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Who’s In Your Hood?

23 Jun

We all love to hang around with our hood of friends. They make us feel complete, they support us even when we feel ishy. They love us unconditionally. They respect our thoughts, dreams, and goals. Some of us hang with a healthy hood of friends. Some of us hang out with people we can help. Helping one another is important as well.

My hood this Saturday is The Blessing of the Animals. All people are welcome. If you don’t have an animal, bring a stuffed animal.

-Be sure your live animal is on a lease.

-Each person wll be blessing their own pet with Holy water that has been pre-blessed. You just come up with your pet and dab your hand in the blessed water in the gigantic dog bowl, bless your animal.

Where? Faith Lutheran Church, The Prayer Garden. 51st Avenue East and Glenwood Street. We also have  an outdoor stage.

We have a blessing service from 11:00-11:20 a.m. or longer. You can be an adult or child or anything in between.

-Bring a prayer, a poem, or take one out of the basket to read. Just read LOUD so we can all hear you.

The service will start off with something read by me, a former teacher. Then I will read the ten commandements for pets that I have come up with. Then people and kidos will be asked to come up and read if they so choose.

Food will be served from 11:21-1:00. It is on sale for a bargain at $2.00. That would be”Hot” dogs, “Brat” dogs, Chippy chips & Swamp pop (that’s various kinds of pop).

Free dog biscuits and cat treats are avalable for the little ones or big ones.

This is our first year of having this event.

Free educaitonal handout table.

The sale of the food will be divided between Animal Allies and Faith Lutheran Church.

 

Church Brings Inspiration

20 Jun

The minister said that 17% of the people go to church in Lakeside. Isn’t that scary? Everyone must be at games, dance recitals, sleeping in, or somewhere else finding  the Field of Dreams. To draw people into the church doors it has to be more exciting and changes need to be made. The real elders are often at home and the youngings are off doing something else.

I remember when Vineyard was in our neighborhood. They sure drew the young people into that church. Anchor Church is now in that building, and they are drawing more people in than ever.  They are parking further up the street. I like their young minister.  He speaks the language that young people understand.  I went there once.

I can remember struggling with our kids about going to church. Yes, it was like pulling teeth without anesthesia.

The message of yesterdays service was: Those who refuse to move with Jesus or God are left behind. We can’t be with Jesus or God if we don’t go with him. We need to move with him.

I was thinking about the songs sung in church today. I loved, “How Great Thou Art,”  ”Allelu,”  ”Precious Lord Take My Hand,”  and “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir.” I had never heard the later before.  I think I have to send the words to “PreciousLord Take My Hand” to my uncle who is very elderly, afraid to die, and is not doing well. You have to have “Faith.” It is what substains us in the most difficult and troubled times in our lives.

“Precious Lord Take My Hand”

“Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I am weak, and I am worn.

Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light. Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows dreary, Precious Lord, linger near; when my life is almost gone. Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand, least I fall. Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.

When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide myhand, hold my hand. Take my hand Precious Lord, lead me home.”

I was thinking about someone who has been renting my aunt and uncle’s house. The parent drove over her child in a large oversized truck backing out. What a painful thought to live with. That brings my mine to the verse, “How Great Thou Art”

Verse 2:  “And when I think that God His Son not sparing, sent Him to die I scare can take it in. That on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.”  (All verses are great in How Great Thou Art).

We have an amazing singing group at our church called, “Faith’s Journey,” and they performed today. They go out to the nursing homes to sing as well.

 

Animal Blessings

07 Jun

Mark your calendar for the “Animal Blessings event” at Faith Lutheran Church on 51st Ave. E and Glenwood Street on June 25th. (You just have to get by the construction.)

 Have your kids bring their pets or if they don’t have a live animal, a stuffed animal.

The time will be 11:00 -11:20 with a blessing, a reading, and some children’s blessings.

If you child would like to read an animal blessing call Peggy at 525-1905.

Each person will bless their own animal with blessed Holy Water.

For sale: “Hot’ dogs, “Brat” dogs, chippy chips and swamp animal pop for $2.00.

Free dog bisucuits and cat treats as well as educational handouts.

Proceeds benefit Animal Allies and Faith Luthean Church.

The event is from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This is a fun activity for families and kids. It will take place in the “Prayer Garden” by the stage. Stay as long as you desire. Aren’t animals next to God? Don’t they leave footprints in heart?

 

Sin, We Got It, We Own It

03 Apr

You may wonder why I wrote the word “Sin” as my title. Our pastor (We are a little Heinz 57 at our church at this given moment, a little Methodist and a whole lot Lutheran) talked about Sin today. We are sinful by nature and our actions.

The words he spoke were to focus on “Joy” and not spend all our time thinking about “Sin.” We need to celebrate life.  We know we are all sinful by nature and that’s why Jesus died on the cross; for our sins. God forgives us for our sins; he probably has too many people to keep track of everyone’s sins. (Maybe we radiate colors of sin. That’s an interesting thought. I was thinking red for stop, green for go, and yellow to maybe check out this person.)  The pastor says he can remember all of his sins. How can God really sort out all the ripe apples and rotten apples?  Can you remember all of your sins if you had to bring the stacks of books to the golden gate or purgatory (whatever you believe)?

We should forgive ourselves of our sins. They say you have to first forgive yourself before you can forgive others.We also shouldn’t hold grudges; I know that is hard to do. He talked about Martin Luther King telling us to confess our sins, and then use a lot of charity to help others.

The pastor had a blurb in the bulletin: “Many people feel that the whole point of religion is to separate the righteous from the unrighteous, the sinners from the saved. (Since I have been many religions in my life, I can think of being told to watch the company you keep. Stay away from those sinners.) Jesus reveals a God who is more into healing, compassion, full of salvation than into divine condemation. Before we followJesus we should not point our fingers at the sinners. We need to recognize and confess our sins and have confidence that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (That doesn’t mean we should go out and raise holy hell day after day, murder, rape, and abuse people. I would think there is severity or degrees of sin, wouldn’t you?)

If you want to read more about sin, read John 9: 1-41. What’s this? It’s a chapter in the Bible. It’s a story to remember.

Remember that naked Adam and Eve and how they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They didn’t follow directions and ate the forbidden fruit.

We also read the 23rd Psalm in Church today. My grandmother when she had throat cancer, metasize breast cancer and was dying would recite it. She would walk around the house quoting the 23rd psalm. I think of it as “Her Pslam.”

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

he makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

Pot Holes To The Famous Rummage Sale

21 Mar

Go over to the 51st Ave. East pot hole on Glenwood Street to the Famous Faith Lutheran Church Rummage Sale on March 26th from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Where? 51st Ave. East and Glenwood St.  This is the sale before the Glenwood Street Construction begins.

Outdoors, indoors: upstairs and downstairs. There will be the famous “Outdoor Grill” with  Darla (who works at Super One cooking.) Yes, brats, hot dogs and hot pretzels.

There is the Bake Sale with lots of home made goodies and don’t forget your hot coffee.

This will be the earliest we have ever had a sale but it must be done. Spring cleaning for great cause; that’s what it is all about. 

Drop off donations by our family, friends and neighbors begins on Tuesday of that week. No appliances, only salable items. We take clothes this year and prized possessions. There will be bargains garlore.

 

Flowers, Giving His Only Son for Our Sins

20 Mar

The minister today in church asked the congregation when was the last time you gave your wife flowers (or girlfriend or love of your life)? He knelt down and gave his wife flowers, and she was baffled about what he had been up to. I was thinking when was the last time my husband gave me flowers. It’s been a long time. (Hint, hint, if he ever reads what I write about. He thinks I kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland. Little does he know that I would not turn myself upside down verticle to to that.)

It’s a rainy day today, and I am thinking how “April Showers (in March) may bring May Flowers.” Sometimes we are so surprised by things that happen to us that we are blown away them. When is the last time you shared something beautiful with the one you love? When was the last time you were intimate with God? Maybe, we should say when was the last time you made your man the meal that he really wants on a Sunday? Maybe it taking him out to his favorite eatery.

I went to the Zumba Event for American Heart this afternoon. It was cool to see some young guys there, a few Santa Claus shaped people as well. After that we stopped at the Duluth Grill, and I saw the picture titled, “Satisfied Customers.” It was four women in the Big Red Long Johns. It looked like they were having a great time at their PJ party. I laughed all the way home about that one.

The sermon today was about John 3:1-17.  I am going to make mention of verses 15-17. “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” I think that it is interesting that God so loved his son that he let him die, and then brought he back to life again in the heavens.

God came to save us through Jesus according to the scriptures. Only God can save us.

Just because we help with the church rummage sale or the roast beef dinner, it doesn’t mean that we will be saved according to the pastor. There are beliefs that are more important than acts and words. Folks, what I think he trying to tell us is that there is this spirit and believing message that is really important.

We know when Jesus was on earth he did lots of stuff for us and shared the rules of the land. Not everyone wanted to follow his house rules. He was loved by many and hated by others. 

Just going to church, doing good works, and  believing our spirit will be lifted up, as well as our soul may not happen. This might not easily happen just by going fishing every Sunday. My husband use to think that when his family had a cabin.  The pastor said that only God can save you, make your life right when you believe in him. Did you know that it mentions sending his son at least 50 times in the Gospel.

Well he said about 95% of the people in the world believe in God but what does that mean? Do they all believe the same God? Not everyone because everyone thinks differently. We are all trying to sort the righteous apples and spoilt oranges out. It is a fruit basket upset in some places in the United States and the world. That’s why churches try to promote Christianity in 3rd world countries.  The pastor talks about how God so loved the world. You don’t have to be Lutheran, a Catholic, or any other religion to know that believing is important.

 

Salvation Army, A Chosen Mission of The Month

24 Dec

 

Faith  Lutheran  Church  chooses  The  Salvation  Army  in  the  month  of  December  as  their  mission. The family project  is spearheaded by the Sunday School Program (Rebecca and Brittany). They get the church invovled in buying items and wrapping the presents.  The church’s mission for the month is bell ringing,  knitting mittens,  hats,  scarves,  stockings, and  caps.  Take a look at the beautiful tree  of  all  the knitted  items that  will  be  donated  at  the  end  of  the  month. The total is 101 prair of mittens, 2 scarf sets, 17 hats, 29 scarves, and 2 pairs of fleece stockings.

They also chose  to ” adopt a  family. “  Adopting  a  family  means  buying Christmas  gifts for the family, purchasing  everything  for  a  meal, and  this  year  even  a  set  of  bunk beds, as  the kids are  sleeping  on  the  floor.  It feels good to help others!

 

Starting New Traditions This Year

20 Dec

I was talking to a friend of mine who received a plant this holiday season delivered to her house. She decided to write a nice thank you and made another important decision in her life. She is going to write a thank you to someone, a friend, a family member, an aquaintance each day; 365 days worth. I thought this was very admirable for her. She has such a positive spirit, inspite of going in for cyberknife next week for a recurrence of brain cancer. We have often discussed the materialism of Christmas. Some of us spent way too much money on Christmas gifts and worry about what we are going to eat, as we over eat at the holidays.

Yesterday I got a book in the mail that I won from a short writing essay. The book is called “Chistmas Teas of Comfort and Joy” by Emilie Barnes; paintings by Susan Rios. The book is about family traditions, welcoming friends, caroling, old fashion fun, the season of giving, and an afternoon of elegance.

What about a starting a new tradition? I remember making “Three Kings Cake.” Who ever got the large almond in their piece of cake got an extra surprise gift. Why not change it to a Christmas pudding with a large almond in it?

In talking to my husband’s aunt, Eva Barnes Anderson today, who is almost 92 at the Masonic Home, she commented about the poor people and all the food  commercial shows on TV. Eva thinks it makes them feel bad when they may not know where their next meal will come from. Insightful as she is, she knows like I do, you don’t have to look far to find others in worse shape in this world. Elderly people who are alone in nursing homes. Starving children in the United States and other parts of this world are common place.

I can smell the spiced apple cider that I am making. It warms the house with wonderful smells and a true slice of sweetness. There are many kinds of wassil you can make such as red wine, black tea, orange juice and the list goes on. I like my recipe with broken cinnamon sticks, allspice balls, graded orange peel, nutmeg broken up, candied ginger, whole cloves and some anise flavoring. It makes a nice gift with a little muselin bag.

You can make your house smell extra special by giving every guest” A Bag of Christmas Herbs;”  pinecones, spices, twigs and dried flowers to take home. You can also bake some cinnamon in a pie plate and warm it in the oven for the spicy smell.

My daughter thinks Christmas  is Mexican or Russian wedding cakes/ tea cakes (those little powdery cookies). I decided to surprise her and drop the recipe off with some ingredients and the directions when she was out of town. Surprise, mom is not baking this year, she’s counting calories.

More than a week and a half ago a neighbhood church (The Anchor Church) came caroling. They gave us a tree branch all wrapped up to be planted in the spring. They must of gotten our address off of a check from the collection plate when we visited their church. I thought that was awfully nice of them. This church also teaches kids to play the guitar,  and they get free guitars. they could use a little more gingle for this project. They really put songs in children’s hearts and minds.

We had our children’s Christmas program today in church, and then everyone held hands all around the church and sung Christmas carols. That was pretty memoriable and full of sparkling memories.

Are those young ones driving you up a wall? Give them cranberries to string or 25 pieces of wrapped hard candy and some red twine. Popcorn is a little more difficult.  They could even draw and color the Christmas cards for next year. (Invitation envelopes are sold at Office Max.) I think children’s pictures made into tree oranments are great gifts for relatives.

Are you missing some of the Christmas spirit? You could watch any of these old movies: The Nutcracker, White Christmas, The Bishop’s Wife, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, or March of the Wooden Soldiers.

If you don’t have much money but you want to make a homemade gift, try making “Three Apple Butter.” It is very simple to do.

What are some possible books to read to your children this holiday? The Gift of the Magi, A Christmas Carol, or The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 

Start a new tradition with the Christmas stockings being more important than the gifts. You could draw names. An old Vicorian rule for filling the Christmas stocking is: “Something to eat, something to read, something to play with, and something you need.” I remember the fruit, the ribbon candy and nuts as a youngster filling the stockings.

Have you given boxes or bags to the needy or poor? Boxing Day gifts were given to people who carried the newspaper or even made deliveries in olden times. Boxing Day is December 26th, and is celebrated by the Brits.

Homemade Truffles: The secretary at church had made homemade truffles for church today. I didn’t realize there were so many different kinds and ways to make them. They would be fun to make.

 

When We Had Our Neighborhood Block Party,The Seafarers Came

18 Dec

Faith Lutheran Church has a neighborhood block party every year, and it is quite big. Folks come from other neighbhoods to enjoy being a  part of our group. We had pig, beef and lots of meats cooked on a spit this year. This was a full course dinner with a pie social. You know those Lutheran Churches, they are good for “Pot Luck Dinners.” We had a least 300 folks come including the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, some policemen, firemen, the mayor and his wife. 

The Seafarers really enjoyed the invitation to be part of the mix. Our church has them as a mission once a month.  You should help this worthwhile organization. These Seafarers get lonely.

It was quite a festival event with the “Road Kill Boys, ” who come every year.  I believe it is once a month they play at Amazing Grace. They are a blue grass type group made of a retired teacher, two docs, etc. So far they have not not made any of those wild and crazy Road Kill T-shirt titles that I came up with or that Road Kill Cookbook that I submitted two recipes for the project.

The Seafarers are people who come to our port community. They need our support in many ways. Church groups often make them “Christmas Boxes” for at sea. Some women knit caps and scarves for them, ditty bags, make up sewing kits, or collect magazines and cookbooks for them to bring home. They also enjoy personal items, clothing such as jackets,  Bibles, and cell phone cards. They do have a Seafarers Center that is located at 2024 West 3rd St., Duluth, MN 55806. The E-mail address is: seafarersduluth@yahoo.com. The phone numbers is: 1.218.727.5897. The website is:

www.theseafarerscenter.org

 

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Tuesday, September 21-4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

19 Sep

Please come to the all you can eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Faith Lutheran Church located at 51st Avenue East and Glenwood St. this

Tuesday, September 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 fo adults and for children under 12 it is only $3.00.  The proceeds are going toward a community Havest/Halloween carnival that will be at the end of Oct.  Please help support this cause.