Rose Madrid-Swetman

ā€” Random Thoughts, Stories of Life, and Questions about the Journey ā€”


June 1, 2008

Evite Etiquette

Category: All Posts,Random Thoughts – Rose – 6:44 pm

When people do not respond to an Evite does that mean their RSVP is “No”? Why do you think people do not respond to an Evite and do you think it a bit rude?

May 30, 2008

Inward/Outward

Category: All Posts – Rose – 6:54 pm

Here is a website I read often. It comes from the folks at Church of the Savior. I hope you find it helpful.

May 28, 2008

Women’s Retreat on Whidbey Island Pics

Category: All Posts,Community,Stories of Life,women – Rose – 8:39 am

I love retreat! Silent retreats (well semi-silent) and our annual Women’s Retreat…Thanks to Donna and Leslie for the pics.

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May 23, 2008

SURPRISE!!!!!

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 10:01 am

It took a lot of effort, but we got him. Rich turned 60 yesterday. On Sunday evening Seth and Laurie threw him a surprise party. They planned it a couple of months ago. They accidentally sent an evite to everyone that was in the office database – so if you got an evite and wondered why…there you go.
So many people knew about the party, nobody slipped and he was totally surprised….(a few people were worried he could have a coronary) we had a brilliant plan to get him to the Vineyard, he thought water was flooding the main room from the kitchen. On the drive there I asked if he thought our insurance would cover it to which he replied (in a very short, grumpy tone) “I don’t know Rose we just have to get there and see”. We pulled into the parking lot, (everyone parked away) there was no sign of 100 people in the main room, he flung open the door to 100 people yelling SURPRISE!!!! Laurie caught the moment….it was a great party…
Happy 60th Rich

Rich 60 surprise

May 21, 2008

A Little Help Please

Category: All Posts – Rose – 7:34 am

I need to find the most updated info on the following:

1. Average church size in America – broken down by tradition would be best

2. Percentages by size

3. What are the percentages of churches in America that are actively involved (serving in some way) in their neighborhood or city.

Any suggestions?

May 15, 2008

Going on Retreat

Category: All Posts,Community,Stories of Life,women – Rose – 8:05 am

This afternoon I go to this beautiful place until Saturday afternoon with about 35 women to laugh, cry, take in the beauty, laugh, eat, make space for God and one another…this is one of the highlights of my year. This is the view we have. We stay a few steps away from the beach (some of us will actually stay in a beach house literally on the beach). The scene is Useless Bay on Whidbey Island. The majestic Olympic Mountains are in the background. It is supposed to get in the 80’s the next two days…Perfect
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIKA!

sunlightseascape-1

May 12, 2008

Rob Bell et al – Pics 2

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 10:56 pm

The Band Jo &b David Jon, Rich, David and Randy Italian's talk are intense and talk with their hands Sunil & Jim Doug, Todd, Rob & Jim Andy Himes Jim, Rob, Rose & Jen We were trackin Kyle & Doug Jim & Rob Tommy our faithful wine steward Pam, Merrilyn, Barb & Helen

Rob Bell et al – Pics

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life – Rose – 10:52 pm

I am not very technologically savvy. I’m sure there must be a better way to do this…

Kelly C Jo, Dave & Jess Pam, Merrilyn, Barb & Helen The food OTM's Randy & Helen

Jesus Creed

Category: All Posts – Rose – 7:10 am

My post for Jesus Creed is up today. Go take a look.

May 7, 2008

Space for Women

Category: All Posts,Leadership,women – Rose – 7:28 am

In light of this discussion I wanted to shout out to Scot McKnight. He is most generous about including women over at Jesus Creed, how? With his writing, his honest respect for women in leadership, the interaction in the comments, and he, more than any man I read, often invites women to guest post. I don’t know his stats, but I can guess he is one of the widest read blogs in the Evangelical tradition. Check out his current series Pastor’s Wisdom over the next two weeks while he is away in South Africa. Today my colleague and friend, Cindy is the guest blogger. I wrote a post for the series as well. Scot is a man that understands what is needed to change the structure. I appreciate Scot and Kris!