Thursday, September 24, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, September 25

  • Just a reminder that September is Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Awareness Month (IIHAM). (For some reason, there are not many suggestions out there as to just how IIHAM should be celebrated.)
  • Local sunset: 7:07 PM PDT
  • Last night, I heard geese flying -- a sure sign that autumn is here.
  • And if you attend Lincoln City's LIVE worship service this Sabbath at 11:30 AM, then remember to:
    • come in through the front door,
    • check in with Kathleen,
    • wear a mask,
    • and be nice!
  • There will be a short meeting after church this Sabbath; Jim Sawyer is looking for ideas about worship in the weeks ahead.
  • Siddhartha Gautama: “There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life: not finishing, and not starting”
  • Today's pix is the view at night from the place where Narelle is in quarantine. (She says it's an office building -- and they leave on the lights all night, even when nobody is there.)
Thanks!


Monday, September 21, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Tuesday, September 22

  • Today is National Ice Cream Cone Day. (They were invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, where a man sold waffles next to a man selling ice cream . . . and the rest is history.)
  • The leaves on the trees in the Van Duzer Corridor have begun to change colors -- this means autumn is finally here! 
  • Yes, our Community Service Center is open every Wednesday, from 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • Here's what happens on September 26:
    • ZOOM Sabbath School Class: 10 AM to 11 AM.
    • Live Worship Service: 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the Lincoln City SDA Church . . . and I will try to ZOOM this service too.
  • And yes, if you come to our LIVE worship service on September 26, then you will need to:
    • wear a mask,
    • check-in with Kathleen,
    • and be ready to forgive the person who is sitting in your seat!
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • leaders, with courage.
    • essential workers, with safety.
    • teachers and students at our school, with wisdom.
  • Ambrose of Milan: "You cannot heal yourself by wounding others."
  • And today's pix is from my daughter in Tennessee.
Thanks!


Friday, September 18, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Saturday, September 19

  • Today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day (which should make things interesting for our Adult Sabbath School Class).
  • After 40-years of bird-watching, I can finally tell the difference between ravens and crows. (The short answer: crows are funny, but ravens are scary -- especially when it's 6:30 AM and they're chasing you across the parking lot at Elmer's Pancake House). 
  • Local sunset: 7:20 PM PDT
  • And no, we don't wear a mask because we're afraid to get sick; we wear a mask because we love our neighbors and don't want them to get sick.
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who travel, with safety.
    • all those in school, with wisdom.
  • Teresa of Avila: “You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.” 
  • And today's pix shows you what Narelle will be seeing from her window while she's in quarantine for the next two weeks.
Thanks!



THE REALLY FAST SERMON
JOHN 14:1-3 - Journey's End

 


Tuesday, September 15, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, September 16

  • Today is Mexican Independence Day. (¡OlĂ©!)
  • The sound of rain last night was the sound of a blessing.
  • These next two weeks, it seems best to stick with ZOOM for Sabbath School and Worship . . . 
  • And life being what it is, we will stick with the church officers that we have just now -- but when June comes, we'll fire-up our Nominating Committee once again.
  • Grocery stores with curbside pickup:
    • It turns out that our local Safeway doesn't offer this (yet),
    • but Trillium does,
    • and so does Kenny's IGA.
  • Francois de La Rochefoucald: "The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us."
  • And today's pix is a memento of our recent evacuation to Yachats.
Thanks!


Sunday, September 06, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Monday, September 7

  • Today is Labor Day. (And yes, the first state to make this an official public holiday was Oregon.)
  • Yes, it's hot in the Valley -- but here on the Coast, it feels like autumn.
  • Narelle's mom is going through a rough patch just now -- that's why Narelle will be visiting her in Australia from September 17 - October 29.
  • Don't forget to send me three names for our church's Nominating Committee -- the deadline is 12 noon this Wednesday, September 9.
  • Since you asked, here's a list of local grocery stores that offer curbside delivery -- but if (and only if) you have their app:
    • Fred Meyer's
    • McKay's
    • Safeway
    • Walmart
    • And maybe Kenny's IGA -- I'll let you know when I hear back from them.
  • Yes, our Community Service Center accepts donations of food and clothing on Wednesdays, anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM.
  • Here's what happens on September 12:
    • ZOOM Sabbath School Class: 10 AM to 11 AM.
    • Live Worship Service: 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the Lincoln City SDA Church, with live broadcasts both on ZOOM and a low-power FM station.
  • And yes, if you come to our LIVE worship service on September 12, then you will need to:
    • wear a mask,
    • check-in with Kathleen,
    • and stay flexible -- not least because I guarantee that someone will be in your seat!
  • Our School Board meets this Tuesday at 7 PM -- so there's no Half-hour Hangout on ZOOM.
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • leaders, with courage.
    • essential workers, with safety.
    • teachers and students at our school, with wisdom.
  • R. A. Torrey: “The chief purpose of prayer is that God may be glorified in the answer."
  • Friday's pix was a marigold (Tagetes erecta-- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!


Thursday, September 03, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, September 4

  • Today is National Food Bank Day (and speaking of which, we always need donations to our Adventist Community Service Center).
  • Local sunset: 7:46 PM PDT
  • There's a doe with two fawns in our neighbor's yard -- both fawns just losing their spots.
  • Lincoln County has just announced a burn-ban; this includes campfires, BBQ grills, and bonfires on the beach.
  • Yes, you already know that you can still get sick, even on Labor Day weekend. That's why you'll be:
    • wearing a mask,
    • washing those hands,
    • and watching your distance.
  • Don't forget to send me three names for this year's Nominating Committee -- the deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday, September 9.
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who travel, with safety.
    • all those in school, with wisdom.
  • Basil the Great: "If you plant kindness, then you will gather love."
  • Genie says Wednesday's pix was a hybrid petunia (Petunia x atkinsiana-- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!