This evening St. John's Lutheran Church, my congregation, had our second outing of the "summer" season as we ventured into some of the local neighborhoods. We sent out 4 teams of 2 between 6:00 and 8:00pm. I told each team to cease and desist by 8:00pm because after that point the little kids are heading to bed and let's face it, it's kind of creepy when a stranger rings your doorbell after 8:00pm. So far we have visited about 350 homes and it seems to me to be about half and half...at half the homes there is someone there to talk to and the other half there is nobody home. In my experience this evening I was a big hit with the neighborhood dogs. I was licked so much I may not have to bathe for a week.
This brings me to a close of another very busy week. The Seminary class that I am currently enrolled in, "The Epistles of Paul" features about 4 hours of lectures this week and an even greater amount of reading. The text that we are primarily using now has about the teeniest tiniest print that I have ever seen, and weighs in at over 600 pages...ouch! We also had a funeral on Wednesday late in the morning. We said good-bye to a long time member and friend who died at the age of 80. In light of all of the people that have passed onto eternal glory in the past two months, that are connected to St. John's, if you are looking to get to heaven in a hurry you might want to start hanging around with me.
In the midst of all of this I am still able to find time to stroll out onto the tennis court. Today was one of those interesting experiences in which you find that you have played fairly well but the results done end up in your favor. I guess I'll just blame it on bad lighting.
HoopFest is the main event here in Spokane this weekend. Unlike years past I will not be officially involved. I had been a court monitor in charge of keeping early high school (incoming freshmen) boys from using guns during the games, and after for that matter. This year I will be on the sidelines as a spectator, feeling empathy for all of the folks who are out there as court monitors and marshals trying to keep the peace.