Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Yea! On the schedule for tomorrow, so we'll see how Delilah and I do as a therapy dog team. I can't think of a better way to love hurting people... I hope we do well!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

First Visit

Today I met up with Helen and Ripley, a three year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at Rush Copley in Aurora for my observation visit.

For Delilah and I to be able to participate in therapy dog visits, we had to pass the Canine Good Citizen test, the Therapy Dog test, visit a club meeting and have one observation visit, and three observed visits.

Hopefully, I will be able to set up an observed visit for Delilah on Thursday.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Surfing around...

So tonight I was trying to catch up on my friends lives by checking their blogs and on Mike's I found this...

Your results:
You are Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
You are a beautiful princess
with great strength of character.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Didn't God create us all to be superheroes?? Do you think His plan for you could be any less!!!?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Therapy Dogs

I'm really excited about the therapy dog club here in Yorkville. It seems like a truly great way to love people with no other agenda in mind. Hopefuly, I can go visit AID next Tues and get a better feel.

I've been thinking a lot lately about my agendas for people or even myself. I seem to feel that the things I want to do and am empowered to do have to fit into some scheduled and justified compartment of my life. Somehow I've become trapped feeling like the good things I want and empowered to do, I have no time for...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tonight's service

So, when life's busy, blogging falls short...Today however was blog-worthy.
While Pastor Mike was at a church planting conference and Julie and Emma visited her parents in Austin, TX, the vision team ran the service. It was cool to see everyone really get into preparing their part. The topic tonight was legalism. Steve and Luke brought us to the heart of worship musically. Josh prayed for us and ushered us into the spirit of the discussion. Wendy read the scripture dramatically and helped organize our brainstorming thoughts on a wipe board. Jason and Karen shared stories from their life experience. Laurie shared "The Apprentice's Prayer" an applied version of the Lord's prayer. The other Karen put together a slide show with text and images that focused us contemplatively on Communion. I thought it went relatively smoothly. But maybe that's just because I was nervous about doing the message. The one hiccup was trying to setup the second laptop. Some nerves got frazzled because of communication issues, but it seemed to smooth out eventually.
It was fun to watch us do it and realize that we could. In my welcome section, I made mention that in Mike's absence, "we are all ministers, one to another, a serving priesthood of believers. Tonight, it is our prayer, that we come together under the incredible vision God has put inside us: to Love Him and love each other well..."

The most incredible thing tonight for me was to see Jason, the two Karens, and Laurie step really far outside their comfort zones and make public contributions. It blessed me, touched me, really deeply.

So, the order of service was:
Welcome (Char)
Worship (Steve and Luke)
Prayer (Josh)
Scripture Reading (Wendy)
Personal Story (Jason)
Message/Context for discussion (Char)
Personal Story (Karen)
Brainstorming (Char & Wendy)
Time for Reflection with God
Lord's Prayer (Laurie)
Communion (Karen)
Announcements (Char)
Blessing (Matt)

I loved how everyone contributed. I think somehow this participation of believers to me at least seems closer to what the early church looked like. Believers being ministers one to another. Everyone bringing what they had to contribute and serving each other in love. It bothers me when church is authoritative or too vertically structured on a human scale.

Okay, so enough for tonight. As I can, I'll get segments of my message posted for y'all to have fun with...