Sunday, June 24, 2007

Annual Conference

Hi all, we have just returned home from Annual Conference, to see photo's, news and to get more information about the activities of Conferene in Redlands California go to I am still processing the experinces of the sessions, the bible study, the worship services, and will post more reflections in the next couple of days. Until then, I am grateful for the fact that I was not injured during the annual clergy basketball game which raised 1,800 dollars for the Los Altos United Methodist Church. I am grateful for visiting with clergy friends, many who I have not chatted with since last year. I am grateful for being int he chapel at Redlands University and as I watched the ordination of new clergy was reminded of my own ordination, and the great honor it was then, and now to serve full time as a clergy person here in southern california. Redlands has become, as our Bishop suggested, holy ground, a place where I get a dose of the big picture, of how God is at work through the world. I was able to talk to a few friends who have published books of late and have some suggestions for focusing my efforts these next few months.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Greetings from Covina
I have been up to Bandon Dunes Oregon and back this week. However my computer is needing a new power cord so have not been able to post pictures yet! Will work on it. Steve

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


June 10th preach for worship then leave for vacation days for three days on a golf trip to Bandon Dunes in Oregon,
June 13 Return home prepare for Annual Conference, make final arrangements for study leave
June 19th - 24Annual Conference
25-26 prepare for trip to Marriage and Family Conference in Denver27th leave for Denver July 2 Return home
July 3-6 Writing time
July 7 Leave for Plymouth Mass for 18th Chromosome Conference
July 11th-16 Writing and reading
July 16th-24 Vacation time with family in Massachusetts which includes my niece's wedding, a baptism of her baby, and seeing the family
July 24th return to California July 25-27 Prepare for writing workshop
July 28-August 6 Writing workshop in New Mexico August 7-12 Writing and reading
August 13-31 open time to start submitting writing to publishers
August 20-21 Sermon Preparation Retreat in Pacific Palisades
September 1- 7 Writing and reading
September 7-18 Attend 50th Wedding Anniversary for my parents in Massachusetts September 19th-23 Prepare for going back to Walnut UMC
September 24 First day back

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Here I am creating this blog so you can keep in touch during the time of renewal leave. I will be posting activities and thoughts and will respond to your questions in time. I hope you will keep up with me during the next three months!