News from Around:
In the past days, we noted the passing into new life of Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart and Michael Youngblood… both of whom were younger than this blogger, so it does offer a personal moment to pause and reflect. Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
GRANVILLE, OH — Eighth-grader John Ball has visions of a semi traveling from Granville to Louisville, Ky., full of shoes — about 5,000 pairs of them. Local youth are about halfway toward that goal. Their Shoes for Water project has collected about 2,000 pairs so far, and many more are expected as the campaign continues.
"We know there’s so many pairs of shoes out there that people want to get rid of," Ball said as fellow youth group and church members counted and packed the shoes collected so far.
The project has snowballed from its start at United Church of Granville and now includes the Granville Ministerium, which is composed of ministers of Granville churches, shoes were coming from St. Edward’s Catholic and First Presbyterian in addition to some parishes in surrounding communities. The Shoes for Water project became a centerpiece for the annual Granville Community Service of Thanksgiving. Read more from the Newark Advocate.
News from ‘Round: Here
Monday was my first day back after vacation, and I spent most of the day not actually being back. Our Association of Professional Youth Ministers spent the day considering the topic of Giftedness, in honor of St. Nicholas.
Tuesday was my first day back in the office after vacation, But the day was primarily taken up with staff meetings. Mike Downes, the new administrator at the O’Dwyer Retreat House was in and we looked towards future collaborations.
Wednesday, I was back! We knocked out the office newsletter as well as drafted a longer article (possibly a January blog post) on the dynamics of an effective witness talk.
Thursday, the office was closed for the holyday. Tough to be back much with that, but I did have coffee in the afternoon with a youth minister working through some parish transition issues.
Friday, I got some more writing in… knocking off a four page (meant to be 10 minutes) presentation on Service in schools as well as started up another Slant33 article. The afternoon finished with a successful meeting and then a run to see Tower Heist which was reasonably engaging. All in all, the pm hours of Friday accumulated into an Amazing Weekly Event: A.W.E.!)
Saturday was primarily quiet with a later afternoon shopping trip and the purchase of the first Christmas present of the season. Sunday, I was off to the 9am mass at Saint Agnes (with many families and crying babies), then into the office for a redraft of the article developed Wednesday and some e-mail setting up this week. The afternoon featured another Ravens win and some cookie baking.