Park View Christian Church

Park View Christian ChurchI have been going to Park View Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for about 10 years now. In that time we have had three pastors. Our last pastor, Marty Phillips, resigned in June.

Since then we have been looking for a new full-time pastor. To do that the church formed a Search and Call Committee. The committee consists of five people and an Ex Officio member. I was selected as the Committee Chair. It has been a daunting task to find a new minister. We are somewhat constrained by both budget and a Congregational Survey as to what our congregation hopes for in a new minister.

While all this has been going on we have been blessed to have a Supply Minister, Tim Campbell who has done a wonderful job filling in since June. He plans to continue until the end of the year.

Anyway,  I ask that you keep our church and the Search and Call Committee in your prayers as we try to find the pastor that God has chosen for us.

If you live in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area and are looking for a great church with loving members to attend, give us a try one Sunday. We would love to have you visit and maybe stay a while.

God Bless.

 

Spring Update

Winter is over and Spring is here finally. The weather has improved although not as much as I would have liked. On the news front my new tablet arrived from Pandawill. Overall I am very happy with it. It is a good replacement for my defunct Nexus 7. We had the annual Tefft family picnic at Woodstock Park in Virginia Beach last Sunday. Most everyone was able to make it.  The weather cooperated and everyone had a good time enjoying the food and catching up with everyone on what was going on in their lives. My son Jason was there and he has grown into a man whom I love very much and am proud of. All my brothers seem to be doing well.

Skip is planting a large garden on a plot near where he lives. Speaking of gardens, our church has committed to supporting some local merchants by letting them set up a farmers market every Saturday on our property. There will be eight or nine vendors who will be selling produce, meats, and crafts. I am really looking forward to it as I plan on being one of their customers. I can always use some farm fresh produce. I also plan to go to the farmers market that is held in Williamsburg every weekend. My brothers Jon and Skip want to go with me as well as my son Jason. It should be a fun outing as I have not been to Williamsburg in a long time.

I have been busy at church especially during Lent and Easter. We had our Maundy Thursday portrayal and our cantata. Both were a great success. This Monday I will be a waiter at the annual Mother Daughter Banquet, a long tradition. That is about it for now. Hope to keep you posted more often. May God bless you and yours. Peace.

 

Brother Jon Family at picnic My son Jason

Summer is Over, Where Have I Been?

Seems I have gone an entire summer without writing anything. The health problems I mentioned in my last post have  slowed me down this summer but they are mostly resolved now. I lost the 15 pounds I talked about last time and  that seems to have helped. Church has kept me busy and when I an not doing that I have been swimming in the pool and working in the yard. Playing with my electronic toys,  reading, and taking Max for walks have filled in the rest of the time. I  have also managed to get out and take a  few pictures now and then.

I hope to be more active this Fall now that I  am feeling better. And  I hope to be  writing more often  too. That is all. Peace out and keep God first in everything you do.

Orange Flowers US Mail Proud Parents Heron Egret

Happy New Year

It has been a while since I last posted here. There are a few reasons why I have not been very prolific but I won’t go into them. We had a low-key Christmas this year. No one in my family was in much of a Christmas spirit since our mother died and it showed at Christmas time. I only bought a few presents this year and received only a few. Teresa gave me a new wallet and some clothes and I got her a years subscription to the Wall Street Journal. For my son Jason I bought him a nice folding pocket knife. I was Santa for a child in Portsmouth and contributed to the world wide Christmas shoe box project. We did have a live tree this year instead of the usual artificial one. The New Year also came and went quietly. I am cautiously optimistic that 2010 will be a better year than 2009.

I guess the big news is that I am now the treasurer for my church. The former treasurer resigned after serving as treasurer for 28 years. I really didn’t want the job but since no one else stepped forward I reluctantly accepted. I am a little intimidated by the position but I think things will work out OK. I had been warned that being retired does not always translate into doing only what you want to do with your time. But I should be honored that the members of my church has enough confidence in me to elect me to the position.

Since joining the Airfield Shooting Club in Wakefield I have been shooting more frequently. I really enjoy going to the range as you have more control over the operation and oftentimes I am the only one there. I have made a couple videos of me shooting there and I hope I can embed one in this post. More to talk about but I want to keep this post brief. Hopefully it won’t be such a long time between posts in this new year. That’s it for now.

Guns and church

I got to shoot my new Saiga rifle and I am in love with it. My son Jason and I went to the range in Pungo and shot both the Saiga and my M4 carbine. Jason really enjoyed firing the Saiga. It has quite a kick and a big muzzle flash and ejects the spent cartridges a country mile. Very impressive. And on top of all that it is pretty accurate with just the iron sights. I went by myself later that week and fired the Saiga myself. I still love my M4 but it now has a rival.

The one big gripe I have with all the ranges around here is that they won’t let you rapid fire. You are supposed to only fire a round every 4 seconds. That is not much fun. They will also not let you draw and fire from your holster, which is important to practice for self-defense purposes. Well I found a range that will let you do both things. The range is is in Wakefield and is run by the 4H. It is a private range and I have submitted the paperwork to become a member. You are your own range safety officer and can do whatever you want as long as it is safe. I am looking forward to being able to shoot there.

Our church had our annual bazaar and semi-annual Brunswick stew event recently. As usual I spent 7 hours preparing 380 quarts of stew for sale. It is a lot of hard work but the event and sale raises a lot of money for our church. Speaking of cooking, I am going to prepare a cheeseburger pie for supper tonight. The recipe is from our church cookbook and it sounds delicious. I will find out tonight. That’s it for now.

My truck is in the shop

My Ford Ranger pick-up truck, which I have been driving forever, had to be towed to a garage for repairs. I have had the truck for about 12 years and it has been very good to me, requiring only minor repairs and maintenance.

The clutch has finally gone, and there are several other minor problems that need to be addressed. Together I am looking at a repair bill of over $1,000. Considering that I have not made a car payment in 12 years I consider myself way ahead in the game.

People who have owned vehicles for a long time develop a relationship with them, and I am no  different. I am eventually going to have to sell her (see I told you you develop a relationship) and she will be missed and much appreciated. But for now I look forward to getting her back as I have been without wheels since we got back from vacation in Hawaii.

In other news, we had a beautiful installation service for our new pastor, Marty Phillips. As a church elder I was asked by Marty to help perform communion for him, a real honor. The church was filled with Marty’s family and friends and it was a beautiful service. We are very lucky to have Marty as our new pastor and I look for great things to come for our church with Marty  as our spiritual leader.

That’s it for now.

More stuff to report

I have been very busy since my last entry here. I took my new AR-15 to the outdoor range in Pungo yesterday and zeroed the sights. I fired a total of 60 rounds from the AR-15 and it is a sweet rifle. I also fired a couple of magazines from my Glock. I am getting much better with my Glock and I have the riddled targets to prove it. I was a little intimidated about disassembling and cleaning my rifle but it proved much easier that I thought. I actually managed to get it back together in working order. This weekend I hope to go shoot with my brother Jon at a friends house in North Carolina. His house backs up to the Dismal Swamp and you can shoot at targets setup on a berm he has out back.

I also attended a mass meeting of Chesapeake Republicans and was elected to be a delegate at the upcoming Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond this May. We will be electing candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. I will also be manning a both at the gun show in Scope this weekend. The booth is for the Virginia Civilian Defense League, a 10,000 strong state organization to support gun rights and the Second Amendment. While there I may try to pickup a scope for my new rifle.

I am also very busy in church. As an elder I will be performing Communion this Sunday in addition to preparing the Communion table. We rehearsed last night for our annual Last Supper performance. I have participated in that for the last several years. I am also on the Search Committee to find a new Minister for our Church. It is going to be an uphill battle to find a Minister and may take a year or more. We cannot afford to pay what most ministers are asking for today.

I almost forgot that I now have a new Dell Mini 9 netbook computer which I bought last month. I am in love with it and can now surf the net from anywhere in the house. Did I mention that I am now almost broke from all this buying. Obama, where is my stimulus, I need it. That’s it for now.

In over my head.

I hope I am not in over my head at my church. I seem to have
a penchant for saying yes to everything my church asks me to do. Right now I am
chair of the interim team which is tasked with writing a mission and vision
statement and a behavioral covenant. I am also a member of the New Beginnings
committee and am co-hosting 4 cottage meetings over the next month. In addition
I have recently become a deacon of the church and have volunteered to help with
communion this month. Last but not least I have accepted the position of
Outreach director. Oops, one more thing is that I have volunteered (very
reluctantly) to go back to Gulfport
in March for another week of disaster recovery assistance. I think I need to
stop volunteering for things for a while. I have stopped helping feed the
homeless at the Oasis every third Wednesday of the month but that is only
because I keep forgetting to get up at 5 am. Guess I am making up for all the
years when I did nothing for any church or God and volunteered for almost
nothing.

Chopping barbecue for our church

Amid some blustery weather from Hurricane Noel, which was passing by us off the coast, I spent a good part of Saturday at my church chopping barbecue for our annual Fall barbecue sale. The church rented a cooker and bought 400 pounds of pork to cook. The cooker could cook about 200 pounds at a time, taking about 5 1/2 hours to properly cook the pork. So I reported for duty at midnight to help with the chopping of the pork. Luckily there were a lot of volunteers to help with the chopping so it only took about 2 1/2 hours to chop the first 200 pounds. So I went home for a couple of hours sleep before I had to go back at 6 am to chop the last 200 pounds of pork. This time there were fewer choppers so it took us twice as long as before. The second pig was also not as lean and required a lot of trimming before we could chop it. So I finally got home about 10:30 am with a sore wrist and forearm from all the chopping. Teresa went back to the church at about 2 pm and bought two barbecue dinners complete with coleslaw, hush puppies, pound cake for dessert, and beans. So I got to eat some of the barbecue I had chopped all night. It was pretty good and the church was selling lots of it. I hope they will be able to sell it all. Even Hurricane Noel cooperated and quickly passed us by, with the sun coming out and the winds subsiding. The rest of the day I will be taking it easy and reading or listening to a book. I deserve a rest.