One of my mother’s favorite singers is Bobby Hebb. If you don’t know who that is, I suggest you ‘YouTube’ him, because I like him too. In fact, I like a lot of the music that my mother likes. I’m almost transported back in time, when I think of those songs that she used to listen to on the radio while we were getting ready to walk down to the bus stop in the morning for school. Remember “The Girl from Ipanema” with Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. My wife thinks the saxophone on that recording is really cheesy, but I think it’s the definition of 60’s cool. She also liked “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra. The point is… that I’m grateful for my mother’s taste in music, because when I’m ready to give up on this crazy world, because of the news and politics gets me depressed, I can listen to those old songs and remember a time when things were better. And after listening to her songs on Spotify, I feel like engaging with people and the world again.
There was a line in Bobby Hebb’s song, “You Don’t Know What You Got Until You Lose It” it is “You don't know what you got until it's gone”. I used to think that song was a lament. He had a girlfriend and she left him. I used to think he was feeling sorry for himself. But I was listening to it the other day and I realized for the first time, that he is telling her that SHE is going to regret losing HIM. He’s telling her, “You don’t know what you got until you lose it.” She’s losing him and one day she is going to regret that. I never really picked up on that before. It changed my perspective on the song. I liked it before, and now I really like it.
Now the reason I happened to be listening to that song was because, I happened to see a book on the shelf at the Fed Ex Kinko’s store called “The Year of Living Thankfully” and it grabbed my attention. It’s a secular book, a “how-to/self-help” book, that gives lessons in gratitude and helps you to keep a journal for a “year” of being an intentionally THANKFUL person. It seemed to me like a Christian should have written this book. As I glanced at it maybe it had been. There sure were a lot of Biblical quotations. It even spoke about creating “sacred spaces” and constructing a “home altar” and I know quite a few pastors that do that. There was a part of me that wanted to buy the book, even if it was a secular, humanistic, quasi-spiritual, modern guru, piece of claptrap.
It seemed like it could have a few good ideas in it because, in truth, I could be a lot more thankful for what I have.
But it was $20. And for a whole year — I probably wouldn’t follow through with it anyway. But it did get me thinking about what I could do, on my own, and maybe what I should do to encourage all of you, to imagine a “Year of Living Thankfully”.
Which brings me back to that song...I don’t want to have to lose something, before I begin to appreciate it.
God also wants us to be grateful for what we have. A quote from the book said: “I don’t have all the things I love. But I love all the things I have.” In principle I agreed with that. But in practice? I tend to let other things (thing I might not care as much about) get in the way, and I bet you do too. So maybe, you might join me, as the world begins to green up again, being intentionally thankful. Let’s begin with gratitude for God and his salvation. And thanks mom, for so many things, including Bobby Hebb. Pastor Rick Boshoven
Serving God’s people…. The congregations of Merrillville have opened up Feed the Flock to take out meals only, as of February 27th . The customers are entering through the front door and coming downstairs to the counter where they receive a bag filled with a bottle of water, a bag of chips, a bag of cookies, a plastic ware packet with salt & pepper, a fruit cup, and a bun with butter or whatever else depending on what is being served. Then they exit by the side door. There is no eating there. With the proceeds from the luncheon, they are still providing the water, chips and cookies plus the bags and containers for takeout. It has been running very well, and the exposure is limited. The floor is marked off for six feet if there is a line and everyone wears a mask. The other option is that the serving church can prepare sandwiches, a fruit cup or piece of fruit and anything else that they want to include. Our church will be helping on May 29th. The time has decreased from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. I think we could make sloppy joes and pre-wrap the sandwiches, keep them in the warmer and add them to the bags as needed. There have only been 30-45 people this past month. I will check the numbers closer to our day. The other days we will be helping this year will be July 10th and October 16th . Because it’s take out, there are not a lot of people that need to help, usually 4-5 people. Please let me know if you would like to help. I will post a sign up sheet for May 29th at the beginning of May. Save the Dates for Feed the Flock: May 29th, July 10th and October 16th.
Also the Congregations of Merrillville have been trying to show appreciation to our first responders. They have tried several times to provide meals, but that has not worked. Now they deliver donuts to the police station and fire department once a month. Each church in the group has done this since last year. Our church will be helping with this also. For the month of July and October, we will be responsible for delivering baked goods to our first responders. The police department receives 6 dozen. The fire department, which also houses the EMTs, receives 4 dozen. If any particular group in our church would like to help with this, please let me know. Also if there is someone that would like to be our delivery person for those months, please let me know as well. This is our opportunity to help God’s people in a small way. Thank you for your help.
Join us for "Wilderness" VBS Week of June 21, 2021
One of the many things we missed throughout the COVID pandemic was getting together for Vacation Bible School. You'll be happy to know we are planning to offer VBS at Trinity Memorial this coming summer, with safety precautions. Details are still being worked out, but please plan to join us the week of June 21st. Our theme is "Wilderness Escape: Where God guides and provides." Caravan with Moses and the Israelites as they escape from Egypt. As part of our safety precautions, attendance will be limited to 40 children and pre-registration will be required this year.If you'd like to help this year, watch for an announcement soon about a VBS planning meeting.
-The TMLC Board of Education
Butter braids are back!
This Sunday the youth group will be selling butter braids. These are delicious fruit filled pastries that can be stored in the freezer and pulled out to bake at your ease. All proceeds will go towards the youth group's trip to the National Youth GGathering to be held in Texas next summer. Please see the youth group in the narthex or our church Facebook page for more information.