Blogging and Computer Musings

I found this post, How Often Do You Google Yourself several days after I had tried it. Kem is the Communications Director at Granger Community Church. The reason I mention it is that several days ago, I did exactly that. The search results were typical for the most part; places that I have left comments, or blogging friends of mine. I was surprised when my name showed up here under Pastors Who Blog. You never know where your name might show up, hopefully in a positive light.

In other news, I have been enjoying the new laptop the church has purchased as a result of a grant from our district. It is a Dell Vostro 1500 with 2 GBs of RAM and a 160 GB HD. Yes, it is running Windows Vista and there have been little bugs here and there, mainly trying to get my desktop XP machine and the laptop to communicate. I was dissapointed that I couldn’t try the Wi-Fi feature. None of the places we stopped had Wi-Fi. I may take it with me around town this week and try one of the local places and blog from there.

I took the laptop with me on our trip this week and it was nice to unload the pictures from the camera right away to view them, instead of viewing them on the small digital camera screen. If I would have had the right cable, our friends had a DV video camera and I would have loved to try the “firewire” port. The laptop comes complete with Windows Movie Maker and it was amazingly easy to make a short silent movie with the videos from my digital camera.

This week we get to finally try out the laptop with the video projector for Mosaic and I’m looking forward to it. I might try the evaluation copy of EasyWorship instead of using Powerpoint. I’ll let you know how that goes.

We’re Home

We arrived safely back in Martinsville this afternoon. We went to visit some Marine friends of ours in Jacksonville and we had a great time. We were treated to a wonderful dinner at Shogun and it was the first time I had tasted Japanese cooking unless you count the Tokyo Express here in Martinsville, but I don’ think that will count. We were also served up some tasty home cooked short ribs. To our wonderful hosts, thank you. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We also finally got to see the Beruit Memorial in honor of those Marines killed at the embassy many years ago. It really make you think about those who have faithfully served our country over its long history. Thank you for your service!

Pastor’s Pen – August/September 2007

Wow! What a short summer. It seems that Rebecca just graduated and now we are preparing to take her to college in just two weeks. As I write this Rebecca has just received her laptop that her grandparents bought for her. She got a great deal on it because Dell has an agreement with Southern Wesleyan. So, Rebecca is getting closer to going to college.
This is a time of transition for the Argot family. Because Rebecca was waiting for her laptop, (the tracking number let us know that it would be delivered today) We took the two younger ones to lunch and take care of some church business. In just a few weeks, it will be just Pam and me and Anna and James.
Back when Rebecca was attending Kindergarten, we were living in Indiana. We lived right on the edge of the Indiana Wesleyan campus. As Pam was walking Rebecca to Kindergarten with Anna in tow, she observed the mom’s crying, leaving their freshmen girls at college. The mothers told Pam, “I won’t be long till you are in our shoes.” And here we are. Now the opposite part of this comes at the end of the spring semester, when the fathers would complain about how much stuff the girls had accumulated since the fall. I’m sure I’ll be one of those fathers.
So we are entering a new time or season in our life. Solomon put it this way:
1 There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
Many years ago, when we found out Pam was pregnant with Rebecca, we called the pastor who got us together and married us. He said the thing about having children is that they are part of your legacy. My prayer is that as Rebecca goes to college that she will be part of the legacy of building the Kingdom. That is my prayer for you as well — to leave a legacy of building the Kingdom. God bless you and I love you. Pastor Dale.

Sunday Night Thoughts,

Who could have known that when we woke up this morning the kind of day we would have. As we got ready to go to church this morning, I sensed that there was spiritual warfare going on. I couldn’t put my finger on it. We progress through Sunday School and were progressing through the worship service, when I put my foot in my mouth. Have you ever done that? I apologize later in the service, but as we went home and the afternoon progressed my heart and mind were conflicted.

We went over to Martinsville Speedway for their open house and enjoyed what they had going on over there before the showers came. (By the way, you can pray for us in this area, we really need some rain in Martinsville.) Isn’t interesting, some parts of the country have way too much and others way too little.

We got back home and the devil kept working on me. I was miserable for the rest of the afternoon and was dreading our service this evening. I took some time to pray about it and felt the Lord was leading me in a certain direction. We started out with two little choruses, “Lord, Be Glorified” and “Sanctuary.” Then I shared with the congregation that had gathered a hymn story. It was the story of Isaac Watts and his hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” We listened as Dr. Bud Bence narrarated the story and then the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale sang this wonderful “song of human composure.” After that I shared with the congregation what had been going during the afternoon and then we prayed…AND THEN the Holy Spirit “showed up” in a mighty way. We started praying at about 6:20…when we finished it was 7. God is really AWESOME! How about that; an old-fashioned Holy Spirit led prayer meeting on a Sunday Night! How cool is that? We have been praying for a spirit of revival. God is working.

Today, God reminded me why He called me here…He has called me to be a small town, rural church pastor. Small Places Are Magnificent (Thanks, Mark!)

A Visit to Martinsville Speedway

As noted in the title of my blog, NASCAR visits Martinsville twice a year. However, the speedway is here year round. As part of the speedway’s 60th anniversary, they had an open house today. We had full access to the entire speedway to take a look around. The track gave away hotdogs and Pepsi and even let people take their cars on the track for a few pace laps. It was very cool.

A rare view from the back side of the track. Directly behind us our the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks. They were moved back several years ago to create this space. There are only a few hundred bleacher seats along the back straight just beyond the parking barriers.

Turns 1 and 2 from the Main Grandstand

Turns 3 and 4 from the same placeThe start/finish line from the flagman’s position

Looking down the front straight from the flagman’s stand.
They also showed various classes of stock cars. Here Pam has her picture taken in front of one of them.
Getting ready to take a few pace laps around Martinsville Speedway in the Kia Sedona. Wayne, I can’t believe I actually did this! Don’t be too jealous 🙂
I’ll give tons of credit to NASCAR drivers. This is not as easy as they make it look on TV. Martinsville’s corners are tight and very flat.
During our pace laps, I had three motorcyles following me. It was very interesting and very cool at the same time, but it also required all of my attention.

In less than two years our church will be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary. This little open house got me to thinking, how could we use our 60th anniversary to reach out to our community? How could we give them a way to “test drive” our church? It leaves me something to think about.

Worship Boxscore

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 26, 2007

Call to Worship – Psalm 34:1-2
Songs of Worship – Yes, Lord, Yes (Keesecker), I Will Serve Him (Gaither), The Longer I Serve Him (Gaither)
Song of Worship – Little is Much When God is In It (Kittie L. Suffield)
Ministry through Music – Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (Thrupp/Bradbury)
Worship through Prayer
Worship through Giving
Song of Worship – More Love to Thee (Prentiss/Doane)
Worship through the Word – Samuel: Dedicated to God