Thursday, October 18, 2007

If Dogs Were Our Teachers

Laurie Lazzaro passed this along to me today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by.

Monday, October 15, 2007

100th Anniversary Celebration

This past weekend was an incredible party! We celebrated our 100th Anniversary with a fancy dinner at The Assembly in Closter, NJ on Saturday night and had an incredible worship service on Sunday morning. Two of the things that made the service so memorable were the choir and our guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. John Deckenback.

A special thanks to Henry Hecht and Julie Schmidt for writing and composing a special anniversary choral song. With our choir and guest singers and musicians, it make for an awe inspiring gift for the service. Cory led the choir in several anthems and songs that uplifted the event. Capping off the choir, our Conference Minister John Deckenback preached for us in his grandfather's church. John's grandfather was the Rev. Horrace Hughes, the pastor in our church for 32 years.

After the service, we had an incredible luncheon and a walk through our history. Our pumpkins arrived by truck and were unloaded and set up in front of the church. Hundreds and hundreds of the pumpkins now adorn the front lawn of the church ready to be purchased for the fall season and Halloween.

We've had a busy weekend for sure! If you see any of the member of the 100th Anniversary Committee, be sure to thank them for organizing such an incredible anniversary weekend. The committee is made up of Ginny Marx, Ann Buonarota, Judy Russell, Gordon Wallace, and Laurie Lazzaro.

Monday Fun

Here is a feel-good video from a man who travels a whole heck of a lot. In each place he visits, he captures himself doing a "fun dance".

Saturday, October 06, 2007

A Prophetic Word

A friend posted this video on his blog last month and I was blown away by it and still am. In preparing for tomorrow's sermon (or is that today's sermon?), I went back to listen to it again and still hear it with a sense a prophetic urgency. I want you to hear and see it too.

A hat tip to Caught in the Middle for this video.