A few years back while visiting Memphis, one of my girlfriends had been very excited that we were going to a particular church because of a famous pastor who had been the pastor there. At the time, I couldn't understand the fascination. That is until this past Sunday when Dave and I had the opportunity to attend Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Southern California. As part of my job at Whitesburg, I had emailed a staff member to find out about their SHAPE program and had extensively read about their church and its many campus'. Of course, I had read The Purpose Driven Life and had hosted a Bible study in my home. The campus is beautiful. We chose the 11:00 am service on Sunday Morning. They also have services Saturday night and one at 9:00 am and one at 1:00 pm on Sundays. I had to ask to make sure that we were in the Worship Center, it appeared to me to be more of an overrun room for those who wouldn't fit in the Worship Center. I loved the music during the beginning of the service even though I thought that if I attended here regularly, I would have to wear my earplugs. Unfortunately, Rick Warren did not preach in person at this service. We had him piped in from an earlier video recording. His sermon was memorable. They are doing a Life Transformation Series and this week, the topic was Controlling Your Emotions. It is definitely a topic that I struggle with and listened earnestly for his Biblical Insight. I actually took notes and Dave and I discussed it later.
Monday was President's Day! A day that back when I taught, we spent the day learning interesting tidbits about the past presidents of the United States. Now that my calendar is dictated by my husband's work schedule, we had the day off, so guess where we went? To Disneyland of course. To be sure, I always feel slightly out of place at a theme park designed for children without any children with me, but none the less, we went. We had just seen Saving Mr. Banks so we stopped at the entrance and took a picture. We rode the train all around the park. We rode several rides and enjoyed seeing the park. We ended our day by paying way too much for a bowl of french onion soup and a monte cristo sandwich.
The weather on Monday was sunny and warm without being too warm. Tuesday and Wednesday were catch up days for me. I had some reading to do and some work for the Perspectives' Mission Class that we are taking. One thing that I enjoy about midday is taking a walk in the beautiful California Sunshine looking for lunch. I find the people of California to be friendly and helpful.