Quotes About Criticism 
Friday, February 17, 2012, 06:16 AM - Other
Posted by Administrator
I found some quotes about criticism from a seminar by Dr. James Sparks.

A fully competent and professional person should analyze all situations anticipate all problems prior to occurrence, have answers for those problems and move swiftly to solve those problems when called upon.

To avoid criticism: Do Nothing, Be Nothing, Say Nothing

The more you do, the better you are what you do, the more you'll get criticized.

There is no such thing as positive criticism except in the mind of the one giving it.

Be human...we water weeds.

The pastor is the only employee most people have.
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A Little More Peace and Quiet 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 09:37 AM - Technology, Other
Keeping the sales calls away from your home phone by registering for the National Do Not Call Registry at (Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers so there is no need to register your cell phone.)

Make room in your mailbox by reducing direct marketing mailings ($1 fee)You can mail your name, address and signature requesting to be removed with your $1 check or money order to: Mail Preference Service / Direct Marketing Association /
P. O. Box 282 / Carmel, NY 10512

The US Abacus Cooperative databases is included in the sales mailings site above (direct mail association) If you want to specifically opt out of getting catalogs (without paying the $1 fee above) you can send them your:
full name (including middle initial)
current address
previous address if you have been at your current address fewer than six months
Epsilon Data Services
P.O. Box 1478
Broomfield, CO 80038

You can eliminate credit card and insurance offers as well. There is no mail-in only option.
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Presbytery Postpones "One Night Only" Offer From Stow 
Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 07:00 PM - Other
By a close vote, Presbytery declined to immediately to vote on a "one night only" offer, previously presented to the Stow Consulting Commission, to dissolve one of the Presbytery's churches. Presbytery decided not to hear persons claiming to be from the Stow church who wanted to bypass the Stow Consulting Commission and speak to the entire Presbytery about an unscheduled motion recorded in the commission's minutes. (No one signed in as a commissioner to Presbytery from the Stow Presbyterian Church)

Move that the Stow Presbyterian Church be dissolved as a congregation within the PC(USA) and that the property be considered disposed to the present Stow congregation. Dissolving will include a 2006 per capita payment of $4,368 from the present Stow congregation and its direct PC(USA) mission support in 2007 on four levels: locally, within Eastminster Presbytery, nationally and internationally.”

The presenter of the motion stated that the "offer" expired that day when the Presbytery considered postponing the motion until its next meeting. Presbytery refused to be rushed into such an important decision and will be in prayerful consideration and conversation with Stow Presbyterian Church through the Consulting Commission until its May meeting.

Previous Presbytery action on 11/14/06:

Eastminster Presbytery directs the Consulting Commission to perform a special administrative review of the Stow Presbyterian Church with authorization to explore the possibility of a negotiated settlement with the understanding that a negotiated settlement requires the approval of Eastminster Presbytery.

Members: Lynn Thompson Bryant, Rusty Cowden, Bonnie Dutton, Carmen Ferris, Paul Gaug, Alan Hutchison, Trella Johnson, Peggy Richmond. Ex-Officio: Nick Mager, Harriet Chapman, Dan Schomer

The Presbytery vote can be interpreted as supporting the ministry of these Presbyterians in their work with Stow Presbyterian Church and a rejection of some purporting to be from Stow to hijack the process with a surprise "one-night only" offer.

In other action related to Stow Presbyterian Church the Presbytery approved this motion:

Whereas the Stow Presbyterian Church filed new articles of incorporation on January 19, 2006, in which they describe their purpose of incorporation as follows: “The general object and purpose for which this religious corporation is formed is to worship Almighty God, to give instruction in Christianity, to voluntarily gather for corporate prayers and worship, and to voluntarily associate with a higher denominational organization, such as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), so long as doing so is in accordance with the dictates of conscience”, and whereas on October 9, 2006, the Session of the Stow Presbyterian Church informed the Stated Clerk and General Presbyter that at a congregational meeting of the Stow Presbyterian Church held on October 8, 2006, the congregation voted “to disassociate from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), effective immediately”, Eastminster Presbytery goes on record that it finds these actions to be irregularities because they are in violation of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

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Business as Usual 
Saturday, September 23, 2006, 08:08 PM - Other
Although I had planned to be a minister since my high school days, I chose business administration as my undergraduate major. My reasoning was that I would get plenty of religion in seminary, and my business knowledge would help me relate to my congregation and the rest of the "real world".

My first clear example of the value of a business background was when my supervisor handed me a scrap of paper on which was written the following:

One of the members of the congregation had found dozens of scraps of paper with these words and numbers written on them all over the house. They had been written by his recently deceased wife. He was confused why she would have written this message over and over. He asked his pastor, (my supervisor), what these messages meant.

My supervisor confessed that this was one of the hardest questions he had been called on to answer, since he could think of no sane reason why his wife would repeatedly write this phrase and then count the letters.

I looked at the scrap of paper, and remembering some of my Marketing 101, I asked my supervisor if this woman had been involved in retailing. He said she kept the books for a local store for years. I told him that some merchants use a ten-letter phrase that doesn't repeat any letters to code their costs on sales tickets and other documents. Maybe this was her store's code.

A phone call to the store proved that this was the case. The husband was relieved to know his wife wasn't fixated on the numerology of “Fear Thy God”. She had just taken her work home.

This first appeared in Monday Morning magazine in the early eighties when I was in seminary.

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