Archive for September, 2011

Firsts

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

As the school/church year continues to start up, there were a few more firsts this week. Stefania survived her first week of school, although the morning wake ups started to have an effect towards the end of the week, as the excitement was no longer enough to wake her up early. Daniele on the other hand started complaining about going to preschool – because he wanted to go to infants’ school instead, like his big sister. But when we bought him a lunch box like Stefania’s, even though he does not need it, he was a bit happier.

In the church, I lead my first study for the Wednesday night group (after an introductory meeting the week before), and the first meeting for the Saturday afternoon group. There was also the first church leadership team meeting for the year, and some time catching up with the new leaders of the English language Bible study group. Today was also the first Sunday School lesson of the year. I have been promoted from the “middle” to the “big” class. It was a bit difficult, as with anything new I did not know how it worked, and there were some problems from external causes as well. But I will be seeing the other two teachers tomorrow night, so hopefully I will be able to get a better idea for next time.

This week I will be away from Thursday to Saturday for the annual prayer days for the mission in Italy, which includes time reviewing and planning for each of us individually and together as a group. So you could pray that it will be a helpful time for us all, as we submit to God’s leading.

Celebrations

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Multiple celebrations tomorrow. First off all it is Stefania’s first day of school – she has arrived at first class. She is naturally very excited about this, but I wonder how long it will last. Especially when the wake up calls start to take their toll. Stefania is definitely not a morning person, and will now have to wake up 45 minutes earlier than last year. For me, it means that after a week and a half of looking after Stefania whilst Daniele and Pinuccia were at pre-school, I will have a good part of the days without the children now, so I hope I can catch up on a lot of work I am a bit behind on. However, with the infants’ school having two half days to begin with, and Stefania always having Wednesday afternoons off, it won’t be until Thursday that I experience the full effect. And finally tomorrow there is a Significant Milestone in my life as well, although not a round number. So I will be celebrating sending the rest of the family out! And in the evening I will celebrate with a church leadership meeting, and in the afternoon meeting the new leaders of the English language Bible study group. This will mean that I will have met in a few days the leaders of that group, the Young Adults’ group and the Youth Group, who are all fairly new at this sort of responsibility. I’m enjoying this new role I have in the church of helping and encouraging these people as they learn to lead, these people that God has raised up for us to replace those who were sent to lead at Rovereto, and who we pray will be future leaders of the church – at Trento, or sent elsewhere.

Two almost empty nests, and a dream

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

When I wrote last week, Pinuccia had a job, but for after-school care, which she wanted to avoid in order to be with our children. On Tuesday night so got an offer from another school for a job during the day, so she gave up the first and took that one. Then on Wednesday night came an offer from our local school at Lavis, so she gave up the second job to take up that one. The job is not perfect, in that it is full-time and we prefer part-time. But that means that its other imperfection – only for a month and not a year – is actually an advantage. At the beginning of October she should be offered another job at Lavis, which we hope will be part-time. So on Thursday Daniele and Pinuccia went to pre-school together for their first day, and I had an almost empty nest at home. “Almost”, because infants’ school does not start until the 12th, so I look after Stefania (and try to do a bit of work) whilst the others are at school for another week.

Today there was the first morning service of the church at Rovereto. Having 15 out of about 70 adults leave the church should have left quite a few holes in the hall at Trento for our service, and maybe a feeling of emptiness. But quite a few new people have started coming in the meantime, so although the numbers were a bit down on the average, they were not much lower. So there was not much of an empty nest feeling at all.

Another highlight of the week was participating this afternoon in the anniversary celebrations of the federation of the bands in the province of Trento. Not all the bands could come, but in any case being a part of a parade of 60 bands dressed in various colourful uniforms was fun. And then the final concert all together of well over 1000 people in the main square of Trento was spectacular. It made me dream of a future event, when all the 60 churches that will have been planted in all the small towns spread out in the province, will come together at Trento one Sunday for a celebration together and to worship as one.

This week about half of the church groups will be restarting, including for us the Wednesday night group and the Sunday School. Pinuccia is also running a Sunday School teachers’ meeting tomorrow night, and I will have a meeting for the Youth Group leaders later on. So pray for this restart of activities as well.