Over the Hump 05/02/2018

Back 1962, I got a job with the local sheriff's office in my home town, Pueblo, Colorado. It was an interesting and exciting job. What made it more exciting, is that I had the opportunity to guard President Kennedy when he came to town to dedicate a new lake project. I knelt in front of the podium as part of the security team. 

As he left the podium and was getting in a car, I reached out to shake his hand and it brushed mine before the secret service shoved me and others back. 

Many of us remember his memorable words. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". 

Those words can be far reaching. What can I do for my service club, for my church and for my family? 

I wonder if Kennedy had read ‘Viktor Frankl’s' book, Mans Search For Meaning? Frankl’s theory was that, whoever said, ‘I think, therefore I am’ was off base, that instead, mans quest is to find meaning in life.

Have you ever asked yourself "If I can just figure life out, I would have it made?”

Frankl came up with what he thought was the answer, "Mankind finds meaning in life by serving others”. He would have understood Kennedy's quote and agreed with it.

I believe that these words are very relevant today!

 

Faithfully,

Charlie

Bless somebody today!

Over the Hump 04/25/2018

This author, being interested in shoe collection for charities, ran across an article of interest... As Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it, as the train was moving. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track, to land close to the first. Asked by a fellow passenger why he did so, Gandhi smiled. " The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the on the track," he replied, "will now have pair of shoes he can use.” 

This is an example of what Victor Frankel talks about in his book "MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING”. Mankind discovers meaning in life by serving others.

Does that sound too simple? It is simple and many of religions of the world espouse this principle. One of Paul's letters describes it this way. "Count others more worthy than your self" 

Remember how you felt the last time you did something for someone else.

 

Faithfully,

Charlie

Bless somebody today!

Over the Hump 04/18/2018

This week I will attend a luncheon for Sr. clergy in Dallas. We will see old friends and remember some who are not with us this year. 

 

It got me to thinking about friendship and how important it is. 

I had one friend that I met in high school. He almost got me thrown off the baseball team, so I did not have much use for him. Later, in college, my fraternity urged me to try to get him to join during rush week. I did and he did join, and we became fast friends until cancer took him some 50 years later.

 

We worked together, played together, and ministered together. He was a gift to me and I to him. Our lives got, and time would pass, but one of us would pick up the phone and later, a cell phone, to reconnect.

We get so busy sometimes we forget about our friends. Or worse yet, take them for granted and forget they are gifts to us. 

As I write this, I am thinking... Are there friends out there that need to hear from me? Anyone that I need to reconnect with?

As I am making new friends, I don't want to forget some of those friends who have been there for me. How about you? There is a song 'Friends' and I want to enjoy my friends now, not regret that I did not when they are gone.

 

Faithfully,

Charlie

Bless somebody today!

Over the Hump 04/11/2018

In my readings from time to time, I have come across a bit of a paradox or difference. Does changing ones mind, change ones behavior? Or does changing ones behavior, end up changing ones mind? There is bias on both sides. 

A story: David Wilkerson, the author of the “cross and the switch blade”, used to preach on the streets of NYC. He often preached or hung out near Tiffany’s. He began a nodding relationship with one of the Sr. staff, whom he would see from time to time. They nodded for a while and then began to talk. After a while, David asked after the mans spiritual condition. It turned out, he did not have an answer. After sharing a bit about God and Jesus, David suggested that the man “Try God” for 3 months or so, and see what happened. The man took up the challenge and the next day, before his feet hit the floor, he said “today I work for a new boss.” He did that for the 3 months and by the end of the time, the man had gotten to know the God of the Bible. 

The outcome of the story, was the production of buttons in the jewelry department. “Try God” buttons were sold all over the country, and every cent went to the ministry which David Wilkerson had begun, and still operates today: “Teen Challenge”. Which way do you lean?

 

Faithfully,

Charlie

Bless somebody today!

Over the Hump 04/04/2018

I was working briefly part time as a janitor for a concourse at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. I needed the money, but did not enjoy walking up and down the hall with the cart picking up trash, and keeping the floors clean. All of that for one dollar an hour (it was a long time ago) I was feeling particularly low one day, when I spotted 3 men coming down the hall toward me. I did not recognize the men on either side but I did recognize the man in the middle. It was Dr. Martin Luther King. I thought to myself "I am feeling low and here comes a man who has a heart for people who are feeling low . So, throwing caution to the wind, I walked up to Dr. King and introduced myself and shook his hand. He was pleasant as I interrupted, and then he walked on down the hall. 

He was in Chicago to march. It took some courage on his part for he was not liked in Chicago. Whether you agree with him or not, he stood up for what he believed. One of his heroes was Gandi who was a peaceful protester. To live the Christian life takes courage for there are times when the culture conflicts with our Christian values, and to stand up for those values takes courage to stand up to the culture ad let others know that we are followers of the Carpenter from Nazareth. We are not to just

"go along to get along". Our morality and values are not regulated by political correctness, but on the worlds and examples of Jesus Christ as members of His Body the Church.

WRITTEN on Wed The anniversary of MLKs' death

 

Faithfully,

Charlie

 

Bless somebody today!

April's Message from Fr. Charlie

“He is Risen," “He is Risen," Now What??

I hope the lenten speakers, spoke to some questions we all have about life, especially the Christian Life, and assisted you through your Lenten season. 

To continue in that vein we are going to start and adult class to start shortly after Easter Sunday. It will meet from 9 to 9:45 in the Parish Hall. My hope is that the subjects will be of interest and relevant to our Christian Pilgrimage together. I want to thank all who participated in the Lenten programs and I will continue to have people with a message speak to us from time to time.

If you have a topic of interest, let me know and we can address it.

Easter is not the end of the story. For if you are keeping up with your readings, the disciples were still afraid even after Jesus rises from the dead. On the evening of the resurrection, they are all in a room with the doors shut for fear of the Jews, Jesus walks into the room and the first thing he said is “Peace be with you” and the “Receive the Holy Spirit” the the clincher.. “If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”

If you have any creative thinking, you can imagine some of the forgiveness that had to happen among the disciples. One of the gifts of Jesus gave us, is Peace of mind and what keeps that peace in our hearts is our use of the tools he left us—

Forgiveness, Love, Kindness, Self-control, Peace, Patience, and Goodness.

These are some of our aspiration as members of the Church that Jesus founded.

Fr. C

A Message from Fr. Charlie,

It is interesting that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day were the same day, this year, but even more ironic is Easter and April Fool’s day are on the same day as well. 

Maybe that is not so surprising for there are many around us in this day and age who think the whole Christian thing is foolish and a joke. Many are even arrogant about it. We should not be surprised for (Paul mentioned the same thing in his letter to the Corinthians 1-22:31 - 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”)

Those who are critical of Christianity have the same aspirations, needs, and fears as anyone else. They look at us who claim belief in Jesus Christ. They look at us to see if we walk the walk that we talk about. They like it when we don’t for it reinforces their belief about foolishness, but when they see that we are attempting to walk the walk that we talk about, they take notice as well. A good question for us to look at in lent is how our behavior presents the good news or the bad.

This is the first note from me as I begin my ministry here at St. Thomas and I am honored to be here.

Fr. C

Welcome

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the new St. Thomas Episcopal Church website.  We see this as a window for you (out there) to look into and catch a glimpse of who we are and what we are up to as a worshipping community.

This is a church of good people.  On Easter Day and Christmas Eve we are at seating capacity: 58 people!  We like to remember the words of our Lord: "Fear not little flock. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom."  We worship in a charming old country church but we worship God "in spirit and in truth."

Come and see!  Join us Sundays from 9am to 9:45am for Adult Sunday School and at 10am for worship.. On the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays at 10am we have the Children's "Crafts with Christ" Sunday School and nursery care is available every Sunday.

We look forward to welcoming and being helpful to you.