Good evening and welcome to Sunday Thoughts for January 10, 2021. One of the most beautiful things happened yesterday. After weeks of what seemed like gloomy cloudy days, we awoke to blue skies and sun. In fact both yesterday and today we had sun. Each morning we woke up to temps near 12, but the beautiful blue made up for it.
Knowing that it was going to be a nice day, Pam and I took a drive. One of the things I wanted to do was take pictures of the churches that we participated with during our last 4-1/2 years. We took our Canon Rebel out and got some great pictures. We also took a little detour to Kinzua Bridge, which is a high railroad bridge that was partially taken out by a tornado in the early 2000’s. They’ve developed it into a Skywalk. It was great because there was nobody there – the first time I had experienced that. As I walked out onto the Skywalk, you could hear the crunch of the snow under your feet and even the old trestle crackled a little bit in the cold.
Following that, we watched the Buffalo Bills play the Colts. Wow! What an ending. It was good to see the Bills win in the first round of the playoffs. Since the Eagles are out this year, I’m cheering for the Bills to go all the way. We’ve adopted them – especially since they are an AFC team and not divisional rivals. I’d love to see them go all the way.
Just 8 more days – until we move. One more Sunday. It all seems surreal. By this time next week, we will be getting ready to pack the truck and move to Millsboro, DE. Several times this week I’ve had to stop and reflect for a moment. God indeed gave us great favor while we were here – in both our church and our community – yet we are looking forward to what God has in store.
This week, Pam and I also return to transporting students. It’s been a long break from in-person school, but we go back tomorrow. Plus we also need to get serious about packing the last of the house. So we need to go to Dollar General and get some boxes.
We did have a good service this morning. I led our congregation through a Covenant Renewal Service. It is always a special service and we ended with communion.
As I close, I am watching the Steelers play, but I also know I need to go to bed because morning will be here quick. So, that wraps it up. Blessings….
So here we are on the first Sunday Night Thoughts of 2021. I saw a picture this morning on Facebook that said, one year ago today, we were worried about the Australian wildfires, and most of us hadn’t even heard of COVID-19. 2020 will go down as a very unique year in history. We wrapped up the year on a very low key note. Last week we did some packing. One of the things that we did was put some family and ministry collages together. We have a collage for each place that we have lived and then there is also a ministry collage for each place of ministry since we lived in Flint, MI.
We were missing a family collage for Staunton. We needed to make one for our one year ministry in Waynesboro, and both a family and ministry collage for Eldred. Those are now all done. We have to pick up the last of the pictures tomorrow and put them in a frame.
Our house is really starting to look different as we continue our preparations for a move. It’s hard to believe that we are just 14 days away. Most of the non-essential things are packed and we are doing some downsizing.
The weather around here as been crazy. We’ve had snow and rain and freezing rain. That happened Friday night into Saturday morning. Everything was like a skating rink yesterday morning. We were supposed to get more this morning, but fortunately that didn’t materialize. We did get some mixed precip and it even snowed this afternoon. Because of that threat of bad weather, we had a smaller crowd than our usual small crowd of late.
This week, some of us return back to work after Christmas. It remains to be seen whether I will go back to my regular route before we move to Delaware. It all depends on whether another school district goes back to in-person learning.
I was able to ring in the new year with Anna and James. It was pretty anti-climatic. I don’t even think I heard guns or fireworks from our neighbors as usual. So it was an unusual ending in a year that was – I hesitate to say it – unprecedented.
That’s about all I have for tonight. Have a great week! Seize the day!
Welcome to the last Sunday Night Thoughts of 2020. It’s hard to believe, but the end of 2020 is less than a week away. Pam and I have traditionally put out several end-of-year lists. We are still planning on doing that. You should see those posts mid-week.
At the moment, I am relaxing on the couch on what is a warmer day than we have had. Friday and Saturday were cold with lake effect snow flurries for almost two days. We ended up getting about 2 inches out of the who thing. Like I said I am relaxing on the couch. Anna is with me and we are watching, “The Long, Long Trailer.” It’s a feature film with Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball. By the way Lucille Ball grew up in nearby Jamestown, NY. It is a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
This past week we had several special services. On Monday evening, we had our annual Blue Christmas service. We had never done a Blue Christmas service before we arrived at McCrae Brook. I was pleased to learn that The Journey has already done it for several years. It is subdued service – but it is a service of hope and comfort, especially for those who have experienced loss during the past year. It is also a nice pause in what is normally a busy time of year.
We also had our annual Christmas Eve service, but this year we called it Christmas Eve @ Home from Home. Our family led the service from our living room and we streamed it to Facebook. I had several positive responses from those who watched. It was a unique Christmas Eve. Which follows along with what has been a most unique year.
This week it is back to packing. We have three weeks to finish packing, but since school is closed this week and the following week our route will still not be going to school, we will have plenty of time to pack.
We had a good service this morning at McCrae Brook. Minimal shoveling was required from that about an inch of snow. I salted after I shoveled and by church time the sidewalks were in good shape. That’s about it for this week. Have a great week!
I thought I would start of with this cool video – the Holiday Drone Light Show.
I think that was pretty cool. I missed the live broadcast last night, but watched it tonight after I had seen several people post about it on Facebook.
Yesterday, after a week off, I got out for a run. It was a four-miler, which is pretty short for me, but it was nice to get out. The weather here is getting colder and snowy, so without being able to go to the gym it is getting more difficult. The good thing is that December 2020 has more mileage than December 2017, which was none. I could beat December 2016 which only had 23. The last couple of years, Pam and I were working out at the Y, so it will be tough to beat those. We had a little snow drizzle when I started. But after about two miles I was warmed up and the snow didn’t bother me much.
I was able to get in a substitute van run in this week. Most of my van runs have been canceled because of school going remote. But it has given me lots of time. This past week I had even more time because Pam preached this morning.
If you haven’t noticed we are doing a photo challenge for Advent. One from Busted Halo and the other that was put together by a Wesleyan pastor. You can check out the hashtags #bhadvent20, #instaAdvent, #thewearyworldrejoices, #advent, #adventplaylist. I have also been doing devotionals via Facebook live each morning.
The rest of this week was spent packing. As of today we have 42 days until we move to Millsboro, DE. Our District Superintendent was here this morning for worship. It was the first time that he had heard Pam preach. One of the interesting things was that he was here when we came to interview. So not only did I have the pressure of preaching to a new congregation, but also to a new DS. We have appreciated our DS and his wife. The Western New York District of the Wesleyan Church is a great district and we are sad to have to leave some great friends. Most of what is not needed is already packed. Plus we are trying to downsize at the same time. I did another round of that this evening after we had talked to the grandkids.
Well that about wraps it up for the week. Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)
Welcome to the second Sunday night in Eastern Standard time. I am still getting used to it being dark at 6. What’s even crazier is that the sun starts dipping behind the mountains a little after 4.
We have had some left over summer come on by this week. While the morning temps have been cold, the afternoon temps have been in the sixties. The temps are warm for the first part of November in NW PA. I’ll take it at the moment.
This past week was a bit of a crazy week. There’s too much to go into here, but suffice it to say things were a little crazy. By the way, we did have some snow – about 2 inches on Monday. It made the trip to school in the morning a bit interesting. By the afternoon, it was warm enough that most of the snow had melted. Then everything started to warm up.
My running game has been a bit off of late. I’m trying to get back on track but as the weather turns colder that is going to be a challenge because I’m not planning on working out in the gym.
This past Thursday night we had a wonderful prayer meeting. We try to meet weekly on Thursday nights. Because we only have a few, if one of us can’t make it, we cancel the in-person meeting, but still pray individually.
This morning we had a wonderful worship service at McCrae Brook. Pam did a great job leading a Sunday School lesson before worship. I preached from Psalm 136 – Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. The Holy Spirit was evident as we gathered, worshipped in song, prayed and opened God’s Word.
That’s about all I have for tonight. We are going to be on some rest and relaxation next weekend, so there won’t be a Sunday Night Thoughts next weekend. Have a great week!