Tuesday, March 21, 2006

An experiment this time!

A few of you have had trouble accessing our blog on aol...so I am going to try using a different site for our journals. Will you please let me know if you have received this? If you got the aol blog yesterday, you need not read on any further! Please remove the aol address from your "favorites" (for you did put it in there, didn't you?) and put this address in. Thanks for your faithfulness. Love, Mary March 20th - first day of Spring It certainly doesn't look like it, does it? We have new landscaping in front of our apartment, and our new little tree has looked like this! Right now I am waiting for the rain/sleet to turn to snow, which we have been promised by mid-afternoon, and perhaps a little touch of winter before spring actually begins. I will enjoy it - even if no one else does! Its been a busy month...we were able to spend a few days at the Buford's ranch again, with weather nice enough to do some fishing from their new pontoon boat...made a trip to Yoder, which is a Mennonite community near Hutchinson and ate at their local cafe which was absolutely delicious...I just returned home from several days in Kansas City, where I helped Carla redecorate her office for the first couple of days and then participated in a hammered dulcimer workshop--it was invigorating and challenging and I am so glad I went...lots of new things to work on. (I am definitely a slow learner!) Its spring break in Wichita - I had been told that lots of folks would be gone from the church, but I drove in from KC just in time for the 3rd service yesterday and there were parking places all over the place available to me! It was a small but enthusiastic group of worshippers. Needless to say, our community is most excited about our Wichita Shockers who have now advanced to the Sweet 16. On Thursday, when they were defeating the #2 seed, I thought I should call my husband to let him know how well the game was going, knowing that he was at the office slaving away. WRONG! He was cheering when he answered the phone! Seems they put the game on the big screen TV in the Youth Center, gathered quite a crowd of both staff and church folks, and indulged in pizzas while they cheered on the Shockers. So much for his work load! Our church family is doing a 365 Day Adventure with the Bible...you can follow along with us on our website, if you care to join us! (eastminster.org) We began the first Sunday of Lent - it's exciting to know how many folks have accepted the challenge and joined in with us. If you do check it out, please listen to the Bible reader, Max McLean, reading the daily scriptures - I am very taken with his voice and interpretation of the scriptures. He is an amazing reader. Please keep on praying for our Associate Pastor's wife, Carol Oppreicht, as she does battle with breast cancer. She is presently at Mayo's in Rochester for a second opinion, but also had developed a serious infection, so the reconstruction work that had been done at the time of the double mastectomy was undone, and she will be on IV antibiotics for about two more weeks. Hopefully they will return home later this week. We all appreciate your prayers. Jerry and I are excited that the PNC is now seriously considering three candidates for the position. Please lift them all up in prayer that God will lead them to the RIGHT person for this congregation. Its been a challenging and fulfilling nine months in this church family - and we look forward to returning home to Midland. Love and hugs, Mary


Josy said...

Go Wichita State! How great for them to advance this far! What an awesome team! Welcome to Blogspot! :)

Scott said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date. Busy schedules prevent us from talking. The snow looks great!! (tongue planted firmly in cheek).
Love Scott

Mary Garay said...

Mary, it came just fine - Pretty in Pink!

I think I'm an "other" - not a Blogger or Anonymous. Anyway, that is what I am checking.

Mary Garay

Margaret Purvis said...

And we will be happy to have you home in Midland though I am sure it will just be a place to reorganize between travel adventures.

Karen Price said...

I really like your new blog. It is much easier to access than aol. Wow...can't believe the ice in Wichita. We got back from TX yesterday and it is cold here but no precip. We experienced the flooding in Dalls, but they needed the rain!! Hope it warms up for you all soon.

Anonymous said...

You finally came through on the second "oops." The first one was interesting though. I tried doing a search for it and came up with everything I ever wanted to know about Paris Hilton - and quite a bit that I didn't!

I think this will work much better since I can never seem to remember my screen nbames and passwords

Love -- John

Kathy Houston-Hencken said...

Hi Mary and Jerry,
I didn't check my email for a few days so I sailed on to the perfected site! I've been thinking about you, not only with the huge snows I hear you've had, but also the terrible tornados through Missouri/Kansas(?). I wondered if any of the folks you know had trouble???? Hope not. Love you, Kathy HH

Anonymous said...

Am receiving you just fine on both sites. Congrats. Great day in Midland - we prime timers pigged out at lunch after church. Manor Park is working out just fine.
Hurry home.........Laddie

Carla said...

I'm still with you! :) Thanks for sending the email when you post. Love ya - CJ

Carolyn Beall said...

This is so exciting to hear from you with pictures! I feel as if we are there with you. Looking forward to having you back in Midland. Please email when you add a comment. Love, Carolyn Beall

Carolyn Beall said...

PS - Love those red boots!

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