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Sunday / March 20 / 2011

Butcha can’t take the pastor outta the boy: a world of discovering new beginnings

New beginnings. Isn’t that what the First Day of Spring is all about?

Since Skip-n-I moved back to our roots a little over a year ago, it’s been a world of discovering new beginnings. New relationships. New grandbaby. New adjustment to eight feet of snow. New home. New fave dining spots. New adult friendships with those whom we ate mud pies and stole kisses from on the merry-go-round.

New jobs.

Mine started last Monday at the ADK Chamber and you already know the whole mismatched boots story. What you don’t know is that my co-workers now call me “Boots”.

Skip’s will start on April 1st as the new Director of Music Ministries at Christ Church United Methodist in downtown Glens Falls. After a dozen some odd years in full-time ministry, we would have told you that part of our expedition was over. Well, that’s not entirely true. The truth is, every time we drove by the old Abbott’s Pharmacy building on Gansevoort Road in South Glens Falls, we had an itch to start a ministry where everyone was accepted. Where imperfect people like us could come to have honest dialogue about life. We’d call it “Abbott’s Pharmacy” – not just to save on signage – but with the idea that many life ‘prescriptions’ are being sought in earnest.

Then we turned right at Murder Mystery Mansion — aka: the Halloween party cleverly executed by two said mud-eating childhood friends Mark Petrie and Kenny Tubbs) — and through a series of connections, found such a ministry existed. And we wanted to be part of it. You see… the “killer” at the murder mystery was the chauffeur, expertly played by Phil Richards. Oh… and by the way, Phil is the pastor at Christ Church. Gotta love God’s sense of humor.

Along those lines, we’ve opted not to call Phil “murderer” (too difficult to explain at church picnics). Rather, we call him Father Philizzle. It’s fitting, and as you can see, he’s embraced it.

Father Philizzle + Hubs Skipizzle + shameless, devotion to Jesus Christ = drive and passion to connect with the amazing, diverse members our community.

It’s Spring. Time to begin again. Hope you’ll come along for the adventure!

14 responses to “Butcha can’t take the pastor outta the boy: a world of discovering new beginnings”

  1. Phil Richards says:

    So true! Father Philizzle is so excited to begin a new chapter as well! Passion for creating a community where openness and honesty is valued and passion is shared. The venture begin in April….Smiling lots!

  2. Donna Smaldone says:

    w00T! w00T! The Smaldones are coming outta their skin in April Anticipation. And no… it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke!

  3. Giselle says:

    Hi Donna, it was great getting to know you, and Skip at Ken’s 41st b-day. We had met before at the murder mystery in October. I, was the quiet one. lol.. I was so glad to hear that Skip was taking over the music department at Christ Church. Yes, I will miss Ray but people have to grow in their life. I can’t wait to get to know your family better. Peace out…and welcome home Donna.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thanks so much, Giselle! That Murder Mystery sure was a bevy of connectivity (not to mention huge fun!) So glad to know you and be part of such an amazing crew at Christ Church!

  4. Jessica says:

    I’m so excited and feel so special to a part of such a moment in the community and in each others lives. These are going to be such wonderful days to look back on, we truly have to sit in these coming days and FEEL them … close our eyes, breathe deeply … to remember that warm stomach feeling of happiness and love.

  5. Linda Seal says:

    Wow…I just had a wave of nostaliga sweep over me. Skip: talented musician + loves God = equals heart-quaking and shaking worship!!! Congratulations to both of you in this newest chapter of your life. Your story is funny, exciting, inspiring…and I miss you both!
    xoxo
    Linda
    PS Happy ‘early’ birthday to you Donna!

  6. Donna Smaldone says:

    awww… I miss you so much, Linda! You are a light in this world, and in mine especially!! I miss worshiping with you… and celebrating birthdays, too! muah! xo

  7. Theresa Trella says:

    From newadvent.org, the word abbot means “A title given to the superior of a community of twelve or more monks. The name is derived from abba, the Syriac form of the Hebrew ab, and means “father”. Abbott’s Pharmacy is a perfect name for a place to receive the Father’s medicine 😀 Love ya, cuz! ~Tc

  8. Karen Schanck says:

    Apparently, God did not think that part of your expedition was over- love it!

  9. Edie says:

    Hey Donna-

    Sounds like you guys have been busy way over there in the ADKs. We’re coming home in late April for a week or so. We’d love to come check out Abbott’s Pharmacy when we’re there. We’ll be in touch. Love you guys.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Eds! Skip-n-I miss you-n-Brina!! So psyched to see you in April. Will you be home for Easter? Message me and let me know as it gets closer. Can’t wait to see two of our favorite people. xo

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