National Science Teachers Association met in Seattle!
And Bethany attended, since she’s the Director of the Urban X Lab! We drove “over” to the “wet side” to see her December 13-14, 2019 and stayed near the Washington Convention Center so we could get together with Beth and some of her friends from Urban School…GO BLUE! We also visited the Woodlands Zoo in…
T’was a quiet Christmas as the kids spent it with the other side of their family. Were busy, as usual, with several worship services! We hope everyone had a wonderful and Merry Christmas, and may 2020 be your best year yet!
Thanksgiving 2019 in San Francisco!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with Bethany and Kristjiana November 26-30, 2019. Lots of delicious food (too much, but very fancy) and fun things to do in and around the city. We visited Muir Woods for a nice, relaxing walk through the trees. I found the Tiled Steps which was near the extremely comfortable…
Dave attended the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering in Minneapolis!
Dave and the vicar at Central Lutheran Church, Ethan Bergman attended the ELCAWH Leadership Gathering in Minneapolis July 18-21. This event is held every 18 months. We celebrated the successful completion of the church’s Always Being Made New campaign, and learned much about food insecurity and programming to address this serious problem. Ethan Bergman, vicar…
Bishop’s Convocation 2019
This year’s Bishop’s Convocation, Northwest Intermountain Synod, was held October 28-30, 2019 at Camp Lutherhaven south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dr. Mark Skinner, professor of New Testament, led sessions on the book of Acts called, REMEMBERING THE PAST TO FIND OUR WAY INTO FUTURE(WITH HELP FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES). Over 90 rostered leaders…
First Call Theological Education Retreat, November 18-21, 2019
This was my third of the three-year FCTE retreats required, again held in Seabeck, WA. It was a cloudy week, as usual. Got to meet some new Region 1 bishops and first call pastors and deacons. Deacon Sue Rothmeyer, newly elected Secretary of the ELCA, and Dr. Kathryn Johnson, recently retired from the ecumenism office…
Two New Babies in our extended Family!
Carolyn’s niece, Heather (and Nick) Crist, along with their son, Grayson, welcomed a baby into their family on Monday, September 16, 2019. Gunner Maddox Crist weighed 8 # and 13oz, and was 21 inches tall. Welcome, Gunner Maddox, and congratulations Heather and Nick! Dave’s nephew, Tyler (and Ashley) Grossenbacher, along with their son Tysen, welcomed…
God’s work Our hands Sunday! 9/8/19
The second Sunday in September is always God’s work Our hands” Sunday! It’s a special day in the life of the church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It’s a day for members of ELCA congregations to celebrate their mission to the world, recognize what they have done over the past year in witness to…
Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean (DOTAC) Conference in Vancouver, BC.
Carolyn and I attended the DOTAC conference at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver August 14-20, 2019. Carolyn took part in the 2002 DOTAC conference in Winnipeg as a deaconess. This year’s program, “Respecting Covenant: Risking the Journey Toward Reconciliation” was filled with excellent speakers, wonderful field trips, and decent weather. The ELCA Deacons…
Dave was a voting member to the ELCA’s Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee!
Carolyn and Dave enjoyed about a week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin attending the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America August 5-10, 2019. Much was discussed, sometimes amended, mostly passed, with a few things deferred. The theme was: We Are Church. We are an inclusive, forward moving, outward reaching church sharing God’s Love throughout…