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Springfield Today, August 23, 2017

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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

We’re back from vacation and I thought I share some highlights and low lights.


We only got to see Nathan and his family for a weekend because Nathan was in trial, defending a person in a death penalty case.  We watched some of the trial on live stream and while he did great, and the evidence or lack of evidence seemed to create reasonable doubt – one juror said he would never vote to let the guy go free if there was even a 1% chance he did it, so it ended in a hung jury.  They’ll retry the guy in about 6 months, meaning he will have been in jail for over seven years and hasn’t been convicted of anything.

Went sailing on a choppy Lake Michigan and everyone but Teri and Andrew got seasick.

We didn’t get to see the eclipse because we were in a plane heading toward St. Louis and were sitting on the wrong side of the plane.

It took over four hours to get home from St. Louis because of all the traffic heading north on I-55, after the eclipse. It was bumper to bumper, stop and go.

Had what was called the “Best Key Lime Pie” in Florida – and it didn’t even come close to Janet Gille’s key lime pie.  Those people don’t know good key lime pie.


             We got to spend time with all of our grandkids (and their parents).

Teri went parasailing with Nathan.  I figured since I am Fred, the rope would surely break if I went, so I chose to stay in the boat and watch the two of them float 550 feet above the ocean.

Ate at some great restaurants, including a mob favorite in Chicago. It’s right across the street from where the St. Valentine Day Massacre took place.

Went to a fun water park, The Big Kahuna in Destin, Florida.

Swam in the ocean.

Walked on the beach.

Went to Crab Island, and in the ocean water slide park.

Got some much needed rest.

Vacations are a great thing!

I remember another time Teri and I were on vacation a number of years ago and we went to a little circus one night in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  All these families with little kids were there.  And the ringmaster wanted to involve the kids and parents in the show before the main show.  And they had all these kids and parents come into the circus ring, and they handed each one a long peacock feather, and everyone was supposed to try to balance this peacock feather on the palm of their hand.

Now before they handed them out, and as they were handing them out, and after they were handing out the feathers – they told everyone in a humorous way these feathers were props, and they would need them back for the next show.  After everyone got done trying to balance the feathers.  They announced again they needed the feathers back, and they had the circus performers going around picking them up.  And from where I was sitting in the stands, across the way, I saw one dad with a three or four year old little kid with him hide his peacock feather, and make their way back to their seats, and then hide the feather again after they sat down.

Now, I know even without knowing that dad, I know that dad would never tell his kid it was okay to steal, it was okay to lie.   I know he’d tell the kid don’t steal, always be honest.

But what do you think that little 4 year old kid learned by watching his father?

Just a simple question to think about today: What do the people who are watching you learning?


What You Need to Know…

Congratulations Cole Sarginson on being awarded the prestigious Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor for his contributions to Scouting and the Order.  We’re very proud of you Cole!

Thanks to the church from Cheryl Olmstead family for the flowers and expressions of care and sympathy on the death of her mother. Sylvia Garner.

Thanks from Wilbur Hunt and his family to the church “for your sympathy, friendship and kindness at this most difficult time. The flowers were thoughtful and meant so much. Thank you as well for the meal and fellowship for our family and friends. We are so thankful for each and everyone at First Church.”

Thanks from Lee School “for all the wonderful people who’ve been donating school supplies to the children.  Your donations help not only the students, but the teachers and the school by keeping the children supplied with the necessary items for them to perform well.  Many of the children come from very poor homes and several students are homeless.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Side Note: Bill Voss already took one overflowing tub to the school and we’ve already been filling another.  Please bring any and all donations to the church foyer.  We are collecting till then end of this month.  Thanks for your generosity!

Church Picnic on the grounds, this Sunday, August 27, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Bring a lawn chair and a dish to share.  A-I = Salad; J-Q = Dessert; R-Z = Veggie or casserole

Blood Drive – Wednesday, August 30, 3:30 – 6:30 PM  Call 241-7550 for an appointment or just stop in and give blood.  Free t-shirt and entry for a vacation package!!

Everyone is invited to the Celebration of Tyler and Elizabeth (Bott) Princing wedding, which will be held on Sunday, September 3, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM in the new lobby of the church.  This will be an opportunity to enjoy refreshments as you visit with the couple and congratulate them on their wedding last month in Michigan.

Ladies Morning Connection, Saturday, September 9, 8:30 AM in room #106.  Please note the change in time and place.  We will meet at the church for coffee and pastries and then go to Chatham Goodwill to begin our crawl, then on to Wabash Avenue Goodwill, and end up at Salvation Army.

Come and Go Wedding Shower for Trevor Workman and Jennifer Druse will be held on Saturday, September 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon in room #106.  Trevor and Jennifer are registered at Target and also at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Guys, you are invited too!  Trevor is looking forward to visiting with the guys of the church as well.

For more of what you need to know about what’s going on at the church, go to springfieldfirst.com and click on the calendar.


Please pray for:

Hettie Kinman – just lost a close friend and neighbor last week

Fran Herwehe

Carol Tandy

TJ Ballog

Betty Colvin

Amy Earl

Janet Gille

Janet Castleman

Mary Bishop’s grandson, Bannock Galloway, has cystic fibrosis

Julie Duncan – Aunt Joanne Boyce diagnosed with lung cancer

Abby Heppe – sister-in-law, Liz, has liver and gall bladder cancer

Lucas Gebhardt – health issue

Charles Camp

Wilbur Hunt

Ray Hofman – uncle’s cancer is back

Sharon Hiatt – her dad, Francis Aumiller, passed away

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