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Rest

It’s been a long week.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Sunday
    • Easter Breakfast Setup/Service
    • Easter Dinner at Kim’s, straight from church
    • Nephew Zachary arrives from Cleveland
  • Monday
    • Early morning with Zach
    • Afternoon chasing Zach on the playground at Maple East
  • Tuesday
    • Work
    • Entertaining Zachary
  • Wednesday
    • Work in the morning
    • Shoulder surgery in the afternoon (Everything’s good, as far as I know. I find out more on Thursday)
    • Afternoon with Zach
    • Work in the evening
    • Bowling with Zach and friends
  • Thursday
    • Morning home with Zach and Hope
    • Work in the afternoon
    • Testing our Town Hall For Hope internet stream from 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday
    • Slipped on the stairs and fell down the bottom three with Addison. (She’s fine, I’m extremely sore in the neck/shoulders)
    • Sermon practice Friday Afternoon
    • Worked on Confirmation gifts
    • Lasertron
  • Saturday
    • Youth Band
    • Home to see Zach off
    • Sermon practice and leading worship in the evening
  • Sunday

Looking forward to some actual rest this afternoon.

Planning Ahead

Part of the challenge of making a schedule at the beginning of the year is estimating how tired you’ll be for any given event.  There have been a couple of times where I thought it was a good idea to schedule two things back-to-back, when in reality it’s an awful idea.  For the first time ever, I’ve combined the two master schedules (Cornerstone and Crossroads) to try and avoid major conflicts or over-extending myself.

In the end, there are only three weekends where I’m busy with events on Saturday and Sunday (not counting Sunday School):

  • January 10-11: Remix Rock Climbing and rooted
  • March 6-8: Remix Sawmill Creek Retreat
  • April 11-12: Easter breakfast setup and serving

I’m feeling pretty good about the schedule, but I’m waiting another day to call it complete.

A Case of the Mondays

I started my new work schedule for this semester today.  Most notably, my day off is now on Wednesdays instead of Mondays.  I’m not sure how I feel about it yet, except to say that I’m not sure how people work on Mondays.  🙂  My normal work-flow has changed and I’m still trying to get my mind around what that means for me.  Once I get into a routine again, it will probably be much better.  Maybe I can convince Kathy and Tim to go to Chotchkie’s for some coffee…

Power Learning and Working

The 15 days are going to be interesting.  I have the following on my plate:

  • Lutheran Confessions 1 starts tomorrow (Jan 3) and runs through Jan 18.  Classes are from 9-12 each day with 3+ hours of homework each night minimum.
  • Cornerstone (Jan 3)
  • Crossroads Sunday School (Jan 6, 13)
  • Internet Safety Class (Jan 7)
  • Crossroads Event: Sex at it’s Best (Jan 11)
  • Remix Event: Rock Climbing (Jan 12)
  • Preach on “How Can I Make a Lasting Change?” (Jan 12-13)
  • Cornerstone Event: Special event for families around the 4th Commandment (Jan 17)

Jaime will be in Haiti for most of that, so I have extra time to work and study.  Should be an interesting 15 days!  If you don’t see many posts, you’ll know why.

Ahead of the Game

This past summer was incredibly hectic.  I lost almost all of the month of July to VBS and the National Youth Gathering.  While it was productive stuff, it hurts to lose a key month in getting ready to launch the new year of ministry as students return to school.  Not having enough to do in July (or, perhaps because I had so much), I decided that this would be the year we schedule a full year’s worth of programming before the summer was over.  It was a hectic time, but it’s been so helpful.

I’m reminded of just how helpful it is as we plan for the Workcamp this year.  Possibly for the first time ever, I’m looking for resources from Group Workcamps before they are ready to hand it out.  Our group rep, Kris, has been so helpful as I call looking for information.  She was amazed that I was already looking for official registration forms (not available until January) and Pre-event Bible Studies (Mid-November), theme clip-art (No timeline) and the leader’s manual (Mid-November).  It’s not often that I get to be the one who is better planned than Group (or many other people for that matter…).

I don’t feel like I’ve perfected the communication system yet, but I feel like I’m making big strides towards that end.  Taking a week in the summer to map out the year has been so helpful and I look forward to doing it again next year and adding additional layers of planning and strategic thinking to it.   In fact, I should probably schedule that time now…

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