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We have moved the service that was tentatively planned for this Friday July 13th to Friday, September 21st 7PM-8:30PM in commemoration of th...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Well, the last few days of sabbatical are winding down.
The repairs and upgrades to the parsonage are nearly complete - some fixes and tweaks by the contractor should wrap things up. I only count 18 boxes left to unpack. I found my bread pans. Life is pretty darn good.

This Sunday please thank Pastor Lisa for her seven weeks of tending to God's awesome proclaimed word this summer. She and Pastors Bedenbaugh, Lutze, and Schweinler stepped in at the last minute when plans for pulpit suppliy pastors had to be changed.

I will be in and out of the office this week and in the pulpit September 7th.
Pray with me daily for the safety of all in the path of Tropical Storm Gustav.

Tomorrow I go for a nuclear stress test to clear the way for my endoscopy.
I guess that's one way to get a walk in. No word yet on the gall bladder, but I won't be sad to see it go.

A few things to keep in mind as we re-affirm God's call in which we share in this glorious ministry:

My day off will be Friday. I will not be checking work email that day. For emergencies I can be reached via cell (954) 668-6077 where you can leave a message.

I will typically be in the office Monday and Wednesday mornings and as usual by appointment. Sam will continue to schedule those. Remember that our staff meets Wednesday at 10AM and we do not answer the phones during this meeting.

Fridge Notes will return, but in a new form. Instead of an email, it will continue via blog. An email will go out to the Fridgenotes list letting everyone know that the Fridgenotes blog has been updated. I will not have weekly events typically listed – SAM will send out this part to the Trinity list as she has been doing during my absence.

I will be shifting my Trinity email address to drpk@earthlink.net . Please make a note of this. This is the email address for all church-related business.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon and hearing how God through the Holy Spirit has been powerfully at work in and through your life.

Ever in Christ

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vagabond Pastor Returns to Parsonage
Nearly 8 weeks to the day that we packed the last box into the POD and headed north, we greeted the same container, opened the lock. and began the process of moving back into the parsonage.

(Piper said that as long as we had a working toilet, a fridge and microwave, nothing was going to hold us back. Having both toilets working is an added bonus)

The parsonage is shaping up nicely - a bit more work and it will be done. Please accept our "thank yous" in advance. It is gorgeous, functional, and a wonderful place to be. As soon as the counter top and stove are in place and working, I promise that I will be cranking out some good bread and my usual potluck specialties. Boy, do I miss my bread pans!

We look forward to having an "open house" blessing in the near future - once we get the last boxes unpacked and a few things organized. Next update will have some pictures.

On the health front, I had my first ultrasound last week to look at my liver, pancreas and gall bladder. Looking at one's organs on the monitor is cooler than watching most of what passes for TV these days. The folks at MEM REG were awesome and showed me that my gallbladder is full of stones which may be contributing to some of the pain that I have been experiencing. Its days may be numbered, but let's just keep that between us - no use worrying it just now and making it upset.

Another dozen days and I will see you around Trinity - until then, may God enrich your faith with the fullest measure of grace!

Your Brother and Pastor

PS - We could never have moved in if it wasn't for lots of help from Harry, Ron, Dinesh, Rajiv, and Fritz - you folks Rock! It took only a few hours to fill the house with a mountain of boxes. Of course, we could and do also thank Janean every day for keeping things moving forward even when a dozen things randomly come up to slow it down. Thanks, J!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tests, Tests, Tests
My Sabbatical trip to the the ER has generated a few new friends, and hey, isn't that what it is all about? I now have a GI doctor (the gasto-intestinal kind, not Army) and soon a cardiologist because I am no longer, apparently, a kid, and anything that causes pain in the chest needs to be tested, even if it is nothing. In the upcoming weeks as we prepare to move back into the parsonage and I return to the pulpit, I will also be enjoying an ultrasound of various organs, a heart screening, endoscopy, and the testing of various bodily fluids and things best not mentioned in case you are eating right now. All this to determine basically what the hiatal hernia is up to these days and if anything else was adding to pain in the ER that night. I look at it this way - I have seven more years before anyone is going to mention having a colonoscopy, so I have that going for me. Yeah!


To prepare for my return, I've begun focussing on my call as pastor.

What is unique to my call as pastor?
(What should I be doing rather than what I have been doing or expected to do)

What does it mean to be a spiritual leader?
(My summer reading has greatly informed my thinking on this - and I will share some of what I have learned with you shortly)

How do I balance that call with my call as husband and father?
(This involves properly setting and keeping boundaries (like days off) and inviting the church leadership and all to assist me in keeping them)


The Floor
The parsonage floor should be done by early this week - so we are getting close!
After 8 weeks I am here to tell you that you can live out of suitcases for a long time.
It has been an adventure and we are ever grateful to the congregation for committing to the renovations and for those who have opened up their homes to us and to our pets, and for those who have put in countless hours to make the renovations a reality, especially Janean who has logged too many miles, too many phone calls, and too many trips to various home stores. Thank you also to the volunteers who have painted and patched and those who have given to cover additional expenses that have come up. We look forward to making this home, our home, for many years to come.

Ever Yours in Christ