Happy Chanukah

I am doing a “makeshift menorah” this year; been doing a little research on this commemoration. This is not one of the major feasts and is not in the Bible, but since it coincided with Christmas this year I thought I’d make a little bit of an effort.

Today is the fourth day of the eight day observance.

It’s really cold and windy!!

It’s 7am and freezing!! My tin shed blew away in the middle of the night. My wood stove can barely keep up. My thermometer said 4 degrees. The way the wind is blowing I have a constant draft in my old barn of a house. I can’t keep it above 65. Can’t imagine how bad it would be if I didn’t have wood heat. Zeke had the right idea burying his house.

— Post From My iPhone

Friends at Christmas

Hosted some of our friends and neighbors last night for another Christmas get-together. Played Apples to Apples and Guesstures. We all had a good time, but the camera wasn’t working too well so I didn’t get any good pictures.

Check your e-mail for this month’s feed costs

Fellowship, co-op, community, communion

Our first “official” meeting of the New Year isn’t until January 4th; I’ve already had some inquiries from people wanting to garden on our property or be involved in our project here.

We do not yet have all the ground rules worked out for participation. As I mentioned on the forum, I realize that the following circumstances may all be included in our “vision”:

1. Some people will have their own land and just want to cooperate with us in some form, by supporting and/or coordinating and complimenting efforts in gardening, livestock, education, etc.

2. Some people will not have land, but live within easy traveling distance, and may want to work here in return for the opportunity to eat healthier and participate in the ministry aspects of the work, etc.

3. Some people may ONLY be interested in the ministry aspects of what we are doing, and want to come to our meetings just for some spiritual food and fellowship.

4. Some people may live at a distance, or just not have the time to come and work, etc. but want to have access to some of what we are producing in terms of safe, healthy food etc.

5. Some people may be participating in the educational and spiritual aspects of what we are doing via our blog, forum, etc.

I would like to be able to accommodate all of these different scenarios eventually.

We are still working out our “form of government”, rules for participation, etc. at this point.

One thing I think we’ve agreed on is that those who regularly attend meetings and who are able to contribute regularly, either with physical labor and/or financial support, have “first dibs” on being involved. If we are actually able to produce extra to sell, etc. then we can gradually begin to include other consumers.

The teachings and information that is gathered through our meetings etc. will be posted to our websites so number 5 above should be accommodated in any case.

This is just an update. Discussions on this topic will continue at our meetings, and on the forum.

Oil City Branch Open House 12.12.2008


First get-together of the season. We hosted 24 people for an open house. Lots of great food and the adults played “Apples to Apples” while the kids watched Christmas movies in the basement. Great time!

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

The house is decorated and it’s “party” season here at Big Oak Ridge. We’ll be hosting an open house for the Oil City Branch tomorrow. We are planning another party for non-church friends later; we also hope to get a chance to see our families (at least the local members) at some point during the season. That will carry us right up to our first community meeting of the New Year, and then things will probably pick up quite a bit from there!

Gather yourselves together

Zep 2:1 Gather yourselves together; yea, gather, O nation not desired;
Zep 2:2 before the birth of the decree, the day shall pass like the chaff; yet not before the hot anger of Jehovah comes on you, yet not before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes on you.
Zep 2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of Jehovah’s anger.

More Fill for the Larder


Today we canned and froze venison and butchered some chickens. Turned out to be pretty easy and I am thankful for the provision.

It’s time to start thinking “garden” already!

Discussions will begin here.