It’s just a little change…

It’s about time I said something about change.

In the last four months, we:
Changed jobs
Left a community and friends of a decade of experiences
Left responsibilities and colleagues, projects and plans
Met new people
Tried to make a good impression
Took on new responsibilities
Learned new styles, approaches, habits, traditions, streets, names, faces, histories, finances, stores, doctors, barbers, hairdressers…
Organized, reorganized and then managed the home care for our elderly, bedridden mother
Personally handled the care of our mother when other caregivers were absent
Sold a car
Bought a car
change 3Celebrated Christmas, New Year’s, our Wedding Anniversary, and our oldest child’s birthday while traveling to California and back in one week and a half.
Moved
Into a motel
Into a rented/furnished condo
Into a rented/furnished home
Into a new purchased home
Drove up the eastern seaboard from Tampa, FL to Lancaster, PA in 19 hours
Flew between Tampa and Lancaster 3 times
Bought a new home
Flew back and cleared out, threw out or passed on all possessions from our old home and then guided the movers through the process of packing, handling and loading everything
Learned while we were away to move our things out of Tampa that our mother had gone into crisis and were called on to be the primary decision makers in that situation, by phone
Came through the end of our mother’s life, while hosting the family that gathered and that watched her die on Monday of Holy Week
Handled process for the cremation of our mother’s body
Made preliminary preparations for her memorial service
Created and held a small, private memorial service for her
Received and oversaw the movers during Holy Week – over Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
Prepared and preached a sermon in Community Good Friday service at St. James Episcopal
Prepared and paid personal taxes
Prepared and preached 11 sermons – handling all of Advent traditions and changes – preaching 3x each Sunday
Organized and structured the preaching plan for all services
Oversaw all Christmas services including new additions to these services
Reorganized, planned and executed a new training program for Elders, Trustees and Deacons
Prepared the Lenten series
Wrote 7 Lenten devotions
Restructured the organizational design of the staff
Reorganized and oversaw the restructuring of office space
Prepared evaluations of office staff
Redeveloped the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning worship services
Led a pastoral retreat for our preaching staff to prepared worship themes through Easter of 2014
Developed the Dream Center for church planning events
Helped in redeveloping the educational approach to Christian Education at the church
Met with 3 groups of senior adults at Willow Valley and one at Mennonite Homes
Created a blog, producing 9 entries
Helped in redesigning a new website
And, you know, all the regular life stuff…

This is all prior to emptying the boxes of our things into our new home, setting up furnishings, overseeing reconstruction work and painting and then doing the same in my new office at the church. It also doesn’t include time immediately prior to the four months which included dealing with the death of my 18 year old dog, Jack, preparing for a marathon, traveling to the marathon, having the marathon cancelled, traveling into devastated areas and assisting those who lost everything. And, learning during the marathon time frame that the house we hoped to buy was purchased by someone else. Then, hosting Thanksgiving and family, having closing worship with the community we left and handling the transition of counseling relationships.

Overall the last half year has been a sea of change. The old term “sea change” refers to something that gets tossed into the sea and undergoes an evolutionary experience where it becomes what appears to be or is actually something else. We have been through a sea of change, but maybe not a “sea change.” What hasn’t changed is God.believe We praise God that we have been carried, loved and even nurtured through these experiences so that changes that might occur are ones that are God directed. Thanks to all who have prayed for, with and over us during these times.

Blessings,
Geoff

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6 responses to “It’s just a little change…

  1. Whew! Peace and love to you and Becki and the rest of the fam!

  2. Michele Sensenig

    Hang in there because you are doing great!!! God equipped you for this your whole life. He gave you an amazing wife who supports, encourages and keeps you straight! LOL We will always have you in our prayers.

  3. It is amazing what you can do in those ruby slippers!

  4. Wow! I’m tired just hearing abut it. Think I will take a nap. Hope you can get a few in as well. Thanks for all you do, have done and are doing here at First.

  5. YOU ARE AMAZING AND DOING VERY WELL WITH ALL THE CHANGE. I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU,

    SHALOM.
    SAM

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