality that so many gay people have confirmed, I now know it in my heart to be true. No one chooses to be gay. Sexual orientation, like skin color, is another feature of our diversity as a human family. Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people? Does God love his dark- or his light-skinned children less? The brave more than the timid? And does any of us know the mind of God so well that we can decide for him who is included, and who is excluded, from the circle of his love?
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Tomorrow evening, my dad and I are taking Patch to the vet. While she's a tiny bit better than she was before we started her on the medicine, she's still itching a lot and not really eating. Hopefully tomorrow will fix that.

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Tonight was fun. My church had a "Christ in the Passover" Seder/dinner that was put on with Jews for Jesus. It was really interesting and I had a lot of fun.

This is the third Seder I've been to. The first was back in college with my campus ministry (one of the other students grew up with both Christian and Jewish traditions). The second was year before last at [livejournal.com profile] tribal_forces when we had the fannish Seder.

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This afternoon, I was watching an OZ episode (6x06 "A Day in the Death...") and started crying about ten minutes from the end. And this is something never happens with me when I'm watching a show or movie - there might be a sniffle or two or a quivering lip - *maybe* a tear, but this was outright *crying*. And the characters I was crying over - I like, but I wouldn't have put them as my favorites.

I'm increasingly convinced that this show should be mandatory for any writer or actor.

And I'm rather sad that I only have two more episodes of this show to watch. I haven't been this invested in a show in a long time. I've actually found myself worrying about the characters.
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I returned home from the retreat about 2pm and wish it had been longer. :-)

All in all, it was a very good retreat and everything went very well. And any problems that we had were all very minor issues that were resolved right away. The speaker was amazing and everyone was glad to have her back. And I feel rejuvinated and confirmed about something I've been wanting to try in my faith walk, even though it had nothing to do with the theme this year.

Still amused by the non-seeming geek watching the Trivial Pursuit game randomly saying, "Kirk was an admiral." And also, there being a question about Samoa and both Bev and I at the same time saying, "Where's Jody?" (She's married to a Samoan and lived there for a few years. I guess that's what we get for being on the committee together.)


And Patch is definitely glad I'm home. My dad said she was a mess last night - she wouldn't settle down, kept looking for me, even tried to jump up on his bed - which she's never tried to do, in part because it's much taller than mine.
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I'm off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz....

Okay, maybe not. :-P

But I'm done work for the week and am off for the Women's Retreat. Yay!
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I had handbell practice tonight and it went really well. Even though most of the group is new, I think we're sounding really good and I think we'll be ready for Easter.

My church's Women's Retreat is this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. We're having a speaker we've had before who's really good. And I enjoy these weekends - it's good to get away and be with other women from the church.
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Spent about six and a half hours at church this morning. I had to be "on call" for nursery at the early service, so I went in early to talk to G about the sound board, since I was going to be running it at the second service and it's been a while since I've done it. (And the second service is more involved than the first - not only do I have to deal with levels, which are fairly set, moving the camera around in case there's anyone in the chapel, and recording the service to dvd and the sermon to cd, it includes children's church camera stuff and dealing with putting the words to the worship songs up on a screen). I ended up staying up there with him for the whole service asking questions, taking notes, and watching him work. Then I hung out between services since there wasn't a whole lot of time to do much before doing the second service, and G hung out to make sure I felt comfortable. After the second service was the Women's Retreat meeting, which is the first weekend in March. We've got practically everything done, which is good, and now is just the last minute stuff that normally comes up now (nametags, folders, etc).

This afternoon, I hung out for a while and took an unexpected nap before heading over to M's house tonight. She, J, and I hung out and played with her Wii and she showed us her Wii Fit -all of which was amusing.
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My grammy made doughnuts yesterday for Fasnacht day (German version of Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday). Yum!

I don't know about all Presbyterian churches, but mine's never been very into obvserving Lent. Yes, we usually do a special sermon series during Lent that ties in with leading up to the Crucifixion, but that's about it. And this year is the third year that we're actually doing an Ash Wednesday service.

I hope everyone who's observing Lent finds it to be a good, spiritually fulfilling season.

Epiphany

Jan. 6th, 2010 11:59 pm
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Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas! Or Three Kings Day! (Depending on how you celebrate it. Or not. :-P)

I love Straight No Chaser's version of "We Three Kings of Orient Are" (and especially the fact that they incorporate the Mission Impossible theme).

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