A Big Weekend!

A Big Weekend!

As I sit here contemplating what to reflect on in this column, I am struck by the events of an upcoming weekend. As one expression of the “Church”, we Disciples of Christ can trace their heritage back to two specific locations: the Brush Run Church in Washington County, Pennsylvania and the Cane Ridge Church in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Brush Run was the home church of Thomas Campbell and his son, Alexander. Cane Ridge was the place where Barton Stone served during the time of the Second Great Revival in America. In 1801 the revival found its way to Cane Ridge and from there Stone began a journey to become a founder of our church. The original building where Stone served is still intact thanks to the effort of congregations five decades ago when a superstructure was built to encase the older one. Some of the leaders of the Restoration Movement (what we were called before adopting more formal names) are buried in the cemetery as well. On June 23rd, I will be taking the church bus (and the first 14 people to sign up to go) to the annual celebration at Cane Ridge. The morning speaker will be Rick Lowery, from Christian Theological Seminary and in the afternoon, Sharon Watkins, the former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We will take picnic type lunch stuff in coolers and will make a day of it!

On Sunday, June 24th, we will be having a very special potluck lunch following worship to celebrate one of our mission/ministry projects. Over the years, we have sponsored refugees for resettlement in the United States: five families from Bosnia, three Sudanese young men, a family from Columbia and a family from Iraq. This work has changed the lives of these families as well as our church family. We are international in scope as we consider who our neighbor is! It has been a while since we have hosted a lunch for our friends from all these places, too long I believe. So, we are inviting all of our friends whom we have sponsored and still live in Louisville to come to lunch! We do have some ground rules so to speak. There may be as many as 26 friends coming that day, so each of us needs to bring our regular potluck dishes, but with a little more than usual or better yet, bring two. Out of respect for our Muslim friends and their faith tradition, please don’t bring dishes with pork in them. Poultry, beef, and fish are fine. If you haven’t met these folks, you are in for a treat as they have worked hard and accomplished much in the years since they have made Louisville their home. So, come on out for another part of what we do really well…eat! And share in the celebration!

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