Hopefully, writing them down will help them to allow me to go to sleep.
First off, Happy 5th Anniversary to Nick! I love you and don't know why you put up with me and my neurotic ways!
Two: Anyone want a cat? We inherited a cat. This cat is younger than the one that we previously had and is terrorizing the older cat. The older cat is bigger, but wimpier than the new cat, so the new cat just reads the older one the riot act. We had a urine "oops" previously, and today we found a mound of turds on the bed. (The new one had the old one trapped in the litter box a week or so ago. I am afraid the older on is scared to use the box.)
Three: The congregation keeps being bipolar. Things are going great in many aspects. We made it through the scheduling conflict with little ramifications, but what I had predicted has come to pass: The husband of the former secretary (the one who is on the council) has decided to become passive aggressive. He started to ask if I had made any phone calls to former congregants and kept quoting from "the contract" about a mutual ministry review. He was informed that a mutual ministry review was not a job evaluation of Fr. Ben. I also, not so subtly informed him that he may want to be careful of quoting the contract.
As it stands, I am only contracted to work Wed, Wed Night, Thurs, and Sunday. As anyone in the church knows, I do not work those hours. I am also working Tuesday, Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons. I am also taking a defacto pay cut in that I am getting milage and other expenses cut. If people want to get picky about the contract, they will end up on the short end of the stick.
I feel as if people in the congregation see me as the enemy. Beware false gods, but be even more aware of false devils! The congregation has functioned with such loose (or maybe even non-existent) boundries that any boundries feel restrictive. I know I have to just stand firm and wait it out.
Oh, bright comment of the day: Now that all of the brush is gone [and you can now see the church from the road!] we are more likely to be robbed. (IDK, I think better visibility from the road should make us LESS likely to be robbed. But what do I know?)
Happy Advent to all!
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