Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A suprising church

Saying for the Day- Is there a Word from the Lord?

The Church Betty and I are attending continues to surprise me. First, the Pastor who I assumed from previous weeks to be a mediocre preacher at best, preached a great sermon. In it I could hear God speaking to me.
Then there was the second bell choir. We had heard the other bell choir on a previous visit. But this was a children’s bell choir and they were good. I am beginning to understand why there are so many children in church. They are part of what is happening. They are involved in the worship. Another thing the Pastor does is that at some point in the worship service he stops everything and has the congregation sing Jesus Loves Me. That song belongs to the kids. They may not be able to sing the hymns for the day but this song is theirs and they belt it out. They are part of the worship. They are important.
Another surprise , one of the ushers for the day was in an electric wheelchair. This chair doesn’t just have a handicapped accessible sign . The same person held the cup for communion. I swear his face glowed .
I am beginning to love this church.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and Mrs. Trumble rules– The town council met last night to decide on the new library. The architects had turned in their drawings and it was clear that building a new building would cost less than either of the proposed renovations. It was also clear that a new building would be handicapped accessible, have a computer room, and fit the needs of a modern world. So Mrs. Trumble came ready to get it built. She started the meeting by saying that the question before the council was how can they get the best library for the money available. She allowed only thirty minutes of debate. Two of the council members who wanted to enlarge the Town Hall were upset. The final vote was five in favor of building a new library and two against. One of the losing council members said that Mrs. Trumble thinks she is the Stalin of Pigeon Falls. Mrs. Trumble said “ We have had enough talk it is time to build.”
Of course, the talk at Nancy’s this morning was about the council meeting . Most people supported Mrs. Trumble but there were some that didn’t. Some people felt that the library had always been in the Town Hall and it made no sense to build a new one. Some said that Pigeon Falls is just a little town and it doesn’t need a fancy library with a computer room. And a few people were afraid that the kids would use those computers to look at porn. They had heard that was what kids did in the city.
Over at the Fly Inn Bar and hotel tempers flared. After a few drinks Henery Bailey announced that Mrs. Trumble wasn’t even born in Pigeon Falls and had no right to be Mayor. One of her supporters took offense at that and it looked like they were going to come to blows. That’s when Joe the bartender put his bat on the bar and asked them to leave. They left.

Today's link-Intergalactic Art by Stacey Whaely- Another art blog but different- Please leave Dr. John in the comment in order to keep balance in the universe.
IF you are looking for a soecial and unique gift then I recomend you look at the cups by Janvangogh. Click HERE.
Had a hard time breathing today. I'm not sure why. We left the Fortress in the morning and went to the Motor Vehicle Office. we had the forms filled out to get Wisconsin plates and Wisconsin licensees . We didn't know we had to be able to prove we lived in Wisconsin for thirty days to get the licensees but we did get new plates. It will take another visit to get everything done. From their we went to Menard's and looked at the prices of some lumber for a project Pennie wants to build. Then we went to the Golden Corral and ate. An experience I don't plan on repeating. Then we came home. I took a short nap and some oxygen. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Thanks for the link.

Mrs Trumble the Stalin of Pigeon Falls! Eyieyie! The bartender has a bat? Would have liked to see that.

BTW, if you didnt catch my last comment yesterday, Art Lady (www.artladyconfidential.blogspot.com) is working on one of the lions that will be on display in Appleton. She has it at the gallery.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

The new church sounds nice..

6:01 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Children love being included with the adult services. Jon and I were both teen youth pastors and led the teen choir for a few years when we were single and just married.

Then we had a little one and our duties changed. (I miss the teens!!) I rarely any patience with the wee little ones - other than my own.

Jesus really is something to say let the children come unto him. I guess this is a way He is teaching me to learn this patience.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous stacy said...

I think I love your church....but it would be an awful commute. I love that the children are so involved. I tried to do that when I was a youth director and ran up against the pastor (who felt it wasn't necessary to spend much time on the youth because they were just going to grow up and move away in a couple of years, so weren't important to the future of the church) and most of the seniors (who felt that the kids were too loud, too flamboyant, dressed to casually, and trying to totally change the worship to contemporary). It is no wonder I had a hard time getting kids to stay once they reached sr. high age.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

...my instincts last night were right. he was disconnected and passed on at 7 pm miami time...my grandma was concerned for me and didn't want me told until this morning, so i could sleep. i didn't anyways, my heart knew..

he was a wonderful uncle, friend. a fun and sweet, ever present dad and a incredible, just wonderful husband to my aunt. he loved her and cared for her and showered her with attention and love and all her hearts desired daily. he was sooo in love with her..it was their second marriage for both and they felt they had finally met..they were together for almost 20 yrs..he was only in his late 50's..my aunt is a few yrs older..

another angel to heaven.

thank you for your friendship. hope you and the family are well. hugs.

7:49 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

I am glad you and Betty have found a church you like to attend and Love going to. It is nice when the Pastor includes everyone.

If they get the Computer Room in Pigeon Falls then anyone can get a blog and visit you.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

Very important to involve the children in the Church. They are tomorrows adults.

11:22 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Dr John,
Thanks for the link to Intergalacticart blog
Just my cup of coffee, cocoa or tea
ahhhh the wholesome drink trinity.

12:00 PM  
Blogger goatman said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
You brought me an outright laugh about suggesting raising racoons instead of ducks. I hadn't considered that! But racoons can survive without my help and the ducks are a challenge. I will get it right in the end.
We have plentiful cedar here in mid Mo so I was happy to hear that you consider it better than redwood. (My duckpen is made of cedar posts and fencing) I plan to put together a sauna someday and this just encourages me. Thanks.

12:57 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Childrens voices are wonderful when raised in song.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds to me, Dr. John, like you may have found a really good home church. I am convinced they are one in a million these days. Most congregations don't really live what they speak these days. I am happy for you.



5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think singing Jesus Loves Me is an EXCELLENT idea for church! I am glad you are starting to enjoy your new church!:)

5:49 PM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

It sounds like you and Betty both like this new church - you both blogged about it! Sounds like a winner to me. I never did like the priests who glower at the moms with squirmy or crying babies. That's what babies do! Would they rather the moms and babies stay home for several years???

8:09 PM  

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