Friday, December 19, 2008

It's Winterfest, and DJs Don't Need to Eat!

Sorry for the no-post yesterday. We arrived at our Idaho home--finally--at 11:30 p.m. Somehow our plane managed to land in a major snowstorm. We made it to our house, but we're not making it back out until the snow plower comes. It was too late to write a post for the following morning.

This was the view from my office about 2 p.m. yesterday. Is there a lake out there somewhere? The world looked almost whited out. Not until I posted this picture did I see the concentric circles of ... whatever. (Certainly not sun rays.)

On our travel day another Forensics and Faith reader sent me the following Christmas story to post:

My husband is a public assistance specialist level II (works for county welfare) and has been there for nearly 7 years. He is well liked by nearly everyone and is considered the county's pastor. But two years ago, he was on the company Christmas party committee. Of course, no one was allowed to call it Christmas. It was Winterfest. Dave being Dave--he called it Christmas. This drove the program director nuts. But Dave persisted. Didn't score any points with her, but he wasn't trying to.

At their final planning meeting, Dave gave his report on hiring DJs for the party. This was a $25.00/plate dinner, with employees having to pay for their spouses. That alone was annoying many employees. But when the matter of feeding the DJ's came up, the program director refused to provide meals for them. She insisted the two DJ's would be too busy to eat, and they should eat before they came. Keep in mind they were to arrive to set up at 4 p.m. and would be playing music until midnight. Dave not only saw this as unreasonable, but unChristian as well. So he spoke up. The program director shot him down.

Finally, having had enough of this Winterfest nonsense, Dave responded, "It's Christmas, the season of giving. I think the least we can do is shell out for two dinners!" The DJ's got their dinners. But Dave was forever on the program director's hit list.

Dave is retiring as of January 16th, 2009, to pastor our church full time--the first full-time pastor this church has ever had in the last 20+ years. It's a huge leap of faith for us and the church. Now the county is begging Dave to stay. But he's refused to reconsider. So now he's being persecuted for his stand. Makes me happy knowing we're doing God's will and the enemy is taking his last shot at Dave at that job.

Have a Christmas story you'd like me to post? Email it to me (link on my web site).


Kristina said...

Branilyn, there is a chistian man who does a lot of comedy. You can find him on youtube. His name is Brad Stine and he is very funny but also gets his point across. He talks a lot about the different holidays and CHRISTmas is on of them. He is very much into telling the truth and doesn't care of it offends anyone. He could be my brother with the way that he thinks. I listen to him all the time.

God bless and Merry CHRISTmas,


Nicole said...

He is hilarious!

Anonymous said...


You and Mark are unclear on the concept! You fly SOUTH during the winter, not north.


Merry Christmas from Nick

Lynn Squire said...


I love your picture, though it makes me a bit homesick. :)

Merry Christmas!

Grady Houger said...

Nice snow! I didn't get quite that much, but it did hit -25 below this morning. Merry Christmas!