Saturday, 22 December 2018

2018 - A Catch Up



2018 is almost at an end. I have drafted posts this year that I never got round to publishing. So I have disciplined myself to write a catch-up post.

November 2017 saw me stepping into a new Church family. The need arose simply because the Church I had been attending had changed from Sunday services to Saturday services. The change to Saturday service was  because this lovely Church family has been  without a parish priest for over six years and had been served by a series of locum priests. Unfortunately it came to a point where there was no locum priest available and the service needs are met by another parish, hence the Saturday services.

When I found I was missing more services than I was attending I knew it was time for me to seek out another branch of the Church family. I was blessed to step into a Church that has five Pastors.

During 2017 God had put it on my heart to create a workshop for Christian women. Around the middle of this year I prepared the workshop participant books and leader's guide, and ran the workshop in November this year. The workshop was called "Sailing into the New Year.....Get Set to Launch an Awesome 2019".

During 2018 God put a Women's Ministry on my heart and I spent a fair bit of time working toward getting this up and running. This women's ministry starts next month.

A lot of my emotional and mental energy this year has been given to learning my new work role. I changed jobs around the last quarter of 2017.  The role is very challenging and I have absorbed a ton of information on cadastral surveying and town planning. Even so I have really just scratched the surface, I learn something new every week. I really enjoy the project management aspect of the role and the job is so variable that no two days have been the same.

In the garden we have enjoyed bumper crops of tomatoes and lemons throughout the year. Smaller but no less welcome harvests have been lettuce, herbs, apples, snow-peas, peas, beans, mangoes (possums got most of them), mulberries, lychees (King Parrots got most of them), Carambola, and mandarins.

Most pleasing to me though of all the gardening highlights I experienced this year was the gift of Fireball Lilly bulbs given to me by a lady holding a garage sale earlier this year. We got to talking about gardening and as she was putting her house on the market in preparation of a move into a retirement village she asked the man helping her with the garage sale to dig up half a dozen bulbs for me. I had no idea what a Fireball Lilly flower looked like but when they began flowering a few weeks back I realised what a lovely gift this kind lady had given me.




6 comments:

  1. Nice to catch up with you again, Sherri. When there's a lot of plates in the air, it's hard to take the time to blog. Christmas is doing that to me at the moment, lol. All the best with your new Women's ministry, and all the places you will go because of changing directions in your life. Merry Christmas to you and yours'. :)

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    1. Thanks Chris, during the year I started working on some blog posts but never quite finished them. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

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  2. So good to see you back in the blogging world,Sherri. Your ladies' ministry sounds fantastic. I hope it goes well for you. You can't go wrong if that is what the Lord wants you to do. Have a blessed Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Chel. I have been largely keeping up with my blog reading. Mostly on my work lunch break on my phone and can't manage to comment. I have been enjoying following along with your renovations. Thanks also for the encouragement. You might be surprised to know that you and some other bloggers (Emma, Annabel and Patsi) have played a role in helping me make the move into women's ministry.

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  3. "Sailing into the New Year.....Get Set to Launch an Awesome 2019". I can only hope this will be me. I also have not posted much this year, want to remedy that next, one day at a time.

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  4. Deb I hope you have a outstandingly awesome 2019. You have managed to post more than me this year. I am still a bit amazed the whole year got away on me without posting.

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