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Monday, February 16, 2009

Meet and Greet

Seems we are finally getting hints of Spring...a wonderful relief in the areas of the world that have been under siege of snow, wind, ice, and bitter, as we begin to thaw and warm up, let's be sure to extend a warm welcome to our newest bloggers:

Reverend Potatoe Head at under the steeple describes his blog this way: Standing beneath the steeple, playing in the cornfields, and my first year as a pastor of a small, country church....

Leanng at Waking Up Somewhere Else: she describers her blog thusly: Born & raised in the South, my husband and I recently made the move west, all the way to California! This journey has been a roller coaster ride of events for us thus far. We miss our family & friends but love the new adventure. I am learning new things about my self, my partner and this part of our world. I’m an ordained Baptist minister by vocation. Part of my new adventure is learning how to be a chaplain too. This blog is dedicated to the things that I wake up to in life, what the journey is like, and new discoveries along the way.

Joelle at Skating in the Garden in High Heels describes her blog: One Lutheran Lady Pastor's outlook on the church, figure skating, gardening, and life.

Maryann at the Sabbath Project describes her blog:The Sabbath Project began in the fall of 2007 at Burke Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia. Associate Pastor MaryAnn McKibben Dana envisioned the project as a simple way to encourage members of the church to experiment with the practice of sabbath-keeping. Rather than create a new program of the church, with all of the administration that goes with it, we wanted to create something that was simple to implement, with maximum flexibility, and enough support and accountability to keep people excited and motivated about this life-transforming practice of sabbath. We believe we've found the right mix, but come and see for yourself.

This site contains general ideas and inspiration for sabbath-keeping, resources specifically geared for families, and worksheets and resources for educators and pastors to plan their own Sabbath Project.

Welcome one and all to our warm and friendly blogging community -

and now: be sure to check out our upcoming Big Event 2.0 - we are leaving the cold climes and coming to The Casa.

Scottsdale, Arizona April 16-19 for a continuing education event with Wil Gafney! and a side trip to the Grand Canyon (if you want to stay in AZ until the 21st of April)...see the side bar link for more info - and yes, you can still join us.

The tentative itinerary for the BE 2.0:

Thursday, April 16:

Arrive at Sky Harbor Airport in time to catch the Super Shuttle to the Casa. Mary Beth is collecting arrival times in order to see if we can coordinate groups of us to take the shuttle at teh same. Each shuttle holds 7 people, and the ride can take up to an hour depending on the number of stops, less if it can go directly to The Casa.

6:00pm dinner at The Casa

7:00pm Gather as a group, intros and some time with Wil

8:30 Evening worship

9:00 Social time


8:00am breakfast

9:00am morning worship followed by session with Wil

Noon lunch

1:00 afternoon session (this session may include some time to break out, rest, etc)

6:00 dinner

7:00 evening session with Wil

8:30 evening worship

9:00 social time


8:00 am breakfast

9:00 Morning Session, this session may include group work or free time

Noon lunch

1:00 Afternoon Session, this session may include group work or free time

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Evening session

8:30 Evening worship

9:00 bonfire and social time


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Closing Eucharist

10:30 am departure

11:30 departure for those going to the Grand Canyon. We have reserved 4 rooms at the Maswik Lodge, accomodating 8 people, at about $95.00 per person, plus what ever meals we eat, and a share of the cost of gas for the drive up. (7 have said they want to go, one is tentative). More reservations can be made, but a request must be placed with Mary Beth asap.

We will return from the Grand Canyon on Monday, late afternoon. Those leaving on Tuesday will need to make reservations to stay at The Casa or a hotel near the airport for Monday night. It will take us about 4 hours to drive to and from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon.

Final payment due March 1, 2009. To request a brochure with more details, or to request a registration form, please send an e-mail to


  1. So happy to be a part of the party. I love the way you have this blog set up with themes everyday took me awhile to figure it out...I kept wondering why every blog I visited was talking about their pets on Friday! Sorry I missed but it would be a long blog as I have 11 cats.

    I also think I'm going to steal your idea to do lectionary thoughts on Tuesday. It will be good discipline to at least start thinking about the texts early in the week tho it's usually Sat before the product is complete.

  2. The Sabbath Project welcome was an answer to prayer! Earlier in the day I'd been talking to someone who is organizing Lenten family programs, discussing possible topics. We were feeling stumped, and I suggested random wandering on church websites to look for ideas. Came here (not random wandering!) and found this...a perfect topic. Another God-incidence!


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