It was unfortunate that we ended our regular classes on such a note but we do still have a Polity class left in August at Schuyler. There however we'll be divided into two classes with most of the class in the United Church of Christ Polity Class and a few of us in the Presbyterian Polity Class. I took in the UCC class in our first year of ELM and thus I'll now take the Presbyterian class. Next year they will offer the Disciples of Christ class along with the American Baptist Polity class, and I am planning on taking the DOC class then even though I only need 3 of the 4 classes to graduate. Since I have a strong sense that I could end up in the DOC down the road, I'd like to learn more about their extensive and interesting history.
After that class we will have September off and then the graduation ceremony will be in October. That will take place at the UCC Church in Grand Island. So this month was our last visit to the Campus of Hastings College. I'll miss their campus as it's such a beautiful little college with some beautiful old buildings. After spending so much time in Hastings for the ELM program I've become quite fond of the town. They have a great many beautiful old homes and they have some incredibly beautiful church buildings. Hastings is definitely a place I wouldn't mind spending sometime serving our Lord.
With that, let me backup in time a bit, as I'd like to mention a big event in my son's life. The Sunday before last (June 9th) we moved Creath from the campus on the 'University of Sioux Falls' and into his very first real apartment. He found a basement apartment not too far from campus and luckily it's in the house right next door to where two friends of his also rent the basement of a home. It's a pretty Spartan apartment but perfect actually for a single 21 year old young man. He has everything he needs there and seemed quite tickled with it. The day before we moved him Gail was running all over town hitting Garage & Church Rummage Sales picking up items for her boy's first apartment. Afterwards I took a trailer and went back and picked up some of the items she had found like a glider chair, end table, coffee table, bookshelf and some other items. She was definitely having a good time finding things for her little boy, Mother's have such an interesting bond to their sons and it's always fascinating to watch.
That night I had to unload everything and reload the trailer as these items along with all the other things we had here for him like a desk, his bed, another chair, a refrigerator, a small freezer and other items, barely all fit into the trailer. I had to channel back to my old days of moving (we haven't moved in over 20 years) and my talents in visualizing and manipulating shapes in order to get everything into the trailer or the back seat & trunk of the car. Incredibly enough it all fit and even though my poor car was riding pretty low from all the weight it was packed for the early morning drive to Sioux Falls.
We woke up very early (I'm awful but we skipped Church, God forgive me!) and headed north. Once in Sioux Falls we met Creath at his dorm on the USF campus and helped him pack a few things into his car. Then we followed him to his apartment. Luckily his friend Jeff was there to help unload as in order to get into his apartment you first have to go up stairs to the house (it's on an elevated lot) around the corner of the house to the side door and then down the stairs into the basement. So everything got to go up, around and down. A good leg workout for sure.
Gail started cleaning and organizing as the three of us guys were carrying things into the apartment. Even though it's a fairly small place everything seemed to fit into the space well for Creath. He did put his refrigerator and small freezer into his bedroom's walk-in closet (the kitchen in the house is shared with the woman who he rents from and is just upstairs at the top of the stairs). I also picked up a used crock-pot for him so he could cook somethings in his apartment and not always have to go upstairs.
So Creath is all moved in and settled for the time being. Hopefully it will work out to be a good experience for him and as it is for all of us a right of passage in his life.
Moving back to this past weekend, Sunday (6/16) Gail, Maddie and I went to Church at Benson Baptist and then drove down to spend Fathers Day looking around the 'Junk Juant' and Antique Shops in Lincoln. It was a fun day though I didn't find anything I wanted, Gail found a wire basket to hold some of her old mason jars and a necklace made out of an old fork. We had lunch in the Haymarket and had a nice relaxing day just puttering around the town. It was also a time to help familiarize Maddie with the layout of Lincoln.
Yesterday (6/17) Maddie and I got up early and drove to Lincoln for her 'New Student Enrollment' day. We arrived on campus at 7am and her first official day of being a Husker began. It was a very long and intense day starting at 7am and going until 5pm. But by the end she had enrolled in her classes for first semester, had met her adviser, had another tour of the campus, and gone over many of the skills and tactics that she'll need in order to be successful in completing her degree. Maddie had great news in that as a Psychology Major she will only have to complete one math course which is 'Statistics'. Maddie absolutely hates and struggles with math so she was very excited to not have to take College Algebra or any other math classes.
She is very much looking forward to school but she was very tired and a bit stressed after the long day. Lincoln is really amazing in their processing of new students and families. They definitely have it down to a science and they have so many support programs set up and built in for the kids that if one has the desire there is simply no way one should fail down there. I cannot tell you how impressed I have been with UNL, it is extremely impressive.
Being around colleges, especially this year with both Creath and Maddie one cannot avoid being taken back to their own years in school. I hope that for Creath it was and for Maddie it will be as great a part of their lives as my college years were for me. It would be so wonderful to be able to go back and take in one more day with all those friends that I loved back then. Unfortunately after all these years there are only two of my old friends that I still have close relationships with, John Forman and Greg Powell. John I've known since the first day of college at SDSU and Greg of course was a High School buddy as well as a friend in college. Perhaps my children will be wiser than their father and not burn so many bridges traveling from the past into the future. I certainly hope so...
I am a bit frustrated that I have not had much opportunity lately to preach and I haven't had any luck finding a permanent pulpit. Of course in that regard I am extremely limited in that I need to find something that is close enough to Omaha in order to commute. Unfortunately with Maddie in college and Creath now planning to go on for his PhD, there is no way we can afford to close the Gallery and move on to the next phase of our lives. I will trust in God's timing and just wait hoping that some opportunity to serve will arise close enough to Omaha for us to keep the Gallery going for the next few years. The day will come at some point in the future that the store will either be sold or liquidated and we'll then move out into the country and find a small town congregation or two to serve.
Again, I'll just have to trust the Lord and his timing. Patience isn't my strong suite and perhaps that is the lesson he is trying to beat into me right now.
God's undying Grace to you all,
|I'll close this post with this lovely little country church.|