Papas World – Good thoughts – give – pray – the World turns.

In this time – Day#58 of Sheltering –

The World turns regardless –

Try not to read the bad news – or listen to the negative

Give of yourself – food to the hungry – clothes to the poor.

Even though you see and hear all things –

filter them out – for it is up to you and me

To make this a better place.

In our time of silence – in our time of isolation –

Think how the normal is now the abnormal

and how to bring the sanity back into our lives’

The World turns regardless –

Put your faith into whatever you believe in

and make it a better place.

Positive thoughts – positive well being – positive actions

The news is full of the negative – channel it out

there are good things out there

We are humanity –

Give of yourself – help less fortunate –

Those in need – those that are hungry

donate time – collect food – and help deliver it.

Laughter – zooming – tic – tock – video – messaging

stay in touch – drive by honk your horn

Sunday streamed service

walk – ride a bike – say hello from a distance

Faith – hope -charity – love and kindness.

Sheltering Day# 58

The little ones depend on us –

“Now I lay myself down to sleep “-

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Papa & Bode

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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 – service outside after six months

It has been a long six months –

our last service within the church proper

was in the middle of March.

The Pandemic – who would of known!

Pastor Annabele and the tech crew with the music director Jennifer

We have had the regular service every Sunday

by virtual feed.

Reduced from two services to one.

Community Lutheran Church Sterling Va.

We have been attending for over 15 years.

We found our home after searching for six plus years.

After transfering to NVA from WNY

We finally found what we had left behind.

We tried numerous churches

Being directed into spaces for social distancing

We became involved – watching the community grow

Now – we have but one outside service left to attend

and – we shall depart once again

where we will seek out another church

The parking lot – cars on the outside
The pastor and set up in the middle being filmed
All around – on the grass – on the hill – people attending
The trees providing shade with blue skies overhead.
People attending – estimated 70 to 90 with 108 on line

Six months is a long time for a pastor not having any contact in person

Six months and so many changes taking place

People moving out – leaving as we are doing

Six months of changing lives.

Never to see them again.

Our little family group – Marcus father and mother – Sherry – Tammy and the little ones

It will be sad when we leave

For pastor told us that the last service we are here

She and the congregation will be saying their goodbyes to us

Emotions for both Sherry and myself will be high

We can not hug – shake hands – only stand there with masks on

and once again leave – on our next journey.

The church and bible have taught us this

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One more service outside – then saying goodbye – going to be a emotional day

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Papa’s World – Last Sunday – Church Goodbyes!

Community Lutheran Church – Sterling Va.

It is never easy saying goodbye!

For 15 years we have called this our home church.

After we moved to NVA in 1999 –

it took us over six years to find a place of worship

A place to be happy with and in.

So it came to be – on Sunday – at the end of the service outdoors

in the center of the main parking lot

Pastor Annabel called us forward

to stand befroe the congregation

receive a blessing and say goodbye.

Sherry and Papa and Pastor Annabel

I have never been good at these type of things

First because I did not know what to say

and second – even if I did – I couldn’t

I am emotional –

I write much better than I talk.

Playing of the trumpets
The altar and music in the center
Finally at last – a real service – be it outdoors

For one last time – we gathered as a family and in-laws

to be at our last service before we head South.

Taylor and Cassidy – they will miss us – taking them to choir
Bode our little granson
Cassidy next to her MorMor ( mothers mother)

We will be back for Christmas if they are having services!

We will search for a church in whatever our new location shall be.

The little ones

Saying goodbye is never easy

saying hello is much easier

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For the time being until we find our next church

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Community Lutheran Church – Sterling Va.

Go in peace – thanks be to God.

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Papa’s World – hanging with Rad ( Radoslav Lorkovic)

Not many times in your life you get to hang out with a classically trained

Folk and Blues musician – who has produced three live albums

and five critically acclaimed sole recordings !

RAD

Sitting in church a few weeks ago –

the announcement came that August 10, 2019 –

A folk concert with Rad and Ronny Cox – movie and TV star –

and a folk singer in his own right –

would perform –

And if anyone could open up their home

and welcome them as guests for one night

To let them know after church.

The day began when they arrived around 3:00 pm.

They had preformed the night before –

and after small talk –

I showed them to their rooms –

where they both rested prior to getting ready for the nights concert.

We did manage to it down for 30 minutes or so and talk.

Rad is very unique in that he also plays the Accordion

Which is dear to my heart – because my mother also played it !

She traveled to lumber camps and played music

My father played the spoons and my uncle Jack the wash board.

Rad on the accordion

His music was haunting

and later I asked him how much he and Ronny practiced together –

Not at all –

have played together for 13 years –

Ronny lives in LA. Rad in Chicago

Ronny’s agent plans their adgenda

then they meet up at whatever airport they need to be at

and any new songs or music they just blend it together !

Rad on the keyboard with the piano also

Born in Croatia and moving to the U.S.A. at a early age –

He grew up in Idaho and now resides in Chicago-

But also has a condo in Croatia.

Tom – Ronny Cox – Sherry and Rad

He has played in Carnegie Hall –

The Kennedy Center

along with small settings of taverns on the upper Mississippi River –

To castles in Italy –

the Yup’ik villages of Alaska –

to being along side such greats as Odetta – Jimmy LaFace –

Shawn Mullins – Greg Brown – Ellis Paul to name a few.

Rad -Sherry and Ronny Cox

His life is a adventure – traveling the World –

Hosting cruises to Croatia –

Spending time with his girlfriend in Chicago

and playing music with the Movie star – actor –

and known Folk singer Ronny Cox –

For 13 years they have traveled to little venues

Sherry and Rad in our home

Every once in a while –

a special time is presented –

This was but one of them!

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Hanging with Rad ( Radoslav Lorkovic )

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Hanging – listening – Movie star -TV actor and a know Folk singer

Ronny Cox

In Papa’s World

Papas World – Day # 28 Sheltering in place.

A normal routine?

Yesterday was Thursday – Maundy Thursday.

Which in a normal time – we would of gone to the 7:30 pm. service

at our church – Community Lutheran Church – Sterling Va.

We spent the day doing the small things around the house.

However – you tend to run out of small things!

Puzzle # 5 of six!

I have found myself more and more working on puzzles

Sherry is finishing up the taxes

and I made a call to the maintenance firm who we have a contract through

to set up the semi yearly tune up on the two HVAC systems we have.

On our walk in the warm weather

It is that time of year – and we have it done in the Fall & Spring!

I was able to schedule it for two weeks out !

Hoping by that time – things will loosen up a bit!

However – I did question them on the procedure

and was satisfied that we would be safe with doing this!

Sherry has been sewing Masks and we had to deliver to a friend

I left them on their steps and we had delivered several

to the Church Mail Box in Sterling.

Our Youth director had put out a message

Her grand parents really needed them!

So – Sherry made them and we also dropped them off!

Back in Normal times
Sherry walking with Taylor
to the entrance to our church

By 7:30 PM. we were sitting at the table

Two Candles – a small bottle of wine

Two glasses & the computer tuned into the live stream on face book

A printed off bulletin of the service

and watching as members and friends from back home joined us.

Sherry had put out a invite on her web page

She had also done this for Palm Sunday service.

And – a lot of people joined in!

Sherry & Tom
MorMor & Papa

The Maundy Thursday service ends up with the stripping of the altar

And we have participated in this in the past.

It is something you remember – at least for me.

And for us emotional as well.

What has become abnormal in these days

had a piece of normal inserted back into our lives

as it has been for over 2000 years!

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Trying to have a semblance
of Normal
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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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Papa’s World – where did the Summer go – now – we wait for Winter !

Our Patio
Marcus Bode Taylor Cassidy
and Sherry
they call her MORMOR
Swedish for Mothers Mother

Sadly – almost all our flowers in the Patio are gone-

Thrown away before we get a frost

It is cool in the mornings

mid to high 40’s low 50’s

That is cool for me

As you can tell – I am not a snow and cold person

My idea of weather is low 60’s at night

low to mid 80’s in day time.

Cassidy Tammy Taylor
all three have the same
BIRTHDAY !!!

We celebrated birthdays –

Korean Wall Memorial
The Vietnam Wall Memorial
Reflections
both Physical
and mental
remembering our classmates
in a very use less war.

We took friends on tour of D.C.

The Ghosts of Korea
with Sherry walking among them
THE FORGOTTEN WAR

We were busy – that is how we live life –

always looking ahead – planning –

when you quit – is when you are done

that is how I feel.

Every Sunday morning
in our community
is a Farmer’s Market
Sherry ( MorMor) and Taylor
she is only 9 years old
but I can tell
she is going to be tall
like her MorMor
at 5′ 10″

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