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Big Fat Bag of Nothing

It’s been a busy week. One might think I’ve been on Vacation, but in reality it’s been a couple of big planning weeks. For decisions that need to be made at the church, and even a few decisions that are going to seriously impact the family. Say a prayer for the Cliff’s would ya?

Here is my empty Friday Bag:

  • I’m SUPPOSED to read this book for work. However, I just can’t get past the first two chapters. I think it has something to do with it being REQUIRED reading.
  • Politics give me a serious case of tired-head. However, I’ve loved this site over the past few months. Factcheck.org is a site that my Republican friends may not like it, as it pretty much shows the majority of smears coming from the McCain camp. But they’ll also like to read how the Obama camp has been slinging it right back…
  • Our third replacement WHIRLPOOL fridge has gone bad. Did I mention it was a WHIRLPOOL that went bad? Lowe’s agreed to swap me out with a different model, but forced me to pay the difference and pay for shipping of my swapped “new” fridge. We are now on day 7 of having no refrigeration, and the new one isn’t expected at our house for another 7 days. I know that many in other countries don’t have the luxury of refrigerators, but I always have and this just plain sucks! If not for our freezer working, I’m not sure what we would do. BTW, did I mention it was a WHIRLPOOL that is so terrible?

  • Anyone ever attend a church Fall Festival Halloween-Alternative? We’re doing one at the end of the month, and my staff is starting to get consumed with it’s planning. It’s always a challenge, because we don’t recruit parents to help pull it off. We really want our empty-nesters, singles, and college students to help put this baby on, so that our families with children can come and enjoy themselves. It’s a great idea, but time will tell if it’s effective or not.

  • I bought this book this week on Amazon:
    Book Cover

  • Our church has been transitioning from an old to a new church membership database program for a few months now. (I wonder how many didn’t know churches managed membership databases…) The new program has been less than successful. Seems we’re kind of a guinea pig for them, and the salesmen didn’t tell us that. And it has delayed our new electronic check-in system by months…
  • In dedication to my wife’s weekly coffee girl talk meetings…
  • Next weekend, Starr and I get some time away HERE and HERE. It’s not truly away, as it’s a church leadership retreat; but there is lots of free-time worked into the schedule. It was lots of fun last year, and we can’t wait to go back next week.
  • And I’ll say it again. I stole the Bag of Nothing reference from my friend. You should check out his site, but don’t hold his liberal leanings against him.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. jabberfrog · October 10, 2008

    i still haven’t finished the starbucks book. leonard sweet is heady. i can’t get into it either.

  2. Kenny · October 10, 2008

    Were you guys on Shelby and moving to Arena? 4 years ago I used Fellowship One and our church merged into another church that was using Shelby… so we switched to Shelby. If I could get paid for doing it, I would officially be the anit-Shelby sales man. Its crap and I’d tell any church getting ready to move to Shelby to look for another solution. As frustrated as we were with Shelby, the only suggestion they could offer (since they couldn’t fix the issues we had) was to upgrade to ARENA for another 20 or 30 grand. I’ve heard good things about ARENA, but it’s still Shelby and I’d rather manage the church database by hand than use a Shelby product. I know, I sound harsh, but you wouldn’t believe the hundreds of hours of my life I’ll never get back thanks to them…