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Do it again, Jesus

My 7-year-old grandson likes to look at calendars — the pictures, special holidays and birthdays. When he spotted Easter he excitedly said, "Oh! Oh! Here's Easter ... that's when Jesus rose from the grave, and he's going to do that next year too!"

Geri Huntley
Omaha, Neb.

The church welcome committee gets(some
The church welcome committee gets some of its best ideas during lunch meetings.
Read it fast, pastor ....

One year at the conclusion of our Maundy Thursday worship, I stepped to the lectern and said, "A reading of the 22nd Psalm" and proceeded to read it while the assistants stripped the altar. I was about halfway through when Trent, then 5, leaned over to this mother and said, "I think this is more than 20 seconds."

Carolyn Fredriksen
Greendale, Wis.

Praying through the flu

My 6-year-old son, Garrett, got the stomach flu and kept asking me to help him. He told me to "pray to God and Jesus" to make him better. So I did — and about five minutes later he got sick again. He said, "I thought you prayed for me!" When I said I did, he replied: "You didn't do it right!"

Robin Goodman
Sycamore, Ohio

Our secretary at Christ Lutheran Church, Wyoming, Mich., was just trying to protect us when she typed the following in the bulletin: "Due to seasonal flu/H1N1 ... the cookie/coffee crew will begin to hand out the cookies with tongues to avoid the cookies being handled."

Pam Mueller
Grand Rapids, Mich.

"They really know how to treat visitors."
Overheard on winter vacation

While visiting a church in Florida, we sat in front of a couple with their five grandchildren. On our way back to the pew after communion, we heard the oldest one say, "I took the wine. And you know, it wasn't half bad!"


Betty House
Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

Communion sandwich?

The pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Mifflintown, Pa., was explaining the significance of communion bread during the children's sermon. He held up a glass jar with flour, explaining that it was necessary to make bread. When he asked what else goes into bread, little Ben answered with great authority, "Baloney and cheese."

Lorna Conrad
Mifflintown, Pa.


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