FIRE DRILL!!!! Please Prepare.

This is a reminder that on October 12 and October 13, Arden Realty will conduct its annual Fire Drills.

Ok, what is the point of a fire drill if you’re told a head of time when it’s going to occur? I mean, are we going to be told a head of time if a real fire were to occur? How about an earthquake or a, dare I say it, terrorist attack? The logic behind this practice totally evades me. It seems to me we should be caught off guard, and inconvenienced because that is what would happen in a “true” emergency. Seriously, sometimes I am amazed at the genius’ in charge.

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Rosh Hashanah

I feel as though this post may need to begin with a disclaimer so here it is. I am not Jewish and I know very little about their holidays; however, it is for this reason that I felt compelled find out a little more about Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah, quite simply, is the Jewish New Year. It can be translated to mean “head of year,” or “first of year.” interestingly though, it is not just a celebration of the new year. In fact, it bares little similarity to the American celebration of the new year in January. According to a website I came across “It has a fourfold purpose. It is the Jewish New Year, the Day of judgment, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing.”

Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days of the year and, in fact, is thought to be so holy and so important that it is celebrated for a whole 48 hours. The Shofar, which is a rams horn that is blown like a trumpet, is blown in temple to signify the beginning of a period known as the High Holy Days. The High Holy Days span from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur (10 days).

during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah no one is allowed to work except for those preparing food. Food is an important aspect of this holiday. One example of the importance of food can be seen through the eating of apples dipped in honey which is a symbol of their wish for a sweet new year.

Another interesting tradition that takes place on this day is what is called Tashlikh (casting off). In this tradition you go to a body of water in the afternoon and empty your pockets into the water. This signifies the casting off of your sins.

It is also of interest that on this day the Jews believe that the fate of all mankind is said to be recorded by God in the book of life. Because of this, after their services in temple, they say to one another “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.”

If you want to know more I urge you to check out some of these websites which I used to gather information myself. www.jewfaq.org/, www.holidays.net/highholydays/ ,www.kidzworld.com/site/p1305.htm

To Be Or Not To Be A Youth Minister

I attend a church in Southern California with a dwindling attendance and an increasingly frustrating lack of communication. Most days I ask myself, my wife, and God why I am there. If it weren’t for a few deeply cherished friendships and family connections I think I might have moved on already. Yet, I am still there. Maybe there’s something more there that I’m missing, maybe God has something in store for me. And, that is precisely what I have struggled with since I began teaching the youth group on Sunday mornings. What is my role supposed to be with these kids and this Church?

Some days I’m glad I’m just a Sunday school teacher, but others I’m chomping at the bit to get more involved with these kids. Perhaps it’s the youth minister in me that’s a result of my schooling and countless internship, but I just have a hard time standing by. To complicate this a little, I already have a full-time job, and a wife of 6 months, whom I feel like I never get to see as it is. So what’s a guy supposed to do?

I wish there were a simple solution. I wish God Himself would come down and tell the congregation and me that I am to be their youth minister if that were what He wanted. Oddly, I don’t see it happening that way.

3 Times A Day For 7 Days

Have you ever read a book, or poem over and over finding deeper meaning with each subsiquent reading? I suppose I have. I hadn’t really thought about it until last night when the minister at my church suggested that being a method of bible study. He teaches a few classes at a college and challenges his students to read a particular passage from the bible 3 times a day for 7 day in a row. After they have done that he then allows his student to enter into a discussion on the passage. It’s an interesting idea; really studying something before you are allowed to discuss it with others. I think I’ll have to try it.

A Unique Experience

Last night my wife and I had a unique experience. I bet you’re thinking that you don’t want to hear about it but let me assure you, it’s harmless and clean.

So, why is it that once you get married your waistline expands and none of your pants fit? I’ve known this to be reality for a while now, even though I’ve only been married for a little over 6 months. Anyway, that’s basically what my experience was lastnight. I discovered that the pants that go with my suit are just a little to tight for comfort and I had to wear a suit to work today. Because of this, my wife and I went suit shopping lastnight at 7pm. Luckily we found a decently priced suit and they were able to tailor it right then so that I wouldn’t have to drive back to get it in the morning, which I didn’t have time for. Really, I was quite lucky. Not many places have their tailor in the store at 7pm on a Monday night.