Wednesday, May 23, 2012
For those of you that don't know, I am involved with my districts Prison Ministry work. I am a volunteer at one of the facilities and I chair the district task force and serve on the district Mission Board. Last night was our monthly meeting and bad news came up.
Illinois has significant financial issues. Instead of taking a sensible approach, they are just hacking wildly at the budget and they have threatened different prisons for the last two years. This year, it appears to be a reality. The Supermax facility (the worst offenders in the state) is being shut down effective at the end of June. Pink slips started going out yesterday.
In addition to this, one of the youth detention centers (IYC) has started giving out pink slips as well, but they haven't announced a shut down date yet.
Then the legislature is working on legislation that woudl shut down a private facility (non run by the government), Tri-County, that serves as the county jail for three counties in the district and the Immigration Service.
The prayers that we need:
- Praise for the opportunities that have been provided from our Lord's good and gracious bounty and that he sent his Son to be good news to share.
- For the staff of and communities surrounding these facilities as they prepare to face these drastic and potentially devastating changes
- for the inmates as they get shuffled around to different facilities.
- For the new facilities that will be recieving the supermax inmates. These are people that have killed guards and other inmates.
- For our volunteers at Tamms and Tri-County as we need to work to find new positions for him to volunteer at to maintain his grant money.
I thank you in advance for your time and prayers. Blessings on your day, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Well, this past week was insanity. Easily one of the most stressful in my 40 years.
It started with a pretty normal weekend and we really didn't do that much out of the ordinary. My wife and daughters took off and I got some things done around the house in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday was a pretty normal church/housework/jail ministry Sunday.
Monday was a straightforward day/evening, but the stress of Tuesday was building. Tuesday morning was a technical screen for me at work. I'm a contractor that has begun the processof converting over to a permanent employee. There are more steps to this than I ever would have imagined.
So Tuesday morning starts off with the technical screen at 9:00 in the morning. The invite list was all of our platform architects and the overall architecture team. I have to prepare a presentation about my work and they get to torture . . . ask questions for an hour. I felt pretty good coming out of that, then onto a full afternoon of meetings . . .
Wednesday was the last day of the week in the office. I had another full day of meetings and planning sessions. Two of these meetings were one-on-one meetings with the staffing person for my area and the head of my area. They were more informal interviews that went pretty well.
Thursday was prison ministry workshop. Great day as I got to catch up with several people. I think I actually got to talk to the majority of the people I wanted to take some time with. My presentations went well here as well. I also did the closing devotion (which I wasn't expecting to, so there was only minimal stress from that).
Friday was a day around the house and running to do whatever I needed to to help my wife as she was getting everything ready for my oldest's wedding the next day. While she did most of the cooking, I did the running and got the last few things we needed. We had the rehersal that night (that my daughter and fiance didn't show up for) and had to set up the reception hall (which was more fun than I had expected).
Saturday was the wedding (11:00 service with reception afterwards). Service went off without a hitch and then tons and tons of pictures. Then they went off to go take some pictures around town. We left the church at 12:30 and they left with the specific reminder that they had a hall full of people waiting on them. They didn't show up until right before two. (very inconsiderate). We got everyone served and then cut the cake and we were wrapped up with everything by 5:00. We (me, my wife, my youngest, her friend Peyton) then went out for dinner and met up with my wife's sister and her husband and had a good evening.
** Some of you are probably going to ask why I haven't talked about this. My oldest is bi-polar and schizophrenic and just refuses to take meds. (yet another overriding concern). I really wasn't going to say much about it until it actually happened. Realistically, I had a small part of me that was expecting them to just take off and leave a church full of people sitting there and I had to explain that they just took off. Aside from the irritation of the reherals and the delay at the reception, it really went pretty smooth.
** Note to those of you planning weddings, make sure to hire servers. You can do the food yourself, but have someone there to warm up everything and set stuff out. It frees up everyone to enjoy.
Yesterday was a long day that we just piddled around the house.
I am so glad that this week is in the books. I can't imagine much more stress added to that.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I have three special little girls in my life, my daughter Deanna and her two friends Peyton and Maddie.
There are three very special things that happened recently that just warms my heart.
Deanna and Peyton went to Disney together with Peyton's family. Peyton and her stepdad, Tony, are into diving. Deanna was waving at Peyton through the glass while they were diving and a child came up next to her. Peyton turned to swim off and Deanna heard the child voice disappointment. Deanna banged on the glass to get Peyton's attention again and have her and Tony come over. They blew kisses and played with the child for about 15 minutes until it was time for them to get out. The child's mom thanked Deanna for doing that. Deanna let her know it was not a big thing.
One of the other days, Make-a-Wish was there with a child with cancer. That group was at the same area as Deanna and the group. Both group had an odd number of people in it so Deanna volunteered to ride with the child (and I can't remember the name, but Deanna remembers it) and she rode a couple of the rides (Snow White and one other) with her. I don't know what the child got out of it, but Deanna has a very special place in her heart for that little one. She usually has to wipe away a tear after she tells this one.
Then comes the touching thing from Maddie. While Deanna and Peyton were gone, it was volleyball regionals. Maddie, an 8th grader, is usually benched during tournaments, not for anything she does, just because the coach thinks that there are better players (and there really aren't, the people she plays instead do as good as Maddie, sorry had to grumble). Maddie posted this on Facebook.
:'( Well that's it for me. That's the last time I will stand in a circle with those girls and say "123 Go Hornets!" but you know what? "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
I saw that and I welled up with pride that in the face of difficulty, she would be the better person and quote some scripture.
Don't get me wrong, my oldest daughter, my wife, and many other women bring these moments to me as well, but these things are just some recent ones that make me well up.
Monday, December 27, 2010
While a busy and hectic weekend, it was absolutely fantastic. I got to spend Christmas eve down at my parents with my brother and my cousin from Chicago. Then, the youngest and I went to 11:00 candlelight service.
Saturday morning, a leisurely up and at them. My wife and youngest went to church at 10:00 and then we met up at her sister's and spent the day.
Today, we had our Christmas with just us and then the youngest's boyfriend came over. Just a day of sitting around, playing games and just enjoying each other.
I hope all of you had a great Christmas as well.
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