My Fat Tuesday Meal

Before I get to my Fat Tuesday meal, which is my “Daily Grat” of the day, let me tell you a little bit about my day.

Today was one of those long, but gratifying ministry days. They’re not all like today, and there are days that are pretty dull and slow, but this was a good one.

It started with a late lunch at the original Kel’s on Forest with a church member who’s got a lot going on in their family right now…a nice pastoral care time.

Then, back to the church to finalize changes to the Ash Wednesday bulletin. While there, two members of our worship team were busily working in the sanctuary on our “Wailing Wall,” which will be a great visual/symbolic feature of all our worship in Lent.

Then, in the afternoon, it was over to a member’s house, to talk about an upcoming “service of inurnment” for her late husband. (Basically, like doing planning for a memorial service…)

Then, it was back to the church for some premarital counseling with a couple at the church.

Then, a weekly meeting with our Leadership Council Chair in the late, late afternoon.

And, finally, a meeting with our Finance Committee, as we continue the tough work of trying to synch our income with our expenses for 2010. It’s a challenging year, financially, but we have such a *good* team working on all this.

So, at the end of they day, I was thinking about the great staff and volunteers pulling together our worship service, the others using their finance skills to help us in that needed area, and the folks I was able to help out, pastorally.

Like I said, not all days are this good. But today was.

And so, at the very end, it dawned on me that it was Fat Tuesday.

Maria and me made a quick stop by Cosco on the way home, and got some food. Among the things we got was dinner….Cosco’s own Chicken Noodle Soup, and some homemade tortillas:

You buy the tortillas raw at Cosco and heat them at home. The soup is something they make there at Cosco and it has HUGE chunks of chicken in it.

So, it’s not exactly the fancy, rich, and perhaps even gluttonous meals others had, but it was PERFECT.

And so, for a delish meal after a long day, I am thankful.

(During this year, my goal is to find something new to be thankful for every single day, and to add that thanksgiving as a blog entry, under the title “My Daily Gratitude.” I started this kick back around Thanksgiving, and it’s already resulted in a favorite new song of mine. The goal of this ongoing spiritual exercise is to see if doing such a thing might inspire even more gratitude within me, and to foster general awareness of life on a deeper level.)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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