Archive for February, 2010

Time together

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The highlight of this week was the cancellation of the church leaders’ training meeting on Thursday night. Not because it isn’t good – Pinuccia goes to those meetings and finds them very helpful – but because it was also Pinuccia’s birthday. Since I am out most nights, and Pinuccia out the others, being able to celebrate the birthday together was not looking promising. But it turned out, due to the cancellation, that not only did we have a free night, but it was right on her birthday as well. So the whole family went out to eat a pizza together, and we enjoyed the company.

It is an interesting time of year for the weather. Getting closer to Spring, we are getting our first fine sunny days. Which means temperatures in the low tens, but pleasant anyway when dressed well. At the same time, it is cold enough that it snows in the mountains. So on Saturday, when we had a free afternoon, we had a choice of driving a bit up the mountain next to Trento to frolic in the fresh snow that fell on Friday, or playing in the park at Lavis for the first time this year. Since the children have slight colds, and Daniele seemed a bit tired (in fact he slept 13 hours on Saturday night, which must be close to his record), we eventually opted for the park. But it was nice having such different choices. And it was very nice to be able to have not one but two outings altogether in the week. A rare occurrence.

The big event for us this week is that we are going to subject our apartment to some stress testing. We have invited the Young Adults’ group to dinner at our place, and the number of people coming keeps growing. So currently we are somewhere between 15 and 20 (some people have to confirm still), plus us four. It will be a tight fit for us all in our lounge room, especially eating at the same time, but it will be a fun night. Pray that it will be a helpful time for the group.

A strange week

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I spent most of the week thinking it was the wrong day. Firstly because on Monday the whole family went to the ECM-Italy meeting a couple of hours to the south of Trento, which seemed like a weekend activity. So Tuesday seemed like Monday. As well as that Stefania had a slight cold, and so spent most of the week at home, so the days never quite seemed as they should me. But on Friday she went back to school, and should be right for this week. (Although there is still some resistance every morning to the idea of going to school.) By the end of the week, I had managed to get myself syncronised with the calendar again.

One of the highlights of the week was a Sicilian dinner at our place, for five couples/families that had at least one person from Pinuccia’s home town. (Although one couple could not make it due to the flu.) Since they are all good friends as well, it was a fun evening, and Stefania and Daniele enjoyed playing the whole time with my ex flat mate’s children, who are the same age. The non Sicilian components, like myself, just sat back and enjoyed the food which the others produced, especially when the talk kept dropping into incomprehensible Sicilian dialect.

On Tuesday, instead of the usual Bible study at Rovereto, there will be a meeting at Trento for the wider group of people interested in and committed to helping the whole church planting project at Rovereto. So you could pray for that meeting, that we would have good ideas, and the desire and dependence on God, to move forward with that project.

To Spain and back, and my program in the bands

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I went to Spain and back again this week. Two and a half days of meetings, but it was a good time. In particular, there was a day dedicated to thinking about what it means to be a part of ECM in each country, which is what the ECM missionaries in Italy have been thinking about for a while. It will be helpful for tomorrow, as we will all (that is, the whole family) be going to one of the regular meetings together of the Italian ECM missionaries. And we will be discussing some of these matters that we talked about in Spain. In the meantime, the rest of the family coped without me, with a few visitors and a parade in our town for the Carnival celebrations to keep them busy. We then had a good reunion day together on Friday, going to play in the snow and do other things together.

Yesterday I played at a concert with the Lavis band, together with three other bands. Before the concert, a member of one of the other bands searched me out. It turned out that he is a happy user of my computer program to study the Bible, had seen that I played in the band at Lavis, and had been waiting for such an opportunity to meet me. As I often say, my program gets used a lot more than I know about.

Bible studies prepared, and off to Madrid

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I did (just) manage to prepare the last two studies of the two series of Bible studies that we are doing in the church this academic year (until the end of June). So that gives me about three months of extra time, to dedicate to my Internet ministry, improving my web site and my computer program to study the Bible. I have been creating a fairly long “to do” list in the last few months, when I have not had much time to work on it. “Three months”, because in May we will decide on the studies that we will be doing next year after the summer break, and I will start working on them.

It has been an enjoyable weekend with the family, because it was one of the few with no commitments outside of the church service. So it was good to be able to spend most of two whole days playing with the children. There was a bit of a snow fall on Friday as well, which meant that there was some snow to play with in the garden (snowmen and snowball fights) this afternoon.

Next week there is one of my twice yearly trips to Madrid for an ECM leaders’ meeting. I will be away from noon Monday to late on Thursday, although I probably won’t see anything of Madrid except the airport, the highway, and the inside of an office. Pinuccia has taken the week off work to look after the children, and that alone will keep her quite busy. She will have a few visits from friends as well to keep her company.