Today I began my work as Interim Pastor at Main Street Church in Old Textile Town, a tall steeple downtown church in a town of 20,000 or so. The church has a membership of about 175, a large education wing, a lot of stairs (built on a hillside) and a good bit of furniture from the 1970’s.
This is a picture of the chancel. The only picture I can find on the web of the outside of the building is from 1917 and includes scaffolding, so I will try to find something better to scan or get a picture myself later. Today’s weather was Rain!Tastic! so that will have to wait.
Herewith a few important notes on my day:
- If I’m going to drive 45 minutes to work, I need to drink coffee before I leave the house. Buying it on the way to the turnpike will not suffice.
- I know this from the yawning on the way there.
- My husband kindly followed in a second car to help move my zillion boxes of books, etc., into the church.
- There is no more room in our house for books, so they have to live at the office.
- My husband will never admit he is tired out by feats of strength.
- The elevator at the church makes a funny noise when the door opens, and I will be unlikely to use it again until I move my books out when the job is over.
- I have a lot of books, and I have not read all of them. And some of them I probably read in seminary but have forgotten already. This might be a good year to take another look at them.
- Most people are pretty nice, including the colleagues who invited me to their ecumenical area clergy lunch before most of them had ever met me.
- The soup made by a Methodist pastor was excellent.
- I spilled it on my dress. So graceful and dignified.
- The UU pastor right down the street went to seminary with me, but we never knew each other. We’re having lunch next week.
- I never realized how much of what I did at Small Church could be done by a secretary or office administrator.
- I think I like working at the office better than working at home. (Ssh! Don’t tell anyone! It’s just possible I may do better without distractions!)
- I’m not sure unpacking is really the same thing as working.
- On Tuesdays I will be working at/from home, so I won’t really be testing this until Wednesday.
- Dial-up is excruciating. But DSL is supposedly on the way, so we will consider this to be temporary.
- I received a ring of five keys, but not a one of them will get me into the church building and the sanctuary. (My study is in the education building, along with the church office.)
- I originally planned to take the kids down to see the church after school tomorrow, but since I don’t have a key to get into the sanctuary, I guess we’ll wait for Sunday.
- They are planning a luncheon on Sunday to welcome us, which is sweet.
- At every church I serve, someone will need to build a box for me to stand on in the pulpit. It can’t be helped.
- Driving home 45 minutes at the end of the day is not so bad if you have discovered the cute coffee place in Old Textile Town and take a few minutes to stop for a cup.
- I’m sure if you noticed that I was talking to St. Casserole on my cellphone while driving, you would understand completely.
- I am wiped out tonight. Thank goodness Pure Luck is the designated coach for the head-expwoding Sunshine Math.
- Finally, I feel good about the new setting and excited about the work and a little weird about working from home tomorrow and a lot eager to get there again on Wednesday.