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, November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Day

We had a nice day. Good to have the family together. Missed having my Dad around this year. We toasted him at dinner. And I didn't overstuff myself - that's good! Yet I enjoyed our feast and ate lots. And while it's hard to get a selfie of everyone, I tried . . .

We also watched the dog show again this year, and guess who won! A bulldog named Thor! I was rooting for him among the finalists. Just look at that face - perfect. Couldn't care less if he won or not. He's confident. He's sure of himself. Perfect bulldog attitude. :-)

Hope you all had a great day too!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving


A member family of my congregation owns a little family restaurant in town called Malek's Pizza Palace. On the Last Monday of each month, they give 25% of their sales that day to a charity. Over the years they have helped folks near and far, young and old, it good times and bad. And in November, they surpassed $100,000 given! So we had a special recognition for them. We presented them with a plaque and letters from both religious and civil dignitaries. It was a very nice night to commend some very nice and generous people. :-)

A couple of pictures:

I'm also told there is a cell phone video of the presentation. I haven't watched it yet, but click here if you're interested. :-)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Billy Goat Trail

Yesterday my daughter had off from school for the end of the quarter, so our family went to Great Falls National Park (Maryland side) and hiked the Billy Goat Trail. And yes, there's a reason it's called that! Lots of ups and downs and rocks to climb up, down, and over! But it was a beautiful day and good to get out. Here are some pictures. The first I did not take, but is from their web site, showing one of the rock crevices that yes, we climbed up! And rest are of us. :-)

Friday, November 1, 2019

I'm Back (I think)

I took some time off from blogging. After my Dad's funeral and a few days away, I had a lot to catch up on, the Fall schedule starting up, and just wanted to take some time off and process. I'm not sad but still going through the grieving process, being at times tired and lethargic. But I'm getting through it. :-)

I realized that I really had two Dads: one, the Dad of my youth and the Dad I would visit in Ridley Park; and two, the Dad who lived with me here, who needed me to take care of him. When I think of the first Dad, I have fond memories and enjoy looking back and remembering all that we did together and all that he taught me. However, it is the second Dad that I find myself missing. He was a lot of work and often frustrating, but that's the Dad that I am grieving. I guess it makes sense because he was here with me these past six years. But I still think it interesting.

In church a couple of Sundays ago, we sang the hymn that I believe was the last (or one of the last) hymns I ever sang to him. It was Sunday morning - the last time the sun would rise on him here on this earth - and before I left to help out at a church up near Harrisburg (which was supposed to be the first Sunday of my vacation), I had a devotion with him and sang "Entrust Your Days and Burdens" to him. That was tough. That hymn will also have special meaning for me now. This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day and Sing "For All the Saints" - that will be tough too, as we sang that at his funeral. Hopefully I'll be able to get through it. :-)

Click here for a taste of the hymn "Entrust Your Days and Burdens." Click here to read the lyrics.

Click here to hear "For All the Saints" sung at a Higher Things youth gathering we attended. Click here to read the lyrics.

One last thing . . .

Thursday was my youngest's birthday, so Happy Birthday to this beautiful young lady! (For some reason, I cannot add the picture, but will try again later . . .)