#13 Praise Ye the Lord, The Almighty

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 (Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, for he is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;

Join me in glad adoration!

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Praise ye the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,

Shelters thee under His wings, yea so gently sustaineth!

Hast thou not seen How thy desires e’er have been

Granted in what He ordaineth?

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Praise ye the Lord, who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee,

Decked thee with health, and with loving hand guided and stayed thee;

How oft in grief Hath not He brought thee relief,

Spreading His wings for to shade thee!

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Praise ye the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!

Let the Amen Sound from His people again;

Gladly for aye we adore Him.

The $2K dining plan

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Well, All Season Dining progresses apace, and our savings continue to rack up. And Paisanos’s Pizza was finally open today — we saw it at lunch but went elsewhere because we weren’t in the mood for pizza.

Price per meal is now down to $1.83. My goal when we purchased the plan last fall was to get it down to $1 per meal. Looks like we are well on the way. We have eaten more than $2K at individual retail prices.

May 21, 2015

 

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan NA NA NA NA NA NA
Betsy Coaster’s Bacon Cheeseburger $7.99 Onion Rings $5.59 $13.58
Carly Coaster’s Chicken Tenders $7.99 Onion Rings $5.59 $13.58
Nathan NA NA NA NA NA NA
Total $27.16
Grand Total $1,386.86

 

May 22, 2015

Lunch Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Pizzo Pizza Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 $11.58
Betsy Pizzo Pizza Meat Lovers Pizza $5.59 Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 $11.58
Carly Pizzo Pizza Cheese Pizza $5.59 Cheese Pizza $5.59 $11.58
Nathan Pizzo Pizza Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Bread Sticks $4.99 $10.58
Total $45.32
Grand Total $1,432.18
Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Vittle Griddle Bacon Cheeseburger $7.59 Fries $4.99 $12.58
Betsy Vittle Griddle Chicken Tenders $7.99 Fries $4.99 $12.98
Carly Vittle Griddle Bacon Cheeseburger $7.59 Fries $4.99 $12.58
Nathan Vittle Griddle Hot Dog $5.99 Fries $4.99 $10.98
Total $49.12
Grand Total $1,481.30

 

May 23. 2015

 

Lunch Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Chickie’s and Pete’s OOF Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteack $10.59 Crab Fries $9.59 $20.18
Betsy NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carly Calypso Cafe Bacon Cheeseburger $7.59 Fries $4.99 $12.58
Nathan Chickie’s and Pete’s OOF Philly Cheesesteak $10.59 Crab Fries $9.59 $20.18
Total $52.94
Grand Total $1,534.24
Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Battlecreek Barbeque Shredded Chicken Sandwich $9.99 Baked Beans $3.79 $13.78
Betsy Battlecreek Barbeque Shredded Chicken Sandwich $9.99 Mac n Cheese $3.79 $13.78
Carly Battlecreek Barbeque Beef Brisket Sandwich $11.29 Fries $4.99 $16.28
Nathan Battlecreek Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich $10.59 Baked Beans $3.79 $14.38
Total $58.22
Grand Total $1,592.46

 

May 24, 2015

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Gyro Express Chicken Gyro $10.99 Cookies $3.79 $14.78
Betsy Vittle Griddle Chicken Tenders $7.99 Fries $4.99 $12.98
Carly Gyro Express Chicken Gyro $10.99 Cookies $3.79 $14.78
Nathan Pizza Pier Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Cookies $3.79 $9.38
Total $51.92
Grand Total $1,644.38

 

May 25, 2015

 

Lunch Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan G’rilla Grill New York Dog $6.99 Fries $4.99 $11.98
Betsy Auntie Anne’s Original Pretzel $5.99 Sweet Glaze $1.29 $7.28
Carly G’rilla Grill KC Dog $6.99 Fries $4.99 $11.98
Nathan G’rilla Grill Plain Specialty Dog $6.99 Fries $4.99 $11.98
Total $43.22
Grand Total $1,687.60
Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Calypso Cafe Chicken Tenders $7.99 Applesauce NA $7.99
Betsy Calypso Cafe Chicken Tenders $7.99 Applesauce NA $7.99
Carly Calypso Cafe Chicken Tenders $7.99 Applesauce NA $7.99
Nathan Calypso Cafe Chicken Tenders $7.99 Applesauce NA $7.99
Total $31.96
Grand Total $1,719.56

 

May 26, 2015

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Beach Bites Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Betsy Beach Bites Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Cookies $3.79 $9.38
Carly Beach Bites Cheese Pizza $5.59 Cheese Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Nathan Beach Bites Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Total $42.92
Grand Total $1,762.48

 

May 27, 2015

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Nordic Nook Hot Dog $6.99 Chips $2.99 $9.98
Betsy Nordic Nook Hot Dog $6.99 Chips $2.99 $9.98
Carly Nordic Nook Hot Dog $6.99 Chips $2.99 $9.98
Nathan Nordic Nook Polish Sausage $6.99 Chips $2.99 $9.98
Total $39.92
Grand Total $1,802.40

 

May 28, 2015

 

Lunch Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Pizza pier Meat Lover’s Pizza $5.59 Meat Lover’s Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Betsy NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carly Pizza pier Cheese Pizza $5.59 Cheese Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Nathan Pizza pier Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Cookies $3.79 $9.38
Total $31.74
Grand Total $1,834.14
Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Coaster’s BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger 7.99 Onion Rings $5.59 $13.58
Betsy Coaster’s Cheese Burger 7.59 Onion Rings $5.59 $13.18
Carly Coaster’s Bacon Cheese Burger 7.99 Onion Rings $5.59 $13.58
Nathan Coaster’s Chicken Tenders 7.99 Fries $4.99 $12.98
Total $53.32
Grand Total $1,887.46

 

May 29,2015

 

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Gyro Express Veggie Gyro $10.99 Chips NA $10.99
Betsy Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Dog $5.99 Cheese Sauce $1.29 $7.28
Carly Auntie Anne’s Original Pretzel $5.59 Cheese Sauce $1.29 $6.98
Nathan Pizza Pier Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 Pepperoni Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Total $36.43
Grand Total $1,923.89

 

May 30, 2015

 

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Battle

Creek Barbeque

BBQ Nachos $13.99 NA NA $13.99
Betsy Vittle Griddle Chicken Tenders $7.99 Apple sauce NA $7.99
Carly Battle Creek Barbeque Brisket Sandwich $11.29 Fries $4.99 $16.28
Nathan Battle Creek Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich $10.59 Baked Beans $3.79 $14.38
Total $52.64
Grand Total $1,976.53

 

Dinner Restaurant Entree Price Side Price Total
Jonathan Pizza Pier Meat Lover’s pizza $5.59 Meat Lover’s Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Betsy Auntie Anne’s Original Pretzel $5.59 Sweet Glaze $1.29 $6.88
Carly Pizza Pier Cheese pizza $5.59 Cheese Pizza $5.59 $11.18
Nathan Pizza Pier Meat Lover’s pizza $5.59 Cookies $3.79 $9.38
Total $38.62
Grand Total $2,015.15

Electronic Expenditures

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Two small occurrences yesterday, coincidental, put me into this train of thought — not a new thought, but one I’ve run through in various permutations before. We spend more money today on electronic services and devices that didn’t even exist a few years ago. They didn’t even exist, and now we “can’t live without them”.

The events from Thursday were: linemen attaching the Google Fiber box to our house, and a flyer from Verizon trying to get us to come back to them as our cellular carrier.

Both of the above events were related to changes were we made decision to downsize or downprice our electronic services. Because it is amazing how much of the budget they have managed to become.

Let me take the Verizon item first. I remember my first mobile phone (it was a car bag phone, so not exactly a “cellular phone”) was through Cellular One in NYS. But my first cell phone was with Sprint through a discount offer at work. For a long time we just had the one phone. Then we decided to bundle our cell phone with our land line and internet and “save” money by going to AT&T. We never had any real complaints about the service with AT&T, but we never got all the discounts on our bill we were promised. It got aggravating. By this point we were up to two cell phones.

So eventually we decided to unbundle. We got rid of the land line, went to Verizon for the cell phones, and chose Clear.com for our internet. By this point we had three phones. Then we got four, one for everyone, and upgraded to a plan that allowed unlimited text, but limited minutes.

At the same time the Clear.com rates went up. We had no problems with their service when it worked, but when a tower went down we could be without for a week. Not satisfactory.

Sometime last year Google Fiber offered to come through. We found that they would give free internet for 7 years just for buying the box in the house for $300 — even using the prorated plan of $25 a month to buy the buy we would save $20 a month the first year. The speed seemed to be the same we had, so why not. But it took them almost a year to actually push the lines out to us.  Just yesterday they brought the fiber out behind our house, and extended it to a box on the side of the house.  Now we just wait 2-3 weeks until they call and schedule the actual installation time.

Which is fortunate in another way. Clear.com is a part of the Sprint corporate structure, and they are retiring the service in November. So we needed something to replace it before then anyway.

Speaking of Sprint, back in December we transferred our burgeoning phone bill to Sprint as part of their half-price plan. They would give us the same plan we had for half the price, including unlimited texting and minutes. We had unlimited text before, but not minutes, so it actually became and upgrade. We had no data before, but the Sprint plans couldn’t have less than a gig of data a month, so we also got that. We just had to buy new phones. Paying for them makes the savings only 25% instead of $50, but eventually they should be paid off.

It took Verizon awhile to acknowledge what we did, and Thursday we got a flyer asking us to come back, telling us all the savings they would give us, on the plan, on the new smart phones we could buy. But even paying for one phone on their flyer would cost more than our entire bill with Sprint.

People say Sprint’s network isn’t that great. But for where we are, and what we do, we get what we need without complaints. And with a lot of savings.

All these electronics are sort of like the housing boom: convincing people that they always need more and more (I was going to say bigger and bigger — but for electronics it is usually smaller and smaller). The key is knowing what is enough. We took years to add texting — and I expect we will take even longer, if ever, to go to smart phones.  My wager is we will skip smart phones and got to the next thing that will come along to replace them.

A Concert of Sacred Metaphors: Call to Reapers

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(Part 10 of the series on my only solo concert to date: A Concert of Sacred Metaphors, 2006).

I realized it has been a long time since I put posts up on the first 9 parts of this concert, and with 12 total parts, I should probably finish the series out some time.  So here is number 10.

This song I remember where I first performed it — at a Gideon’s pastors rally in Corning, NY. I used the A Capella echo for the beginning, and the ending then, as I did in the concert, but varied from each other.

The metaphor is this one very steeped in scripture. Jesus himself alludes to the harvest and needing reapers in Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2 — encouraging us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send reapers into the harvest.

Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking they need to recruit the reapers. We may be (and almost assuredly are) sent to reap by the Lord of the Harvest, but he is the one who selects and sends the reapers, not us.  We ask him to find others to join us in the work.

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Lord of harvest, send forth reapers! Hear us, Lord, to Thee we cry;

Hear us, Lord, to Thee we cry;

Send them now the sheave to gather,

E’re the harvest-time pass by.

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Far and near the fields are teeming

With the waves of ripened grain;

Far and near their gold is gleaming

O’er the sunny slope and plain.

Chorus

2

Send them forth with morn’s first beaming,

Send them in the noontide’s glare;

When the sun’s last rays are gleaming,

Bid them gather ev’rywhere.

Chorus

3

O thou, whom thy Lord is sending,

Gather now the sheaves of gold;

Heav’n ward then at evening wending,

Thou shalt come with joy untold.

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Mullen continues tradition of excellence

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Today is going to be a quick promotional for my Alma Mater — Houghton College.

In this story the announcement is made that President Shirley Mullen was elected to another 4-year term as college president. She has already served 9 years.

Now Houghton College has a long history of long terms for presidents. They have a tradition of choosing good people that stay the course and steer the college bravely into the future without sacrificing the eternal mission of the school. In its 132 years, the college has only had six presidents.

I was ready to trust the board when they chose Mullen, but also ready to be skeptical. I am a firm believer that a woman can be just as good of a college president as a man, if not better. But I have also seen women given positions just because they were women, and not because they were qualified — a great detriment to them, the people the work with, and women in general.

When we went to our 20th reunion in 2009, I got to meet Mullen.I was impressed. Well-spoken, with vision, and an obvious team player. Our visit for our 25th reunion merely affirmed the impression.

Memorial Day — An eclectic review

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Okay, this might be one of those link type posts that get me out of having to write and think too much — or it might be a brilliant gestalt of what I saw on Monday online.

Why is everyone able to offend, and be offended, so much on Memorial Day?

In this first story, Facebook banned a woman from posting to facebook for 3 days because the picture she put up of her husband’s gravestone (he was a military veteran), was offensive in the context in which it was posted.  She naturally was offended at an action that seems to diss the service he gave our country.

In this next story, a serving military man and his bride are dissed by people when a picture from their Saturday wedding of them praying was posted on Memorial Day. People felt they were dishonoring those had gone before, even though the picture was not posted by them, but by their photographer.

Now, I have no clue why Facebook ever does what it does. Some fancy program figures out whats offensive, what ads I want to see, etc. But it just seems crazy to ban a person for putting up a picture of a headstone, but not ban the guy who voiced hoping a military plane went down and all the Americans on it died.

And the wedding thing is even crazier.

Ah well, we are Americans, with freedom to say what we think, and we often do it with abandon.

I’ll close with this video of Ronald Reagan speaking.

AUMC Graduates

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The list of graduates — as printed in the bulletin and read during service.

Its graduation season, and Avondale United Methodist Church did its annual honoring of graduates Sunday, which included a reception in Wesley Hall.

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The church listed all the graduates within the church family in the bulletin, and read the names and accomplishments off, with the reception following the service at noon to honor the two high school graduates present. Since one of them was my daughter, Carly, I obviously am pleased to blog about this.

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It was a nice reception. Suzy Conaway made a nicely decorated cake topped with mortarboards in the school colors of the two graduates, with their names inscribed on the cake. That one school was red and gold and the other purple and gold worked very well in the color scheme of the cake.  One side was red, the other purple, with gold “glitter” on top of the cake between and around the mortarboards.

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Each of the two graduates — Monica Ring and Carly Lightfoot, set up display tables that noted some of their interests and accomplishments. It was a pleasure seeing the talent each of them has.

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Equally enjoyable was mingling and conversing with the family of the graduates and the supporting members of the church.