Well, it’s been quite a while since the last update (at least several months), so it is probably a good thing to do a little update before I forget everything, and to let everyone know what’s been going on around here. I won’t mention the baseball tournament because I already have an entry half-done on that, so that will have to wait until I get around to it (if I ever do).

In September William started going to Orangeville Christian School. Orangeville is a fair distance from here (about 40 minutes), but the school is quite a bit cheaper than HMDCS and it’s not too far out of the way from my drive to work (an extra 20-25 minutes), so it’s not too bad getting him there. He was attending a Catholic school for Jr Kindergarten, but when Alana found out the price, we decided to send him to OCS this year to see how it would go. We drop him off in the morning at one of the houses on the bus route and he takes the bus from there to get to school. If we’re early for the bus William stays in the house with two of his classmates until it gets there. So far it’s being going pretty well. William likes his teachers and his classmates, and he gets along well with everyone, we’re told. At first he wasn’t too keen on going to a new school, but he warmed up to it pretty quickly. This past Wednesday they had their school Christmas program. William was part of the “A-team” and got to sing a few songs. It was an enjoyable program to watch and I think he had fun.

A couple of weekends ago we rearranged the whole house. That wasn’t quite as enjoyable, but we’re glad that it’s done. Moving everything around sort of forced us to clean those areas of the house that are nearly impossible to clean otherwise, so the house is probably a healthier atmosphere now than it was a month ago. All-in-all it looks pretty good this way, so we’ll probably leave it this way for the next six years.

A couple of months ago my brother and his fiance Hollie got married. It was nice to get to see everyone and it’s always great to celebrate a wedding. I’ve got to say, that there were a couple of things that bothered me at the wedding, though…

The first was that when I was one of the ushers, nearly half of the women refused to be escorted to their seats. This is the first time I’ve experienced that in any of the weddings I’ve gone to, and it made the whole role of ushering a bit… confusing.

The second thing that bothered me (and more-so), was that when Matt and Hollie were doing the vows, they both said the bride’s vow, which is,

“I take you, (name), to be my husband, and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and submit to you, as the church loves and submits to Christ. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.”

http://www.crcna.org/pages/1979_marriage.cfm

Of course, they substituted “wife” for “husband” and vice-versa where required, but the problem with using the same vow for both is that Ephesians 5 talks about the marriage relationship as a model to the world of the relationship between Christ and the church (and this is clearly the passage the writer of the original vows was drawing from). The husbands are told to model Christ in this relationship, and the wives are told to model the church in their relationship. Having both parties model the church in their marriage relationship breaks the model which is set forth in the Scriptures.

But I don’t want to dwell on that for too long right now, the rest of the wedding was very nice and we all enjoyed it. William was the ring-bearer, and that was pretty cute. I think Emma (Hollie’s brother Josh’s daughter) was the flower girl. William escorted her to the bridesmaids’ side and then went to the groomsmens’ side. The wedding pictures of the family were done at Uncle Bob’s house where he has a really nice garden. Doug (my brother) was the photographer. The reception was nice. It was in the same place that Alana and I had our reception, and the food was good. We got to talk to all of the relatives that we don’t get much of a chance to talk to and we all had fun.

On Alana and my wedding anniversary in October we stayed home for a long weekend and had Matt and Hollie take care of the kids at their house. It was nice to be able to relax a bit. We went to see Lord of the Dance in Orillia and then went out for dinner at the Keg after a round of glow-in-the-dark miniputt in Barrie. The next day we had brunch at Cora’s and took Symba for a walk out on the trail in the Marsh that we hadn’t heard of until just recently (even though we live close-by and drive by it all the time). It was a nice walk – we’ll have to go there again when it gets warm again. Then we went to Montana’s for dinner. On Sunday I taught Sunday school and the kids came home when we got back from church. Apparently they had a great time with Matt and Hollie, just as we had a great time staying home.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about work at the moment. We’re working on rolling out a new product, so we’ll see how that goes, but nothing else is really worth mentioning. Work is work. I enjoy where I’m working, but I leave work where it is when I come home.

As far as council is concerned, we’ve had many many meetings regarding the proposed amalgamation with Newmarket CRC, and regarding calling a pastor for the church. The amalgamation vote was two weeks ago and was defeated when only 41-42 percent of the members of our congregation voted to go forward with the plan. The congregation in Newmarket easily passed the vote, but we needed each church to pass the proposal with 2/3 of the vote for it to go through. So today we voted on whether or not our church would extend a call to a certain pastor, and that vote passed with over 88% supporting the call. Now we will have to wait to see what his response will be.

I can say that it’s been pretty stressful being an elder for the past six months or so. It certainly is not an easy task, especially when we are dealing with votes on amalgamation and calling a pastor among many other matters. We’ve got a lot of difficult work ahead of us as well as the amalgamation vote has made quite a few people upset and the absence of a full-time pastor for the past two years has made it difficult to maintain consistency in the pulpit. At the end of the day, though, God will provide us with everything we truly need. If we ask of Him what we need and strive to do His will, He will bless us. Please pray for us, and for your own elders and pastors – we always appreciate your support and prayers.

So that should bring everyone up to date on the main things that have been going on in the last few months. Hopefully I’ll have some time to write a little more often in the coming months. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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