“Control over the message about your organization or issue is not yours to give up. It’s already gone. What you can control is your response to how others are communicating about your issues and your organization…A more reasonable goal is consistency in, rather than control of, your messaging. It’s much easier to steer a conversation and to suggest topics for additional discussion than it is to control what people say.”
— Miller, Kivi Leroux (2010-05-13). The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause (The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Guidebook Series) (p. 8). Wiley. Kindle Edition. 
“The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each, but in the amount of intelligent work.”
— Og Mandino
I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick so I’ve sought out projects that a beginner could do.
Tonight’s project is this toiletry bag inspired by Prudent Baby. Find the tutorial here.  I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick so I’ve sought out projects that a beginner could do.
Tonight’s project is this toiletry bag inspired by Prudent Baby. Find the tutorial here.  I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick so I’ve sought out projects that a beginner could do.
Tonight’s project is this toiletry bag inspired by Prudent Baby. Find the tutorial here.  I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick so I’ve sought out projects that a beginner could do.
Tonight’s project is this toiletry bag inspired by Prudent Baby. Find the tutorial here.  I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick so I’ve sought out projects that a beginner could do.
Tonight’s project is this toiletry bag inspired by Prudent Baby. Find the tutorial here. 

I’ve been on a bit of a sewing kick so I’ve sought out projects that a beginner could do.

Tonight’s project is this toiletry bag inspired by Prudent Baby. Find the tutorial here

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
— 1997 Apple Ad

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Our daily lives are filled with news of economic troubles and worry. Shrinking wages, student loans, mortgage defaults, and disappearing retirement funds are sending people into the streets in protest, and causing many to question the viability of the current world economy. Whether we are…

Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour.

Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour.

A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean…

A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.

I may or may not have licked the pot clean…

“The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation.”
— Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus

In about 30 minutes, my plane lands at LAX. I’ll pick up my rental car and so begins my reunion of sorts. I can’t think of my childhood without memories of Southern California. Of driving with dad and my sisters to Rancho Cucamonga to accompany dad as he helped start a new church, visits to Uncle Romy to play in their pool and water slide, of piling in the car late at night in our pajamas to pick up mom from her evening shift at Cigna.

I return this week, not as a child in tow, the daughter of Pastor Fred Agtarap, but as a young adult and United Methodist agency resource to the Filipino American United Methodists gathered for worship, celebration and a time of learning at the National Association of Filipino American United Methodist gathering in Redondo Beach.

I can probably speak for my sisters in saying that it’s a little strange attending these events without mom and dad to shuffle us around and introduce us to the people who knew us when we were running around in nothing but t-shirts and diapers. But here I am.

With as much travel as I’ve done since working at UMCOM, this trip is probably the one I’m most nervous about. Why? Because I’ll be speaking in front of and connecting with my people. My family. Hundreds of them.

What I hope most for this time is to see our connectional church at work and at play. To see people coming from all over the world, speaking different dialects, united in love and in service to God and to one another. To be reminded that we are a body, re-membered every time we gather.

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