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Springfield Today May 22, 2018

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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

Another comment of the graduation season…

I tried to come up with the number of graduation ceremonies I’ve attended in my lifetime, and my brain froze up from overheating. (How can something “freeze” while being “overheated”?)

I started with myself.  I graduated from: kindergarten, grade school, junior high, high school, college, and seminary.  I was in the High School band that played at graduation ceremonies. 8 graduations.

I watched my sisters and brothers graduate from high school, college, and law school. (I missed my brother graduating from seminary, too poor to go.) 7 graduations.

I wasn’t there for all of Teri’s graduations, but I was there for her college graduation and when she received her MBA. 2 graduations.

I have three kids, and I’ve attended their nursery school graduations, kindergarten graduations, elementary school graduations, middle school graduations, high school graduations, college graduations, law school graduation, Masters of Social Work graduation, and Masters of Counseling graduations. 21 graduations.

I pastored a church for 20 years that had a nursery school, and every year we had a graduation ceremony, with caps and diplomas and handshakes and the whole deal. 20 graduations.

I served on Olivet Nazarene University Board of Trustees for 10 years. 10 graduations.

I’ve attended other students High School graduations. A low estimate, 50 graduations ceremonies.

I’ve pastored a church for 36 years and every year we have had Sunday School promotions, which is kind of like graduations. 36 graduation ceremonies.

So in my nearly 62 years I’ve attended, at least, 154 graduations ceremonies.  If anyone can beat that number I’ll treat you

to a DQ Blizzard.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

You can expect to see:

Moms crying as soon as Pomp and Circumstance begin to play

Dads’ shirt buttons popping off, because they’re so proud.

Siblings being bored.

Grandparents being there, even if they have to hobble up the stands or be wheeled in a wheel chair.

You can expect to hear:

Old jokes from commencement speakers.

Mispronounced names, followed by gales of laughter.

Air horns blowing.

A collective sigh when the last name is read.

Here’s what you can anticipate:

Caps being thrown.

Hugs.  (The fight from the night before is forgotten as parent and child hug each other.)

Pictures.  Pictures.  Pictures.

And more pictures.

Here’s something else I hope you’re anticipating. There is coming a day, we don’t know when it will be, but it’s coming, when we will experience the ultimate graduation ceremony.  This is how Paul described it to the Corinthians Christ followers, “In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:52 NIV)

This is how he described it to the Thessalonian Christ followers, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-17 NIV)

Are you living your life with an anticipation of that graduation day?


Here’s What You Need to Know…

Continue to remember to pray for our Nazarene Cuban brothers and sisters. Ten pastors and wives were on the plane that crashed in Cuba and were killed. They had been at a pastors and wives retreat and were flying back to their homes when the tragic accident happened. They have left behind children and parishioners who are grieving deeply.

There will be a Mandatory Mystery Trip Parents’ Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 in room 106 to go over final details.  There is an additional form to be filled out for the place we will be staying as well as an overview of the itinerary. This meeting should only last 20-30 minutes.

Neighborhood Connection Volunteer Sign-Up will be Sundays, May 20th & 27th.

Volunteers are needed to set up, bake goodies, bake whole cakes, and work the event.

Volunteers are also needed on June 6th at noon to walk the neighborhood and pass out the flyers.  How can you help make this year’s event successful?

Sunday School Promotions will be June 3rd at 9:30am in the gym. After promotions, the children will go to their new classroom with their new teacher. Adult Sunday School classes are invited to stay and visit over coffee and continental breakfast.

Celebrate the High School graduation of Sophia Sanguedolce, Lucy Wubker, and Brenna Young on June 3rd from 2-6pm in the Family Life Center.

Stephanie Bolt is organizing a team “Amy’s Prayer Circle” for the ALS walk on Saturday, June 16th. Talk to Stephanie or register at http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=12992

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