Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I GOT IN!!!!!!

I GOT INTO DREW!!!!! I am so relieved to finally have and answer. I am on the probation for the first semester,because my undergraduate grades were not shall we say stellar. But I got in. I am so happy!!!!

Thanks for all the support and prayers. Now off to work on my sermon :-)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

My generation and the next

I absolutely love reading blogs. Blogs of all kinds, but in particular I like reading what other Methodist blogs have to say. I read the Wesleyblog daily. Honestly Shane is much more conservative in both his theology and his political views then I am, but he does write some really great stuff and he definitely sparks debate. Today he wrote about his frustration on Easter Sunday with the lack of excitement and lack of Christian commitment by youth to Christianity. To be honest, I agree with him. Not so much that I'm frustrated, I'm just really sadden by it.

Like I said before, Michelle, my pastor, gave a great sermon. However, up until that point the congregation was a little lack luster. We had no excitement in the call to worship, no umph in the hymns. Even me. I was so excited for this Easter. Easter has always been my favorite holiday, and this year I thought it would be even more special since I had decided to go into the ministry, but until Michelle preached it didn't really feel like Easter. Where has the excitement in Christianity gone? Where has the excitement in worshiping God gone?

Then we have my generation and seemingly the generations after me who either don't want anything to do with Christianity and/or don't want anything to do with the church. For whatever reason a lot of my friends lately have been saying if they did have a religion they'd be Buddhist. Now, I have nothing against Buddhist, but where is this coming from? Most of them were raised in Christians homes and even went to church as children. Where as a church have we turned so many people off? Left so many people behind? I was almost one of the ones who was turned off. I know it was God who didn't let it happen. God working through other people. My fear is that my generation and possibly the generation after me doesn't even want to see it if God is trying to get to them either personally or through another person.

As I go through this journey of entering the ministry I have to ask myself what are we doing wrong and how can we change it? I pray that God gives us an answer and we listen.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter Weekend

Well a weekend that started a little crazy on Friday turned out to be a great weekend. It was a weekend filled with time well spent with my friends and family. I have the most amazing friends and family anyone could ask for. It seems to me each time adds another person to either of those categories in my life, my life becomes even more rich.

Pastor Michelle's Easter message was great. Most of the time when she preaches I think to myself, I'm never going to be that good. I try to remember what everyone tells me: I just have to find my own style. My preaching date has been moved to th 14th. Which is Mother's day. It means reworking my sermon a little, but I still think I'm sticking to the basic premise. My parents still aren't going to be able to make it, but I think the rest of my family will be there.

I never realized how much work went into writing a sermon, and I never realized how much I would enjoy preparing one. Reading different interpretations and looking at how other people presented the same text is really interesting!

I still haven't heard from Drew yet. My feelings on this go up and down. Somedays I know that I just have to wait it out and I will get an answer one way or another, and other days I really want to know! I'm not so worried about not getting in. Not because I definitely think I am but, because I have to remember God is in this. And Michelle and I had a conversation about it last week and she reminded me there will be Nos along the way, but the those nos are really not nows. Plus, I have a couple of backup plans so it will be ok. I'm still hoping though that I won't have to use those backup plans.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Hello and welcome to my bolg. The goal of my blog is to give you insight to my journey into and through the ministry, and really about my life in general. I'm 23 years old and currently reside in Newtown, CT with my godparents, but next month I will be moving back to my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY
:-). Right now I'm waiting to hear rather or not I have been accepted to Theology school at Drew University and I'm preparing to give my first ever sermon.

I wanted to keep this post short and sweet as I'm sure you will be getting to kmow me as I write ;-)