I am in the process of writing our October newsletter and I’m running into a bit of a problem. Let me explain.
When we first arrived there was a lot going on…I had a ton of stuff to write about, and a lot to pray for.
When we begin planting a church 11-18 months down the road, we’ll again have all kinds of stuff to talk about.
However we are in that “not very exciting, but extremely essential” part of our transition to Ireland. The part where we really work on settling in to life here in Dublin.
Let’s face it, “Today I met with a salesman for the gas company and signed a 15 month contract for our natural gas,” isn’t exciting to anybody. (I almost dozed off writing it).
So I’d love so feedback from you. What type of info you would find helpful/interesting to learn? There is obviously a lot going on, I’m just not sure whether it’d be interesting or not.
Plus there’s the added issue that I have to get permission from my daughters before I write anything that has to do with them. (I don’t get Liz’s permission, but she proofreads it normally and has full veto rights).
So here’s my favour…would you send me an email, or put a note in the comment section letting me know the type of stuff you’d find interesting?
(in the meantime, if you haven’t signed up for our monthly enewsletter yet, please do that here.)
I see that you’ve already begun to alter the spelling of your words to fit your new environment (the “u” in favour). Nice! 🙂
Are you doing anything interesting with the other Vineyard churches in the Dublin area? Have you met any interesting people? What kinds of every day things do you find yourself doing to adjust to your new life? (This can be in the realm of how you interact with people, how you shop, things you do, books you read, anything…) How has your life changed in all the little ways that add up to the larger picture? How are the Irish people (like your neighbors and others you encounter casually) reacting to you and your family?
Of course, I wonder how things are different with regard to the school system in Ireland as compared to here. If any of your daughters would care to share their experiences, that would be interesting to me. Do they find the adjustments more difficult or easier than they guessed they would be? In what way? Things like that.
Now that you’re not lead pastor preparing services each week, how has that changed you? Has your devotional life changed? Have you been feed up to do other things that you’ve been wanting to do (in relation to your spiritual self)?
Those are some of the things about which I’m curious…
Great questions Kathy! I think you’ve given me a month’s worth of ideas.
I read them.
Ditto, what Kathy Nelson said. But, whatever you have to say I read…so far, you’re still my Pastor until a new one comes along in Ithaca. I like the pics of Meabh and I wonder what Liz would say if she was doing the blog. Do you see much of her realtive(s)? How is the car doing? Other than money and a job, what is the surprise/disappointment of an item left behind that you had not planned to? Moves are always stressful, and there is always one (atleast) box that comes up missing.
Mary Ellen, sometimes it feels like you’re looking over my shoulder! We have a cool story about a missing box we’ll be sharing in the next newsletter. Also, I’ve set up a blog for Liz…just need to get her to start writing.