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Acorns Keep Falling on my Head!
Dear Members and Friends,
Acorns keep falling on my head. Yesterday I was so fortunate to have an acorn fall directly into my coffee cup as I was sitting on my back porch. Naturally I was grateful for this very happy event. November is the month of Thanksgiving for so much glory surrounds us. The trees are at their most glorious exhibition of colors, and just now, my backyard is lighted by a forest of gold. This reminds me of Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” There is some melancholy in that statement, yet the gold stays in the heart. There is so much to inspire our thankful hearts in this month of change, glorious colors and the promise of nuts falling which ensures a happy spring. We know that our furry friends, at least for this winter, will be well-supplied with plenty of food. In the meantime, I have to be careful not to let these ball-bearings trap me into another fall. I keep a broom at the top of my steps to be sure that as I descend, I can sweep away these little ball-bearings.
Grand Theft Holiday
As Christmas approaches, I would like to plan a crime. Most everybody knows that the holiday of Christmas was originally a Pagan holiday celebrated on or around the Winter solstice, the time of year when in the Northern hemisphere the maximum amount of night time darkness is experienced. Long before the birth of Jesus, pagans all over Europe were celebrating the Midwinter festival, which is known, among other names, as Yule. Then the Christians up and stole it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I like a lot of what the Christians have done with Yule. I like the merry making, the rich meals, sugary desserts, ornaments hanging from evergreen trees, little kids tearing into presents, candle light services and Christmas carols. The thing is – it isn’t just theirs. It belongs to everyone. Let’s take it back. Let’s commit an act of grand theft holiday.
Busy Teens in Our RE Program
Our RE teens have busy times ahead. Here’s a rundown on their upcoming activities.
First, our teens want to finish the sewing, knitting, etc. project they started last year. They’ve chosen to add to that project by providing personal hygiene kits (in some as yet not completely decided upon bag-like container) along with the scarves and blankets. They will use the November 1st BUUF Auction to sell off the really well-knitted scarves so they can purchase a greater number of scarves, gloves, and caps at Goodwill in order to provide all of these things to a larger number of our homeless people in Berrien County. At the same time Katie is in command of fundraising through gathering returnable cans and bottles and all of our teens will be involved in selling lunch to BUUFers on November 9th between our Sunday service and the BUUF Retreat IV.
Wrestling with a Gift
Dear Members and Friends
Have you ever had a gift given you that you did not wish to receive, but the conditions of life forced you to accept the gift? In my case the gift was a child named Henry Edward Werrbach. This child was presented to Robert and me in Broadhead, Wisconsin, by the social worker of Green County, Wisconsin. This child had been placed for adoption and the state was most anxious to find a home for Henry. The social worker brought the child to us because he was enrolled in Robert’s Sunday School. So the task was given us and we proceeded to question members of the congregation to see if anyone would adopt Henry, aged six.
There was a wealthy parishioner and his wife who had watched Henry go by their house on his way to kindergarten. He was a very handsome and sociable child. We thought we had solved the problem. Suddenly the wealthy parishioner was stricken with a very serious medical condition which required immediate surgery. The wife called me and explained that in view of the seriousness of the medical problem, they would not be adopting Henry. We were left with the task of finding a home for this beautiful child.