Saturday, March 06, 2010

Today's Laugh

During a phone conversation, my nephew mentioned that he was taking a psychology course at university.

"Oh, great," I said, "Now you'll be analyzing everyone in the family."

"No, no," he replied. "I don't take abnormal psychology until next semester."

Friday, March 05, 2010

New Altar Arriving

Do you remember what it was like when you were little and just couldn't wait for Christmas to arrive so you could open your wonderful, awesome, totally great, beautiful, fantastic presents?

Like Pastor said Wednesday night at choir practice, it felt like Christmas Eve. The new chancel furnishings were due to arrive Thursday morning after Bible class.

Mark and Jim putting the new cabinet into place under the old altar, which stands against the back wall.

Jim, who did a lot of the work on the chancel renovations last spring. (Maybe his wife or daughters will provide some input as to what he helped with on the furnishings.)

The new pulpit.

Mark and Jim carry in the base of the new altar.

Al, Pastor, Mark, and Jim putting the altar into place.

Quite the crowd stayed to watch after Bible class. The excitement and the awe was sure something! Here we have Judy and Bonnie (with Ralph, Kurt, and Frederick the Wise in the background).

And here we have Judy, Erma, Guenther, Shirley, Luise, Bernice, Jim, and Ed.

By the way, just for the record, I'd like to point out something. All y'all who buy CCA materials, take a look at these pictures. These are the folks who collate and bind your books. Some publishing houses have machines to assemble their materials. But we have this crew of saints who do an awful lot of the work by hand, fueled by coffee and laughter and Marcie's baked goods.

Adjusting something for leveling.

Janelle and Marcie. (Aren't they just SO darn cute??)

Andrew, Leah, Maggie, and Bryce.

Kara, looking more serious and ponderous than you normally see her. Maybe it's time for a serious caption, like "Jesus, I will ponder now on Thy holy passion... Grant that I in love and faith may the image cherish of Thy suffering, pain, and death, that I may not perish."

Kara, Kathy, and Jeannine.

And, for the craftsmen...
applause and thanks and
awe-struck dropped jaws and gratitude
(and whatever other words a thesaurus might supply for "thanks") ...
Allan the master, and Mark who helped.

Today's Laugh

Paddy and Mick were nailing up the side of a wooden house. Mick noticed that Paddy was examining the nails and throwing away every second and third. "What's wrong with the nails?" he asked.

"Sure, the heads are at the wrong end."

"You are stupid, you idiot. Can't you see they are for the other side of the house?"

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Psalm 94:12-13

Blessed is the man whom You instruct, o Lord,
and teach out of Your law,
that You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
until the pit is dug for the wicked.

We so often think that verses like these mean that God instructs us in how to be good, how to follow rules like the Ten Commandments, how to be nice.

But that's not where we find rest.

When we actually look at the law in Exodus and Leviticus, it's full of stuff about sacrifices. It tells about God's arrangements for worship. It tells how God provides the sacrificial system, as well as the animals for the sacrifices. There's atoning blood all over the place in the Law. There are pictures of Jesus all over the Law: the altar, the lampstand, the priests, the sacrificial lamb, the tabernacle, etc.

When we are taught from the Law, we see how there is always need for forgiveness, how we cannot obey the laws of God, how the blood of another must be shed on our behalf. When we are taught from the Law, we are shown the God of the Promise of Salvation.

And that's where we find rest from adversity.

If I say, "My foot slips,"
Your mercy, o Lord, will hold me up.

Today's Laugh

A little boy at school asks the teacher if he can go to the washroom.

"Okay" says the teacher. "But first you've got to say the alphabet."

They boy says the alphabet: "a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z."

"What happened to the 'p'?" asked the teacher.

"It's leaking out of my boots now."

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Quarry Coffee

Gary took today off work because he needed to take care of some business at one of those government departments where the wait is usually 2-3 hours around here. (He drove to Elkhorn and took care of the renewal there. Quicker to drive than to stand in line in Milwaukee or Waukesha. And he fetched my piggy from the butcher.) He also wanted to attend the pollworker training that our township conducted this afternoon. We did go on a "date" for the training of how to set up the voting machines. I can't believe how humongous the instruction guide is for how to deal with various situations that will arise on election day!

We started the day with a breakfast date at Quarry Coffee. Our friend Randy took Gary there a couple of weeks ago, and Gary was so impressed that he wanted to take me. (Actually, he wanted to introduce me to baked oatmeal so that I could make some at home; the date was just the excuse. Lucky for me that Erin has a recipe for baked oatmeal.)

Quarry Coffee is a lovely little place. With real food. And a great atmosphere. I kept thinking, "This is the kind of restaurant I want to have." Someday. In my dreams. Either when the government cuts back on the hoop-jumping, or when I resign myself to jumping through a gazillion hoops. I would love to have a restaurant like that: a limited menu that has a bit of variety each day, quality ingredients, and a warm & friendly ambiance. Ah, dreaming ....

American Players Theatre

Anxious for Richard III this summer. APT-lovers can check out the APT Channel on you-tube.

Today's Laugh

If at first you don't succeed ...
duct tape.

HT: Kari

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Today's Laugh

A man died and was greeted by St Peter at the gates of heaven.

"Well, I don't have much data on you. Please tell me what you've done that you think you belong in heaven," St Peter said.

"Three Hell's Angels types had stopped a car with a woman in it. I stopped my car and ran up to them. I told them that if they didn't leave immediately, I would stomp them and send them home with their tails between their legs."

St. Peter was a little skeptical about the story and asked, "When did this happen?"

The man replied, "About two minutes ago."

Monday, March 01, 2010

Unchangeable Law

In our Bible story today, we heard that Daniel would not pray to King Darius but continued to pray to the Lord. When Darius found out he'd been tricked into condemning Daniel, he "set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored to the going down of the sun to deliver him" (Daniel 6). But the laws and statutes and decrees could not be changed. So Darius had no option left but to commend Daniel to his God.

Like the laws of the Medes and the Persians, God's law cannot be altered. The law could not be set aside simply because it was going to have ugly consequences; it had to stand. But God is greater than Darius. When the Lord set His heart on us to deliver us, when He labored to the going down of the sun that one Friday, He was able to deliver us.

Swelled Head

School auction yesterday. This is a cruddy picture of Vanna Emma, the "MC," and the auctioneer, but hey, it was dark and this is the best shot I got.
Having never been to one of these before, I wasn't sure how it all worked, so what I offered was small: just two loaves of bread a month for four months. But good golly, it went for a lot more money than I expected. And so many different people bid on it ... like as if they anticipate yummy bread from me. Oh boy!

It's going to be fun to bake loaves for the purchaser along with our regular just-for-toast loaves, knowing they will enjoy it.

Today's Laugh

If you can't get rid of the family skeleton,
you may as well make it dance.
- George Bernard Shaw

HT: Kari

Sunday, February 28, 2010


As we read the first couple of chapters of Joshua today in Sunday school, we talked about the spies' escape from Jericho. Rahab hid the spies because she believed in the Promise (Genesis 12 & 15). But what I thought was really nifty was the scarlet cord she used to sneak the spies out of the city, letting them down from the window on the city wall. It was almost like Passover, what with the red sign marking the entry into the home, and the red sign meant everyone in that household would be spared.

See, His blood doth mark our door.
Faith points to it;
Death passes o'er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!

Today's Laugh

A nursing home resident, suffering from dementia, decided to shed all her clothes and "streak."

She passed two male residents sitting in their wheel chairs in the hallway. The first male asked the second, "Who was that?"

"I THINK it was Miss Rita," answered his friend.

"Well, what was that she had on?"

"I don't know," he considered, "but I think it needs ironing."