Papa’s World – after 10 plus years – final book club –

Community Lutheran Church Sterling Va.

It has been a pleasure for her to lead –

For over ten years! Some 220 plus books!

Sherry has lead the book club all these years –

A lot of members have come and gone.

For one last time in person –

because of the pandemic – they met –

social distancing and outside –

to discuss the previous months book –

Little fires everywhere!

The members were spread out –

this is the last time she will lead in person.

After six months of ZOOM meetings

She contacted everyone to see if they were willing to meet this way!

Sixteen members showed up for the final book review.

Sherry has decided to continue as long as it is done on ZOOM.

Asking that if anyone would like to take it over

or know someone who would

she would step aside.

Many previous members have left the church and moved away

others have passed away – in her last years –

Sherry’s mother – Barb while she stayed with us

would come every month and read every book –

commenting when it came her turn.

Most of the time I am the only male present!

I must say – there are books I have read –

that most likely I would not of!

And I found some authors that I would search out their books.

We even read a nationally acclaimed book on the best seller list

and the author was a member of our church!

She attended the book review we did –

and she signed our book!

She has since moved to LA and is in the process of working

on the script for the movie!

The book club has been a way to connect with so many people!

Now – I sometimes take a break –

simply because I have my own books to read!

As we move on –

the ZOOM club will permit us to keep in touch

this part of our lives – the church and people

we shall always cherish.

And with the blogs on the church

in the years to come – we can look back and remember

bring memories to life!

Sherry leading book club one last time in person after 10 plus years!

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Papa’s World – Washington National Cathedral – visit.

Good Morning

We journeyed into Georgetown –

and found our way into the parking garage

to emerge to a grand site to behold !

Washington National Cathedral

It had been damaged somewhat during a earthquake we experienced

in Northern Va.

But – it was restored although we could see ongoing work on the side.

Sherry and Paul

We arrived too late for the tours

Jo – Paul and Sherry
with a tour guide

But one of the guides gave us tips and instructions and directions !

We were able to explore on our own

and although we have been here a dozen times

we found areas thanks to him

that we had never been in !

One of the many chapels
Jo and Sherry

It is just beautiful inside – the floors – the wood work –

The many altars
So many chapels and altars
Paul – Jo -Sherry
Sherry lighting a candle
for a loved one

We even made it into the basement –

the crypts and more chapels that we had never seen.

Our retiring Pastor Joe – on the first Monday of every month

does a service here in the Cathedral.

Outside the children’s chapel
The altar
The gift shop
in the basement !

I had no idea there was a second gift shop

in the basement that actually does more business

than the one upstairs

as all the tours go thru there !

Although I did not capture a picture
we were able to take the elevator
to the seventh floor tower!

We took the elevator to the seventh floor

again I did not know we could do that

and for the first time we gazed around

Georgetown and DC.

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The altars and chapels are numerous

the splendor is just great

The mosaics
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Side chapel

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Jo Paul Tom

Washington National Cathedral

Papas World – when little ones come to sleep over!

It had been perhaps two months or longer!

They asked to sleep over as soon as we returned home from Florida!

But first – a trip to Trader Joe’s!
Taylor – who is going to be very tall!
Cassidy – and Bode whom look like they should be twins!

The arrangements made – the bed of foam and blankets on the floor

in our bedroom – all three will not sleep elsewhere!

The older three – only Maddy – the oldest will sleep

in another bedroom!

The arrival bags
shoes – boots
and stuffed animals

They would spend the night – and next morning –

get them ready for early church and Sunday school!

Which meant on Saturday

A trip to Barnes and Noble

A stop at Trade Joe’s ( two small shopping carts)

And then back to the house for meals!

Eating snacks
playing minecroft

They were really good – no fighting!

Taylor and her purse
I think of all the grand daughters
she will end up the tallest.
Sherry is 5′ 9″
and she just may surpass that
she now is a Harry Potter big time fan
and riding horses!
Cassidy – who does tons and tons of crafts
all from instructions
on the IPAD!
And now is taking Tennis Lessons!
and is a good roller bladder
very caring and protective of Bode!
Bode – all boy
has just learned to ride his bike
all about trucks
big machinery
and building things
now has a putting puzzles together thing!

The three of them eat all the time!

No matter what time it is

and right after they have eaten!

Yet – they are not fat

but lean –

and so full of energy!

Bodes comfy place
on the couch

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Today is feel good to be home day

Cassidy arranges her place
and she does this at night
where she sleeps!
everything has to be in order
as is how her room is!
She has a bag – just for all of this!

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WHEN LITTLE ONES DO A SLEEP OVER!

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Papa’s World – 1982 – 2019 Couldn’t do it with out you!

That day 37 years ago – I believe was a Friday –

A little white church in a little town in SWNY state.

Sherry & Tom 1982

That is the day we were married .

Good morning

This was the second marriage for both of us –

I had two sons and she had two daughters –

And in those 37 years –

they have become almost mine.

How I feel

Our life together has many twists and turns –

Moving on

and beginning a new life in another state.

The girls followed us twenty years ago –

and here we remain today.

Tom & Sherry

Today we celebrate that love –

as best friends.

As mates for life –

Now – as we reach those years of Autumn –

We are comforted by being one –

Sherry & Tom

Happy Anniversary to the one I love –

That little white church all those years ago –

Our vows were based on the rock foundation of the church –

And it remains that way today.

Tom and Sherry

1982 to 2019 Couldn’t do it without you – we found each other.

A TRIBUTE TO MY WIFE AND BEST FRIEND

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Papas World – As the World turns – so do I!

As we get older – we seem to become more set in our ways!

However – I am from perhaps the most vivid generation to ever exist!

THE 60’s – growing up in both turmoil and a revolution of –

PEACE – LOVE and COLORS!

Of all human life!

We had new music – and new Icons – JFK – MLK – and not so liked –

RMN – on the political horizon.

This was the era of PEACE- LOVE and HOPE –

But also of Guns – Protests – Marches and death.

And – the outcome – my generation won against the above.

War came to a end – the peace sign prevailed –

All colors were accepted by majority –

And RMN who was on the horizon –

was sent packing in disgrace in the 70’s.

The Hippies eventually for the most part – became mainstream

And today – they still flash those Peace signs –

They are older now – walking slowly –

They have experience and growth

They are still teaching generations to Love –

And once again – are standing – standing for democracy.

Now known as also Baby Boomers – casting a eye at the Capital.

Putting back on those tie dyed shirts in their minds.

We had become somewhat “Silent”

But – “WE” are moving once again –

As it was in the 60’s – turmoil has once again raised it’s ugly head.

A generation that lead the nation with protest out of a war

no one wanted –

A generation that evolved with human kind in mind

A generation that promotes Peace – Love & kindness

Yes – we are old – we are set in our ways

We are not entitled – we are not elite –

WE ARE WE – a product of the ’60’s –

As it was said by a Nation at war in the 40’s

You have awoken a sleeping giant –

A giant that walked the streets in the 60’s

One who promotes Love – Peace –

And in my case – God – Family and Church.

Sherry and Tom
a product of the ’60’s

We stand together – as one –

We work behind the scenes to promote humankind

And justice for all is prevailing

You see – all those years ago

We helped usher in a new dawn

And we still to this day

Believe in Peace – Hope – Love

and in our case

Family- Church- Country and that peace sign.

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Cleaning the TOILET!

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Papa’s World – sometimes – in a storm – you take shelter- other times – you just ride it out – we look upward and beyond.

Storm clouds – we keep the faith

In 1999 – we took a chance – and we both transferred from SWNY state to NVA with the company we had worked for – taking all of our time and benefits with us. It was to us a Leap Of Faith – leaving behind security and friends and family.

The storm was brewing – we steadied our life

But – excitement also was in the air – we left our little church behind – put our faith in God’s hands – and ventured South – from rural farm – country – to city life – right smack in the middle of Alexandria Va. A town of less than a thousand to a city of more than a million. ( D.C. ) area.

Our new home – after 8 years of searching – Community Lutheran Church

We searched for eight years – almost every Lutheran church in the area – finally finding Community Lutheran Church in Sterling Va. This was the church our daughter – Tammy – married Marcus in and was his home church and that of his family. We had found a home.

It has now been twelve plus years – and even though the storm has ceased – we find comfort in walking through those doors – open arms and friends. Truly a Community !

Today our faith in humanity rests with in these walls.

In today’s World – our faith provides us with comfort – and also the outreach in the community. We saw this 12 years ago – and it is us. When we left – we did not know where we would worship – but it is here – all are welcome – service to the community and other religions – all faiths – we found a home among the brewing clouds – just as today the clouds are around – we maintain our faith and our church.

Passing it on to the next generation

And we are able to share that with the next generation – after all – that is but one facet of life – the here and now – #livinglifetotheplus – kids are free – free to see the community of church.

Family

Family – friends – storms may brew – but life together forms a bond – one that comes together in our new life so far away from back home – we found a new home – Community Lutheran Church – Sterling Va.

I hope this gives insight into dramatic moves – ones that up root your lives – ones that cause you to search and find your new roots – God Bless !

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Papa’s World – just THINGS in my life!

GOOD MORNING

We have been busy the last year –

Friends have visited – almost all of them –

at different times –

So we have toured D.C.

Played golf ( 2 different times – different friends)

We have just sat back and talked –

We entertained overnight a Movie Star

and a World class musician on the piano – accordion and organ.

We have traveled the country –

A DAILY PRACTICE

We both are into health –

Sherry is a certified Health Coach

after a life of Lab Tech – Office payroll – Billing – Manufacturing –

Manager – Logistics – Outside Sales –

And now a SSC ( Senior Sales Coodinator )

for Juice Plus Company

We travel – her team is countrywide.

I DO ! Both in vows
and now in life

We live life for ourselves – our friends – our family

and our kids and grand kids.

OUR FAITH
AND CHURCH

We do many things at our church and for our church

Book club ( Sherry has monitored for NINE YEARS !

Wednesday night social ministries

Altar guild

Communion assistants

SAS committee ( Steward ship for all Seasons )

Icon class

Photography

Editorials

We belong and practice our faith.

OUR LIFE IS FULL
And many people fulfill the above

I live life one day at a time – to the fullest –

I have experienced in my life

Four times of near death

I therefore look ahead one day at a time

This is but a few moments in our daily lives

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As our grandchildren
call us
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Papa’s World – What Community means in Community – church

Sherry and Taylor
walking to Community
Lutheran Church

I sat in the Narthex – waiting for a young man –

Who would speak to the congregation on how our church

has impacted his young life.

I greeted him as he passed through and went outside

as if he was not sure quite what to do – the first service had started

In a email I had told his person of contact

He would speak at the end of the first service

and the beginning of the second service.

Community Lutheran Church
Sterling Va.

We went inside and found seats in the back –

Then it was time for him to speak –

He had told me that 2 or 3 minutes – the time he was to speak –

Was not nearly enough time – he could go on for hours !

You see – our church is a outreach church –

In the Community – in the area and beyond – Rwanda.

The young man spoke from his heart – no notes –

How when he walks through these doors twice a week –

He is safe – he is home – he is with people who love him.

Our lighted tree
in the circular drive
for Christmas

The young man described his lows and highs –

In the Granger room where they meet

and in the fellowship hall where they gather.

All in Community Lutheran Church – his safe place.

He has been sober for over a year – he is once again felt wanted.

MAR THOMA
India
In English
Saint Thomas
one of the Twelve

The outreach also goes to another Christian denomination

A congregation who had no home –

A congregation who holds services each Sunday afternoon

And also during the week.

They also call this home.

Mar Thoma service

A place where God gathers all his children

A place that is safe – a place of solitude –

Outreach has its many forms –

Taking place each and everyday within these walls.

All Gods children are welcomed –

Open arms- open doors – open hearts – where it is safe.

Community Lutheran Preschool

The classrooms are full – all 7 or 8 of them –

each school day – full of children

not only from the congregation

but from the Community

A safe place – a outreach – a Community .

There are Icon classes – every Tuesday night.

Book club every first Tuesday of the month.

Two groups of quilters – one from Community

and one from the Community.

There are Boy Scouts -once a month.

Youth group – Choir groups – Wednesday choir for the youth

and Dinner for the congregation –

Once a month – during the above – Green Meadows –

A group with disabilities for dinner and sing along’s after.

Bible study and adult education each Sunday.

Numerous committees meeting weekly or monthly.

Sunday school and nursery

Sherry ( MorMor) Bode Taylor and Cassidy

For years our outreach knows no borders –

We support a school in Rwanda –

each year sending two students through school until they graduate

paying all their costs – and then two more are selected.

Donating money for buildings –

Water – necessities of life – watching the campus grow

watching the increase in students

where genocide wiped out almost all adults.

Pastor Annabelle

And then each Sunday – the collection of LOOSE CHANGE

by the children from the Congregation

into the bucket –

allowing for Community Lutheran Church

to write a check last week

THE NOISY OFFERING as it is called

For BACKPACK BUDDIES

A program for children to have food on weekends

Where as the only meal they get are school meals

The September and October offering results of this children’s gathering

resulted in a check for $1655.25 for food for low income children

to take home on weekends.

Taylor Sherry ( MorMor) Bode during service

Prior to that -the offering went to WGB –

WOMEN GIVING BACK – a non profit in Sterling ( Community’s neighbors)

Helping Women and children in crisis

by distributing clothing at no cost.

The outreach goes on –

Link food pantry where the first Sunday of every month

is brought in on both services and taken to the food pantry

Low income family’s bags of food delivered by our volunteers

to people in need.

Coffee and conversation between services

New – THE WELL – once every 1st. and 3rd Wednesday evening –

to gather to pray for the community – neighborhood and the World.

The mitten tree -where toys are distributed for families in need.

Gifts for Hope – Sweats for Vets –

There are many more –

A festival
this December
for the Community
at Community
another outreach

A Festival to benefit MOBILE HOPE –

For children who have no home who live in tents

in the woods –

some have no parents or guardians

They are provided with coats – jackets – toilet articles -hygine

They have been deserted

left alone to fend for themselves

Cassidy and Taylor

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Today – Community Lutheran Church

Sterling Va.

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