Quote of the Day: Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:1-3
I drove up to a Book Arts Festival in Hackensack, MN with my friend’s daughter, 13, who is an aspiring writer. She seems like a niece to me because her mom and I are so close. We talked with authors, bought some of their books, looked at the arts and crafts, tried on hand-made jewelry and ate kettle corn and ice cream.
For our Sunday morning service, our little congregation, called Rejoice, met in the Pastor’s backyard. Carol, his wife, played the keyboard, with a little help, and hindrance, from the wind. During the sermon, the piano book hit a note on the keyboard. The Pastor paused, looked back at the phantom player and said, “That must have been a good point.”
It was so relaxing to sit outside and sing together, listen the the message, and watch the runners go by. Yes, today was a local triathlon and the route was along the street in front of the pastor’s house. You know, you can’t just stare at the Pastor during the whole sermon. Plus, the runners were interesting.
After the service, we pulled our lawn chairs over to the tables set up outside and enjoyed Carol’s home-made cinnamon rolls, coffee, and great conversation.
In keeping with God’s request that we share our bounty, one of the members brought in extra cucumbers to share with anyone who wants them. Here they are, along with the books I bought at the book fair.
And, this evening. My nearest friend and neighbor, Lisa, called to ask if I had any lime juice. I did, dated July 2007. She said she’d take it (how bad could it be?), and invited me to join them for dinner. After that, a walk, time with my boys, and a recap for you readers.
Journaling Prompt: What did you enjoy about your community this weekend/summer? Did you plant a garden and share your harvest or enjoy the bounty of another’s garden?
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I love to garden. I have painted some pots bright red and potted them up with some great little plants that can with stand our heat (hopefully- summer will tell) I love that scripture. I forgot that one. 🙂 Thanks for posting
First, those pickles look delicious.
SEcond, hubby and I took our son to a local antique tractor show and went on a tractor ride and the petting zoo. Our little man was in heaven. 🙂
I bet that was some potent lime juice! 🙂
what a nice feeling. I feel that way about my church and neighborhood. I love it here.
Mary, just so you know, you are one of my number-one “Charlotte was both” friends. 🙂
But my community moment was with my newest writer pal, Christina, who has been such a light to be on this freelance journey.
You’re right. Age is irrelevant, and God gives us what we need at any given stage, and that’s a beautiful thing, indeed.
I loved the thought of you taking a little road trip with your friend’s daughter. I assume the friend is JeMA. How fun for you. See, God is even giving you a daughter through her. He’s looking out for all your needs.
I received some cucumbers last week and they are so good and crunchy!
Have a wonderful week!
Sounds like you have a very close-knit community! 🙂 I’m starting to blend into my own community, myself. I love chatting with the neighbors and noticing their roses and vegetables growing outside. I haven’t much of a green thumb myself but I love witnessing it in others.
Oh baby I’ve got the garden thing bad! I call it OCFD (obsessive compulsive flower disorder) Yep, this is one chick who loves to share the bounty.
I love the idea of your outdoor sermon. I occasionally take the students in Kid’s Church out for a lesson. Why wouldn’t adults enjoy too.
Here in Tiny Town everybody knows everybody…heck dig deep enough we’re probably all related!
God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday!!!
This blog just soothes all my aches! LOVE IT!
Hmm. PERFECT question for me after a church one-service Sunday, followed by a potluck! Oh, it’s so fun to gather in one place and meet “new” members who we haven’t bumped into before.
Thanks for asking, dear one.
I’m feeling all happy about stretching my neighborhood into the global world of blog friends. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing your community with us! It sounds as if you had a delightful weekend! What a blessing you are to your friends daughter. I am a big believer that when we invest time in others, we invest in something greater than ourselves. I love community and the sense of belonging–and can’t wait for the energy to contribute. (My hubby and I do plant gardens with lots of extras to share, especially the flowers–I can’t help but think of the movie, Bed of Roses. when we share the flowers.) Thanks again for sharing…your blog brightened my heart!