As I always feel, it's been a long time since I've posted. I don't remember everything I've shared, so some of this may be a repeat from previous posts, but I'll bring you up to date.
I was elected at the beginning of the month to be in the Senate of the Student Association. I'm excited to really get involved in the ongoings on campus. As a first year, I don't really have much to do other than observe. I can bring a report to our monthly meetings if I really wanted to, but right now I'm just trying to get a feel for how Senate is run. Meetings are organized using Robert's Rules of Order which I had experience with in my fraternity, so that's nothing new. Since our first meeting in October, I already am on a committee to review our By Laws (I've already read through them and began a list of changes that should/need to be made.) I am also on another committee to plan for the weekend when the Student Association of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN (our sister seminary) is traveling to our campus to meet with us. I'm really exited about being in senate.
I also have started writing. I have submitted an article to our student run and read Monthly Newsletter, Around the Tower, and will continue to do so, but I also have started writing a story. It's in the fashion of Frank E. Peretti and his spiritual warfare books. As of right now, I am simply forming ideas for scenes that I will eventually turn into a cohesive plot. I want to do a bit of research into LCMS doctrine about angels and demons and other things relavent to the story as well. I know it might not be the most doctrinally accurate to make a good story, but I would still like it to be within the same realm.
Another thing I have spent some time on is Marie's and my Cash Flow Plan. We're going into week 7 with Financial Peace University. I really like Dave Ramsey. He's a pretty solid guy and you can tell he knows what he's talking about. He's pretty entertaining to watch as well. Marie and I have started becoming more aware of where our money is going and as Dave says, "Making our money work for us." We won't be debt free any time soon, but learning how to budget and creating a cash flow plan and starting sinking funds and emergency savings funds and other savings and getting really involved into what our money is going and where it is going gives me a sense of empowerment. It's really nice, especially since I've spent most of my life worrying about money.
Other than all of that, we just finished our 6th week of school. We don't have too much longer left in Hebrew. I'm excited for that! I can't wait to get started in my other classes. I have a lot of into classes for the Winter term, but that's okay; it isn't language. The only thing that stinks is if I go for my Masters of Sacred Theology as well I will have to take Theological German at some point. But that's okay, I should be recovered from Greek and Hebrew by then. As far as fieldwork goes, there still isn't much that I can do. Pastor Foss started having me do the readings which I will do every week that I want/am able to do them. I am going to start helping with communion too as soon as he gets me trained. The last thing that I am starting to help out with for now is the Sunday youth meetings. Their youth program needs some help and I am excited to be able to help them.
My life is busy crazy, but as of right now I wouldn't change a thing!