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. (¡Olé!)
  • 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!


Tuesday, September 01, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, September 2

  • Today is the birthday of Keanu Reeves. (Be excellent to each other!)
  • Three deer and a very fat racoon, all in the backyard at the same time. (The racoon moves in a way that says, "Don't mess with me" -- and nobody does.)
  • Nominating Committee: Send me the names of three (3) church members by next Wednesday (September 9) at 12 noon; the winners (!!!) will meet on ZOOM to pick the following church officers: 
    • three elders (one of whom will be the head elder),
    • three church treasurers (one of whom will be the head treasurer),
    • four greeters (one of whom will be the head greeter),
    • two members of our School Board,
    • two operators for our PA system,
    • the head of our school's Home & School Association,
    • and our church safety officer. 
  • We'll study the story of the Gibeonites (Joshua 9-10) in our ZOOM Prayer Meeting at 7 PM this Wednesday.
  • We hope to re-open worship services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but if you can't wear a mask, then you can watch us on ZOOM or listen to us in the church's parking lot on your car's FM radio.
  • Pray that:
    • God will bless those who are sick, with healing.
    • God will bless those who mourn, with comfort.
  • Augustine of Hippo: “God loves each of us as though there were only one of us."
  • Monday's pix was a Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens) -- but what's in today's pix?
Thanks!



THE REALLY FAST
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON:
Small Groups

 


Sunday, August 30, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Monday, August 31

  • Today is National Trail Mix Day. (No fair picking-out the M&Ms!)
  • That clattering sound -- like a bunch of kids all sword-fighting with sticks? Just two bucks in the backyard, antler-wrassling at 11 PM.
  • September 12 (first-draft): here's what may happen -- let me know if you have questions or concerns.
    • 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. 
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • leaders, with courage.
    • essential workers, with safety.
  • Rowan Williams: “Truth makes love possible; love makes truth bearable.”
  • Friday's pix was our late-blooming hybrid strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) -- so what's today's pix?
Thanks!



Thursday, August 27, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, August 28

  • Saturday is National Lemon Juice Day (and just the thought of this makes my mouth pucker).
  • Local sunset: 8 PM PDT
  • It's tough enough for me to parallel-park a car -- so watching them position a double-wide trailer in our neighbor's yard was all the more amazing.
  • Two church members get our weekly prayer-list by email; let me know if you want to make it three.
  • We hope to re-open worship services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- and next week, I'll post my first-draft of what to expect.
  • Pray that God will bless:
  • all those who fear, with courage.
  • all those who mourn, with comfort.
  • and all those preparing for a new school year.
  • “There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.” ― Ray Bradbury
  • Sharon says the cone featured in Wednesday's pix is from a Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) -- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!



Tuesday, August 25, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, August 26

  • Today is National Dog Day. (Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy? You are! You are! Yes, you are!)
  • I always thought the best part of school was just before it begins, when we'd all go shopping for school supplies. (Ah, the smell of new crayons . . . )
  • We'll study the story of Rahab (Joshua 2) in our ZOOM Prayer Meeting at 7 PM this Wednesday.
  • We hope to re-open worship services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but if you need to stay home for health reasons, then that's okay too.
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who are sick, with healing,
    • all those who are dying, with peace,
    • and all those who care for others, with strength and wisdom.
  • Today's quote: ““Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” -- Groucho Marx
  • Monday's pix was a Dwarf Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum thingee) -- but what's the cone in today's pix?
Thanks!



THE REALLY FAST
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON:
Winning Attitudes

 

Sunday, August 23, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Monday, August 24

  • Today is National Waffle Day. (And tomorrow is National Banana Split Day -- thus far, this week is looking pretty good!)
  • If my trip to Portland is any guide, most drivers have stopped using turn-signals. (Was there a memo that I missed, or is this a side-effect of COVID-19?)
  • Yup, we still hope to re-open worship services at Lincoln City on September 12. (But our Adult Sabbath School Lesson will still be on ZOOM.)
  • Nope, no Half-Hour Hangout this Tuesday -- see you next week!
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • our leaders with wisdom and courage,
    • essential workers with safety and health,
    • and all those looking for work or a place to live.
  • Today's quote: “When we cannot pray as we should, then we must pray as we can." -- Charles Spurgeon.
  • Friday's pix was Field Bindweed, a.k.a. Morning Glory (Convolvulus arvensis) -- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!

Thursday, August 20, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, August 21

  • Today is Hawaii Statehood Day. (Aloha!)
  • Local sunset: 8:10 PM PDT
  • Watching two bucks wrassle in our neighbor's yard -- they stop long enough to chase away two spike deer, then go back to wrassling again.
  • Let me know if you want to get our weekly prayer-list by email.
  • We hope to re-open worship in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but we will continue to ZOOM our Prayer Meeting (Wednesdays at 7 PM) and Adult Sabbath School Lesson (Saturdays at 10 AM).
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who fear, with courage.
    • all those who mourn, with comfort.
    • and all those preparing for a new school year.
  • Today's quote: "Think and let think." -- John Wesley
  • Sharon tells me Wednesday's pix was probably some kind of Coral Bells (Heuchera whatever -- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, August 19

  • Today is International Orangutan Day. (Feel free to celebrate with their favorite food: durian!)
  • Judging by the way they behave at our feeder, I'm guessing that Steller's Jays really, really, really don't like millet. (Anybody know something they'd enjoy?)
  • We'll study the story of Hagar (Genesis 21) in our ZOOM Prayer Meeting at 7 PM this Wednesday.
  • We hope to re-open worship services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- and if you don't have a mask, then we'll have a whole box of them for you to pick out a brand-new mask for yourself.
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who are sick, with healing,
    • all those who are dying, with peace,
    • and all those who care for others, with strength and wisdom.
  • Today's quote: “My faith rests not in what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he has done, and in what he is doing for me." -- Charles Spurgeon
  • I'm guessing Monday's pix was African daisies (Osteospermum thingees) -- but what's in today's pix?
Thanks!


THE REALLY FAST
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON
Ministering Like Jesus

 

Sunday, August 16, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Monday, August 17

  • I'm told that today is National Thrift Store Day. (And yes, I heard this second-hand.)
  • When it's hot in the Willamette Valley, then it gets foggy on the Oregon Coast. (Bad news for tourists -- but good news for deep-sea fishing.)
  • September 12 is still on the calendar as a possible date to re-start worship services at the Lincoln City SDA Church . . . and right now, it looks as though we may be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. (Its PA system is not as good, but It's slightly bigger than the Sanctuary -- and it's a much easier place to set up seating that's socially-distanced.)
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • our leaders with wisdom and courage,
    • essential workers with safety and health,
    • and all those looking for work or a place to live.
  • And please keep our school in your prayers; we hope to begin classes on September 8.
  • Today's quote: It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins." -- Karl Barth
  • Friday's pix was Variegated Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) -- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!


Thursday, August 13, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, August 14

  • Today is National Navajo Code-talkers Day. (“Yá’át’ééh.”)
  • Local sunset: 8:23 PM PDT
  • Spotted this week: two BIG meteors, half-a-dozen little ones, Jupiter, Saturn, two satellites in polar orbit . . . and a bat!
  • We hope to re-open services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but even if we do, there are some things that just won't happen right away:
    • shaking hands,
    • passing the offering plate,
    • and everybody singing in church
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who fear, with courage.
    • all those who mourn, with comfort.
    • and all those preparing for a new school year.
  • Today's quote: "Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Wednesday's pix was Chilean Prickly Rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria) -- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, August 12

  • Today is Vinyl Record Day. (Anybody else remember 78s made of shellac?)
  • The hummingbirds don't know what to do with the chickadees at our feeder -- they zoom in to attack, stop about a three-feet away, hover for a moment, then leave.
  • We'll study the story of Hagar (Genesis 16 & 21) in our ZOOM Prayer Meeting at 7 PM this Wednesday.
  • We hope to re-open worship services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but if it's just not your thing to wear a mask while sitting indoors with a bunch of people, then check out our "Church in the Lot."
  • it begins September 12,
  • and meets at the same time as church,
  • but it's broadcast on a low-power FM station
  • so that you can listen to the service in your car
  • while you're parked in our church's parking lot.
  • Pray that God will bless:
  • all those who are sick, with healing,
  • all those who are dying, with peace,
  • and all those who care for others, with strength and wisdom.
  • Today's quote: “There's only two kinds of music: good music, and bad music -- and if it sounds good, then it is good." Duke Ellington (adapted)
  • As Lowell hinted, Monday's pix was Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) -- but what's the plant in today's pix?
Thanks!


THE REALLY FAST
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON
Sharing the Word

 

Sunday, August 09, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Monday, August 10

  • Today is National Lazy Day. (And yes, I should learn more about it -- but right now, I just can't be bothered.)
  • Go outside after 10 PM, find a clear patch of sky, and look straight up. Those streaks of light you see every minute or so? They're the Perseid Meteor Shower.
  • Hungry? Pick up a food-box at our Adventist Community Service Center this Wednesday, anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM.
  • Good news! The Conference now says its okay for people to attend church if they're 65+ . . . and we may be able to re-open children's Sabbath Schools when Lincoln County moves to Phase 2.
  • I have pencilled-in September 12 as a possible date to re-start worship services in Lincoln City -- but if wearing a mask indoors with a lot of other people doesn't sound like something you should do, then keep in mind:
  • we will continue to meet for Sabbath School on ZOOM.
  • we will continue to offer "THE REALLY FAST SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON," and "REALLY FAST SERMON" on Facebook and YouTube.
  • and we will begin something I'm calling "the Church in the Lot" -- but I'll tell you more about this on Wednesday.
  • Pray that God will bless:
  • our leaders with wisdom and courage,
  • essential workers with safety and health,
  • and all those looking for work or a place to live.
  • Today's quote: “The grass may look greener on the other side -- but believe me, it's just as hard to cut." -- Little Richard
  • Friday's pix was Japanese Buttercup (Ranunculus japonicus) -- and today's pix is well-known to bumblebees everywhere!
Thanks!

Thursday, August 06, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, August 7

  • Today is National Lighthouse Day. (And no, there is no National Foghorn Day.)
  • Local sunset: 8:34 PM PDT
  • There were seven deer in our backyard last night -- and two of them were spotted fawns!
  • We hope to re-open services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but to do so, I need your help with three things:
  • Number One: if you're especially vulnerable to COVID-19, then you need to attend an alternate service.
  • Number Two: I will need contact information from you by September 11.
  • Number Three: we all need to wear masks -- and if you can't wear a mask, then you need to attend one of the alternate services I'll talk about on Monday.
  • Today's quote: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." -- Albert Schweitzer
  • Wednesday's pix was Sweet Allysum (Lobularia martitima) -- so what's in today's pix?
Thanks!

Tuesday, August 04, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, August 5

  • Today is International Traffic Light Day. (And the older I get, the faster those yellow lights turn red.)
  • Having finished our Hosta, the deer have started eating our Crocosmia. (Sigh)
  • We hope to re-open worship services in Lincoln City on September 12 -- but to make this happen, I need your help with three things:
  • Number One: If you're especially vulnerable to COVID-19, then I need you to stay home.
  • Number Two: I will need contact information for everyone who attends.
  • This means I'll need your name, phone number, email address, and the number of people who are there with you.
  • To keep this from becoming  too much of a hassle, please send me an email with your contact information by 6 PM Friday, September 11 -- this way, I can just check-off your name from the list when you show up.
  • And I'll talk about the third way you can help on Friday.
  • Pray that God will bless:
  • all those who are sick, with healing,
  • all those who are dying, with peace,
  • and all those who care for others, with strength and wisdom.
  • Today's quote: “Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” ― Laurence J. Peter
  • Nina tells me that Monday's pix was Hawkweed (Hieracium thingamabob) -- and yes, it's a close relative of both dandelions and chicory. So what's in today's pix?
Thanks!


THE REALLY FAST
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON
August 1-7
Unlimited Possibilities


Sunday, August 02, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Monday, August 3

  • This is National Scrabble Week. (And yes, "slubberdegullion" really is a word.)
  • Does anyone know how I could teach hummingbirds to share?
  • Hungry? Pick up a food-box at our Adventist Community Service Center this Wednesday, anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM. (But if you're not hungry, then why not drop off a donation?)
  • I have pencilled-in September 12 as a possible date to re-start worship services in Lincoln City -- but to make this happen, I need your help with three things:
    • Number One: If you're especially vulnerable to COVID-19, then I need you to stay home; this includes people who are:
      • 65+ years old,
      • diabetic,
      • immuno-compromised,
      • or suffering from some kind of heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease.
    • And we'll talk about the second way you can help on Wednesday.
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • our leaders with wisdom and courage,
    • essential workers with safety and health,
    • and all those looking for work or a place to live.
  • Today's quote: “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” -- Stephen King
  • Friday's pix was Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) -- and can anyone tell me what's in today's pix?
Thanks!


Thursday, July 30, 2020


CHURCH.UPDATE
Friday, July 31

  • Today is National Avocado Day. (And yes, I'm old enough to remember when they were called "Alligator Pears.")
  • Local sundown: 8:43 PM
  • They've been logging-off the lot just to our south -- and watching them grub-out stumps with an excavator is better than any TV show.
  • Don't forget to join us in prayer, every day at noon.
  • It will take three steps re-to open our church: 
    • Step 1: Lincoln County moves into Phase Two. 
    • Step 2: the church is physically ready to re-open. 
    • Step 3: we have the people we need to keep us safe -- this means: 
      • Greeters who make sure we have contact information for everyone, 
      • and Safety Officers who make sure that everyone is wearing a mask, and social-distancing. 
    • And I'll talk about just when this might happen on Monday! 
  • Pray that God will bless: 
    • all those who fear, with courage.
    • all those who mourn, with comfort.
    • and all those who worry about money, with hope. 
  • Today's quote: "If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" -- Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  • Wednesday's pix was Trailing Verbena (Verbena canadensis) -- so what's in today's pix?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


THIS WEEK'S REALLY FAST
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON:
Spirit-Empowered Witnessing



CHURCH.UPDATE
Wednesday, July 29

  • Today is National Lasagna Day. (Nothing tastes better than good lasagna -- and nothing tastes worse than bad lasagna.)
  • Saw a doe with two spotted-fawns in our backyard this morning -- but they moved too fast for a picture.
  • Pick up a food-box from Community Services this Wednesday, anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM.
  • Send me an email, and I'll send you the contact info for our ZOOM Prayer Meeting this Wednesday at 7 PM.
  • It will take three steps re-to open our church:
    • Step 1: Lincoln County moves into Phase Two. 
    • Step 2: the church is physically ready to re-open -- this means:
      • drinking-fountains have all been turned-off
      • seating allows family-groups to sit six-feet away from other family-groups.
      • Bibles, hymnals, and offerings envelopes have all been removed.
      • signs have been posted that ask everyone to practice social-distancing, and to wear masks.
    • And I'll tell you about Step 3 on Friday!
  • Pray that God will bless:
    • all those who are sick, with healing,
    • all those who are dying, with peace,
    • and all those who care for others, with strength and wisdom.
  • Today's quote: "Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." -- I Peter 5:6f, NLT
  • Monday's pix was Crocosmia from our front yard -- and today's pix is from our back yard!
Thanks!