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!

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