Work, work and more work...back in October, provincial government departments were asked to come up with scenarios on how they could reduce spending by 5% and 10%. At the moment, I am acting budget manager for my department, so my director and I have been working with the senior executive team to gather, review and compile the divisional submissions into various spreadsheet and power point templates provided by Treasury Board. Super tight deadlines meant lots of extra hours. Which was fine, I really don't mind spikes in workload (in fact I thrive more under pressure than in the midst of routine.) Except in this case it impacted my ability to do my best on...
|(Photo from last July..didn't get one in Nov)|
The Friday night after the accident, Valerie and I went out for dinner and then to see Mamma Mia - great show, especially since we had free tickets. The performance was a little lacking in energy, but there were some powerhouse vocals...and hey, it was Mamma Mia so it was lots of fun!! I stayed at Val's for the night...which seemed like a good idea at the time. Until the next morning when we were sitting in her living room having coffee and the woman across the street backed into the rental car which was parked in front of Val's house. Ugh. I took the car back to the rental company, who switched me to another car and said they would take care of everything, including follow up with the third party. However, today we got a repair bill in the mail from them with no mention of having followed up with the third party. Double ugh. So we still have that to sort out, fortunately I kept a copy of the woman's info when I gave it to the rental company.
And one more item to bring things up to date - last Tuesday I had my third meeting with my Discernment Committee. Outline from the Handbook:
Meeting 3: Ministry and Call
The focus of this meeting is understanding what ministry means to each person and how each person is called to use his or her God-given gifts to fulfill God’s mission for the world. Refer to "Considering Call and Vocation" on pages 6–7. Some topics and questions to guide the meeting are:The section on Considering Call and Vocation refers to Four Elements of Call:
• Discuss your understanding of the call to ministry for the whole people of God.
• Discuss what you understand God is calling you to be and do.
• Discuss how you know and discern God’s call.
• What is the difference between each person’s call to discipleship and service and a call to be ministry personnel in the church?
• What are the challenges of fulfilling God’s call to a specific leadership role in the church?
• The call to be a ChristianI can't really talk about the discussion itself, since it is meant to be kept confidential, but I can say it was a bit grueling because I was drained from the accident and therefore struggled to articulate my thoughts. Not to mention that I feel very self conscious in these kinds of under the magnifying glass type situations at the best of times! But I think it went fairly well nonetheless. Next meeting is in early January.
• The call from God to a specific leadership role
• The outward or provincial call
• The call of gifts:
- Deep spiritual lifeIn addition to the above gifts, the potential to develop certain skills is important. Leadership in ministry requires the ability to develop skills in preaching, counselling, outreach, education, leadership, administration, and group dynamics.
- Integrity of self
- Understanding of human behaviour
- Commitment to and longing for justice
- Capacity for critical reflection
- Capacity to be a lifelong learner
- Appreciation of administration
And I believe that about covers all my news to date. Lots of choir practicing lately, since I am singing with both church choirs on Christmas Eve, including one song in which I am singing the solo part. It's a song called Light of the Stable. Here's a version I found on youtube with a montage of paintings. I notice the image at the 0:13 point in the video is The Adoration of the Shepherds by Ghirlandaio, which is in the Sassetti Chapel of Santa Trinita...now I want to go see it again in person...sighs of longing to be in Florence! :)