This Sunday, January 11, is “The Baptism of our Lord” on the liturgical calendar. I will have the honor and privilege to baptize a Chinese mother and father and their 6 month old son. Baptisms are easily the favorite part of my profession! To be the instrument God uses to adopt someone into His family, […]
In late 1981, my family moved from Ponca City, OK, to Houston, TX. Before I left, several friends had a party for me. [I think it was either on land from the family of Marcie Batschelett (née Freeman) or Shawn Lessert (née Merrifield). [I’m pretty sure it was Shawn’s.] Alas, it was some of the […]
The first picture is from when I was a camper at Camp Lutherhoma as a kid. I’m about four rows from the bottom and in the center, between two female counselors. The one to the right of me (my left in the picture) with the feathered hair was really cute at the time. Having just […]
I was still at the seminary, but I was (fairly) newly “licensed” to preach. My grandma’s church, Immanuel Lutheran in Williamsburg, IA., asked my to do so. This picture was taken right after that worship service and before we had to drive back to St. Louis. Sunday, November 28, 1993.
At a talent show competition from Channel 13. This was right in front of the Sears at Memorial City Mall. Mary Lynn and I didn’t win, but we did get a prize. I got a Marvin Zindler watch [which later fell off into the water around Lake Conroe]. We were singing, “You’re Just in Love (I Wonder Why)” […]
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
I found this in a book I borrowed from my folks last month. What a pleasant surprise! I love and miss you, Grandma!