Friday, August 31, 2007

the book of concord is my best friend

If I thought senior year of college was busy, it is nothing compared to what this year is going to be for me. I am taking 17 credits, equaling 7 classes, one of which is my field work class. I have been placed at Christ Lutheran in Brea to do my field work for the year. That involved 6-8 hours a week of participation in the church. For now I will mostly observe, but soon I will start leading and teaching different things. I'm already scheduled to give a children's sermon. Intimidating I know! I asked to be involved in the women's ministry and might do a bigger project with them for the spring. I think I'm also going to get involved with the young adult ministry and possibly team teach Sunday school for elementary kids.

I met with my mentor at the church this morning, her name is Michelle and she is going to be great to work with. We are both ISFJ's, which made me smile. I really like the church too, but it's quite the maze to figure out. When I went last Sunday everyone was so friendly, it made my nervousness subside a little. Christ Lutheran has a DCE Intern which is what I will be next year. Her name is Candace is she is the most cheerful and friendly person I think I have ever met. EVER. I am looking forward to learning from her.

One down side of my field work church is the distance. It is about 25 miles away...not bad, but heavy traffic makes it killer. I was told to give myself 20-30 minutes to get there. I gave myself 45 and was still 5 minutes late to my meeting. Then it took another 40 to get back. Boo! I don't want to be living out of my car this year and spending all my time driving. It doesn't seem productive. I guess the plus side is they are going to give me money for gas.

Sorry if that sounded whiny. I am grateful that I have a great congregation to work with and that I didn't get lost driving there. It really freaked me out driving all alone in a strange place where I am not familiar with anything. I suppose in time I will figure this area out.

It feels weird to be here, like I am in a dream. This does not feel real. I am one step closer to a full time career in ministry. This is where the culmination of all my hard work and my trust in God has led me. This is my life. I just wish I would stop thinking that my life is going to start once I have the title. My life is here. It is now. And I am in ministry now whether I am ready for it or not.

Goodnight from (too) warm California.

I'm going to go to Disneyland either Sunday or Monday with my roommate Kathi and another DCE student Cassie. Yay!

Friday, August 24, 2007

you were always right there next to beside me

I have been here less than a week-classes started yesterday and God has already put people in my life to show me that this is where I am supposed to be. Yesterday I had the chance to finally hang out with my roommates and I know already that we're going to be perfect together; we are all easy going. Last night I was going to meet Eric at Shout (the Thursday evening worship-sort of like group), but I couldn't find him so I sat alone. I felt a little bummed, but the talk was about how we are the body of Christ and the importance of living in community and growing with one another. It made me feel not quite so alone then. Plus, there were sign-ups outside to join small groups. The women's version is called the Beloved. I hope that will be a way to get to know other students and grow closer to God. After Shout I found Eric we joined some of his friends to finish watching Apocalypto. I found out that both the girls were in my Intro to DCE class this morning and one was in my New Testament class yesterday. Also, tonight there is a dinner for new DCE students at a professors house and Sunday afternoon there is a BBQ for all DCE students. Well today is filled with three more classes for me, so I should probably make the most of this little free time I have.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Buddha Belly Kitchen & Tale O' The Whale

I'm here! It only took a 15 hour day on the road and a 9 hour day on the road, but we finally made it! I checked into my apartment yesterday and am almost completely unpacked. My roommates are going to be super fun. Jennifer is the RA for our apartment and I share a room with Kathi. Both girls are quite outgoing and very fun. They'll make okay replacements for the ones I left behind.

Today we went to Disneyland and met my mom's upline Katy and her friend. Lunch was at some Mexican resturant in Adventureland and then it was off to Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones. After a quite full day, another stop at Target and dinner at In-and-Out I am almost free to relax for the night. Classes begin tomorrow...I think I only have one so it will be a nice and short day. Speaking of short, I'm going to keep this post short because I have a few more things I want to get done tonight and then Eric invited me to watch a movie.

Goodnight from warm Southern California.

P.S. The title is after some crazy restaurants we saw along our drive down.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I Know Where I've Been

I know I need to begin this sometime, but doing that makes this whole experience real and I don't know if I am ready for that. I've been rushing through everything to get to this point, but now that it looms so closely I want everything to slow down. At this time next week I will be driving down I-5 and putting Seattle miles and miles behind me and California will be on the horizon. I still don't think that I have quite grasped the idea of leaving everyone/everything behind and living so far away all by myself. I will be starting all over. Don't get me wrong, I am excited. This is an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge, step out of my comfort zone and rely solely on God, but it has just finally hit me that this is really happening. Anyway, it is time to go and pack more, but I just needed some time to slow down and reflect on the craziness taking place around me.