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Monday, September 01, 2008

Anniversary

Today starts year four: coincidental that it's labor day.

The day I'm not working in honor of my labor, my labor begins it's fourth year.

Yep, I've been at FBC three years now. Today's my anniversary. Now I suppose Marshall, my business manager will now begin griping, "But I began paying you August 15, 2005," which is true I suppose but as I recall my first official kick-off day was Sept. 1.

Three full years. Man...

I'm remembering...

Jonathan and Justin, my two faithful college students. Then came Lauren and Samuel, Paul, Aaron and Elizabeth. Cantamos. Route 66. Hospital visits. Awakening. Angels Over Austin (which I never understood until I actually experienced it for the first time). Beresheth. J.B. Staff retreats. Resident retreats. Current. Lent. SWBYC. Outbound. Officiating Patrick & Angela's wedding. Children's Camp. VBS. Creative Arts Camp. More college kids: Alaina, Gracie, Amy, Jorge and a college name, "Water's Edge." Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Marcus Borg, Dom Crossan, Joan Chittister. Festival of Homiletics. My ordination. College Beach Trip. Singing "Down By the River" at baptisms. Baptizing Kat. Preaching a whole month in "big church." CBF conventions. BGCT Conventions. The first BGCT Women's Convention. More funerals than I can count. Email, websites, facebook, myspace, Clarion, mailouts, and text messages. Strategic Planning. Deacon's. Church Council. Discipleship Committee. Shows at Zachary Scott Theater and UT. Films & Faith. Theater Arts Action Team. Aria Da Capo. The Diaries of Adam & Eve. New Baptist Covenant. Births and tragedies. Lunches and coffees and dinners and on and on and on...

There's so many things I could name. I see I've forgotten the time I prayed over people at Taize. Preaching (or rather not preaching) at the Convention Center after Katrina and Rita. Agape meals. Midweek Moorings. Bible studies. Even a WMU meeting.

So many things to remember and so many things to look forward to. Here's to three more years... or to whatever lies ahead.

and to God... may we never stop loving others in the name of God no matter what our vocation or our calling.

3 comments:

Patrick said...

Ann,

Discovered your blog through Taylor Sandlin's. The end of May was my 3rd anniversary at FBC Waco. I liked your phrase summary.

Did you meet Marcus Borg?

Ann said...

Yes :)

Roger said...

Met Marcus Borg? How about "hung around the office every possible minute until Joan Chittister, Dom Crossan and Marcus Borg had no CHOICE but to meet her!"...and then there's the whole Rev. Jesse Jackson thing....

Seriously Ann....3 great years....we're blessed....Let's do 3 more...at least....