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It was the security company for the church. Multiple alarms were going off at the front entrance of the building. I had no clue, so I asked for the police to be called, and told the security dispatcher I was in route. When I arrived at Trinity, I found no police cars. Instead, I was greeted by three fire trucks.
The building that was dark on the interior when I had left it—now had some lights on. A fireman who was driving one of the trucks spotted me and asked if I was responding to the alarm. My day at Trinity started around a. Basically, I opened the building, and then departed for some Santa errands.
I returned after 9 to stage chairs in the Welcome Center along with a few other chores. My pal, Jack Berry, an ex-officio member of the altar guild was there to help his wife with some details for communion prep.
He also helped with the chairs. Around 1, I was heading back home for a nap, a shower, and an assault on the head cold that ambushed me. Those Bastard Souls - Debt & Departure was back at Trinity a little after 3. My mental notes kicked in on some final details. Then, I had orders to save a pew. The Sanctuary was packed and some of the overflow seating in the Welcome Center was taken.
It appears that the family service has become our most popular offering. And, the demographics show that more than young parents with their children attend. We had a tiny technology glitch in the Welcome Center with the monitors—we had sound, but no video. Our youth director, Bryce Miller, coaxed the technology gremlins to cooperate—after all, this is Christmas Eve.
Soon the video feed was restored. I camped out in the Welcome Center. It was interesting to watch the pattern of meltdowns from youngsters who had already made their parents weary. One young lady had insisted on Baloney - The Arthur Smith Show - In Person her tap shoes. She was a perfect match for the ceramic tile floor. She clicked and clacked so loudly that her apologetic father picked her up quickly.
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If you had been dozing, you were now fully alert. The young daughter of our associate pastor scrambled out of the Welcome Center. She made it all the way up the center aisle of the Sanctuary to the chancel. He swooped her up in his arms, and held her until the end. Somehow, the clock hands started moving in his favor, and eventually this service was coming to an end.
A family dinner kept me from attending the Modern worship service at 6, but I was around for the next two Don Chapel - Look Out Floor / All Track of Me services. There was a large crowd for the service. They stayed a long, long time as they chatted in the Sanctuary and Welcome Center with great enthusiasm.
Although, I think the congregation might be surprised at the mess the wax drippings cause for pew cushions and carpet. These die hards love this late worship setting. Ronnie Johnson, our chief building caretaker, worked with staff and volunteers to try to bring some composure back to the worked over Sanctuary. I think the building wanted us out too. I sensed the building was weary from the intrusion of Beef - One Be Lo - L.A.B.O.R. straight services.
It is a tough old building, but it needs its rest too. Ronnie and I had given the building a thorough security walk before we left. When I set the alarm, I knew the building was tight. So, the appropriate sensor tripped, the alarm signaled trouble, and our fire department responded. Clearly, God wanted to entertain his new born son. The firefighters outlined the steps I needed to take for our local service company to make the repair. I thanked them for their help, and wished them a Merry Christmas and a quiet rest of the night.
I contacted our service provider for the sprinkler system, and we mapped out a plan for correcting the problem. By e-mail, I notified the staff and key church leadership about this God prank. I sometimes wonder what might bring us to our senses. I think it is going to come down to this—finding that thrill of hope, and never letting go of Baloney - The Arthur Smith Show - In Person.
Finding that hope will depend upon the flicker of light in our hearts. Hope is potentially rekindled every Christmas, but in truth hope needs to be reborn everyday. Every year, as Christmas approaches, our kitchen turns into a production facility for the making and baking of Christmas cookies.
Let me say right up front, I have nothing to do with this annual event. I have over those years helped with the clean up, and some of the deliveries, but that is it. Thankfully, my wife, the Commander Supreme, is in charge. I could never reach the level of perfection required to master these recipes. Even if a new recipe is tried, the Commander conquers it.
She is a pro. When the cookies are delivered, my friend basically hides the plate of cookies from the rest of his family. I have never been offered a bribe for extras, but nothing would surprise me. There is something special about the aroma of baking cookies in an oven. Those sweet smells drift through the house. They transform the soul. My favorite aroma comes from the ginger cookies. I would imagine that the Commander Supreme has turned out thousands of cookies in our 44 years of marriage.
She is committed to quality. Even though it was a potentially dangerous line of conversation to pursue, I have suggested that she might take a break one Christmas—no baking of cookies. In truth, I sense the Commander Supreme will never take a break from baking Christmas cookies. My reasoning is Dont You Just Know It - Dr.
Feelgood - Malpractice to one recipe. The dough is just the correct texture for cookie cutters, and the Commander has quite a collection of cutters. If you have a favorite seasonal Christmas shape, chances are the Gamla Hundar - Various - Turist I Tillvaron Vol.2 has that cutter for you. Once cut, those shapes are placed on a lined baking tray. Next, comes the fun part—dusting the cookies with all kinds of confections.
On Friday, December 20,the last batch of sugar cookie dough was going to be used. The Commander had saved just enough for what might be a historic generational day for our family. Around the kitchen table were my mother-in-law, Big Liz who is not big, it is a seniority thingthe Commander Supreme, our son, Andrew, and his two year old daughter, Josie. They had fun.
No, I think she does this every Christmas because she likes sharing her heart, and I think she is also planting seeds for future bakers.
I am certain that deep inside her heart—she quietly hopes that the sugar cookie recipe and the experience it brings will live into the future for a long, long, long time through her children and grandchildren. Come to think of it, a long, long, long time ago a little heart came to life in a miraculous story under a star lit sky. That little heart too was full Baloney - The Arthur Smith Show - In Person love and hope.
Hope that his story would live for a long, long, long time too. I pray your hope and love will live in the hearts of those you Baloney - The Arthur Smith Show - In Person for a long, long, long time too.
Saturday, December 14 arrived much too quick. The church facility and their congregation would provide a place to sleep, shower, provide a home cooked meal, a bag lunch, and fellowship.
Churches agreed to host this daily routine for two weeks. While this template has been successful, there are lots of moving pieces. Each evening guests are transported to a church, they spend the night, and the next morning they are picked back up. But, each guest has the same goal—finding stable housing.
The last few weeks, we have been working with our congregational volunteers and the CARITAS staff to make sure we were ready to host our 32 single women. On Saturday morning, a move in crew had assembled in Trinity Hall. We would be unloading bedding and the personal items of our guests. The driver properly positioned the truck. He and his assistant gave us some instructions, and then we started.
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