Today is a snowy day for our church’s annual meeting. We meet in a few minutes and I am sure that the business we will deal with will help us in our activities for the coming year. I think we have some new members joining us this year and that is a good sign.
But are we ready to get out of the building and really get out into our community? I hope so. There is much to do in this city and our faith needs to be translated into ways that can be understood by those who do not know the life changing activity of Christ. And they can’t know if we don’t live it out ourselves.
So, here goes. The organization that we call Gateway Covenant is really more of a community and yet we do this business stuff, which is not very exciting unless we can translate that into action.
I guess I may be elected again to council too.
Made it to Toronto last night about midnight their time. The flight was good – not full, so I shared a seat with myself. Every introverts dream seating.
I watched a good Canadian made movie about a single mom from Palestine moving to the US – the challenges of moving to a new place with racial and religious prejudice. That helped the 3 hours pass faster. I also read one of the books I need to be up on for my course.
And my book promised for delivery by Jan 8 did not arrive by Jan 8, so I am short on the required reading. The joys of living in the boonies.
But anyway, I am sitting here in Rachelle and Asen’s living room while Ronin watches his new DVD and plays with his cars. He’s a good kid – let me sleep in his room last night on his comfy bed. It is fun to see him and his mom and dad too. This afternoon I will let Rachelle do a pedicure and manicure and all sorts of esthetic wonders on me as I visit her at work.
We learned the news tonight that a good friend died suddenly on Sunday night. Keith Fullerton was a spiritual father to Leo and I. He was our pastor in Saskatoon when we were students learning about life and faith and he was the pastor that sent us off to the Congo. You can read more about him here.
It has been good to keep in touch over the years, visiting when the occasion permitted. I guess it is a few years past now since we spent some time together in their home in Surrey. They gave my car with the broken window a safe place to sleep while we waited for the glass people to open on a Monday morning.
Keith was retired but not really. He was always busy serving in some capacity. I last saw him at Alive this fall. He continued to be down to earth, loving life and people and keeping up with current issues in theology. The term pastor suited him well.
Funerals never fall at convenient times and this next week is full of travel and study for me and travel and work for Leo so I doubt we will be able to go and celebrate his life with friends. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will all miss him but we will meet again.