Barely any time to write! Today was quite a busy day, with our Department Head meeting and other details to be taken care of before the Opening Night Service. I’m excited about reading Psalm 134 tonight during the announcements, the final Psalm of the fifteen Songs of Ascents, and one that seems written just for the Opening Night of the Feast (v.1, “”Behold, bless the LORD, All you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD!”).
Actually, more of my day was spent on my computer than I had imagined it would be. We have a new MS Access Database system that we will be using to record ticket sales & donations for activities during the Feast that was causing a bit of problem. It wasn’t imperative to fix it today, since we won’t do anything related to tickets tomorrow (being a Sabbath day) but tomorrow might is likely to be filled with other work, and I really wanted it done today. The problem was essentially that I had designed it using Access 2010, and there were some features that were not compatible with Access 2007, which will be the actual software used at the Information Tables. But, with a couple of field deletions, a form control change, and an import into a nice, clean, empty database “husk” more palatable to Access 2007’s tastes, all is well and ready for Friday. (For those who may ever encounter the same compatibility issues, following the steps here proved just the ticket.)
That last paragraph is the sort of thing that goes on behind the scenes in preparing for the Feast, and I know it’s boring, but it was fun for me. I used to create all sorts of MS Access databases and interfaces back in my old actuary days, so it was entertaining to get to stretch those database-building, VB-programming muscles, again.
But enough of that stuff! There are bigger things happening! The Feast of Tabernacles starts tonight! 🙂 I know many are excited, like I am, to get to hear Dr. Meredith speaking here this year, and it is a real privilege to have him here as one of our guest speakers. Then, to have Mr. Millich as the other guest speaker is a real blessing. What a wonderful year this is going to be!
A quick note: For those of you in the Living Church of God reading this who are not able to come to the Feast this year for health or other reasons and who are planning on taking advantage of the Church’s online services for members, you need to know that the requirements to get to those services have changed since the announcements last Sabbath. Head on out to the MyLCG website, log in, and read the most recent updates — the newest instructions are out there.
From wherever you might be reading this, I hope that the start of your Feast of Tabernacles is a fantastic one! Let’s thank God together for the wonderful truths this time pictures.
[UPDATE, 9/23/2010, Late PM: Dr. Meredith’s Opening Night message here was fantastic! What a great way to launch into the Feast of Tabernacles this year — I’m very pumped! Looking forward to the services tomorrow. Plus, everything went smoothly tonight and without a hitch. I’ve got the best team of volunteers in the world! 🙂 What a talented bunch of folks.]