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?
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.
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.
Homeless people are using our church campus as a place to sleep or stay. What should we do?
One name for "#" is “hashtag” and it’s become rather significant in the social networking world. Do you think it could be useful in church, too?
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.
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?
Looking back on technology in 2013, tablets were a pretty important item. Are you or those you know using tablets at work? At home? How about at church?
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.
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.
This is the story of the trials, tribulations, and travails we experienced at my church as we went through the process of upgrading our projection technology. Have you gone through similar trials and travails as you move into new solutions and technologies?
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...posted on: Elders and Conflict
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...posted on: Any Current or Past Elders?
Hello! Yes, I am an elder. It is my second term. I am the President of our Council.posted on: Any Current or Past Elders?
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.posted on: Instead of Church
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...
We use a google group. We have a note in our bulletin and newsletter to email the secretary if you want to be added. The group sends the request to the group, when it comes from whatever email...posted on: How Does Your Church Share Prayer Requests?
Diane, these sound good! Somehow I got on a mailing list and received a free online course of NT Wright and the Lord's prayer. Not sure if everyone can get it free or what, but the course is here...posted on: What Books Are You Reading in 2019?
Thank you for replying, Karl. I have "Long Legged House" in my pile of books to be read. (Tsundoku is the Japanese word for those, did you know?) I'm so sorry about the loss of your daughter. I...posted on: What Books Are You Reading in 2019?