Features along the Cheers road:
- Carols 2012 was a wonderful hit.
Hundreds of people relaxed on the oval, near our little presentation, lit only by a few home flood-lights and my work data-projector. The power for the whole event ran off one extension cord from the local school. And yet it just goes to show that a small production can be a big hit! The “Rookies” (the group of kids who come to our house on Friday nights) provided the enthusiasm, action up front – and an incredible dance sequence to “I Saw Heaven Opened” from the Late Late Service CD 4. I provided the outline and projections, and our friends Ben & Kristen Kingwell provided that extra bit of vocal talent. Everyone felt really blessed, even as the cold closed in at the end.
Except for the glowsticks for sale, everything was donated.
Unfortunately local council has made it virtually impossible for us to do it the same way again. The red-tape and conditions they threw on us are crippling, and they exacted fees and a huge bond which has left the Cheers bank account with $20 in it for the summer. So unless we can escape these conditions by doing it in the school grounds, this may have been our last Carols.
- Local School Principal moves on
Those of you praying about this will know the significance of this news. We now pray for the replacement to be good, for the behavior management and staff support systems needed for a healthy social and academic environment, for all staff, students, and parents.
- Waiting as Normal!
As we prayed about seeming to be becalmed, it has dawned on us that maybe the previous pace was actually frenetic, and what we are experiencing now is what is supposed to be normal. It sure does seem healthier, both for our recovery and beyond that.
In that waiting, we have been sensing that 2013 might be a ripe time for deliberately sharing the Core Stuff with many of our friends. A bit of slow sailing, and then we’ll see (waiting again.)