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Mavis Moon

About Me: 

I live in San Jose, California, and attend San Jose Christian Reformed Church. I work as the IT Director of Pivot Interiors, a Herman Miller office furniture company.

I grew up in the Air Force, where my dad was a chaplain, so I lived in several places during my childhood, including Michigan, Alaska, Washington, Texas, Florida and Arizona. I went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I met my husband Randy. 

We have lived in San Jose for over 30 years now. I have 3 adult children and two grandchildren who are, of course, the cutest things ever. 

Interests: 

I am a self-confessed nerd, and not just in technology. I love many kinds of techie things, especially databases, but I am also a bookworm and have been a bit nerdy about that since I was a kid. Currently I'm in 3 book clubs, 2 of which I started.

In addition to reading, I'm starting to explore writing -- I have started several blogs, one to chronicle the books I'm reading, another to recount some memories and one just for musing.

Another hobby, which my husband and I enjoy together, is traveling, whether it's day trips or longer vacations. There are many great places to go quite near to us -- San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite, the redwoods, Tahoe, the wine country, the list goes on. We enjoy longer road trips, too, and have visited several national parks around the U.S. and hope to see more.

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Dinner Church or Meal Church?

Our church is thinking of starting a once monthly service where we eat a meal together, including communion, and also have our worship service. Any of you doing that?

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Because

Have you noticed the “shorthand” way people are using the word “because” now? I don’t know where it started but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on Twitter. I thought of this new usage of the word “because” as I listened to a series of sermons our pastor, Brad Smith, gave recently.

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Are You Mobile?

Wherever you look, people are peering, or talking, or singing along, or listening as they walk, ride, fly — whatever. What about you and your church? Are you going mobile?

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What Do You Think?

As the new year starts, it is also the start (well, restart) of my stint as a guide for the Church & Web Network. What would you like to talk about? I don’t have nearly all the answers, but I can definitely pose questions, find some information or sources of information, and solicit discussion. See the list of topics in the blog - pick from there or come up with your own! Let's talk.

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God, He's Huge!

Why does it feel like a good thing to be reminded how big God is and how small I am? Well, I’ll tell you why it feels like a blessing to me, and I’d love to hear why it does — or doesn’t — to you.

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  • The requests just go out via email and the Sunday of each week they get posted in the bulletin. We are using Planning Center now (https://www.planningcenter.com/) and hope to make it a centralized...

  • I found a nice devotional from The Presbyterian Outlook. We are putting the 1/2 size version in our bulletins for the 5 Sundays of Lent and full size versions in the lobby so people can have those...

  • "Christianity Today" has a good devotional with daily devotions written by many excellent writers and I've ordered some of those to offer to our congregation. (https://ctmagazine.myshopify.com/...

  • Thank you so much for your answers, Eric. I have already shared them with our Council and asked them to think about how we can reflect on what you said as we deal with a conflict we are in the...

  • I was elected elder for the first time about 5 years ago. I agree with the others that a well thought-out orientation would have been helpful, for visits definitely, as has also been said. Now...

  • I'd like to interject here that elders, and really all of us as Christians, are called to "serve others in selfless love." I believe part of serving in love includes giving others the benefit of...

  • Hello! Yes, I am an elder. It is my second term. I am the President of our Council.

  • Great headline and article. I agree that the concrete ideas are helpful. I plan to send this to our congregation and ask them for thoughts and ideas.

    One thing that we do is give our kids "...

  • Interesting ideas. Have you experienced anything like this yourself? I'd be interested to hear more.

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  • I would be interested in hearing what people are doing now. We are planning to start putting a Welcome cart outside by our sanctuary front door and have someone stand by it to give out materials...