Posts Tagged ‘moving’

Moving On

Posted: July 20, 2010 in church, life
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You may or may not have heard, you may or may not have heard rumours, you may or may not even care, but the truth is I’m moving to Brandon, Manitoba.  No I will not be cheering for the Blue Bombers – let’s get that out of the way right away.  It is really exciting to dream about the future holds, but at the same time extremely hard to leave what I have come to know as home for over four years now.

Over the past number of months I was becoming more and more aware of the differences in goals and vision between myself and the I’ve been associate pastor in for four years now and it finally came to the point I realized that it would be better for myself and the church if we just agreed to go our separate ways.  So I started looking for other ministry opportunities and soon got in touch with Richmond Park MB Church in Brandon.  Over the course of couple months of questions and interviews and meetings I became pretty confident that this church would be a great fit for me and my family and they seemed to agree asking me to start as lead pastor there as of September 1.

It is a weird feeling.  I am really excited to get started at the church there in Brandon.  The fact that the city has a Taco Bell, Starbucks, and two EB Games is definitely a bonus.  But, it is a really weird experience having to leave this church I am in.

Leaving a position at a church is different from leaving any other job in the world.  I’ve quit and left a number of jobs in my life without any emotional hangups.  All you do is give your two weeks notice and leave when you are done.  Leaving a position at a church is more like breaking up with a fiancee.  You may not have been committed to each other for life, but you never start at a church with the intent of leaving it.  A lot of deep emotional attachments are grown over even just a few years and it is like ripping your beating heart out of your chest to try and just up and leave.  Even knowing it is the right decision beyond any shadow of a doubt does not help to dampen the pain very much.  I knew it would be hard to explain to people that I am leaving and that it is nothing personal against them, but at the same time I understand that most people do likely take it at least a little bit personally.  I am using this last month or so I have here trying to tie up loose ends, and make sure that the people I love here feel loved.

I have always hated the process of moving and being forced to live out of boxes for weeks at a time – never really feeling at home in one place or the other.  I am just hoping that the move goes easily, we can settle in quickly, and that I can find solace in the middle of a burrito supreme and the bottom of a venti, non-fat, cafe mocha.

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I grew up in Saskatchewan, I’ve lived here my whole life and to this day had no intentions of ever leaving.  I’ve seen most of the landscape and lifestyle that North America has to offer and to this day was perfectly content in Saskatchewan.  I stress to this day.  Then I awoke this morning – a morning in the middle of May – to snow on the ground, a blizzard in the air, a daytime high of 2C, and power outages.  This is indefensible.  There is no reason any sane human being should be chosing to deal with this nonsense.  We’re only a couple weeks away from the official start of summer and we’re getting snow and freezing temperatures.

I’m all for being ecologically friendly, but if David Suzuki were from Saskatchewan and not out east he’d be doing his best to create all the greenhouse gas he could here.

All this being said, it’s obvious I’m not moving anywhere anytime soon, but today for the first time I’m wishing I were somewhere else.  If my friend Brad Wall, the premier of this province, wants to keep young people here and grow the province tax credits aren’t going to cut it anymore.  He has to do something about this weather.

I’m Moving Again!

Posted: October 16, 2007 in life
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moving boxesNow before you go jumping to conclusions, no I’m not leaving Swiftyvillerton.  Jenn and I are reasonably happy here and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.  The moving I’m talking about is moving blog homes.  You can find the link to my old blog, Humble Musings of a Curious Man, in the list of blogs called “blogroll”.

It’s kind of a weird feeling moving my online address.  It would seem that it shouldn’t be as big a deal as moving a real address, but I think this virtual move actually has me more anxious than my physical move from Regina to Swift Current last year.  In my real move I had to pack and move stuff in boxes to a new house 250km away.  How do you move something that doesn’t really physically exist though?  I can’t literally move my thoughts, my lists, and my pictures of from website to another.  I have to leave it behind.  It may be silly, but it is slightly traumatic to have to leave behind the thoughts and records of the past year of my life.  Physical stuff you can move, the abstract you can’t.  Technically I don’t have to fully leave it behind, it will still exist in perpetuity in it’s current place, but it won’t be where I call home now.  The links on my new page will take you to my book lists, music lists, and picture lists from my old site.  It’s just a lot easier to update those lists from where they are and quite frankly, it’s a little nicer looking to make the lists there because I don’t know how to code HTML.  It’s kind of a sad “see you later”, and not a total good-bye, but none the less I can’t help but feel a little emotional regarding my move to a new home.

 Well, I hope you all feel welcome to come and visit me in my new home on a regular basis.  The 3403 page views over the past year at my last home says that someone was visiting and reading on a regular basis, so I hope you enjoy my new residence here just as much.  I made the move for you!  That’s right, I didn’t move just because I wanted to move for the sake of it, I moved to the new site so that you could let me know that you were there to visit.  This new blog will allow you to leave comments on my posts without having to sign-up for anything or give all your personal information to Bill Co. (Microsoft).  I hope you will make use of this new feature and leave comments on my posts, otherwise this whole traumatic move will be for not.

Anyways, I’m glad I made the move.  I think this will be a good place to settle down for a long time.  Rest assured, I have no desire to go through this whole ordeal again anytime soon.  Have a good one, and come back to visit soon.

Under Construction

Posted: October 16, 2007 in Random
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I’m moving my blog residence from my Windows Live Space to this less restrictive space.  After a year living online, I need more room to stretch out my virtual wings (or arms as it were).  Obviously this space isn’t ready yet, but hopefully it will be soon.  In the mean time you can still find me at Humble Musings of a Curious Man.