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?
We call it the Deacons Care Fund. When announcing it as the offering in the bulletin we say:
The Deacons CARE Fund is set aside to help our church family members and others during times of...posted on: What Do You Call Your Benevolence Ministry?
These sound great! I'll add them to my "Library," as the Apple app calls it and check them out.
Definitely planning to check this out!
Yes, I did hear the Eugene Peterson one. Wonderful, and so bittersweet now with his death. What a treasure he was.
Another one that really struck me was an interview with James Martin, SJ....
Yes, I heard the series on the Startup podcast and I agree it's really good. You should listen to it!
My absolute top favorite is "On Being" with Krista Tippett. It is awesome! Krista received the presidential award a couple years ago and it was well-deserved. (https://onbeing.org/)
Thank you, Andrew. We've heard there is a neighborhood church pastor's group so we are trying to find out about that and hope it will be a resource for us to respond jointly, as you suggest....posted on: Homeless on the Church Campus
I have two things that have worked pretty well for our small group. I find that it is a real challenge to get people to do any "homework" in between meetings. No matter how well-...
Good point - I do just automate my basic giving.
When the offering plate is passed, I still put some cash in the plate and encourage children to do so as well.
Automating the basic...posted on: Do You Automate Your Tithing?
I do automate my tithing. I find it works great -- maybe because I am SO forgetful! I have done an automated monthly donation to our church from back when I was using Quicken for DOS (yes, I'm...posted on: Do You Automate Your Tithing?