What's going on?
As you might know, I have been officiously "moved." Err, officially, that is. I don't want to get into the circumstances surrounding the move, because there is so much heresay involved and everyone is denying everything. Thus I don't want to be accused of libel (I think that's the print version, isn't it?). Suffice it to say, Tara and I have been treated extremely unfairly in this matter.
On the other hand, the church, New Knoxville UMC, seems at first bite to be a church of enthusiastic people who have been lulled to sleep (again, no accusations, but they definitely wanted a full-time pastor). Their committee was very nice.
The church was founded in 18something, and the building was built in 1916. Here's a picture of the building:
It doesn't look any different from that picture, really. Except that it's in color. It smells like you might think, too. Now, you might still be wondering about New Knoxville. Let me give you a picture of the town.
Yeah, it's in the middle of cornfields. The next closest town seems to be Lake Wasapamani, made famous by the Blues Brothers ("We're 106 miles from Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it"). No seriously, the nearest town with any services, "restaurants," or a Walmart is called Wapakoneta.
I still don't know what to feel about the appointment. I'm bitter and angry about the way it went down. I hate for Tara to be hurting, and she hates for me to be hurting. I am just praying that they can update the parsonage for us. It was, well, to say the least, frightful.
And in the pastor's study, not only was there a seminary diploma displayed, but it was surrounded by such paperwork as a high school diploma and a grade school promotion certificate. I promise I am not kidding you. The highlight for me, however, was the computer in the pastor's study (at least the committee assured me that it was not currently in use). Here's a picture of a computer from the same general vintage: