First: The place I meet many people during the week changed its name yesterday. “JJ’s” is now called “Pipers.” The owners originally named it “JJ’s” after each other; both their names start with a “J.” “Piper,” is the name of their baby girl. They said, “It’s all for her anyway.” It’s the same great staff, same great coffee, same great place to hang out.
Here is this from Don: We are an Eden Prairie polling place and are one of the busiest sites in EP. And to make our voting visitors feel welcome, we supply coffee and cookies throughout the day as they wait in line. (We as a staff… that is Deb… also cook for the judges who are here all day.) You can help by bringing two dozen cookies (commercially baked only) to church on Sunday or drop them off on Monday. Another way you can help is be an “Election Day host.” Sign up for a two-hour hosting time slot on the insert that will be in Sunday’s bulletin.
Last Sunday was “Servant Sunday.” It was fantastic! Attendance and participation was over the top. We spent 25 minutes in our regular worship and then another 40 minutes or so on Servant Projects throughout the church. This included assembling the 30 cleaning buckets we raised over $3,000 to fill. We also washed windows, wrote cards, put up foam tiles for sound proofing and talked about what service projects we should be doing. Kids made cards and cookies and blankets to give to those who are lonely. People had such a good time that I’ve already been asked, “When are we doing ‘Servant Sunday’ again?” I’m hoping that comment comes because of all the good we did and not because it included my shortest sermon ever.
In the “I believe in miracles department:” We had a 50-or more-year-old tank come off of its bracket…UP ON THE CEILING in the boiler room. The miracle is that it didn’t break a water main. The possibilities of what could have been included renaming our church after Noah’s Ark.
This coming Sunday is “All Saints Sunday.” All Saints Sunday is the day we remember those in our congregation who have died in the last year. We will celebrate Holy Communion. We will also offer the opportunity for you to place a flower on the altar in memory of someone you have loved and lost. Here is a brief thought for All Saints Sunday from Nadia Boltz Weber… “What we celebrate when we celebrate All Saints is not the superhuman faith and power of a select few, but is God’s ability to use flawed people to do divine thing.”
One more thing because I have to: Although it pains my “deeper than dirt” St. Louis Cardinal fan heritage to say it…The Chicago Cubs are, as of early this morning, The World Champions of Baseball… This clip expresses what many of us in religious vocations thought about this years’ World Series.
Have a great week.
Keep the Faith,