What a weekend!

HollyDaze was one of best ever! Related to the size of the turnout, the number of non-members, and the entire spirit of the affair was our celebratory $16,000 plus that we raised for Genesis. Last Saturday evening was simply one great party with so much laughter, goodwill and generosity that I already hear folks talking 2018.

I love worshiping at tables the morning after; I enjoy the change of pace and the fresh opportunities for community and conversation the set-up allows for. Your contributions to the Reformation “Solas” where you highlighted what kind of “only”s Genesis ought to affirm along with any flat out “no”s were inspired indeed. If we can make those “doors” the sort of witness we all carry into the world we are certainly proceeding and succeeding in Outfitting Authentic Disciples.  You guys make my hosting and walking around fielding comments Sunday mornings easy indeed.

Monday morning we were packed into the Board Room for our new Monday Morning Study. That is a group you should check out if possible! We will hear from Session next week in more detail but it seems Chuck Winter’s October plea also swirled up some needed funds to bring 2017 into better clarity and balance. Thank you!

It was C-O-L-D this morning leaving Conifer! There can be no denying we are leaving Fall behind and essentially into winter. The sunshine always lifts my spirits and continues to be, for me, one of the best things about this great place in which we live. I hope you are finding ways to exercise your faith and will continue to open up to what is developing at Genesis. We are a better church when you are with us!

Pastor Don

 

An Anti-microbial Play Area?

Went to McDonald’s drive-thru last night (I hardly ever do this) and was surprised that the restaurant itself was closed for remodeling; just the drive-thru was open.

McDonald’s continues to be the best at what it does. They are about the cheapest, quickest and tastiest of the fast food joints (I know this only from limited personal experience.) Got my McChicken something, fries, Diet Coke (see, I actually eat kinda healthy) apple pie, and mentioned the remodel going on.

“Yes, and now we’re going to have an anti-microbial play area…” is what the young woman said while taking my credit card. I didn’t know how to respond, so I said “huh” and took my dinner in return. I started to drive away since I’d rather read in my office than go anywhere, and I still had an hour before I needed to be over at Grace Presbyterian.

I checked my bag as I was pulling out, just to make sure McDonald’s filled my order correctly (I have read that sometimes fast food places don’t get your order right). And that’s when I realized we should advertise this.

Genesis should get known as An Anti-Microbial Play Area. Rather than germs and dangers we are a place where it is safe to play at faith and theology, philosophy and ethics, psychology and literature, music, arts and social activism…all with no danger of getting sick from those playing near you.

We are an extraordinary site hosting a very playful and hands on type of spiritual nurture.  It might frighten some folk to be so actively involved in worship, but that is what we are about. Like toddlers watching others climb around and slide back down I see folks weighing whether or not to participate as they listen, especially during Offerings. And better yet I see when they can remain silent no longer but decide to take part in our ongoing dialogue of all things that matter.

In some communities I know it can be dangerous to express who you really are. But in our remodel we have created a safe and clean space where the antibodies of love and acceptance help fight off any lingering residue of judgment left behind. Your continued horsing around in our liturgical ball pit is building all of us up into more healthy and creative disciples.

Pastor Don