November 30, 2013 – Last Day for Christmas Tree Sales

We made one final trip to Wheatsfield Grocery in Ames to sell Christmas trees. As in final-final. When we planted our field windbreak years ago, we planted the trees 5 feet apart instead of the usual 20 feet apart to account for trees that might not mature or get thinned for Christmas trees. The windbreak is now pretty much thinned and/or the remaining trees are too large.

It’s a great experience to have in December. I sold trees as a college student, I sold them now as middle-aged, and with any luck I’ll be able to sell them again as an old man.

November 29, 2013 – Black Friday at Unity Church

Today Linda was invited to give the message at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul. The front of the church was beginning its seasonal decoration.

The service was an antidote to the rush to buy “things.” Part of the service included stories about gifts that congregants had received that meant more to them over time, and not necessarily gifts that came in fancy wrapping paper. It was a good reminder about what kinds of gifts are important over time.

November 3, 2013 – Linda in the Guest Pulpit

Linda has been invited to speak for the “Black Friday” service at Unity Church in the Twin Cities. So if you are in the neighborhood that weekend, stop in! A short explanation of the service from the announcement:

“Unity Church’s sixth annual “Black Friday at Church” celebration offers you an opportunity to launch the holiday season with spiritual renewal, fellowship, and good cheer, instead of habitual consumerism.

Join fellow Unity Church members, families, friends, neighbors and colleagues on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving Day for a joyous, intergenerational worship service. Activities for children and families, as well as child care, will be provided.