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  1. We have not livestreamed anything yet. Last week we recorded Randy's message as an adudio to upload on FB. Today we videoed it, but not live. We've uploaded it to FB, and I'm posting a link here. We'll be working on things this week to try a live stream next Sunday. Randy is not keen on this kind of thing, but knows it's necessary (I think his reasoning is partly that he ddoesn't want to seem to be promoting himself). https://www.facebook.com/LIghthouseBaptistChurchPortTownsend/videos/2761020274019242/?notif_id=1586119379856061&notif_t=page_post_reaction
  2. Meh. An obelisk is a shape. Not part of a religion, even if said religion uses it. And even though Egyptians were the first to build them, that doesn't make them intrinsically evil.
  3. I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard Zoom is pretty good.
  4. So we have our stay-at-home as ww stated above. I do find it interesting that churches are shuttered and yet pot shops and liquor stores are deemed essential. It was explained to me that it's because hospitals can't deal with addicts going into withdrawal. sigh I don't know what we'll be doing tonight, but hubs is thinking of something. It won't be church-wide as we don't have the set up for that (nor do most of our members).
  5. I can't sew. Wish I could. Our county is calling for volunteers to make them as well.
  6. That thought did occur as well. We are not yet under a shelter-at-home order, but fully expect it very soon. The gov said this morning there was none, but will be speaking tonight...we won't be surprised if he mandates it tonight (it's not constitutional via state constitution, but governors of various states aren't caring about being constitutional). My husband said he is fully expecting it to be at least before next Sunday.
  7. This is where we are as well. We have been hearing rumors that our state will join the states that have already issued a stay-at-home or quarantine order, possibly tomorrow. If that is the case, we will not have services for the time. Most of our members don't have access to live-stream, so we won't be going that route. Hubs and I have discussed the possibility of his sending a letter of encouragement for folks. Not the same as a service, but still staying in touch.
  8. I don't think anyone on the forum knows Heidi (with the possible exception of Jordan). She was a college student who worked with us in our nursing home ministry. She struggled with many emotional issues, and succumbed to depression by killing herself. The family desires that the story be told and that her death will not be in vain. It's 30 minutes, so doesn't take long, but it's very much worth it. Please listen and even share it with others. https://unshackled.org/listen/latest-program/?fbclid=IwAR2kC7jGlk55AeNujJoix082YMJVFNOPbKGwcw33_GPtl9R7V6DSP02_Has
  9. Yes, the epicenter is King County (good metaphor...King County is the cause of most of our political problems here in the state LOL), with Spokane being the next largest problem. Even with that, considering the numbers who are listed as having the virus, it is a negligible number in comparison to the flu. The flu has also killed more people than this has. However, the flu is so common that government would have a hard time mandating the closure of things and thus bottoming out the economy. Well, other than toilet paper manufacturers. LOL I'm glad you had 18 yesterday. And a visitor to boot! We had 5 in Sunday School and 7 in the main service, 5 last night. Some of our members (as I mentioned my mom) have self-quarantined due to colds. One member lives with his sister, brother-in-law, and niece (plus other family members). His BIL and niece both have major health issues that are actually terminial, so they are quarantined by doctor's order. They are also members of our church. Anyway, this member now has a cold and so is staying home - and virtually stuck in his room, because his niece is convinced he has covid (which has entirely different symptoms from what he has) and is afraid she will contract it. Understandable, because if she gets it, it will kill her most likely. However, that is a picture of what the media hype has done to people. Created a fear within them that makes them afraid of their own family. Small wonder that the majority of people have no issues with government mandated closures and limits on gatherings. My husband is preaching on the different aspect of Christ this month. Yesterday he spoke on Christ as Creator. He also was able to emphasize that we oughtn't let fear run our lives. I'm thankful for pastors who can actually comfort their people in this way! ~~~~~~~ Don't get me wrong - I don't want anybody sick. But I am tired of the hype. More people - VASTLY more - have survived the virus than have died from it.
  10. Here in WA, the governor dictated that no gatherings larger than 250 were allowed, and schools are closed form now through April 24. Originally colleges were not, but they likely are now. Because tonight he came out and said no gatherings larger than 50, and any of the under 50 gatherings MUST abide by - and announce that they do - the hygiene and social distancing rules. He is also mandating that bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues be closed. And he and his cronies are promising that the financial aspect will be somehow remedied. READ: by the taxpayers. I don't need a governor telling me how to be safe. I can figure it out myself - which is why I stayed home while I was sick. And now my mom is sick...she stayed home today. She's a smart cookie, too. We only have the two girls coming to Sunday School, but they won't be here for an undetermined amount of time. Their mother is wanting them to be self-quarantined to make sure they don't have the virus at all (I'm thinking the school probably suggested that to parents). Even though the virus is not on the peninsula yet. It may or may not get here. Interestingly, the virus has stopped in China. Folks have gotten well and the temporary hospitals have been closed down. I hope Italy soon follows suit with people getting well. Italy has come out and said that nobody over 80 who has the virus will be treated. Socialized medicine at its "best." Vitamin C, folks, among other things. Massive doses of it have helped folks who were very ill with this to get well. As of now, as far as I know, that's not something folks are buying, so it should be on the shelves.
  11. No precautions, other than continuing to encourage the washing of hands. We normally shake hands at the beginning of the main service, but have stopped that for now as well. We have a small church, and folks are pretty good about staying home when not well. I've been home with a cold (did anyone know that this time of year, it's a coronavirus?...) I have to be better by Saturday because we have to head over to Everett for some testing for hubs. I'm kind of surprised they haven't cancelled it, since schools are closing and businesses are as well. There is at this time only one case of the virus here on the peninsula. He contracted it while in Seattle. We are, however, in the midst of a buying panic. Folks are just getting nuts!
  12. My mom made spaghetti tonight. My oldest niece loves my mom's spaghetti and brings the stuff over for her to make once in a while. Today was that day. She put aside some of the meat sauce for Randy to use with his palmini noodles. And I have a cold...ugh
  13. My mom, son, and I went together and got Randy an exercise bike for his birthday. He spent both his and my birthdays in the hospital last year. This year he got the bike and is using it daily. It's not a fancy bike, but it spins around when he pedals and that's what he needs. LOL
  14. We have only two little girls coming to Sunday School at this point. They knew nothing much about the Bible before they started attending. So I've been very careful about how I present salvation to them. And I've been praying quite a bit in the last few weeks for them. Well, Sunday morning the oldest girl accepted Christ as her Savior!! We were near the end of our lesson. The Bible stories have all been about the life of Christ. I also teach a practical application story. This past Sunday I divided the story of George Washington Carver in half and told it in Sunday School and Jr Church. Part of the story was how GWC was redeemed for a race horse when he'd been kidnapped by Night Riders. So I spent some time explaining what redeemed meant. At the end of the story, he, of course, died. But while on his death bed, he ruminated about Jesus preparing a place for him. That's when she spoke up and said she wanted to accept Jesus as her Savior. While her initial reason was to be able to be in Heaven with Jesus and have fun with Him when she dies, she did understand about sin. I told her she could, but that she would need to do it herself. I did not want to do what so many do and pray a prayer for her to repeat (not saying that's a wrong approach, but I strongly felt it was the wrong approach with her). She got up from her seat and went over to the empty area of the room and got on her knees. She prayed, told God she was sorry for her sins (something I had NEVER mentioned needed to be said...) and asked to be saved. Woo-hoo! During snack afterward, I told folks she had an announcement. She told them that she took Jesus as her Savior. And that was the wording she used to tell two other people that day. So very exciting! I told her that now that she was saved, she needed to learn all she can about the Lord, and how He wants her to come to church and invite others. She said, "He does?" So we'll see if she can start inviting others to come. Anyway, that is a direct answer to prayer! I was also concerned that her younger sister would want to "get saved" just because the older was. But she didn't even blink. That, also, is an answer to prayer. As the Lord continues to work, I believe she will get saved.
  15. They are crunchy out of the can, but can get rubbery if they aren't boiled for a few minutes before using. I haven't tasted them myself, but Randy likes them really well as a pasta substitute. Last night I made "disappearing chicken casserole." It's composed of cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, shredded cheese, green chiles, and shredded chicken. VERY tasty. I think it would make a good bread dip. Tonight we will be heading out for an early birthday dinner at Red Robin (early so we can make it to church on time).
  16. Tonight I'm making Beef Barbacao "lasagna." I'll fix the roast in the instant pot and then shred it. For the lasagna sheets, I have palmini (hearts of palm) lasagna. Just like with regular lasagna, I will layer the beef with the sheets, adding cheese to the layers. We've used palmini linguine before and Randy likes it. We'll see about the lasagna.
  17. Happy Valentine's Day to all. What a difference a year makes! Today the sun is shining brightly. Last year we were having a "snowmageddon," as it has been dubbed. This time last year (Val. Day was on Thursday), my husband had gotten home early from his client's house because he had a slip-and-fall on black ice. Thus began a journey of healing that isn't done yet. Randy is better - much, much better - although he still has a ways to go to complete healing. The rip in his thigh muscle healed well, and the hematoma should be mostly, if not completely, drained (his doc said it was the biggest hematoma that he had ever seen and that it would take, at minimum, a year to heal). The foot still gives Randy problems - pain and swelling. But even that is better than it was, thankfully! We know there are certain foods that cause inflammation in his foot, so he either completely avoids those foods or eats them sparingly (dairy is a big inflamer...and something he likes very much! So that is sparingly consumed.) His CK levels were through the roof when he had his accident (that can damage the kidneys), but they came down nicely. They are just a tad elevated right now (blood tests this week showed that), but not in any way a danger. His triglycerides were over 1,000 - supposed to be around 150. Keto eating brought them down to just under 700 6 months ago. This week, they are down to just under 400. Amen and praise the Lord! The cardiologist is happy with his dietary changes and with the improvement in his count. He is still in the pre-diabetic range with his A1C, but we're pretty sure that is because he isn't able to exercise like he should (also likely the reason for the CK slight rise). Walking is good, but he still can't do that for long. We haven't been able to get an exercise bike yet, but it is on the list. I think that will help in a number of ways. Randy has always planned something special for Valentine's Day. Last year we spent the bulk of it at the emergency room, followed by an 18 day stay in the hospital. Pretty special, eh? LOL We are so thankful for the way God has worked. So, once again, Happy Valentine's Day to all. Remember two things: #1. God is good, all the time, and #2. This, too, shall pass.
  18. Sorry I didn't see this until now. He works for Home Instead as a home health aid. He no longer works til 9:45 on Fridays. Clients come and go in this business. He is able to work part-time, so he can study properly and do his church stuff. I made a pork roast in my Ninja foodi again the other day. Randy really likes it done that way, and it's quick for me. And it lasts him several days. Last night we had steak. Yum, yum! Tonight we'll probably have fish (Randy and I are heading over to Port Townsend early to take care of some church business and hopefully do a little visiting, so we're probably going to a fish place for dinner)..
  19. Marinated in vinegar makes it even Mmmmmmm - ier!
  20. I'm in favor of Bible college generally. And, while it is not a biblical qualification, I think it is a help many times for a man who is going to be a pastor (and I would qualify that with making sure said Bible college is biblical, because they are not all, sadly). I would be hesitant to use Bible college as a discipling tool...I know the article did not promote that. But a baby Christian going to Bible college seems to be a set-up for problems. A new Christian ought to be discipled in their own church before going to any Bible college. JMO.
  21. Oh, yum! That is the only way I can eat watermelon. I also like salt on my cantaloupe. Good stuff!
  22. No thanks to the vegemite! I'll get my vitamin b a different way!
  23. Ick! I love pickles, but that sounds gross! LOL

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