The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Hot, hot, hot

“I told my board I needed it for research,
“I told my board I needed it for research, but I really read it for the cartoons.”

Last summer when Sundays were particularly hot at Valley Lutheran Church, Los Lunas, N.M., a member asked me for a practical way to stay cool. I suggested that worshipers bring those little bottles of water with a fanon top. Then a member asked when they should use them. I replied, “When I say, ‘Let us spray.’ ”

Ken Vogler
Los Lunas, N.M.

... and then there’s ‘hot’

After officiating at an outdoor summer wedding, one of the bridesmaids approached me in her bare-shouldered satin dress. She said, “I think you’re hot!” My face quickly flushed, I smiled and said, “I appreciate your compliment but I’m a happily married man.” She replied with a grin, “No, I mean you’re sweating.”

Don Rasmussen
Rosemount, Minn.

“Can you see God yet?”
“Can you see God yet?”
Luther lure

On a fishing trip with my grandson, I offered Garret a lure called “Panther Martin.” Buthe chose another and walked down thestream to begin fishing. After about 10 minutes, I caught a nice rainbow trout and heldit up for him to see. He walked back andasked, “Grandpa, could I have one of those Martin Luthers?”

Don McKinley
Denver, Colo.

Both can bring misery

Members of the children’s choir at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, are taught to navigate the hymnal by learning about the different sections. We started with Advent, and then they raised their hands when they got to the next section. When I called on one boy to give me the theme of the next section, he replied: “Vacation Misery.” A synonym for “Vocation, Ministry” perhaps?

Sally Messner
Minneapolis, Minn.

VBS connections

The vacation Bible school story for the day at St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church, Pawtucket, R.I., was “Jesus the vine.” Faithlyn, one of the students, gazed at the tiny veins in the legs of my newborn, Bethany, and observed, “Wow, Bethany must be really connected! She has lots of vines.”

Jennifer Curtis
Pawtucket, R.I.

A new s’more recipe

The youth director at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Centralia, Wash., e-mailed a list of things needed for an upcoming high school camp. Included were ingredients for making s’mores: marshmallows, graham crackers and Heresy Bars.

Paula Barr
Centralia, Wash.


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