Posted by: abbiewatters | March 3, 2015

Near – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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Nearer my God, to Thee.

Posted by: abbiewatters | March 2, 2015

Honesty

My one word for 2015 is “Honesty.”

Let’s see how I did with Honesty in February.

February began with the Super Bowl. We went to the gathering over in the Wellness Center to watch with the other folks from Independent Living. We had a good time. There were good eats (hot dogs, sliders, etc.), but the best part was a GREAT black bean and corn salsa! I just ate it with a spoon instead of putting it on tortilla chips.

Al and I continued the whole month with the Writer’s Block (a workshop to encourage creative writing). The last week of the month it morphed into a more formal fiction-writing class that will last through March. It was fun, and forced me to start writing deliberately again. I’m not sure how I’m going to do with fiction, but we shall see. I’m also trying to get a blog started at church that gets submissions from everybody.

We had a couple from church join us at the Chef’s Table, and got to know them better.

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I’ve been very busy with meetings for Olympia Presbytery and for my work with the Commission on Ministry. I conducted two exit interviews (one with the pastor who was retiring, and one with the session of the church he was leaving.) We also had a meeting on the State of the Presbytery. Like many we are suffering from loss of membership and congregations, but we are at last trying to move forward with goal of starting 1001 New Worshipping Communities in the next three years.

Al and I reconnected with Joe Smith, a Lutheran pastor who lives nearby. We haven’t seen him since the summer after we moved here. He lives about 10 miles away, but life (both his and ours) got in our way. It was good to reconnect over lunch.

On the health front, I have finally been able to start losing weight again after a three-month plateau! 2 pounds in three months, and then, in the last two weeks, BAM! I lost 4 pounds. Go figure! I’m sure that my FitBit helped me get here.

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That’s last week’s report, so I’m pleased. I also just got my “New Zealand” Badge which means I’ve walked 990 miles since I got the FitBit in August.

Also on the health front, my cholesterol blood test came back with great numbers, so…NO MORE STATINS! unless I mess up and start eating poorly again.

I’m in the middle of a photo-a-day series during Lent, so most of my pictures have been posted on those posts.

Not too much about HONESTY in this report, but I’m remembering my word, and trying to live my life in HONEST relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: abbiewatters | March 2, 2015

Bless – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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Live long, and prosper.

Posted by: abbiewatters | March 1, 2015

Celebrate – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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Today, we celebrate communion.

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 28, 2015

Powers – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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Incredible power in the Crab Nebula.

 

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 27, 2015

Wait – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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Big Al waiting n the sun for the rest of the group to join him.

 

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 26, 2015

Place – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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One of my favorite places on earth – mountain, sound, and sky.

 

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 25, 2015

Remember – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

Nannie & Gankie's 50th Wedding Anniversary

As we approach our 50th Wedding Anniversary in June, I’m remembering all the 50th Weddings that have gone before us. This is my grandparents – the first 50th Wedding celebration I remember. Also BOTH my parents AND Big Al’s parents had 50th Wedding celebrations. I wonder if the daughter-in-laws knew what they were getting into when they said “I do.” With the history in this family, they better understand they don’t get out of it easily.

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 24, 2015

Path – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

 

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This is the path I take from my hill down to the park on days it’s warm enough and sunny enough to enjoy the walk.

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 23, 2015

Covenent – #rethinkchurch

(Once again I’m following ReThinkChurch’s prompts for a photo-a-day during Lent.)

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The Presbytery of Olympia, like many other presbyteries around the country, has seen a sharp drop in membership and congregations in the past three years. We believe it is time to stop focusing on our losses and begin to recognize the wonderful potential we have. No more thinking in terms of scarcity – it’s time to start thinking about the abundance of gifts and love we have available from God. The Presbytery is asking the remaining congregations to covenant with each other to remain in fellowship for the next three years. We have a window of time to refocus and redirect our spiritual gifts, our relationships, our energy and financial resources towards a new future. It’s time to move forward together, to forget past hurts and past slights, and covenant to love each other and the world.

 

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