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Category: christmas

11/28/07 10:50 - 29ºF - ID#42316

Tree lighting

Friday night, at 7pm, the Elmwood Village Association is having its tree lighting at Lafayette Church. We will fire up the lights, drink some hot chocolate, and sing some carols together. It costs nothing, and should be fun times.

If you really want to get into the holiday spirit, then come out Thursday night, when we will be decorating Lafayette's tree, starting with a Chili dinner at 6pm.






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Category: 10 things

11/26/07 04:08 - 42ºF - ID#42287

10 rules for Christmas

I am breaking from my pattern of "10 things I like about . . ." because I liked the rules that felly made for herself, and so I am going to make my own.

1. Shop online (I'm already following this one, everything is cheaper and far less stressful)

2. Be generous (not only with gifts, but with time, and in dealing with attitudes/personalities)

3. Buy local and/or used items whenever possible.

4. Take time for prayer, for silence, and reflection.

5. Don't give any time to arguments about "keeping Christ in Christmas." (I love Jesus, don't get me wrong, but I am not going to be insulted if Target doesn't acknowledge him. It's probably better if they stick to "happy holidays," and leave my faith alone.)

6. Remember that not every person likes Christmas, and it is a particularly painful time for many, regardless of their faith.

7. Don't overindulge. Too much food and/or alcohol seems like it will make things more fun, but normally a moderate amount is better.

8. Don't forget to celebrate. Refusing to eat ONE cookie is just a ridiculous as eating 12 (and even less fun!). Christmastime is a great time to party.

9. In connecting with the people mentioned in rule 6., invite them along in ways that make them feel comfortable whether they participate or not.

10. Be merry when possible, but not if it requires faking it.
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11/21/07 11:45 - 45ºF - ID#42221

10 Things I like about Thanksgiving

1. Going home.

2. Seeing extended family.

3. Seeing old friends.

4. A game of football or street hockey.

5. Stuffing.

6. Pumpkin Pie.

7. Not working.

8. Cable tv at Mom and Dad's house.

9. The political discussion. (always at least 4 parties represented, sometimes more)

10. Watching football.

I could probably list another 10 things, easy. Thanksgiving is great.
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Category: sermons

11/20/07 11:18 - 52ºF - ID#42212

Sneak Peak!


This is probably what next Sunday's sermon will be, unless I change it between now and then, or your comments add a particular insight.
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Category: money

11/19/07 04:11 - 41ºF - ID#42202

Goodsearch!


It may not be as powerful as google, but if you decide to make goodsearch your primary search engine, it will allow my church to raise a couple of bucks, (until Paul registers estrip with goodsearch), which I recommend. And it uses Yahoo!, so it does a pretty good job of searching.

Please go to goodsearch.com and add it to your toolbar as your primary search engine. I would love it if you made Lafayette Church the non-profit you choose to support, at least until estrip signs up.

It doesn't cost you a thing!
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Category: tv

11/16/07 10:11 - 34ºF - ID#42160

30 Rock

Best show ever. (except maybe the Simpsons)

And I often like to watch it online, so I figure the writers, especially the brilliant ones on this show, should get a share of the online and DVD revenue.
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Category: sermons

11/15/07 05:54 - 40ºF - ID#42149

another sermon:

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Category: sports

11/15/07 12:51 - 49ºF - ID#42139

Basketball

A friend of mine and I are going to hoop it up tonight, but we are hoping that we can do better than one on one.

We will start around 7:30. No cost, all are welcome.

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Category: time

11/13/07 04:07 - 52ºF - ID#42104

Not enough?

Today I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day (and yet I find time to post on estrip--I know).

I also am thinking about our church's budget. And that would be easier if there was more money.

Of course, I know that we have exactly the right amount of time AND money, and we just have to make the choices to use them both well.

And so, when I get home tonight, around maybe 9 (after SIX separate, unrelated meetings in one day, plus too many phone calls and stress about programs and money, starting at 8am and including a lunch meeting), I will not think about this stuff anymore, and focus on relaxing with my wife.

Then we will start again on Wednesday (which should have a more normal pace)


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11/11/07 08:05 - 47ºF - ID#42082

Our trip to Toronto



Bonus points if you are the first to find my spelling error!
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