Members of the Fellowship Committee transformed the Fellowship Hall into a tearoom, complete with fancy teacups, teapots, and table decorations for a Ladies Tea that was open to women in the congregation and their guests.
The event, which was held in April, began with the story of Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, creating the British Afternoon Tea. Storyteller Joan Hollinger then offered an inspirational devotional before teatime and the meal, which included the traditional scones and lemon curd.
Musicians Mimi Bippus and Maria Riggi played background music as everyone arrived and they continued to entertain the group as guests were served. After dessert, Maria played a solo on her violin and the musically talented Susan Null sang a hymn.
Members of Tinsae Kristos Evangelical Church combined efforts with Reformation Lutheran Church members on Saturday, April 16 for an outside Spring cleanup day.
The workday involved weeding, pruning, edging, and mulching the existing flowerbeds and trees surrounding the church. The joint venture provided an opportunity for participants from each congregation to interact with each other while focusing on the common goal.
Reformation Lutheran Church members participated in the local 40 Days for Life for the first time this spring. In addition to displaying pro-life signs to catch the attention of those who passed in cars or on the sidewalk outside the facility, we prayed together and talked with folks about other options before going into Planned Parenthood. We did not step onto Planned Parenthood’s property, but if they approached us to ask questions, we had information available to give them and offered to pray with them or for them.
40 Days for Life is a worldwide pro-life campaign that takes a peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion and accomplishes this through prayer, fasting, and constant vigil with the purpose to end abortion. The 40 day approach uses Biblical history where God used 40 day periods to transform individuals, communities, and the entire world — from Noah and the flood, to Moses on the mountain, to the disciples after Christ’s resurrection.
Two campaigns are scheduled each year. One event takes place in the Fall and the other during the season of Lent. Visit 40daysforlife.com for more information.
If you were fortunate enough to be with a pretty rowdy group of revelers at Reformation Lutheran Church during the first of three parts of the Mardi Gras celebration, knowing the definition of Mardi Gras may have won you a bingo prize. All of the questions during the game tested one’s biblical knowledge. It took a little more competitiveness to win the “Balloon Bust”. Some of your brothers and sisters are creative in their winning strategies. “Pass the Egg” wasn’t without its controversy, but settled quickly in a very loud and loving way.
If using up the fat in the larder is the goal of Mardi Gras, the fabulous food was up to the challenge. Wonderful hush puppies loaded with butter, great sausage in the jambalaya, and not to mention wonderful dessert! They all deserve mentioning: hand dipped white chocolate pretzels, Bananas Foster (this writer’s personal favorite), homemade bread pudding, and of course, a King Cake.
The third part of the evening may have been the shortest in time, but the deepest in meaning. As the Alleluia banner was put away for the season of Lent, we were reminded why we observe 40 days of fasting, prayer, and repentance and why we can look forward through the penitent season, to bringing out the Alleluia banners, and raising our Alleluias in praise of the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thanks from all to the Fellowship and Christian Education Committees for their very successful and much appreciated hard work. Mark your calendars for next year. Lord willing, we will be able to celebrate, and prepare, together in 2017.