Beating the Bounds…and drinking coffee

Thursday, May 13 various times and locations
Pastor Travis and Pastor Carrie

We know that the church seems to have lots of peculiar traditions in many different places and we would like to embrace one of those old traditions with a new modern-day approach. The “beating the bounds,” is a tradition with a 600+ year history. A procession of church dignitaries and parishioners mark the borders of their parish by walking them and hitting marker stones with willow wands on the day of the Ascension. Now, Pastor Travis and I are not big into lashing stone with willow wands… But can we come by for a quick coffee and a bite to eat.

When I was growing up it seemed like we always had friends and family dropping in for a quick cup of coffee, or my mom was stopping at someone else’s place for a quick cup. It wasn’t ever anything fancy, more just dropping in to say hello because we were in the neighborhood. I wonder what happened to that tradition? I know that it seems everyone is always on the go, with somewhere to be, but have we lost some connectedness in our rush to always get to the next scheduled thing?

So, to honor this old tradition of the “beating the bounds”, Pastor Travis and I would like to “beat the bounds” of our parish and have a drink and a bite with you. In one-day we will travel to Monument, Briargate, Widefield, Manitou Springs and end in our church neighborhood to spending about an hour or so at a local spot sipping and noshing with our members who live near that particular boundary of our parish!

May 13, 2021
Monument 8 – 9 a.m. Coffee Cup Café (breakfast)
Briargate 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Mission Coffee Roasters (coffee & pastry)
Powers Corridor 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rock Bottom Brewery (lunch stop)
S. Academy 1 – 2 p.m. Black Bear Coffee and Tea (post-lunch coffee)
Manitou Springs 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Amanda’s Fonda (chips & dip)
Westside 4 – 5:30 p.m. View House (Happy Hour)
FLC Neighborhood 6 – 7 p.m. Good Neighbors’ Meeting House

“One afternoon at about three o’clock he had a vision in which he clearly saw an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius.” He stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” He answered, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.” Acts 10:3-4

This is one of the most significant stories in the Bible. It’s a story that changed who was included in the Christian faith. It’s also a story of two men who believed in God being brought together by God and changed forever. There’s something about that that is compelling to me. We are praying and believing and there are others we don’t know who are also praying and believing. The same God hears us all and perhaps will bring us together and make us an answer to the other’s prayers and vice versa. This Christian life is open to how God might use someone else to teach us a new truth about God. It takes faith and humility to experience something new from God. God is on the move and always changing our status quo. Can we remain open to change?

-Pastor Travis

Peel House Progress – May 1, 2021

Starting outside, the elevator room is starting to get a roof! The columns now have brick that matches the house.
A view from above.
They have started to work on the doorway that will connect the elevator room to the basement.
Speaking of the basement, the drop ceiling is getting added this week!
The dining room is all fixed up! Painting happens this week.
Upstairs the tile is finished in the coffee bar!
This is the women’s restroom. They’re adding the accent tiles when I took this photo.
And in the men’s restroom – the wall tile was getting finished!
Pastor Travis Norton

“He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit” –Jesus

We are either being removed or pruned in that analogy of the vineyard that Jesus uses in John 15. Either way it’s not always comfortable being a follower of Jesus. The goal is bear fruit. So I’m wondering this week which kind of branch I am? Am I bearing the kind of fruit that Jesus expects? If so what does the pruning look like? I think a major part of the pruning is just reminding us that we exist for others not for our own sake. This Christian faith isn’t meant to be something for our individual gain, but meant to shape us to give something of worth to the world. That thing we give is the good news of life in Christ. May the Lord work on us to be more effective in sharing Christ with the world!

-Pastor Travis

Peel House Progress – April 24, 2021

Remember the photo on the left? The photo on the right was taken this week! So much progress.
The dining room is getting patched and painted this week.
More patching and painting taking place on the main floor.
Upstairs the coffee bar is getting tile. Notice how it matches what was originally in the house?
The adjoining room was painted last week and this week got bold new carpet!
Tile is almost done in the upstairs women’s restroom
Pastor Travis Norton

“I am the Good Shepherd’”
-Jesus

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about what it means to be in Jesus’ flock, under His leadership. We exist in lots of communities in our lives, under lots of different leaders. We debate and usually complain about our leaders, especially our political ones. We have leaders that we really respect and admire. I know I’ve been particularly impressed by my children’s school’s leaders, especially the principal, this past year. We have bosses that may help us flourish or give us headaches. We have church leaders too who work hard on our behalf. A a church leader myself I know how easy it is to disappoint people which I hear about weekly, but I’m the recipient of weekly appreciation as well. All of the other leaders in our life our imperfect and not that different than ourselves. But Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd and we are his flock. He knows us and loves us and lays down his life to protect us. While other leaders may fail, disappoint, abandon or even betray us, Jesus won’t. How can we fully appreciate the gift of being under His care? How can we imitate His leadership?

-Pastor Travis

Peel House Progress – April 17, 2021

This week, we start inside the kitchen. The drywall has gone up and everything is getting mud and tape!
The doorway into the back patio from the kitchen is being opened up. The rest of the bricks will be removed and a door put in!
In the parlor, the old fireplace, which was covered up years ago, is getting drywall and custom cabinetry!
Going upstairs, just off the main staircase, the whole second floor is getting new paint! Final coat went on later this week.
The second floor coffee bar is coming together!
The soon to be door for the stairwell going to the third floor from the elevator room on the second floor.
The view from the same photo above, just to the left. You can see the new stairwell getting a new wall!
More bricks added to the elevator shaft!

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