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2008 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 2:58 PM

2008 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly

This past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Andrea and I attended the 2008 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver.  We were two of the three lay voting members from Holy Shepherd. 

The assembly began on Thursday with with a brief update on the tornadoes that struck Windsor and Laramie just a few hours earlier and a prayer for the victims.  We then moved into the regular agenda with Bishop Bjornberg's address on the history of the ELCA and how we got to where we are now.  We also had the first of Mark Allen Powell's bible studies before dinner.  After dinner, we concluded the day with the first Eucharist of the weekend.

On Friday, we met at the church at 7 am and then carpooled back downtown for breakfast.  After breakfast, we settled in for a long day of sessions.  We had two separate sessions with Diana Butler-Bass during the day.  Butler-Bass wrote the book "Christianity for the Rest of Us," that we had just finished studying at church.  Unfortunately her talks were a little disappointing because all she did was rehash her book and didn't really add any new insights.  We ended up leaving at 4:30 at the dinner break and skipped the evening hymn sing as a group.

Saturday began with a continental breakfast, then the final assembly session, and concluded with another Eucharist celebration.  The preacher at the final Eucharist was very impressive, having memorized both the Gospel reading and his sermon.  The sermon was on the "Don't Worry" section of the Sermon on the Mount.  It was one of those sermons that left me thinking that he must have been in our living room the night before when we were discussing some of these worries.  It is truly remarkable when the Spirit works in that way.

Powell's bible studies were definitely the highlight of the weekend as Powell discussed how cultural context influences interpretation of the Bible, using the story of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son to illustrate these differences.  In the Good Samaritan study on Thursday he talked about the differences in who we identify with in the story compared to his travels to Tanzania.  Here in the United States, we are taught to give help to those who need it, like the Samaritan did.  In Tanzania, they relate to the beaten man in the ditch, and talk about the need to receive help from anyone who offers, regardless of differences.

In the Prodigal Son story, Powell talked about   how in the United States, if you ask how the son ends up hungry, it is because he squandered his inheritance.  But in St. Petersburg, Russia, it is because of the famine mentioned just one verse after the inheritance, because the city of St. Petersburg experienced a horrific famine during the German seige in World War II. But then if you go to Tanzania, it is because no one gave him any food in a foreign land, which is mentioned in the verse immediately following the famine.  It was a really fascinating discussion on how much culture has to do with how we interpret the bible.

The weekend was definitely an interesting experience.  Andrea and I have listed our names as a tentative yes for next spring's assembly in El Paso, TX, and we hope to be able to go if circumstances allow.

 
By: Shane
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Last Day at Fujitsu/Visa

Friday, May 16, 2008 10:25 AM

Fujitsu and Visa to CNSI

Today is my last day with Fujitsu at Visa.  Monday morning I will be starting a new job with CNSI at the Denver Federal Center.  I will be working on the Mine Safety and Health Administration's web systems there.  It is definitely bittersweet leaving because it has been a good couple of years at Fujitsu and Visa, but the new opportunity is much better for Andrea and I.  I appreciate all of the time I have spent with my Visa and Fujitsu colleagues and I look forward to keeping in touch as we all move on.

 
By: Shane
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Home Run for the Homeless 5K 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008 1:24 PM

Running on Coors Field on May 11, 2008

Yesterday, Lauren and I ran in the 2008 Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless 5K.  The route ran from 20th and Blake in front of Coors Field down to 15th.  We then turned west on 15th and ran under the railroad tracks and then up over I-25 into the Highlands neighborhood.  The route then turned back north along Central Street to 20th again.  We headed back east on 20th and back down under the railroad tracks before going right on Wazee, and then quickly right onto 19th before going into the Rockies players parking lot. 

The final 1K of the race was around the warning track at Coors Field.  Lauren and I were definitely geeks on the field, stopping at numerous places to take some pictures, since it's pretty rare to be allowed on the field in the infield area at Coors Field.  We ran a little over half of the 5K and walked the rest, alternating between running and walking.  We finished in just under 45 minutes, a time that was probably a little slower because of our stopping to take pictures in the ballpark.  The run was a lot of fun and we're already planning on doing it again next year. 

Photos from the race are in the Home Run section of the Photo Album.  I will update this post with a link to our official results whenever they become available.

 
By: Shane
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Baseball With Grandpa

Friday, May 9, 2008 3:35 PM

Grandpa and I at Coors Field on May 8, 2008

Yesterday I went to watch the Rockies play the Cardinals with Grandpa Ideker.  It was probably the first time I've gone to a baseball game with him in almost 10 years now.  We had a great time as he bought our hot dogs and beers for lunch at the ballpark and we munched on pistachios while we watched the Rockies beat the Cardinals 9-3.  It was a lot of fun and I'll look forward to taking him again later this season.

 
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Busy busy busy

Friday, May 9, 2008 3:33 PM

Dining Out For Hunger 2008

It's been a while since I updated here.  Since my last update we've been really busy.  On April 26th, Andrea put on the first ever Dining Out for Hunger event at Holy Shepherd.  We had about 50 people show up and will be donating almost $1200 to ELCA World Hunger as a result.  It was a smashing success!  Photos are here: Dining Out For Hunger 2008.

On May 3rd, we went and worked at the Jeffco Action Center's warehouse as part of Join Hands Day.  Most of the day was spent moving items in the warehouse to accomodate additional donations and to make it easier to find items when they were needed.  Photos are here: Holy Shepherd.

May 4th was the annual Gospel Brunch at Holy Shepherd.  Andrea performed in both the Bell Choir and Chancel Choir.  The Chancel Choir was also joined by the Christaid African Band.  That group was a lot of fun and will be returning to Holy Shepherd in the fall.  Photos from the Gospel Brunch are here: Holy Shepherd.

It's definitely been a busy couple of weeks and will continue being so for the next couple of weeks before we go to Peru in June.

 
By: Shane
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