Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Five: Endings and Beginnings

Sally at RevGalBlogPals is finishing up her Master's thesis for a programme that began in 2006.  Her Friday Five for us:

How about you as you look back over the last few years:

1.  Have you completed something? What was it, and how did you celebrate?
This is very timely as I just completed a 3 year pastorate.  It was a mismatch from the get-go, but we all attempted to make the best of it and there was palpable relief for all that it was coming to an end. The celebration at the church was a very nice reception with a gift after the final worship service last weekend.  My own celebration is happening now as I spend a week of vacation in Baton Rouge with family and enjoy the things around my niece's wedding tomorrow.

2. Is there something that you are waiting to begin?
I get to begin a new ministry at a church next week.

3. Is there a project you keep putting off and why?
I want to get rid of almost all of my books. I am putting it off because I would love it if those books could be of use to someone else, especially the ones related to ministry and faith.  I am thinking of having a party and inviting my pastor friends to come over and just take what they want.

4.  What would be your dream project/job?
I am doing my dream job, but more and more I wonder if part of the dream might be a different location. I am getting tired of trying to hide my southern roots and trying to fit in to a culturally strange part of the country that might not fit me anymore.

5.  Be creative, you are going to publish a book/song/poem, what is the title?
Lately, the book I'd like to write, dedicated to parishioners and colleagues that just don't get it:
I'm Not Your Friend.


Purple said...

Yum...the cake looks delicious. "those who don't get it"...Amen to that.

Blessings on the new next week.

river song said...

beautiful cake! thanks for visiting my blog, and regarding art and design-related projects, when you're a little settled into your new call I would love to design some bulletin covers or event posters and can do quite a bit pro bono. And what Purple wished you about the future!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

When I was new in ministry, I went to (possibly my first) district ministers meeting and discovered old-timers had brought books they were ready to part with. I loved getting books that way, especially since I had little money to spend on more books while paying off student loans for seminary.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Maybe I'll have to enlist you as a reader of my book on Genesis, to see what's working and what's not working in it.

nancy.johnson said...

What a great list. I am glad you are doing your dream job. I feel that way too. I hope you will say more about your book title. Sounds like some pretty serious stuff. Blessings on your new ministry.

Sally said...

Interesting book title, always a hard line to draw, great list :-)

Songbird said...

Blessings on your new ministry! Can't wait to hear about it.