Conversations

So back in a post just after New Year I said….”My goal this year is two-fold: Community and Stewardship. I intend to build community… and I intend to steward all my artistry towards kingdom provision.

This was in a blog entitled ….You May Have Noticed.

I mentioned in there somewhere that in order to build community I had to write blogs that were better conversation starters. Well in that I have succeeded.

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The conversations over the last few weeks have been just awesome. Thank you! Thank you to everyone who has been engaging in this on line community experiment called Lillie-Put 2021!

I feel like one of the things the world needs more of is civil discourse, more community engagement that doesn’t involve shouting, name calling, or armed revolt.

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Here are a few of the folks I have been engaging in conversation these last few weeks.

Deborah Ann

GS

Lisa M Boyd

Patricia

VJ Knutson

New Lune

Melanie

Paul

There are others as well, but this is just the beginning of a list showing what a community can be built here in the blogosphere if we just put in a little time working with each other and sharing the love.

Thanks everyone!

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Stewarding Artistry

I wrote this line yesterday. ” I intend to steward all my artistry towards kingdom provision.”

It came out of me, but I am not really sure I was the thought’s origin, because I am not sure I really know what it means.

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Does that ever happen to you?

As I have considered revamping Lillie-Put my main thought was about doing something to deepen my community outreach:

BY CREATING MORE CONVERSATIONAL PIECES.

BY BEING MORE FAITHFUL TO READ THE COMMUNITY’S WORK.

BY BEING MORE ENGAGED BY FAITHFULLY POSTING AND COMMENTING ACROSS MY MEDIA PLATFORMS.

BY ASKING BETTER QUESTIONS.

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But as I began to write that my heart knew that something was missing. In reaching inward I found the line.. I intend to steward all my artistry towards kingdom provision.

So what does it mean to steward my artistry towards kingdom provision?

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Here are some thoughts fresh of the presses of my brain. Stewarding artistry towards kingdom provision means:

GIVING ALL THE ART MORE SPACE IN MY LIFE.

GIVING ALL THE ART MORE TIME.

FOCUSING NOT ON QUANTITY BUT ON DEEPENING THE QUALITY OF MY CREATION

FINISHING THE WORK THROUGH THE POINT OF COMMUNITY RELEASE, AND BY THAT CREATING PROVISION FOR ME…FOR THE VICARAGE…FOR THE CHURCH…FOR THE KINGDOM.

Can you add to this list?

Springtime With C.cada

C.cada is our church’s artist collaborative. Our mission is

to give artists from every genre an opportunity to come together to discover, develop, and deploy their talents in ways that will better the church and the community.

About a year ago we realized we needed God’s plan to begin to widen our influence from the church to the community. We prayed.

It is a wondrously dangerous thing to ask God for things like that. In response God has given us a plan and projects to go along with it.

In September I was invited to join a committee called the Robinson Broadhurst Winchendon Enhancement Committee. Our directive was to come up with a project that would benefit the whole town. What we ended up with was a plan to acquire a 43 acre piece of waterfront property in the center of town and to build a town Makerspace.

C.cada has been asked to supply mentors for the Makerspace project and to begin Makerspace programs in advance of the acquisition that will be eventually be housed on the property. How is that for widening influence?
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One of our local hospitals has invited a group of our artists to come and paint their pediatric play room ( a makerspace project). These pictures are promotional mock-ups done by one of our artists for the play room project.
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We were also welcomed to host a 250th anniversary art show in town On June 14th which is Charter Day for Winchendon (another makerspace project). So far response seems  good. We have two musical groups coming and my goal is to hang 100 pieces out doors.

http://artistdayapart.com/winchendon-250th-anniversary-art-contest/

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Meanwhile two of our writers are working on pieces for a contest with Rose Hall Media.

http://rosehallmedia.com/2014/03/31/a-writing-contest-submit-short-creative-prose-works-of-symbolic-nature/

What I am discovering is that God has no shortage of things for us to do to help in the building of His kingdom. If we will just seek Him for the opportunities they will come in His time in His way.

What is God leading you into just now?