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So that means it’s data dump time.

First off, let me apologize for getting that song stuck in your head. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should be thankful. (Yeah, it’s been that kind of week.)

The Haunt…on hiatus.
The biggest news of the week is that our service at the Haunt is postponed until further notice. We were planning on starting back up on the 12th of February, but since they had a show that night, we pushed it back to the 19th. Then we found out that there is a show on 26th of February. And on the 11th of March. Needless to say, it makes getting any traction a bit difficult. So presently, we are looking for a new venue to hold the service. Let me know if you have any ideas.

I Don’t Understand How this Happens:
As a Red Sox fan, I enjoy watching Kevin Youkilis play baseball. But this week I saw that he is engaged to Tom Brady’s sister. While that in itself is an interesting headline, my first thought was, “didn’t he get married a couple years ago?” When I read the article on espn.com, I saw this line in their story:

“In 2008, Youkilis had a marriage ceremony with Enza Sambataro, who had dated Ben Affleck, but the pair reportedly never filed the necessary paperwork to make the union legal.”

Do you forget to file the papers? Do you decide let’s not file, because if it doesn’t work out, it’ll be easier to split up? I don’t get it.

Family Stuff:
Liz & I have had a lot of alone time on Sabbath recently. Erin has had track meets most weekends (last one is this week). Brenna and Hannah have both had play practice. (Last Friday night when we had our hang out time, I fell asleep on the couch…oops)

We have also started sorting through our stuff, and have had some friends volunteer to get rid of stuff for us on ebay/craigslist or however. That has been a great help. Very few things are making the trip to Ireland it appears.

Méabh is at the point of standing up & not holding on to anything. I think the biggest advantage to her moving from crawling to walking is that she won’t be noticing everything on the floor, picking it up, and putting it in her mouth.

Thanks:
On Sunday morning, Bill Williams made a quick announcement in the first service that both our refrigerator have died, as well as the screen on one of our laptops. By the end of the day we had a volunteer to buy a new fridge, and on Wednesday someone else called & dropped off 2 flat screen monitors. Thank you!

 Happy Anniversary
As you may or may not know, the Ithaca Vineyard turned 13 this past Tuesday. I wish we’d done a better job celebrating various milestones in the life of our church. At the same time, it is amazing to remember Sunday mornings that first year when there were 9 people who showed up (that included 5 Wilsons & James Cherian). Actually James’ wife, one of those “micro” services was her first time at the Vineyard & thankfully for us, & especially James, we didn’t scare her away.

Have a great weekend!

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