SparkPeople Interfaith Clergy and Seminarian Support Team Messageboard Regardless of our theological diversity, religious leaders lead multifaceted and challenging lives while often elevating the needs of others over our own wellness. SparkPeople Interfaith Clergy and Seminarian Support Team Messageboard Hi there! I know this team is inactive now, but I'm hoping to help kickstart it again because I need this group! <BR> <BR> My name is Megan, I'm a Lutheran seminarian in my second year of schooling and beginning to look towards internship and first call in the next few years. Life is crazy and stressful and after moving from Seattle to Minnesota for seminary my weight has skyrocketed. There's just something about all that free food at the church and hot dish that really just call to me. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:56:50 EST Lectionary Preaching Ideas? I'm not sure who here preaches each week, and how many among those folks use the lectionary, but I'd be glad for another forum to share preaching ideas. Just offer your ideas here! <BR> <BR> For 9/2/12 I'm thinking that I'll combine themes from James 1:17-27 & Mark 7:1-23 and go with "The holiest work requires getting your hands dirty." I've been thinking of the super dramatic way this true (ie. Mother Teresa), the dramatic (i.e. the Katrina clean up that I did with my son), and the most c... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:40:56 EST Greetings from Sunny Texas Never thought I'd find myself being a preacher in SE Texas, but here we are. I'm a Unitarian Universalist minister, mother to two kids under 4, and spouse to the stay-at-home dad. The sedentary pastor lifestyle, combined with poor ways of coping with stress, have finally sent me here, and to the gym. Looking forward to rekindling my own inner strength, even while I continue to do that for others. Glad y'all are here! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:38:51 EST Apology to Team Happy 2012! I apologize for being absent for the past couple of months. My family moved a couple of weeks prior to Christmas, so life has been especially full. <BR> <BR> The dust is beginning to settle a bit, so you should see more of me in the coming days. <BR> <BR> I wish you all the best as we together seek health and wholeness. <BR> <BR> Peace, Todd Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:21:48 EST The sermon writing munchies. Last week as I was writing my sermon I recognized a bad habit that I have developed over the years. I tend to munch when I writing a sermon. The munchies tend to get worse if I am having difficulty with the text at hand. The munchies I desire are salty carbs like potato chips or even Ramen noodles. I ended up going way over my calories for the day and my sodium was outrageous. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this issue? How have you dealt with it? <BR> <BR> I know that part of the ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:04:22 EST Team Leader??? Hi everyone, <BR> I am wondering what happened to our "fearless leader". Does anyone know? <BR> Is anyone interested in being the Team Leader? <BR> Has anyone clicked to submit to be the Leader? <BR> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:58:11 EST The Lounge In another team that I am participating in we have a "Chit Chat Cafe," where we try to stop by at least once a day and just chat about how our day has been, what we are struggling with or what we have planned for the next few days. I thought it might be nice for all of us to get together and chat? Anyone with me? <BR> <BR> I live in Canada and it is Thanksgiving weekend here, hope I stick to my diet. I recently joined a jogging club and we run for about 30 min on Sunday mornings. Last week I... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 18:02:05 EST Searching for a first Call Hello, new friends, <BR> <BR> I am a recently ordained Episcopal priest, and have been searching for a call to a parish since March. The last few weeks have been rather difficult, as my one year <BR> CPE residency is now over. <BR> <BR> Please pray for continued peace, provision, and that God would reveal his perfect will in His time. Please pray that I won't eat out of frustration. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Rachael+ Sat, 17 Sep 2011 22:01:38 EST how do you handle breakfast/l unch/dinner meetings Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering how you handle meals either out or at congregants' homes. I'm in the pre school year meeting craze, and have had so many meals out. I'm ordering things that are pretty healthy, but still going over my calorie range by 100-300 calories. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the food is homemade and looks SO good--homemade peach cobbler (!) and sometimes I don't want to call attention to my "diet," and other times I just don't want to offend my host. <BR> <BR> Has any... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:17:01 EST Help with Drama Ideas Hi! <BR> I'm looking for a fun, light, humorous, short drama for kick-off Sunday. Maybe something to do with welcoming everyone back from summer, or getting back into the groove after holidays. But really anything fun and upbeat. <BR> Do you have any suggestions? <BR> Thanks! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 02:26:50 EST Introduction Hello, I have just joined this team and only been on Sparks a couple of weeks. I am currently attending Seminary full time and have just completed my first year with two to go. I am not sure what career awaits me at the end of my degree but I believe it will be in the area of ministry in some capacity. At the moment I am making the most of my time in school and absorbing everything that I can (I like school so I'm happy to have the opportunity) and trusting that God will reveal the path in hi... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:49:45 EST Prayer request I created this forum so we can be in prayer for one another. Blessings, Todd <BR> <BR> My congregation's ministries to children and young families is terribly struggling--please pray for our leadership and that God will give our people a clear vision and energy. Thank you! Wed, 18 May 2011 08:48:11 EST Juggling Act Hi all, <BR> <BR> We are jugglers with many balls in the air at once. My hope is that we can share in this forum ways we successfully juggle our professional lives, our time, our family time, and our personal time. What works for you? <BR> <BR> Peace, Todd Mon, 9 May 2011 10:40:08 EST Greetings from rural NE NC Hi, I'm Todd--a solo pastor of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship tradition. As a minister, my life is filled with treacherous foods and mostly sedentary activities. Not to mention BUSY! I'm back on my quest for a balanced, well-rounded faithful life. I hope I can draw from this well of support...and I hope that I will be an asset to this community. I look forward to getting to know you! <BR> <BR> Peace, Todd Fri, 6 May 2011 20:25:16 EST Meatless for Lent I'm not sure how big you all are on the season of Lent, but it is my absolute favorite season the church year and Ash Wednesday kicks it all off tomorrow. I'm going the traditional route with Lent this year and giving up meat and eating vegetarian for the next 40 days. However, I don't want that to derail my healthy lifestyle efforts, so I'm wondering if anybody has any good recipes for the Lenten vegetarian? I appreciate the help! <BR> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 15:51:52 EST Hey Friends! Hi Friends! <BR> I'm new to the team and relatively new to sparkpeople. I'm a seminarian in the Presbyterian Church and working on becoming a better steward of the body God has blessed me with. It's good to know clergy, future clergy, and people who love the church and are wise enough not to become ordained in it! (: <BR> Peace. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:55:46 EST Hello, I'm new Hi Team. I'm in the midst of a huge year of transitions. I graduated seminary in May, was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in the Episcopal Church in June, and moved to Iowa in August for a CPE Residency. I'm having a hard time taking care of myself. <BR> Found a great therapist, who suggested that I take this time to minister to myself, and take care of myself in a way I haven't in a long time. I need to lose weight, but more than that, I need to lower my blood sugars. <BR> I was e... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 00:17:39 EST Pastor Mike Introduces Himself ! Let me introduce myself ! I am Pastor Mike and I reside in California. I am a Ordained Minister and was placed into position as a Pastor 33 years ago at the age of 25. There is a staff and 9 Associate Pastors. They assist me in taking care of our large congregation at our nondemonational church. I have a vast amount of knowledge in the Bible by earning a PhD Degree. I have been involved as a Chaplain and a Seminary Professor in the recent past for 10 years. I plan on being an author for a ser... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 20:08:23 EST YM from TX Hello Team. <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark people for a few years now, but went idle for awhile, when i was transitioning in to ministry, and of course I put back on every pound I had lost. <BR> <BR> I work in a small church in West Texas as the Youth Minister. And I love my job. But it seems like it is rare to meet a minister or a church worker who doesn't struggle with not packing on weight. In fact I have been chatting with some other ministers and it seems like it is a pretty consist... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:38:17 EST How has better health changed your ministry? I'd like to start us talking a bit about the specific issues that relate to ministry. Are there particular things that are easier to do? Are you better able to relate to folks? How has your ministry changed since you've started losing weight/gaining health? Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:55:01 EST Hello, from Northwest, Ohio Just joined this team as I just found it. I've been on SP for a couple of months and joined a couple of Christian Teams and have enjoyed the fellowship and encouragement I have found in those groups. I hope to find the same here! My husband (G) is a bi-vocational pastor of a small country Church in northwest Ohio. The numbers on Sunday morning are dwindling and so how much longer we will be able to continue here is a big question. But, this last Sunday we had 16 for Sunday Morning Worsh... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:23:25 EST From Darkest Chicago Hello Folks, <BR> <BR> I have been in ministry from better than 25 years, and am currently working as an intentional interim in the area around Chicago, IL where I live for the moment. Now in my fifties, I have decided to do something about all the stress-eating I've done over the years. I know it will take a while but I am hoping to be able to do more things with my disgustingly tiny wife. <em>43</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 23:56:52 EST New to team My husband is a Pastor. Being in the ministry has some unique challenges. I am hoping to learn from everyone in this group. I would also like to be able to share frustrations with a group that I know will understand! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:11:26 EST Is anybody out there? Hi, folks, <BR> <BR> After no activity on this team for a while now, I've offered to be added as a leader. I need some feedback on whether or not folks continue to be interested in a forum where we can support each in the unique issues of ministry. So I've sent everyone a Spark message asking this question, and I'm posting a thread here for folks to answer in a more public way. If you are interested, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> <BR> Jan Sat, 4 Sep 2010 12:20:59 EST Hi everyone How great to find such a group! <BR> I am an Anglican Priest in Ontario, recently in a new parish so naturally crazy busy. I am also well aware how intentional those in full time ministry need to be to pay attention to their health and wellness, in order to extend the very best ministry they can. That being said, thus far I have not been the greatest example on the self-care front. I plan to change that, and am actually excited at the prospect of that change. <BR> The whole online commun... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:29:41 EST Pastor in CA I am a Children's Pastor in California and am here to lose weight. I need to lose weight for my health, and to set an example of healthy living to the children that I lead. God has put on my heart that this is an obedience issue and a responsibility to the congregation. As a new pastor, I do not want to be another statistic of obesity in the pulpit. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Aug 2010 14:20:43 EST SW Wisconsin joins the group! Hi, everyone. I just joined this team, actually because I just ran across it. I have been on SP since the middle of May and am very excited to find it. It is helpful in making me accountable... to me. I am an assistant pastor in a small church in SW Wisconsin. There are two other pastors on staff, the senior pastor and the youth pastor. We all keep busy in our ministry assignments and giftings. I also teach at a local university part-time and enjoy spending time with kids and grandkids. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 10:18:43 EST New Team Member from Montana Hey all! Just started at Birmingham Theological Seminary purusing a Masters in Biblical Conflict Resolution through distance education. Excited to see changes in my inner and outer life! Tue, 6 Jul 2010 10:54:33 EST Tracking Communion? I've decided to be scrupulously honest about tracking food eaten. <BR> I've never tracked communion, because I figured God would take care of it. <BR> Does anyone track communion? <BR> How do you count it? <BR> Like 0.05 serving of pita bread? <BR> 0.1 serving of wine or juice? <BR> Sure, I'm not obsessive, LOL! Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:01:26 EST Anyone else eat when mad? In an effort to examine exactly when it is that I eat A LOT, I am discovering that I am prone to eat when I'm mad. Huh. Anyone else do the same? I tried walking as an alternative today - it worked! At least until I got home and was still mad - now my popcorn popper is calling my name... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 22:23:44 EST Pastor from Wisconsin I just joined this group yesterday. I'm a Pastor from northern Wisconsin. I need to loose 100 pounds. I figure Jesus is going to call me home sometime. But I don't want to go early because of my weight. I figure I'd go down fighting. My goal is to drop from 365 go 235. And I'm on my way. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:24:21 EST Let's get shakin' again! Thankfulness... Hey all! I think we need some enthusiasm around here, and it's always a wonderful thing to remind ourselves of those things we are thankful for, so let's list one thing we are thankful for health-wise. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that I have been inspired to take up running and ran my first 5k three weeks ago. <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 27 May 2010 09:55:09 EST Hello From PA Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am a liscened minister in the Wesleyan Church. I will be ordained in October. I serve as the Pastor of Administration and Education in a church in rural PA. <BR> <BR> My weight was put on during my years of infertility. I guess it was then that I learned to turn to food for comfort. Yes, I know where I should turn. The need now is to reset the mind and spirit to lose the weight. Losing was much easier when I was younger. I am now in my 50s. <BR> <BR> I want to se... Mon, 24 May 2010 22:18:51 EST Chit Chat-Catching up Hi all! I'm back after about 8 months off and so far, it feels great! So, anyone else doing anything special to celebrate Pentecost? Wed, 19 May 2010 23:15:55 EST Seminarian from Philly Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Dana, I'm a senior seminary student approved for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. <BR> <BR> More then that though, I'm on a path to becoming healthy, as we all know that ministry is a tough job and often very draining, I want to be in healthy form, so that I can handle the stress in healthy ways instead of relying on junk food. <BR> <BR> I saw this group and knew that I had to join! I hope that we can journey together! <BR> Blessing... Mon, 10 May 2010 10:17:10 EST Answering the Call Hi everyone, I am a United Methodist just beginning the journey to become an ordained elder. I just met with my DS first time today. So I want to get off to get a start physically. Look forward to hearing about your journeys, God Bless you. Mon, 3 May 2010 18:30:01 EST new to team I've been an ordained UM minister for almost 20 years, and have spent the last 12 working in college ministry - certainly better for my physical health and stress level than a local church <em>41</em> As I have gotten into my 40s, the weight has crept up. I found sparkpeople two weeks ago, and it's been a good two weeks. I'm hoping all the wonderful information and support can help me get a handle on my weight and health before it's terribly out of control. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 21:08:31 EST Just joined this team Hello! I am the executive assistant (secretary) to our senior pastor at my church. We are affiliated with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. I love my job and am blessed to serve the Kingdom in this manner. <BR> I joined Spark at the beginning of February and am loving it. I am learning so much, have lost 9 pounds so far, and can feel a difference in my health and energy, and how my clothes are getting too big! <BR> So happy to have found this team. Many people don't understand the stresses ... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:22:24 EST New to the Group I am a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving as Minister of Care and Worship. I have had several careers, and after a long time of both not understanding the call on my life and not accepting the call on my life, I am on the journey of seminary/work study. God has been always active in my life, and held me during, what I term, the "hellish" ten years. I have not always understood that God is a loving and faithful God who cries with me when I cry, laughs with me when I... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:01:51 EST Looking for Some Direction Greetings everyone... I hope that you are all well as you read this, and thank you so much for taking the time to read my posting. <BR> <BR> I am a 28 year old former seminary student, potential CPE resident (hopefully, my applications are out and I'm waiting to hear about interviews), and a woman who lost her way for a few years and is desperately trying to get back on track spiritually and with my career as a minister. <BR> <BR> One of my goals in 2010 is to develop a daily spiritual prac... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 18:18:29 EST prayer needed A young man, 18 years old, died this past week. He was a member of our Bou Scout Troop with no church family. His parents have asked me to do the funeral. <BR> <BR> Please cover the Kertis family in prayer and pray for me to have God's wisdom and grace flowing from me to them. <BR> <BR> THanks!! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:11:45 EST new to the team Hello, <BR> I am a UM pastor in Northern KY. Have been ordained since 2001. I joined the team to find others who deal with the joys and stresses of ministry and take care of themselves in the mix. <BR> <BR> I am 51 and have to focus on getting in shape if I want to last in ministry. I am so glad to have found this team today! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:03:01 EST Prayer request I know there's not a lot of activity on this board, but I'm asking anyway. I haven't served a church in a while now, and with my husband's retirement am trying to get back into it. All of a sudden, I have four churches wanting telephone interviews, two on Wednesday evening (somebody didn't ask me about a time, and one of those isn't formally scheduled.), one on Thursday evening and one yet to be scheduled. I need prayer. Thanks. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:36:38 EST Brief Intro Hello everyone my name is Yevette. I'm an ordained minister born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. No jokes please <em>30</em> . I recently began my degree program with liberty online-university. Look forward to interacting with everyone. Thu, 7 Jan 2010 19:25:29 EST Another Hi from Canada Greetings! <BR> My story is very similar to Kimberly's. I'm a recently ordained minister in the United Church of Canada after a previous accounting career and time at home with my children. It's a blessing to have the time to reflect on God's Word but pastoral duties have meant less exercise and more eating to find energy so here I am. Peace, Kathyln Thu, 17 Sep 2009 23:00:15 EST Hello from Canada I am a wife, mom and full time senior pastor. This is a new call on my life. I have always loved "the church" and been involved in it. As I was approaching 40 the Lord called me to prepare for ministry and it ended up being 5 years of university/seminary and then a call to pastoral work. I had never imagined my life taking this turn!! When I'm asked how it's going my response is often, "I'm stressed out, overwhelmed and totally at peace." Blessings to all those in ministry and those pre... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 22:12:07 EST PRAYER REQUEST Please pray for my dear friend Dawn who has been ill for many years. Recently she has been suffering from a sore stomach, nausea, extreme fatigue and bladder pain. She loves the Lord and He loves her. Any prayers would be very much appreciated. Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:58:05 EST Hi I'm glad to discover this team. I work as co-minister of an International English speaking church in Europe and find the irregular lifestyle of this work does not help in eating and exercising healthily. SP is really helpful as I spend so much time on my computer preparing stuff anyway but a lot of what I read here still presupposes a regular lifestyle to support the lifelong changes needed to lose and keep weight off. I have to rely a bit more on God's grace at times <em>43</em> . Looking f... Thu, 21 May 2009 22:57:30 EST End of semester crunch My very stressful end of semester led to a dip in paying attention to food and the return of 5 lbs. Ugh! Back on the grace wagon for me. <BR> I got my papers done on time, but whoo boy, it was a very stressful last month with eating to stay awake to keep reading and writing. <BR> I need some tips on ways to stay up without snacking. <BR> <BR> Please respond with ideas. <BR> <BR> Gil Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:22:55 EST I am back from Ecuador I just got back from visiting some relatives who are missionaries in Macas. We had a blast. <link><BR>e/Ecuador2009# </link> <BR> Here are some pics. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 01:57:24 EST Hi from Boise! I'm starting seminary in fall and I'm so very ready to get this road started. I'm a youth minister now, and I realized that being in shape and having a healthy-love-myself body image WILL rub off on the kids. I'm really looking forward to finding inspiration from all of you. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:34:37 EST What are people doing for lent? I can't decide what to give up, I have about 24 hours before Ash Wednesday service...thought it might help to hear others.. Tue, 24 Feb 2009 23:24:24 EST Hello From Portland I am an inactive pastor in the NW Yearly Meeting of Friends' Churches and am attending George Fox Evangelical Seminary to get an MA in Ministry Leadership with a focus in Spiritual Direction. <BR> I have about 100 lbs to lose and was convicted by the Holy Spirit in church this Sunday to get off my duff and do something. <BR> ahem...Yes Lord! So one of the folks in my church pointed me to the site and here I am. <BR> <BR> Grace and Peace, Mon, 9 Feb 2009 03:05:53 EST Problem with being a single woman minister I'm struggling with something. I'm a young, single, attractive woman. I'm also a seminary student who wants to be a pastor. I get approached by men a lot, and I don't know how to handle it. As a pastor, I want to be friendly and neighborly and kind. As a woman, I want to protect myself and tell them to go away. It's easy when their behavior is gross and inappropriate, but when they're polite, its hard to draw the right line, or even know what the right line is. Has anybody else been th... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 22:28:17 EST PRAYER REQUEST A very close friend of mine is having back surgery on 2/16. Please keep him in prayer because I am very concerned about this upcoming surgery. <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> <BR> Yvonne Wed, 4 Feb 2009 17:35:30 EST Anyone going Jesus Justice Jazz this summer? About 38,000 ELCA Lutheran youth will decend upon New Orleans this July for one week of worship, service work, learning, and more. I am so excited to be taking about eight youth, myself and one other adult. Anyone else out there going? Wed, 4 Feb 2009 13:57:55 EST Hello From NC Hi everyone I'm new to Spark People and new to the Team. My husband is a Methodist Minister in NC. I have a lot of weight to lose! Blessings everyone! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:42:12 EST What is your area of ministry? I'm wondering what different areas of ministry people are in. I'm a layperson and Christian educator working for my denominational offices. I'm staff to the women's organization. Oh yeah, I'm Presbyterian. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 17:28:39 EST Restaurant nutrition guide Here's a handy website to help track nutrition when eating out. With my travel, this will come in handy. <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 25 Jan 2009 18:50:27 EST New Guy from Canada Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm up here on the Prairies. I've been a pastor for quite a few years but find myself studying again as I transfer my credentials to another denomination. <BR> <BR> I'm also working away at my weight. <BR> <BR> Good to be here. <BR> <BR> Blessings! <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:46:56 EST getting in the game Hi. I'm new to the group. Been out of the game for awhile. Gained lots of weight while sitting on the sidelines. Not sure if I can still play, but attempting to get back in the game. Pray 4 me. <em>299</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 02:10:23 EST Snow Day Hey all, <BR> Today is a snow day for me! I live in NH and we are getting about 8-10 inches of snow today so the church leaders decided to cancel church. On one hand it is nice to have a day off since I haven't one since August (at least a Sunday) and on the other hand I wonder if it is the right choice. I am conflicted about the idea of canceling church...God doesn't cancel on us so what right do we have to cancel on him. <BR> The argument for it is the safety of the congregatio... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 08:29:34 EST Favorite Memory about relationship with God? What is your favorite memory about your relationship with God? <BR> <BR> Mine is the story of my call to ministry. After high school I fell out my relationship with the church and with God (now knowing that I was the only who didn't know God was with me...he was there the whole time I just didn't see him). It wasn’t until the summer after my sophomore year of college that I started to come back into the religious fold. During that summer I found myself in West Virginia lying in my bunk tr... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:03:10 EST I DID IT! Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> I was concerned that I might have gained weight over the holidays, but I got on the scale today and I lost 10 pounds in the last month giving me a total loss of 50 pounds. I now have only 90 more to go. I know that I can do it in 2009 with the support of my family, friends and my Lord. <BR> <BR> Good luck to you in 2009 and as always, keep in touch. <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> <BR> Yvonne <BR> Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:06:45 EST Any CPC workers out there? Hi my name is Elaine. I have been thinking about creating a group for people in ministry. This morning I did a search and found this one. I thought I would check it out before I started something else. I don't exactly qualify as a church worker but I work for a small pregnancy resource center. (Crisis Pregnancy Center)I am the Client Service Coordinator, which is a fancy way of saying I do a lot of everything. If you visit my page you will not see my occupation mentioned. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 11:22:17 EST Couple of handy websites Here are a couple of handy websites if you walk/run/hike/bike and want to know the exact mileage you’re doing. I'm using the Map My Walk site for my Virtual Walk to Carlisle PA. The Gmap site seems a little easier. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> To use the gmap site, type a starting address into the box next to where it says Jump To (make sure you include city and state), then press Go. Change the zoom to 16 for manageabl... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 19:21:16 EST Hi from Philly! I am a children's Sunday School teacher. I love working with children for how special they are. As Jesus said, "Love the little children" and we should. Any suggestions you have for me would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> 2009 is going to be a wonderful year for us all. I lost 40 pounds in 2008 and my goal is to lose 100 more before the year is over. I know that I can do it with the support of my Spark friends and the comfort of my Lord. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful 2009 and keep in... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:37:27 EST What's Your Favorite Carol? I love Christmas carols. Debra's listing of the 7th verse of O Come O Come Emmanuel as one thing she's thankful for made me wonder what carols speak to others. Tell us the name of the hymn and the line or verse that speaks to you. Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:29:42 EST Holiday Treats with Less Guilt For me, this time of year is an extra challenge. It's one of the busiest in the church calendar with more opportunities to "resist temptation" than any other time. Here's an article that may help get to January 2, 2009 with less regret. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=525 </link> <BR> <BR> Tips of your own to share? Sat, 6 Dec 2008 15:55:00 EST Hi from Chicago Hi all; I work in serving learning trips about the inner city. I love it so much I often don't take time for caring myself. Sparkpeople is a part of that time I take for myself Tue, 25 Nov 2008 23:34:03 EST Surviving the busy months of winter The fall and winter are busy times for us church workers. I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for how to survive the busy times ahead with Thanksgiving and Christmas activities and the accompanying temptations to eat all the special foods that fill the holiday celebrations. Mon, 20 Oct 2008 21:33:36 EST Checking in Just want to check in. It's been awhile since I've posted here. <BR> <BR> My sister's broken ankle is healing nicely. She's walking with the boot cast and will be able to get it off in a couple of weeks. I hope so. She can't drive until the boot comes off. My vertigo is barely a problem these days. The virus that caused it must be dying. I've got another 3 or 4 weeks to go before it should be completely gone. Life is good and getting better every day. <BR> <BR> I go to Minneapolis in Monday... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 19:15:24 EST Hello I am a Methodist minister in rural western NC. I serve two churches. I'm married to Ed (the preacher's wife) and we have Toby (our dog) still at home. <BR> <BR> I just found the Sparkpeople page. What a great site! I hope to get motivated to lose some weight and be more healthy. My cholesterol is high, and my age I need to get it down. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all. <BR> <BR> Pastor Judy <em>213</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 20:41:02 EST Hi I stumbled on this page, while browsing through the various teams an it seemed appropriate. I am a seminarian of the Methodist flavor, attending a Disciples seminary, while working my secular job full time and serving two churches. I've got a little bit of a break this summer, and wanted to get some positive habits back in my life, which will hopefully carry over to the fall. This seems to be a step in the right direction Sat, 19 Jul 2008 08:52:21 EST My first day back on SP in a LONG time Hi all, <BR> <BR> I guess I am confessing that I haven't handled the events of the past month or so well, and I guess when I'm emotionally and physically drained, I have not learned how to continue to be strong enough to keep up the healthy life too. Although I know they SHOULD go hand in hand as a remedy. <BR> <BR> Life's stresses along with seeing very little accomplishments on the weight loss front just collapsed my desire to keep trying. I held on for a bit, but I can't say I've done a... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 15:40:44 EST Hello All My name is Roy. I am a Christian and I work as a campus minister to international students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I eat when I'm stressed and have a tendency to eat rich foods. (but not sweets) I used to exercise a lot 10-15 years ago but lost momentum when I stopped playing organized sports. I am 40 something. and a father of 3 and am married to lovely Lisa. Looking forward to this! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 17:45:31 EST How much rest are you allowing yourself? Hello Brothers & Sisters, <BR> <BR> Do you share a commonality of failure to rest as I do? I somehow distorted the difference between Christian service and self-neglect, and now have to battle my way back to reality. Fat on my body is an indicator for me personally (not to say it is for anyone else) that my spiritual life is suffering. <BR> <BR> I need to connect with godly people on the same path. <BR> <BR> Romans 12:1 (The Message) "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you. take... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 22:40:54 EST Life throws us curves sometimes Hi all. Two things to share with you. The Presbyterian Church (USA's General Assembly started Saturday in San Jose. It's always a wonderful time and a stressful time. Please hold commissioners in prayer. <BR> <BR> Second thing - I'm not at the Assembly yet. I was supposed to leave Friday but had a horrible spell of what turned out to be benign positional vertigo Thursday. I'd never had anything like it. I'm much better now and leave in the morning for Assembly. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, it... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 19:51:22 EST hi!!!! i just graduated from college and i am a community minster (if you what to put a name on it). i am married to awesome hubby, who is in iraq as we "type". i found this very randomly. <BR> LOVS Sun, 22 Jun 2008 19:09:48 EST Hi Folks It is great to stumble across this team...I am a United Church of Canada minister and am serving a small congregation in Southern Ontario. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the collective wisdom of this group, support of other ministers (lay or ordered) and some tips about dealing with the inevitable food issues that seem to come up in my work! <BR> <BR> Blessings <BR> FletchersMom Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:29:52 EST Summer Plans Mornin', Saints: <BR> <BR> How goes it with your souls? That was John Wesley's question and I have made it mine. It often takes people aback. They expect "How are you?", to which they reply "Fine", or they launch into a litany of their physical ailments. The question, "How goes it with your soul?" invites a different kind of response. <BR> <BR> I pray it is well with your souls this day. <BR> <BR> I can't believe that Sunday is June 1st! My heavens, it felt to me as if Lent came the d... Fri, 30 May 2008 07:18:48 EST Hello Friends! new to your team My name is Marilyn, <BR> <BR> I am in my senior year of college at 55, and will be headed to seminary for graduate work. I am devoted to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, and hope to find some support from fellow believers. I need to lose a lot of weight to continue serving God here on this earth. <BR> <BR> I have been a yo-yo dieter and decided about five years ago to give up dieting. Guess what? That doesn't work either. So here I am trying to accept the things I cannot change..... Thu, 29 May 2008 23:26:36 EST Saying Hello I don't know that I introduced myself when I joined the group a couple of weeks ago. I'm a Presbyterian. I work at the national offices with the women's organization. That means I travel a lot and that makes sticking to any kind of routine a challenge. I glad to be here and hope to get to know all of you. <BR> <BR> Ann Wed, 28 May 2008 19:00:13 EST Trophy Day Mornin' Saints: <BR> <BR> I achieved my 15000 point trophy today. I was so tickled to get that silly thing that it made me laugh. What on earth is the value of that little symbol? <BR> <BR> It occured to me that (1) we're programmed from childhood to seek such things [anybody remember little gold stars in kindergarten?], and (2) in our vocation we rarely get 'rewards' for the tireless work we do. Don't get me wrong, I have joy in every day of ministry and I don't do what I do to 'get' ... Tue, 27 May 2008 06:54:27 EST Blessed Sabbath! Good Morning, SMCW: <BR> <BR> I am happy to report that our Annual Conference was a (mostly) joyous time and I returned rejuvenated. Last week was absolutely exhausting - preparing to be away at Conference and tending to the funeral and the family and doing it all without our p.t. church secretary. Her 'day job' is arranging events for our Conference - the most important of which is Annual Conference. So, I left the pulpit after two services yesterday completely spent but contented. <BR> ... Mon, 26 May 2008 07:29:54 EST Greetings from Annual Conference Greetings, everybody: <BR> <BR> I'm at my denomination's Annual Conference at a 3-day conference in a brand-spanking new, swanky resort center outside of Washington, DC. Woo-hoo - This is how the other half lives! Of course, we know it isn't really "half". It's the top 5% of the privileged world, of which we US citizens are a part. But, I digress. <BR> <BR> I have my laptop so I'm tracking my food. Yesterday I didn't get any aerobic exercise in but I'm about to do a couple of Coach Ni... Fri, 23 May 2008 05:59:30 EST Good morning, sojourners I pray that this mid-week day finds you well, physically, mentally and spiritually. <BR> <BR> I love the season of Pentecost because it reminds that, because of God's gracious provision, I have everything I need to live as God would have me live. There is no lack in God's provision. I have but to lay claim to the inheritance afforded me by Jesus' intervention. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. <BR> <BR> Shalom! Wed, 21 May 2008 07:29:03 EST Blessed Tuesday Mornin' Saints: <BR> <BR> It's raining here and that is good. After a few summers of drought or near drought conditions, it is good to have so much rainfall. <BR> <BR> We had a death on Sunday -- one of the "pillars" of the church. We are glad that she is no longer in pain. Her funeral is on Friday. This week is also our Annual Conference week. I'm told that her husband also died during Annual Conference week. What do they have against Annual Conference, I wonder? <em>246</em> <BR... Tue, 20 May 2008 07:33:05 EST Happy Monday, Saints Good morning to all: <BR> <BR> I pray that this weekend's worship brought you a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. May you find hope and encouragement today and every day this week. As someone said "Be the change you want to see in the world". Shalom! Mon, 19 May 2008 10:33:37 EST Blessed Sunday! Good morning, friends: <BR> <BR> I pray that today will find you refreshed by worship. I know that sometimes we leave worship more depleted than restored, but I pray that today will be a day of refreshing and restoration for you. Today is Heritage Sunday for us so I am not preaching. I anticipate being well-fed by one of our very able Lay Speakers. <BR> <BR> Speaking of being well-fed, there will be refreshments afterwards. Lots of temptation there, but thank God I've learned balance a... Sun, 18 May 2008 06:55:29 EST Curious--how do you get your assigments? My husband and I are both pastors and are curious to know how other demominations go about filling pulpits etc. <BR> <BR> In our denom we send resumes to superintendents that then decide if we should be put in a "pile" of resumes for a church. Then the board goes through them and ranks choices 1-3 and then decides who they want to interview. <BR> <BR> I know other denom's do it differently and would be curoius to know. Are you given and assigment, told when to move etc? Fri, 2 May 2008 12:51:57 EST Greetings I am new to this forum and just wanted to say "hi" Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:23:34 EST Press On God, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which You have called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:13-14) <BR> <BR> Hello everyone <BR> I see some new folks (including myself) have joined this group in the past few weeks. I thought it would be good to start a thread where we could do offer some regular discussion. <BR> I introduced myself ... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 09:44:44 EST Newbie saying hi Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Susan. This team is a great find for me - nice to know there are others IHS that are also working on the same personal goals as I am. <BR> <BR> I'm a church pianist and I live in Juneau, Alaska. It seems that most people I go to church with are healthy & slim and can't identify with my particular struggles! I'm so happy to find this team :) <BR> <BR> Blessed, <BR> Susan Fri, 11 Apr 2008 14:40:16 EST Methodist LLP with you Hi everyone! I'm a Methodist licensed local pastor. For you non-Methodists I'm not ordained and I personally am part time (kept my mon-fri job). <BR> <BR> It's a blessing to have peers on this journey walking in Christ, especially since I hope to be jogging and running with Him too eventually! Tue, 8 Apr 2008 15:34:57 EST Greetings Hello everyone <BR> I have been on Sparkspeople for a while now and do good for a while then not so good. Lately it has been not so good so I am back looking for a boost. <BR> I was scanning the teampages and found this group. <BR> <BR> My dh and I are full time missionaries with an independent agency. We work with orphans, widows, gypsies, and various churches mainly in the Former Soviet Union. Currently we are stateside but plan to return to Ukraine in June for 3 months and then back t... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:45:48 EST Folded linen burial cloth Hi, A lady in my bible study shared this with the group Saturday. I thought it was very interesting. <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? <BR> <BR> The Gospel of John (20: 7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin. <BR> <BR> Is that importan... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:28:27 EST Wondering about Yoga Booty Ballet-mudra I bought a set of 2 videos of this based on a recommendation of someone I knew. I don't know if you've used it before but before each set it has meditations and sayings (mudra) to draw in your energy etc. <BR> <BR> I always feel a bit weird about these sections as I don't really feel that its my faith or belief system that they are drawing from. <BR> <BR> Am I wrong in this or has anyone else felt this way as well? I usually just end up fast forwarding through those parts. Wed, 20 Feb 2008 20:31:15 EST Salutations! Hallelujah. I'm just beyond thrilled to find this group. I'm looking forward to talking to other people for whom the work week starts on Sunday! <BR> <BR> I'm a 24-year old seminarian in Chicago (Chicago Theological Seminary) who is 3/4 of the way through my M.Div. I'm seeking ordination in the UCC, and I work as a camp director and youth minister for the Ohio Conference of the UCC. My hope is to be an associate pastor in a parish with a focus on youth ministry and Christian education. ... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:33:25 EST What are you giving up for Lent??? I was not sure what I was going to give up until one of my soaps stopped taping last week. God helped me decide to give up B&B. Mon, 11 Feb 2008 13:29:18 EST Hi Hi, my name is Ron, and I'm a foodaholic. <BR> <BR> I hope the rest of you don't mind one male minister who needs to lose weight, get in shape and enjoy a healthier life! Where are the guys? I know there are MANY of us who need this. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all and please pray for my success. This is my zillionth attempt to lose weight. At 46 I need to stick to this one. <em>4</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2008 07:45:38 EST HealthierVicki Introduction Hello all, <BR> <BR> How nice to be in a community with fellow women ministers. I am the pastor of a congregation of about 100 members. Although I am a solo pastor, I have assistance from a church secretary, choir director, custodian, and a team of wonderful volunteers. Still, I do all of the preaching, pastoral care, and administration. It is a demanding life. To make it more intense, I have a parent three hours away who has metastatic cancer. I drive there weekly to check on her. I honestl... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:12:58 EST Just joined Hi everyone. I just joined SP this week and am getting to know my way around. I am a pastor who has never met a pot luck dinner she didn't like! Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:32:17 EST Check IN Morning all! <BR> <BR> Thought I'd take a minute to check in before I am off to church. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start a program called Power 90 - it is an in home boot camp. My husband and I also went for a nice walk last night (the weather finally let up a little and it was wonderful). <BR> <BR> I'll update my weight tracker tomorrow. <BR> <BR> May the Lord be with you this morning as you serve your flock! <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 07:44:28 EST I'm a Sparker, Too HI -- I'm an episcopal priest, two years into my ministry. I gained 30 lbs in seminary -- what with the sitting and studying, the abundant food in the refectory and the beer at the pubs. <BR> <BR> I have two grown children and a husband. I work way too much (60+ per week). I love the people I serve with, and love all the creative outlets I have working full time in the church. <BR> <BR> I would like more energy, and to feel good more often than not. So, this is the year, that I will take ... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 14:24:44 EST LutheranChick2 Intro! Good morning! <BR> What a great idea for a group! <BR> I am a church secretary for an ELCA church in Illinois and love my job! Been at it for 2.5 years after leaving a high stress/high pay sales job. Miss the money but not the people and have replaced it with a different level of stress that only someone who works at a church can understand. <BR> <BR> My sparks page will tell you about me but briefly - I am married, 41, mother to 4 (3 adults - last one in HS, grandma to one beautiful littl... Fri, 28 Dec 2007 07:45:15 EST How Can I Become a Licensed Minister? Hello, I recently had an epiphany. It rushed over me out of the blue, chill bumps rose, tears flowed from my eyes and the feeling was unlike anything I'd ever felt before. The only time I've even felt anything close, was the day I was baptized of my own choice. <BR> My calling is to be a Minister/Reverend, I want to learn all I can learn and I want to make a difference where I'm needed. <BR> I am now an Ordained Minister, but have no idea where to go from here. <BR> Any insight,... Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:08:05 EST