Good morning! It’s Monday–but a Monday with potential!
As of right now, we only have one more Sunday without a pastor. I think I switched to “coast” mode a bit early because yesterday God threw me a curve ball to keep me on my toes. About 5 minutes before our early service, it was apparent that our minister supplying our pulpit was not going to arrive in time. Thank goodness I’m a girl scout (always prepared) and our early church congregation is pretty flexible! But I was reminded that it’s not usually a good idea to get too comfortable and figure the hard part is over!
But I am very excited that in about 8 days, we will be welcoming Rev. John Guthrie to Henderson. I have faith that he is who God has called to minister at our church and am anticipating a fresh start for our congregation–something every church needs once in a while.
Last night we had a really fun youth group. We played “Skittles,” a game that was donated to us by church members. When I saw it at their house (they were suggesting we might need it in our youth room–or they might need it out of their house), I just knew it would be a hit for youth groups and scout groups and kids of all ages. Here is kind of what it looks like:
It’s a British game. Basically, you spin a wooden top and try to knock over pins. Each pin is worth a certain value (or a negative value). There is definitely a certain skill level involved in spinning the top just right. A few of our group mastered it in the short time we played. I thinking we need to have a tournament. How many people do you know that have a Skittles trophy on their shelf?
This morning, I’m leading a Bible Study on Jonah 4. I’ve really enjoyed studying Jonah with the group. It’s not the first time I’ve studied Jonah in a group setting (I’m thinking most specifically of our ‘Jonah, Joel and Amos’ small group in college), but this time around I’m appreciating the parody in it a little more. Especially Jonah 4–the “I just knew it!” chapter of the Bible. “I just knew you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love!” Except, of course, Jonah doesn’t mean it like it’s meant in most of the Bible where these are words praising God. Jonah was kind of a whiner.
And yet, even when he ran, refused, gave a half-hearted effort, and whined, God never gave up on him. I’m thankful for that.
One more thing: It’s that time of year again! I go for my cookie training tonight and Troop 981 starts selling Girl Scout Cookies on Friday! That right–in just a few short days, doors will be opened all over Henderson and people will wreck their New Year’s resolutions with Thin Mints and Samoas.