Thursday, November 06, 2008

And I don't even get to use Novocaine

Hi, I'm Jeff. I'm a sucker.

You know me.... I'm the guy who last year volunteered to help our church set up their computer so it could broadcast Powerpoint slides of the song lyrics on the big screen up front. "No problem!"

I'm the same guy who last month said, "Sure, I can help you set that up to play DVDs for your 8-week Confirmation program. No problem."

And - I'm also the same guy who caved last week when he looked into the puppy dog eyes of our Confirmation coordinators as they said...

"Jeff, we would really be more comfortable if you could help set this up every week. Do you think that would be possible? Oh, and we are desperately short of small-group facilitators. Is there any chance you could lead one of the groups of 9th grade boys through their weekly 45 minute discussion periods - you know, as long as you're going to be here and all?"

"Um... sure... uh... no problem?"

And last night I did that very thing.



However, now instead of just being a sucker, I have also become a dentist.

Because getting eight 9th-grade boys to talk about their faith for 45 minutes requires some serious teeth pulling skills.

42 comments:

VE said...

THAT's what you should have been for during Halloween. Truly frightening!

Memarie Lane said...

the only way to get a teenager to talk about faith is to completely avoid the subject. i remember once when my mom tried it. she lost us with her first sentence, which was "jeremiah was a totally awesome dude." err... not her first language.

Anette said...

Good luck with that! (poor sucker)

Jaffer said...

I feel like a sucker too sometimes because it's hard for me to say "No" when someone asks for "Help".

I remember once when I was suckered into talking to unwilling teens about faith.
I've since held my ear-lobes. Never Again - until I myself get a proper education !

I think a dentist would have made a nice costume.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

LOL! I try to maintain a low profile at church for that very reason.

Jeff said...

ve - What, the sucker of the dentist? Both are scary!

memarie - That sounds like a good plan. Maybe I should avoid going next time ;b

anette - Thanks, I'll need it.

jaffer - Hey Jaffer... can you please come down and HELP me with my next 7 meetings? Don't feel guilty about saying No or anything. Just asking.

jen - I should have hid under the pews. Do you think that's low enough?

Babs (Beetle) said...

Oh Jeff, that's just what happened to me regarding the computer and presentations! I eventually managed to pass that over. First it was "Can you advise and source the equipment we need?" then "Can you set it all up for us?" THEN "Can you create the weekly presentations?"

I was expected to play in the worship team, then man the computer AND the sound desk - then they got coloured lighting too! Thankfully it is now shared out with others ;O)

Bill said...

If you want to create a perfect world, you would have to have everyone accept the second great commandment. Tell them to think on that.

cathouse teri said...

'Twould be a breeze for me! I'll drop by and help ya out. Howz that sound? Cathouse woman stops by to pry faithsayers out of their angsty closets? I say... can I get a witness?!!!

cathouse teri said...

I'm thinking you should go with the 11th Commandment:

Thou shalt let others do it! Quit hogging all the crowns!

mom said...

I'm proud of you,Jeff! Two sayings come to mind---"If you want to get somethhing done, ask a busy person", and "Do a little more than is expected of you, and pretty soon more will be expected of you!" You know--the Lord is smiling down on you---and that's good!!!

Jeff said...

babs - Ain't that the way it goes. I guess it's nice to be appreciated eh? ;-)

bill - At their age I like to stress the one about honoring your father and mother.

teri - Hey, I'll take your help ANY time! And gladly give you a crown as well.

mom - I'm just trying to pay back some of that Catho-credit deficit I got myself into when I was younger.

Jacki said...

This reminds me of myself when I went to church on a regular basis. I look back and wonder when I had time for myself, because I was always "volunteered" for things.

cathouse teri said...

Oh I have enough crowns, thank you! But will be happy to help. :)

Roger said...

That's why I stick with the K-6 crowd. :) Although lately, I've been thinking of revising that downward to K-4!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Your mom is very wise! She raised a YES MAN...and that's not always such a bad thing.

Jeff said...

jacki - These things seem to come in clumps in life. One year you're hardly doing anything, the next year you're in charge of 5 things!

teri - I've got one on my right lower molar and now I need another one on the left.

roger - Good plan. Sunday school is way easier than this!

ed - YES... she is very wise!

Jaffer said...

Ok ! I guess I can...

Fancy Schmancy said...

Just getting my 9th grade boy to tell me how his day went is like pulling teeth! My hat is off to you, my friend!

Heather said...

It is so hard to say no to the church. I use my baby as my excuse this year.

muskrat said...

really? you have more courage than i do. it's been "suggested" that i volunteer in this capacity at our church a couple times, and i always conveniently forget to follow up with them.

Michelle said...

Wow. It's a good thing you don't go to my church. The first Sunday we were there to try it out, I was pounced upon and sold on the glories of the flower guild. And yet I went back the next week. But I'm not in the flower guild. I'm in the choir instead. Ha!

Elizabeth said...

I'll pray for you.
:p

Phil said...

That's why we don't go to church anymore.

Well, actually, there are a dozen other reasons, but you just gave me one more.

jerrychicken said...

I know, I know...

My brother coaches a local rugby club's 8 year olds, 18 months ago he asked me to design a small web site for them, news, match reviews, thats all.

Then the other teams at the club wanted the same, last year I was spending all day Monday posting match reports, next weeks reviews and social event news for twelve teams at the club.

But thats not enough voluntary work, oh no, one of the coaches works for the county team - and guess who has just been asked to do a site for the whole county to use ?

Keep your mouth shut and your hand down is my motto from now on.

The Doozie said...

Hmmmm....someone doesn't have good use of the word commonly referred to as NO

Mom Thumb said...

You're right about it coming in clumps. A few years ago I practically lived at church. Then we moved and didn't get involved in another church, so I was fairly inactive. But now YFS in taking a lot of time and I'm about to start training with the literacy council, so I have a feeling I'm going to get pretty busy again.

I would not, however, want to try to get teenage boys to talk about their faith!

Shieldmaiden96 said...

Thanks for confirming my choice to almost physically clamp my hand over my own mouth when someone at a meeting asked if anyone was 'Good with Powerpoint'. Especially since it would have involved convincing a large group of older/elderly women to part with their pictures so they could be SCANNED. Out of the SCRAPBOOKS. (Shudder)

Jeff said...

jaffer - Glad to hear it. I'll send you entire program contents so you can brush up on them before you take over. Whew! ;-)

fancy - No kidding. Who decided Confirmation should be during the teen years anyway?

heather - I tried using your baby as an excuse too, but they didn't buy it for some reason.

muskrat - Good move... I should put my crappy memory to use like this as well.

michelle - "Ha" indeed! I'm in the choir too. And I'm a lector. And in charge of the people who click the Powerpoints. And now doing this. Do you think they've gotten enough mileage out of me yet?

elizabeth - Cute. Thanks.

phil - Glad I could help. ;-)

jerrychicken - Good motto! At first I thought you said you had been asked to do a web site for the whole COUNTRY to use. That goes beyond voluntary!

doozie - So you're saying I should be more like Mr. Bill? Noooooooo!

mom thumb - It seems we need to level out our clumps huh? Teenage boys do NOT belong in small group discussions. Period!

shieldmaiden96 - Yikes! I think a mouth clamp is a good idea.

Jayson Cole said...

Did you have to use any novicaine?

kc said...

Churches, sadly, go the way of everything else - those who are willing are WAY overloaded. I never minded helping, but when I started resenting church as a whole, and all the people who were interested in taking, but never giving, that's when I knew it was time to back off.

Maybe you could consider your time as part of your tithe?

carlae said...

I'd like to point out that "No" is an answer too.

Jeff said...

jayson - No, but now I wish I'd had some... to use on myself first!

kc - Absolutely! I can't afford the "treasure" part right now so I try to give extra in the "time" and "talent" department.

carlea - Sure, no problem.

Maureen said...

Ooooh.... that last photo scared me too... I am deathly afraid of dentists. Which is why I am NOT looking forward to three (yes, THREE) frickin' appointments coming up soon... as for being a sucker, well, I wouldn't call you that.

Well, not to your FACE that is...

yellojkt said...

The word you're looking for is "no". Add it to your vocabulary and your life will get a lot easier.

But congrats on all your good works.

JD at I Do Things said...

Aw, you're the good kind of sucker. Altho I agree with ve: that picture of you as a dentist will be giving me nightmares for quite a while.

JD at I Do Things

Gette said...

Hey, my comment disappeared.

What I said was:

Use my teacher trick. I tell 'em either they can come up with good discussion, or I can keep making up lame-ass discussion questions for them.

Karen MEG said...

Sounds like a lot of fun... good luck!

thejoereview said...

Good Luck! Sounds like a big task.

Kathy said...

When I delivered for Meals on Wheels, I could never turn down an extra day when they needed emergency help. There was no worse feeling than knowing if I didn't do it, someone wouldn't get their food on time.

You're not a sucker. You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

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Mrs. R said...

You just need to know how to speak teen. :) Give it time, and the youth a chance to get used to you. Then they actually might start responding.

Are there any activities during small group time? Or is it all discussion?