It's been a little while since I posted last.
I am mostly recovered now and my digestive tract has decided to work again =) I lost about 10 lbs in the process (eating nothing but popsicles and jello for a few days will do that to you) and now I'm trying to establish healthy eating habits and a light exercise routine to help me regain some strength and keep that little bit of extra weight off.
I do have to admit that I'm fairly disappointed with how I used my recouperation time. I had a stack of books I wanted to read and a few knitting projects and none of that was even begun. Part of the reason is because I felt so crappy for a few days there - but I also let the mind-numbing lure of television and video games take over. Which simply means that I need to find time to really put those books and those projects into my schedule of sabbath.
There have been a number of things of interest that have popped up since I started thinking with a pastor's brain again on Monday. I'm really excited about the UMC's new marketing vision: Rethink Church and 10 Thousand Doors... I hope to post more in the next week about this, but suffice it to say that I think that it is right on target with where my congregation is! While I was gone, our finance committee did a congregational resource assessment and from that thought about what are the gifts that we have to offer our community and what our mission priorities might look like. They were both mission related and had everything to do with being with people in need and responding to identified needs in our community. "Don't Go to Church, BE the Church" has been the theme of our mission outreach and this new marketing effort really picks up on that same message. I also LOVE the way that our "brand promise" of Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors has become a verb: "together we can open hearts, open minds, and open doors."
I'm also trying to figure out which conferences to go to this year and will post more on that later.