Friday, August 08, 2014

All Done

Every first Thursday of the month for the past two years I've held a Reel Theology/Movie Night at the church.  We do a potluck dinner at 5:30 and then a movie at 6:15.  Movies have included the Toy Story trilogy, The Matrix, Crimson Tide, Hoosiers, and a bunch of others.  It's a good way for people to look at life and art and ask, "Where's God in there?"  And it's a good way to begin developing that skill beyond movies and into real life -- Where do we see God in here.

Or, at least, I think it is.

My congregation, however, apparently doesn't feel that way.  I'm not quite sure what the reason is -- wrong night, wrong time, anti-potluck, wrong movie choices, whatever -- but attendance has, if I'm honest with myself, been steadily declining since the first movie night two years ago.  Last night our attendance was officially zero.

I can find plenty of things to do on a Thursday night other than sit around an empty parish hall wondering what it takes . . . especially during football season.

So . . . last night was the official end of Reel Theology/Movie Night.



Lady Anne | 10:24 AM, August 09, 2014  

That really is a shame, but at least it didn't cost you a lot of money.

The vestry voted to allow two members of our congregation to run a Bingo program on Sunday afternoons. They offered large cash prizes, and assured us that with the promise of prizes the place would be hopping. We rearranged the tables, came THIS CLOSE to evicting the Boy Scouts and two AA groups (their stuff took up too much space), and removed two sets of "folding walls".

The church put up the prize money, the expected crowds did not show up, and we are out several thousand dollars, and need to replace the folding partitions. (Which ain't cheap, let me tell you.)

Several things have gone missing, and people are asking The Squire (a.k.a. the Property Warden) where they have gone. Since he made a dedicated decision to NOT get involved in this debacle, he has no idea where this stuff has gone, but is still being hounded by the rector.

I'd have to say nobody in the congregation is too happy at the moment.

Reverend Ref + | 10:41 AM, August 09, 2014  

Wow ... that can't be good. I hope it all works out.

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