Greetings Everyone! I was baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost at Holy Ghost Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI on 12/17/1950. Because of my crying, Pastor Mueller said, "He's going to be a loud preacher some day!" Maybe that is why my mom often encouraged me to become a pastor. My baptismal certificate is prominent where I do devotions.
I like to sing. It helps me remember scripture "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." "On my heart imprint your image" and quips like "together is the blessed place to be."
My spiritual boosters were ELCA Youth Gatherings and St. David's Spiritual Retreats at Luther Inn, Wildwood. Luther Inn's campfire was the most valued gathering time to sing, eat s'mores, hear stories, and laugh!
One more gift I am grateful for is you! In my Learners Bible are written sayings. One that highlights my gratitude is "It's not where you go, it is who you are with!
I am grateful for Bishop Bartholomew's invitation to serve. Remember what I shared of Tennis Champion, Arthur Ashe's advice as we face great challenges. "'Start where you are. Use what you can. Do what you can." We start in prayer, we use our spiritual gifts building up each other and reaching out to strangers, together doing God's work! For this! For us! God Bless! Amen!
Love to Christ!