Saturday, April 12, 2008

Claremont
















My church in beautiful Claremont, California!

Friday, April 11, 2008

i know!

I will be serving my DCE internship at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Claremont, California. I did some google-mapping and I have learned that Claremont is about 35 miles from Los Angeles, 45 miles from Irvine and about 10 miles from the Ontario Airport. I am really excited about my placement!

From the packet of information I was given I know that Claremont is a university town and my church has about 150 members. My job description includes teaching the first year of confirmation, organizing and staffing VBS, developing a youth ministry, giving children's sermons twice a month and much more.

As nervous as I am to have all those responsibilities I am so excited and I have such peace that this is truly where God wants me to be.

I think my dad and I might drive up that way tomorrow and just check out the area.

Finally I can breathe a great sigh of relief, because I know where I will be this next year!

The ceremony was wonderful and I was so blessed to have not only my dad there, but also Eric, Michelle, her husband, Shelli, sweet Megan, my roomies and so many friends from campus there to share it with!

I would really love to write more about the ceremony and where other interns are placed (Reno, Dallas), but today has been soooo long and I am about to fall out of my chair in exhaustion.

So, goodnight.

Heather
DCE Intern
St. Luke Lutheran
Claremont, California

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

THREE DAYS

Excuse me while I freak out.

THERE ARE ONLY THREE DAYS UNTIL I FIND OUT MY INTERNSHIP SITE!
THREE.
THREE DAYS.
AAHHHHH!

They seem like such short and long days at the same time.

From one point I would rather like to go on not knowing because if I don't know then it can't happen. I don't have to be ready to leave school and go on my own, into ministry with everything I have learned up to now to support me.

From another point I cannot wait to know because that means I can start making plans for the next steps of my life. I can officially say I know where I will be and what I will be doing for the next year of my life.

The scariest part is that Friday is coming whether I want it to or not, whether I am ready for it or not. It is coming. Friday is going to be one of those life changing days, a pivotal moment in my life. I know I will look back on this Friday and see how it marked my life's course. I am terrified because my life will change and I have no say. I said my piece in my interview and to the director of my program, but my future is in the hands of other people and I am not in control. The only thing I can do is pray, which I am finding difficult right now. Friday is it. Friday is what I have been working so hard for.

Friday. Three days.

I have not been and probably won't be sleeping well the rest of the week.

Needless to say, I am freaking out.

And what will I wear?! :)

Did I say that my dad is coming this weekend? It will be nice to have him here.


Okay, homework time.


: : : insert long sigh here : : :


P.S. I'll try to post Friday evening after I find out. Maybe Saturday at the latest.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

stir it up in our hearts

This song has been quite significant to me these past couple months. God keeps putting it in my path at all the perfect moments, right when I need to hear it the most. I thought I would share.


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know you are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You