Thank God for my computer calendar. Really! I mean that literally. If it weren’t for my computer calendar and the reminders you can send yourself, I would have missed a meeting this morning at the church office. I don’t think God would have appreciated that.
When I woke up this morning, it was a rainy, raw day in central Massachusetts. It was gray and I was sleepy. I debated about going back to bed, especially since the cat was still there, keeping my spot warm. I decided to try to stay up and turned on the computer to check on my e-mail and to check the local obituaries online (I do that “religiously” since the time I missed my uncle’s funeral because I don’t get the local newspaper).
There it was. A little e-mail message reminding me of the meeting at 10 AM. I had forgotten to write it down on the paper calendar. I had 2 hours to wake up, make myself presentable and get to the meeting. I can’t honestly say if that I was glad to see that reminder at first. After all, it pretty much killed the idea of settling back into the warm bed and sleeping late.
I did get to the meeting on time. It really was a good thing, since it was the first meeting of a new committee at our parish. It’s a committee to plan for Mission and Outreach. Don’t think that we haven’t been doing these things all along. We just haven’t had a committee to plan and coordinate our efforts. I got tapped to be on it because of my connections with the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which will continue to be one of our focuses.
The meeting went well. Our Mission and Outreach will try to work on several levels: local, national and international. After all, we need to remember that we are all brothers or, as the Lakota say, “We are all related.” There is certainly enough need to be met on all of those fronts.
Locally, we’ll be working to support the local food banks as well as investigating additional needs in our community. Nationally, we will continue to support the Cangleska shelter on the Pine Ridge Rez. Right now, we’re holding a winter clothing drive to warm those to whom the shelter provides services. Internationally, we are hoping to work with a parish in Kenya to meet the needs of some of their children. A woman in our parish is originally from Kenya and has numerous connections there.
I’m hoping to be able to keep up with all of this in addition to the EFM class I’m taking. Ever since we returned home from vacation, my energy has been really low. I’m not sure what to attribute that to, but it really gets in the way of being able to accomplish everything I want to get done.
I just finished studying a bit for the EFM class, which is tomorrow night. We’re working on the book of Genesis and this week’s assignment was “The Flood.” The story of Noah and the ark is one most folks know. But the scripture itself is more complex than the typical Sunday School story that the kids learn. I wish I found myself more excited about this class. Maybe time will help.
Well, off to make supper and maybe study a bit more before I watch the result show for Dancing with the Stars. This has certainly been a weird season on that show! What to cook . . . . .