The Ramblings of Marty

February 28, 2008

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Although rambling rarely gets me anywhere, this morning will be more of a rambling post, because I have so much on my mind.

We’ll start our morning with a shout out to my Savior Jesus Christ, who loved me with amazing love and grace, and proved that love by taking the penalty for my sins by sacrificing himself as an atonement for the world.  I have believed and trusted (and failed many times over), and so this motivates me to do all of the things I do, including blog.

Also, yesterday, I was privileged enough to be on this list of growing blogs in WordPress.  I’m not on the list today yet, but I was yesterday, and that was pretty cool.  Thanks to those who read my blog and gain some value from the thoughts that flow through my head.

I wanted to give a shout out to two new friends who blog.  I’ve wanted to do this for a week now, but every day I’ve forgotten in the daily grind of things.  But you should really check out Steve and Garrett’s blogs.  They don’t blog on a daily basis yet, but when they do blog, it’s usually pretty interesting.

Last night my basketball team played a make up game.  It was the first game Carie was able to attend.  As you may recall, our team now has been beaten by 40 points, 20 points and in this post, 1 point.  Our team rallied around one another last night to win in an impressive 11 point game.

I say it was because of Carie.

My friend, Scott put in his usual 15 points, along with an impressive 3 pointer as the opposing team was attempting a comeback in the start of the 2nd half.  I chipped in 13 points, but with the addition of a really tall new guy who didn’t have a great shot but was a great presence in the middle, I was able to play the role of a shooting forward instead of a power forward, which you might say is not my calling.

So we won 46-35!

This weekend will be another great time at Fellowship Church.  I’m excited about what God is doing here on a regular basis, and this week will be Al’s first week being here two weeks in a row.  Woohoo!

Last week we announced that we will be combining our services for Easter Sunday, so be aware Fellowshippers that we’ll have one service at 10:30 am for Easter!  We’ll be announcing our new theme for this year that day as well!

Yesterday I took part in Watercooler Wednesday, an event you might want to look into if you enjoy blogging and culture.  It’s the brain child (I believe) of my new friend Randy Elrod, and it was a lot of fun to check out. I’ll be a regular at the cooler, Randy.

So my mind is now empty for the most part.  This afternoon, I’ll be sharing an idea we’ll be using for our Easter series for the purpose of utilizing and helping someone’s personal vision and potential.  I’ll post it around 2 pm.

Until next time…

Its in the Fellowship

February 13, 2008

Carie has off school today.  Another snow day here in New England.  We’re eating cereal and she’s reading and I’m blogging this morning.  Some early morning apologies  to Dave Huey, avid reader of my blog from my MySpace page.  I forgot to paste it onto MySpace yesterday, and He wrote me this email, which I just had to share.  Nothing like “sharpening the saw.”

Good afternoon,I am working on developing some daily habits in my state of being unemployed:

Sleep in.

Read a chapter or two of the bible.

Read a chapter out of one of my books.

Eat breakfast.

Take a d___.

Take a shower.

Check email.

Stalk people on facebook.

Read your blog.

Get the mail.

Look for a job.

Now, when you don’t blog – it screws up my routine.

I’m going to need a little help from you on this.

Regards,

DH”

Thanks Dave for this help in not allowing me to forget the syndicating of my blog on facebook and MySpace.

But I have some incredible news.  For those of you who are computer savvy, specifically in the form of html, I have finally found a solution to our problem using Fellowship One.  Yes, we had a slight problem.

The problem was that none of us on staff knew anything about html and that was the language that some of the stage 2 implentaitons like event registrations, online giving, small group management and volunteer management was all written in, so it was difficult for us to implement them.

But yesterday I was able to spend some time with Mike Burns, a friend of mine who now lives in Germany.  Mike shared with me some simple html thoughts and showed me correct ways to implement the features and move head with this excellent software known as Fellowship One.

This makes me happy, and it makes me very appreciative of good friends who I can both teach and learn from.  Who are you both teaching and learning from?

Until next time…

All the things happening

January 25, 2008

I have a little bit of a lot to blog about today so stay with me. 

I love my life group. I think that’s a great place to start.  This has been the strangest mix of small groups I’ve ever been apart of, and its been such a blast.  We have a few couples in there 40’s, a couples in there 30’s, a few couples in there 20’s, and several single people from their 20’s to the 40’s. 

I love the community, and appreciate their patience with me as far as all the changes that have gone on with Carie and I over the last 6 months.

This weekend at Fellowship Church, we’ll be beginning a new series called “The Atom Bomb.”  Frankly, I believe it’s one of the most important series we’ll be doing in 2008 for those of you who attend FC.  Our team is ready to present a great 4 week series, so get ready!

Also, we’ve started a new blog.  It only has two posts right now, but feel free to RSS it.  It’s fellowshipthis.wordpress.com and it will be dedicated to Fellowship Church stuff, and written by our lead tea only.  Check the first few out here.

Today’s Friday, which means yet another meeting with “the guys” at Finders Pub in West Boylston at noon.  I love this day!  For Friday at Finders, and more so, for date night.  But alas, tonight there will be no date night because of Family Fun Night, an event Carie has for Sonlight City, our elementary school age environment.

We did have date night on Wednesday.  We used a gift certificate and went to Ravezzi’s in Rutland.  It was amazing Italian food (of which I ate too much of), and a great environment (of which I would gladly go back again).  It’s a great place, and I hear that there is Ravezzi’s in Shrewsbury and Worcester too.  Check it out sometime.

Happy Birthday to Ian Ferguson!  A man has now made a mention on my blog for two days in a row now.  Here’s his.  You’ll notice he hasn’t blogged for several months, and my advice to you would be to comment and to inquire why.

This leads me to a question:  When’s your birthday? I’d love you to share that info with me, so write me back and let me know and I’ll put it into my giant database and call you on said day.

I feel a game of Monopoly coming on this weekend.  Anybody in?

Until next time…

I have to tell you I don’t know if I’ve been this excited for a service in my entire life.  This Sunday at Fellowship Church something is going to happen that I’ve never seen done at a church before.  I’m sure it has happened sometime somewhere, but as for me, never come across it, and I’m totally juiced about it.

Wish I could tell you the secret, but I can’t, so you’ll just have to make your way to Fellowship Church in Holden, Mass this Sunday, the 13th, at 11:00 am to see it.  Sorry 9:30ers, this one’s for a later time period.

Also,I might be starting to play in a basketball league this Monday.  I’m not totally sure, but if I do, it would be on Monday the 14th in Rutland, and I would be playing in a 30 and over league.  Can you believe that? Im totally out of shape as far as basketball is concerned, but it would require getting back in shape – an event which I’m ready to do again.

By the way, I’ve been to the gym 4 times a week for the last 4 weeks now.  Thanks for your support!

My favorite thing about this week’s blogging has been this:  I had someone tell me that one of the site’s on my blog had an evil link to it and I should be more careful about what I’m allowing on my site.

I was frantic.

I looked all through my site and my blogs searching for the smut or the porn that someone could have placed on my blog.  I couldn’t believe someone would do that.  Well, I could believe it, I just didn’t want to.

After some time searching for the evil, I finally found out that the site I was looking for was a site of our small groups director who asked the question,”Will we go to heaven?” and then explained why he was asking the question.  I don’t often reply to blogs in great detail, and this was no exception, but evidently this was a bad question to ask.

Though I believe that we will go to heaven when we have a relationship with Christ, I also believe Jeff has a point and a perfectly good right to ask the question.  I hope his blog sparks communication among people and the truth comes out, not because it’s what we’ve been taught, but because it’s what is actually found in Scripture. So I applaud Jeff’s genuine searching for the truth.  More people should lead in a way he has – by asking questions.

Jeff and I have debated many things, but I will never look down on him for seeking the truth – I won’t look down on you either.  Well…maybe you.

Until next time…

Fellowship 1

November 27, 2007

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for Carie and I as we’ve been a bit under the weather.  We both feel better today.  She has been resting and feels much better.  I have not been (at least not on Monday), and consequently, I only feel a bit better.

Anybody see the Steelers/Dolphins game on Monday night?  Evidently the grounds crew at Pittsburgh laid down a layer of grass over the already existing layer of grass, and then it began raining and raining and raining.  So basically the ground was a thick nasty bog, in which no one could move. Of course this made for a low scoring game, of which the Steelers won, 3-0.  Big Ben didn’t throw the ball a lot, but almost every time he did, it was completed.  Thats what I’m talking about.

Today I have a meeting that lasts all day with a company we’re using at church called Fellowship One. Hopefully this will not make me more sick. And then I will be working tonight on packing and preparing our new house.  Pretty exciting!

This weekend begins our new series, a Christmas Conspiracy!  For those who attend Fellowship Church, prepare yourselves.  It’s going to be a ride.

Until next time…

A one day break

November 13, 2007

I did not blog yesterday.  This marks the first weekday in more than a month that I at least didn’t post something.  It was a good break.  My reasoning for not posting was the construction that was going on in the house Carie and I are moving into soon.  A team of people came over, and saccrificed their time in order to help us with this very big project.  The team was amazing as we all came together to get a lot accomplished.  Carie and I are so appreciative of the people that God has put in our lives!

I didn’t blog a Sunday recap.  There was no particular reason for this other than busyness of the times in my life.  Sunday was good though.  We continued our series called,”The Riches”, and people were challenged to view their money and their stuff as a tool to be used for eternal purposes, not for temporal consumptive purposes.  I think this is becoming a very positive and important trend that we’ll see in the near future. People will walk away from “Give me, give me, give me”  to begin to ask the question, “What can I do for you?”  I love it!

This weeks going to be a busy one though, with more construction and more music responsibilities on my end, and a small group leader meeting this Wednesday.  Speaking of music, there might be a special guest leading our worship at Fellowship this weekend.  I’ll provide more details later on in the week, but it looks like it’s going to be good!

I led worship for one song last weekend.  It was a new song called,”Song of Hope” by the Robbie Seay Band.  What  did you think of it?

I have to go now and begin my work week.  I love what I do. It’s the greatest job of all time, associated with the greatest people of all time, and preparing to do something big for the glory of the greatest name of all time.

Until next time…

Yesterday I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, book 5.  Like the others, it was absolutely amazing, and has lured me into wanting the begin the new book immediately.  (And the Half Blood Prince) It started off slow for me, but this was probably because I was in one of those “I don’t want to read anything right now” moods, but in the last week, despite the busyness of my life and my sickness of the last two days, I picked up the pace and finished it.

On Monday evening, I began feeling like I was getting sick.  Tuesday morning rolled around and that was true indeed – I was sick.  I didn’t go into the office, but elected rather to stay in our apartment and read, blog, pray, rest, and come up with the next several series we’ll be doing at Fellowship Church.  Here they are, in order of appearance.

The Riches (4 weeks)

Advent Conspiracy (5 weeks)

The Road (3 weeks)

How to dismantle the Atom Bomb (4weeks)

Confessions of a Pastor (4 weeks)

This should take our church all the way to Easter.  Can you believe it?  Easter’s considerably early this year, March 23rd, so be prepared.
I should mention that most good ideas are taken.  In this care, each of these series ideas are names of sermon series from other churches, TV Shows, or Musical Albums.  Can you guess which ones are which?

So today I’m back in my office feeling quite well, having all of my health back, and the only thing lacking is my voice, which I have not found yet.  So please no calls.  At 1:00 pm, I’m helping Lonnie, our former pastor, move his stuff into the moving truck. If anyone would like to help, feel free to do so.  If you know the address.

OK!  OK!  Change of plans.  As I was typing this, I received a text from Lonnie, mentioning that they have changed their plans and they are not packing the truck until Friday at 9.  This is very good, though I’m not sure why.

Until next time…