Homeless people are using our church campus as a place to sleep or stay. What should we do?
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.
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?
This is Mavis Moon, signing in again as the guide for the Church & Web Network. I look forward to connecting with you on anything related to technology and your church. What questions do you have? What topics would you like us to discuss?
I have to admit, sometimes I look around at our small congregation and see only the gaps in the pews instead of the blessed people sitting between those gaps. Have you ever thought of the hours you spent preparing for worship and wondered, “Why did I bother?”
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?
I have wondered about this, too, and I am glad others have weighed in.
One time not too long ago, a younger family member (I am 61, she is in her 30's) remarked that she does not "dress up...
I read Out of Sorts, too, and got so much out of it! I wrote about one topic here, in my blog: http://lunarsongbird.blogspot.com/2017/09/out-of-sorts-by-sarah-bessey.html.
I also...posted on: Celebrating Female Authors - Sarah Bessey
Who'd have thunk that a post on libraries would generate so much activity?! Love it.
I am in one book club, started and ended another a few years back, and often think of starting another....
I have a cousin who has been running a church library for years. Her church is in Wisconsin. Here is what she said when I asked her about it.
We have a church library! We have around 5000...
PS - Our church library was cleared out and disbanded years ago. It was full of old, dusty books and I suspect it became a catch-all for books no one wanted. No one really "owned" it, either, so...
I like what you wrote about curating being a value, Samuel. It's true that we all have lots of access to media -- books, Kindles, and so on. It's good your pastor encourages people and gives away...