Wednesday, 22 February 2012

D'oh I'm a Simpsons expert?

Amazingly my assignment on The Simpsons for the Cultural Hermenuetics module has been marked and returned with a mark beyond my wildest expectations. Similarly my reflections on the Thailand Trip have been marked and so all the assignments for Semester 1 have been completed.
Having taken a break for half term in Berlin - cold and snowy - its back to college for the final round of lectures and their associated assignments. Colleaugues are sharing joys and frustrations experienced as part of the Settlement process and I'm glad not to have that added stress.
In Walmer we continue our planning for the Jubilee and Olympics. This week sees the resumption of Friday Night Pizza with our two teenage girls. The Sunday Club team are preparing worship for Mothering Sunday.
The local paper has printed a photo and article on our new Badminton Group and, this week, should feature the knitters and photos from the Ukraine where the latest shipment of jumpers etc went.
Lent has begun and with our Anglican friends we are running a series of studies exploring the theme: 'Finding Welcome'.
Life therefore remains busy and full of challenges with little time to watch anything as trvial as The Simpsons.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Home Run....

So the final semester of my degree course begins. Two assignments from the previous are still being marked but assuming they make the grade it is just the assignments for my last three modules and the dreaded PMP folder that remain to be completed. Guidelines for the arrangements of the forthcoming Graduation Day in June have been circulated.
Today, compulsory modules on Early Baptist Church History and Encountering World Faiths have begun. Tomorrow, my option of Module Exploring Spiritualities will round off my college days for the week.
The last two weeks at home has seen further planning for our grounds project to mark Olympic and Jubilee year. We've marked education Sunday with a visit from Ruth Gouldbourne, braving a heavy snow fall which gave Ruth and Ian a challenging journey back to London.
We celebrated a blessed Church Year in 2011 at our AGM on Saturday acknowledging that together we had achieved such a lot and that our finances were in a healthy state.
This week sees us host the rehearsal for the forthcoming Womens World Day of Prayer Service and the first of our fun Games Evenings for this year is scheduled for Friday.
I've rashly booked a holiday in Berlin for the Half Term break where I will meet up with an old friend who is a Lutheran Pastor.
The next update is likely in two weeks ... watch this space!