Monday, September 29, 2008

Deacon ordination

Eastern Shore Baptist Church

We had a Deacon ordination service at church tonight. It was very moving. The pastor preached on Deuteronomy 34, when Moses laid hands on Joshua, who was to be the next leader of Israel, and Acts 6, when the very first deacons of the church were chosen, and the apostles laid hands on them. Then he led prayer, and introduced the two new deacons who were to be ordained. All the ordained men of the congregation lined up to put their hands on them and pray over them. It brought tears to my eyes to see all those men, young and old and middle-aged, tall and short, fat and thin, some in business suits and some in jeans and even some in shorts and sandals; one man was in a wheelchair. These were men who had ever been ordained deacons or ministers, in our church or another church. I pray that these men, and all our deacons and leadership, will be faithful and humble and be truly led by God as they make decisions for our church.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The road to a friend's house ...

I made this "Motivational Poster" on Flickr, with Flickrtoys, almost two years ago. I still feel this way, and even more so with my blogging friends. The "road" to your houses isn't long at all ~ you're right here on my computer screen!

Fall is here on the calendar. Cotton will soon be "white unto the harvest," but our grass and trees are still green now. It's cooler in the early morning, but heats up during the day. We're still wearing shorts and sandals, but we know cooler weather is coming.

I changed my header photo again. I chose to show a deserted beach. The children, teens, and college students are back in school, and the snowbirds haven't left their northern homes yet. They are waiting to enjoy the bright colors of fall foliage, and maybe spend Christmas with their grandchildren before they head south. So, the beaches are quiet.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Huge Master??!!??

I'm sorry, but if I bought this house, the huge master would have to go - he'd have to find someplace else to live!

"God approves this message"

Standing Rock United Methodist Church

I got this in an email. I don't like to get involved in political arguments, but this is always true!

Top 10 Predictions - No Matter Who Wins the Election

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

.... and God approves this message!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mystery solved!

Does anyone remember this entry: Jus' Keep on Trucking ?
It took several weeks, a couple of hurricanes, some "getting 'round tuit" and finally we have discovered where the dump trucks are coming from, and where they are going!

Here again is a shot of two of the trucks going past our house. They go all day long, from 6:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Saturday unless there's a storm.
Trucks hauling dirt

I followed them, rain or shine:
Following dump truck in rain

I saw that they were going down the Causeway towards Mobile, but I had other things to do that day and couldn't pursue the trail until another time. On my way to Mobile a few days later, I saw that they were turning off the Causeway just east of the tunnel into town.

One Sunday after dinner, hubby and I and a friend followed the trail, and discovered their destination. Here is where they go! To the construction site of the Austal Shipbuilding Modular Manufacturing Facility just off the Mobile Bay Causeway, on the east shore of the Mobile River, Mobile, Alabama

Red dirt

Austal construction site

One half of the mystery solved, but we still didn't know where they were digging up all that dirt. Hubby had seen them turn onto a dirt road several miles from our house, but it was muddy that day, and he wasn't in the right vehicle for "mudding!" I was unwilling to follow them on a workday, for fear of being in the way, so we waited until another convenient Sunday afternoon, when we weren't having a hurricane or a tropical storm.

That day finally arrived today. We hopped into his old Toyota 4-Runner, and down the road we went. We turned off our road onto another paved road, then another, then onto a dirt road lined with kudzu and accompanied by lovebugs swarming all around us.
Where does it come from?

In a kudzu field

As far as we could go - a No Trespassing sign and a locked gate!
No trespassing!

A locked gate
See the digger through the gate?

We went around to another road, and found another locked gate with a little bit better view:
Seeing it from another dirt road
You can actually see the top of the pit from here. I bet this is a busy place when they're digging and filling all those dump trucks! There must be hundreds of them.

Mystery solved, but I'm still no match for Jessica Fletcher or Miss Jane Marple!

Edited to add one more photo, November 12, 2008 - an aerial view of the construction site from the 29th floor of an office building across the river:
Mobile River, Austal Shipbuilding, from 29th floor, RSA Tower
It's the patch of red dirt between the river and the bay.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Art and Architecture: Special landmarks around town

Malbis Greek Orthodox church

I thought I would take you on a little tour of my area, and show you some of the statues, sculpture, and notable buildings here. The first, above, is the Malbis Memorial Greek Orthodox Church. It was built in the 1960s as a memorial to Jason Malbis, a Greek immigrant who founded the Malbis community of farming and limited manufacturing. The church is not part of the the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and thus does not officially serve the Greek Orthodox community in the area.

Seahorse Sculpture
This Bruce Larsen sculpture is in a park in Fairhope, Alabama, overlooking Mobile Bay. My husband took this picture. I use it as my icon/userpic for Flickr, Bookcrossing, Blogger, and LiveJournal.

It was commissioned by the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation.

This picture of St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, Alabama was "antiqued" with the help of photo editing program.

Dolphin Family II
A dolphin sculpture in Fairhope, Alabama

Daphne sculpture
Sculpture in front of Daphne, Alabama civic center

Veterans Memorial
Veteran's Memorial in Daphne, Alabama
A giant hand holding an American flag

Admiral Semmes statue
Statue of Admiral Semmes, Confederate Naval hero in the American Civil War
Wikipedia article

Cochrane-Africatown Bridge

Cochrane-Africatown Bridge
Two views of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge over the Mobile River, for trucks carrying hazardous cargo or anyone else who doesn't want to go through one of the tunnels.

Africatown was settled by the African passengers of the last slave ship to enter the U. S., the Clotilde, in 1859, fifty years after the passage of a law prohibiting the transport of slaves from Africa to the U. S.

Following are three views of Mobile, Alabama's Government Plaza, which houses both city and county government offices:

Mobile Government Plaza

Robot eyes

Here's looking at you!
The last one makes me think of a giant robot looking at me as I travel past it on the interstate highway!

Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, Alabama
The Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center (Not every city has an outlaw convention center, hee hee!)



RSA Tower and Riverview Plaza Hotel, also owned by RSA
Three views of Alabama's tallest building (so far), the RSA Tower, an office building built by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The last picture also show its "little brother," the Riverview Plaza hotel, also owned by RSA. (It's not really leaning; I took the picture from a moving car while my husband was driving.)

Holiday Inn, downtown Mobile
The Holiday Inn in downtown Mobile, Alabama

Two structures in Bienville Square, downtown Mobile, Alabama:

Bienville Square fountain
The fountain

Band in the Bandstand!
The bandstand

Spanish Plaza
Spanish Plaza, Mobile, Alabama
Spanish Plaza is a downtown park that honors the Spanish occupation of the city between 1780 and 1813. It features the "Arches of Friendship", a fountain presented to Mobile by the sister city of Málaga, Spain.

Government Street UMC, Mobile
A close up view of the entrance to Government Street United Methodist Church, Mobile, Alabama

Government Street UMC
Two of the columns by the door, Gov't St. UMC

Barton Academy, Mobile, Alabama
photo taken by my husband

Barton Academy
Two views of Barton Academy, Mobile, Alabama
Alabama's first public school, established in 1836 and used as a hospital during the American Civil War
Wikipedia article

Mobile Public Library
Mobile Public Library, main branch, the Ben May branch

All Saints Episcopal Church
All Saints Episcopal Church, Mobile, Alabama, founded on May 13, 1909. The present building was built in 1915-1916.
All Saints website

Cannon at the point
The cannon at the Loop, Mobile, Alabama

Providence Hospital
Providence Hospital dominants the western skyline on Airport Boulevard.
The history of Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama ( click the History link):

Mobile Museum of Art

Butterfly at art museum
The Mobile Art Museum at Langan Park in west Mobile is a striking building with another memorable sculpture by Bruce Larsen in front. The butterfly's wings move with the help of a lever.

I hope you enjoyed this little cyber-tour. I hope you can visit in real life, and I'll take you to see the sights in person!

**** Editing to add more photos, February 8, 2011:
A few years ago they remodeled, and completely changed the appearance of the Daphne City Hall, near where we live. They added a small reflecting pool with fountain, and a statue of the Greek mythological figure for whom the city is named.

Daphne in a pool with fountain

Daphne and Daphne City Hall

Statue of Daphne

There is a small park in Daphne, a sculpture garden. Unfortunately, there are no signs to explain about the park or any of the sculptures, so one is left to guess.

This is the most colorful and eye-catching piece. It looks like children dancing!
Daphne Sculpture Park - Dancing

A broken heart? Trying to put the pieces back together?
Daphne Sculpture Park - Broken heart

A keyhole! Daphne United Methodist Church fellowship hall seen through it here
Daphne Sculpture Park - Keyhole

A twisted column next to a tree, with the church in the background
Daphne Sculpture Park - Twisted column

Something yellow with cut-outs ~ Rainbows? Fans?
Daphne Sculpture Park - something yellow

A metal pole, slightly twisted
Daphne Sculpture Park - pole

Looks just like the sign for "I love you" in American Sign Language!
Daphne Sculpture Park - I Love You

Two views of something that looks like a warrior's shield and helmet. Maybe a Trojan's? Daphne High School's athletic teams are the Trojans.
Daphne Sculpture Park  - View 2
Daphne Sculpture Park  - View 1

Sitting in the sun, reading
Daphne Sculpture Park - Reading

A shield and spear?
Daphne Sculpture Park

Maybe that's the point. Letting us look at it and think, and wonder. Letting us make our own interpretations, exercising our minds.

Please, if you have time, leave a comment to tell me how you found this and what you think of it. If you have a blog, I'll take a look at it, too. :-)