An Enote from Rodney

Friday September 16, 2016

An eNote from Rodney

Dear Trinity Congregation,

Just a bit of a change concerning our Fall Festival this year. We are going to start it at 2:00 pm. and go to 5:00 pm. We will still have the chili cook off and the organizers are looking forward to that. One big change is that where in the past we have also had a giant pot of chili for supper this year the church is going to provide fried chicken and drinks. We are asking you to bring sides and yes there will be an opportunity to sign up to bring a cake for the cake walk.

I am sure you have noticed the new choir robes. The robes were a gift to Trinity from Caroline and Terry Levi.  They were given in memory of Caroline’s mother, Pauline Webb Brawley. Thank you Caroline and Terry for this gift; the choir looks great.

Several years ago I was part of a two year Duke study on pastor’s health and how to improve it. The program covered diet, exercise and stress and worry management. This week I filled out a 45 minute follow­-up survey on how I was affected by the program. I’m pretty sure I failed this program. The survey suggested some exercises that I could be involved in. One was brisk vacuuming, seriously.  I am a serious vacuumer. I own my own cleaner and complain about how awful Cheryl’s machine is. But in all my years of working my Riccar Fast Track upright, it never felt like exercise.  But it will allow me to say that I exercise some.

Red Wagon Sunday: For the month of September, we will collect snacks for Asheville Middle School. They are in the need for individually wrapped or packaged snacks: fruit cups, chips, pretzels, popcorn, crackers, Cheez-­Its, Goldfish, fruit roll ups, etc. Thank you for your help in fulfilling this need at the school.

Last Sunday I talked about the parable of the Good Shepherd. The last part of that parable notes that there was more joy for the one lost sheep being found than there was for the 99 sheep that had not been lost. Joy is an interesting religious idea to me. It’s not happiness, it’s something deeper.  In Philippians Paul talks about Joy and that will be the topic for the sermon on Sunday.

It’s getting cooler and that means the grass is growing more slowly. Enjoy and I will see you on Sunday.