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1:40 PM (Central time): We've gotten through almost all of a week, and I am looking forward to the weekend! The weather has turned chilly and there's a real nip in the air. I like that.

We have a hectic evening facing us. Elisabeth has dance class at 6:00 in Clovis (20 minutes away), and we have a church meeting at 7:00. It's observation week in dance class, so we really don't want to miss that, so we're all going to have dinner together in Clovis before class, I'll take Elisabeth to class and watch her, and Randall will take Sophie to church (I'll come later and be late). See the kind of boring things you have to read when there's nothing exciting going on??

The meeting at church tonight is a "door-knocking" workshop. Randall learned about it at a seminar he went to a few weeks ago. The pastor who is speaking tonight will talk about how to effectively reach out to neighbors in our community when we want to invite them to a special church event. I think lots of us are not excited about the prospect of going door-to-door, but we sure are curious to hear what he has to say about it.

We've all been outside our comfort zones over the last couple of weeks anyhow, since our church is spending a month promoting "Church Outside the Walls"--where we try to do as many activities and meetings off church property, in visible public places, as possible. Yesterday, several of us met in the snack area of a local convenience store/gas station for our prayer group. The old guys who are normally sitting around in there were definitely thrown off by us, but it has given some of us a chance to talk to them about what we're doing and why we're doing it, which was pretty neat. Then we held our choir practice at the nursing home, which was really wonderful. They really enjoyed it, and it made practicing a lot more fun. We're thinking about going over there for practice once a month now.

It's great that people in the church are so willing to try these things out!