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Marion, IA 52302

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Weekly Contact– April 24, 2014

Hello there,

So Ole and Sven decide to go ice fishing.  They get out on the ice and set up all their equipment.  They get all ready to go and they are just about to start drilling a hole in the ice when they hear this loud booming voice saying, “There are no fish under that ice!”  Wide eyed, Sven whispers, “Ole, who do yer tink dat is?”  Ole whispers back, “Well, I tink it must be God.  Maybe he’s gonna help us find some fish.”  Ole looks up to the heavens and says out loud, “Is dat you, Lord, talkin’ to us?”  The voice replies, “No! I am the manager of this skating rink!”

Then there was the time that on a Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”  “Why not?” she asked.  I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said.  “(1), they don’t like me, and (2), I don’t like them.”  His mother replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you SHOULD go to church: (1) You’re 59 years old, and (2) you’re the pastor!”

I got both of these jokes from members of our congregation in anticipation of Holy Hilarity Sunday coming up this week.  Holy Hilarity Sunday is a tradition in some churches on the week following Easter.  The idea behind it is that the resurrection is the greatest practical joke pulled on the powers of darkness and evil.  So we celebrate with jokes, laughter and some silliness.  So, we will have a time during worship this Sunday when you can share your favorite joke.  If you would prefer, send you joke to me and I will read it.  As part of the festivities, we would like you to wear your brightest clothes.  A Hawaiian shirt or dress would be perfect, but stripes or polka dots or crazy ties would work well too.

In addition to all the fun, as always there will be some good things happening in worship.  The Middle School bells, the 3rd to 5th grade choir, the Rainbow Bells, and the Chancel Bells will all be adding to the music in the first service.  We will also be welcoming the confirmation class into full membership.  And I believe I will still be able to fit in a sermon on John 20:19-22.  The title will be, “Is This Some Kind of a Joke?”

The caring for aging loved ones support group is meeting on Sunday at 5:00.  Next Thursday, May 1st, plan on having supper over at the Pizza Ranch in Marion.  Our youth will be bussing tables and any tips they receive between 4:30 and 8:00 will go to support the summer mission trip.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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