Wednesday, April 25, 2012

last week of april


what's up. well I went to the congregationalist church again lsat Sunday and man did it get political, the guy was talking about Paul having the dream about the sheet from heaven with all the food on it, and how gentiles were okay too, anyway, he was somehow relating it to how a certain named republican congressman should have the same realization in including blacks, immigrants, gays, etc... I have no idea where he was going with it but I was telling myself okay, I'm not going here again. ha at some point he was saying paul was "gentile hating" or something and the comparison went awry. the guy is an author and sort of just reads his sermons and they come across sort of like a letter to the editor he's just reading out loud. I do like the people and music but dang do we have to get all political, I left there thinking, okay you accept gays and lesbians and everyone and so forth, but apparently no one even near the republican side of the spectrum. ha ha,
 I went out to lunch with A and her gf, two other girls and another guy, all gay etc. we had a great lunch and mainly talked about places to eat in town and places we've been blah blah and then started talking about the sermon. I had been thinking how I wasn't going to say anything but talk to A sometime in private how I'd like to look into visiting other churches. And suddenly found myself in a conversation with the table about the sermon and they were all saying how it was too political and no one liked it much and so forth. yay. So we all decided to attend the earlier service next week with the associate pastor instead, and then everyone was sort of talking how much they'd like to find a church. It was really endearing, all these gay people so badly wanting a good church but somewhere sort of gay accepting. a few saying they didn't even care if it was all that gay accepting etc... I recommended we try an Episcopal church at some point. The other girl from my highschool said she'd tried just about every church in town and was only going to this one because there was a group of friends she knew there (us). others said anywhere but baptist (as they'd been raised baptist,ha) All agreed they hadn't felt like they'd gotten much out of the "gay church" in town, and that they'd tried various others, but one church we all really like, Life CHurch, had been asked about gays, and their response was, we'll pray for you... ha. Anyway, it was a great Sunday morning overall and I had a great time being out and social to lunch.
THis week has been run of the mill, school all day, sometimes with students, sometimes testing kids all day, as we are on the testing schedule with 2 blocks a day same kids all morning, or all afternoon. ugh...the hours worked out tomorrow so that I have my 4th and 6th hour all day which are the exact same group of kids all day. whoah.
 I made two home phone calls today in preparation for tomorrow, one kid who is smart smart and always done first. used to be good and quiet all first semester but now is joking, talking, disrespectful, calling friends wetback and shut up big nose, etc...and is on his way to referral next offense. so I said as much to his uncle who luckily spoke English and said he'd talk to the kid. the other guy is 18 and is old enough to know better but lately he tries to sleep in class or does nothing and then suddenly starts conversations with other kids during a lesson etc...so luckily his stepmom speaks English and I made everything clear to her, saying he was a great great kid, but just getting sloppy on his classroom behaviour etc etc.. I'm really going in tomorrow with a lot of worksheets, but also lots of different activities that we can change it up during the long long day together. we'll see how it goes. I am determined to teach them respect and manners and social skills beyond just ENglish science and math vocabulary ( tomorrow lessons are double bar graphs, angles, rays, and lines, and cell structures etc...
 My Austin bud, who I haven't seen in a coon's age, called tonight to invite to 6 flags in Dallas Texas Friday night, but I will not be able to drive down Friday night and do such, I already have plans with my bud S who is in town and not AR this weekend. we are going to the OKC arts festival downtown for food and check out the art and guys walking around of course. ha hope everyone is having a great week. sunny and nice here all week. tomorrow is dress up as a cowboy day, so I'm going to see if I have a sort of western looking shirt (and I do) to wear tomorrow to school. today was mask day, and Friday is sunglasses day.. blah blah. man, summer get here already!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan,
This is my first comment to your
blog although I've enjoyed reading
it for several years.
As a fairly new member of the UCC
here in Southwest Houston (Grace
UCC), I'm a little surprised the
sermon was so political. My partner of 23 years and I joined
about 1 1/2 years ago and find this
church to be a real family. We have only about 100 members. Please
do give them another chance and if
they don't work out, there may be
another congregation in OKC. I think I remember that Cathedral of
Hope (Dallas) had opened a branch
church in OKC. Best Wishes and
keep up the good work.
Martin

Anonymous said...

Dan,

check out Epworth UMC in OKC. They might be what you are looking for.

http://www.epworth-okc.org/