The Pastor Challenge

The Pastor Challenge

The Assist Pregnancy Center's Walk-Run-Ride for Life is coming up in May and this year I am challenging myself in order to challenge all of you! I am challenging myself to ride a "Metric Century" (100 kilometers) in four hours, and if I can ride farther than I ever have at one time before, I challenge all of you to support me more than ever before. I set my goal this year at $5,000, and our team (Lutherans for Life) at $7,500! If I can do it, you can do it. Assist helps so many mothers and babies, and they are expanding their facility to help even more - and so need our help more than ever, especially coming out of this pandemic. So please help! CLICK HERE to go to my sponsor page to sponsor me, or you can sponsor anyone else who joins the team, or the team as a whole.

Will you step up to the challenge??

Friday, June 27, 2008

Spaghetti Pizza

If any of you are in Springfield, VA, stop in at Malek's Pizza. A nice little family restaurant. We went there for dinner tonight to celebrate the end of VBS week, and got their spaghetti pizza. Now, I know . . . spaghetti on a pizza?? But it was outstanding! I highly recommend it. All their other food is good as well, so if you don't want to order that, get the Greek pizza, or a gyro.

One Down . . .

Well, VBS is over for another year. Only four days this year, since many of our helpers couldn't be with us on Friday. We used the CPH materials for the first time in many years (we have been making our own) and while I was doubtful at first, they worked well in the end. My only complaint is that CPH made it awfully difficult to figure out what to order! Unless you bought one of their big kits (which had stuff we weren't going to use) it was tough to figure out what was what. The kids enjoyed themselves and learned really well, thanks to our great teachers! I am always happy when this week is - over because it is so tiring - but I always find myself also a little sad. Some of the neighborhood children we won't see again until next year.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Post Paucity

Just wanted to apologize for the paucity of posts lately. I've been busy getting ready for our VBS, writing devotions for Portals of Prayer, getting catechumens ready for confirmation, and getting a jump on things so my family and I can go on vacation in July. Hopefully I'll put some thoughts up this week.

PS Cool Whip Update! A thoughtful parishioner brought in a tub last Sunday after reading my post! And yes, I plunged a spoon in and ate some straight. Also lavished some on some apple tarts my daughter made. Mmm, tasty.

Friday, June 13, 2008

My Secret Twin?

I read this blog post to my wife. She said he must be my secret twin. Cool Whip, Sugar Wafers, and Swiss Cake Rolls. It just doesn't get any better than that! :-)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thanks CM Almy!

I have a home communion set which I use for shut-ins and other sick calls from CM Almy. It was an ordination gift from my first congregation. It is quite nice and has received a LOT of use. As a result, the small, round piece of cardboard that seals the top of the cruet has deteriorated in recent years. I have been managing and trying to repair it, but to no avail. A new cruet from Almy costs $50! I did not want to have to pay so much to replace the whole cruet, since my problem was so small.

I was in Greenwich, CT last month (where Almy is based) and so went to their store to inquire whether they might have an extra top lying around in the back. You know, maybe a cruet broke and I could just get a new top. Well, no, they didn’t. But I left my name and contact information just in case.

Well guess what? I recently received in the mail not just a new lid, but a brand new cruet! There was no note in the package, and no bill – just a brand new shiny cruet. Not believing in my good fortune at first, I haven’t used it while waiting for a bill to arrive! But no bill has come. I am beginning to believe . . .

So here’s my THANKS, CM ALMY! And while in loyalty I encourage everyone to patronize CPH, I also encourage you to take a look at Almy. They sure have taken good care of me. (Ask me someday also about the mis-priced chausable I almost bought from them, for they were going to honor the wrong price on it! Unfortunately, it was the wrong size . . .)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In the Stead of Christ

Here is a good explanation to the question "Can only a pastor preside at Holy Communion?" Go read it!