What an incredible, interesting, and exhausting weekend. I’ll share more in the days to come but for now, here’s couple funny stories:
Sunday worship. One of our pastors welcomes the church at one of our services by accidentally saying, “We’re glad that you’ve come to worship us.” Hilarious. Everyone laughed. It’s amazing how one word such as “with” makes such a huge difference. This might be as bad as an email I sent out to all my pastors and leadership team. I intended to write, “There’s a shift of momentum” but omitted the ‘f’ in shift. You can figure it out.
Saturday fellowship with Interbay. Now that the merger vote is official, we held a special event with Interbay as we prep to come together as one church in three weeks. Seven folks from Interbay shared about their 65 years of history and ministry. It was very meaningful and powerful. During the evening, I had an opportunity to spend some time with two Interbay couples who are celebrating 50 years of marriage and another celebrating 64 years of marriage. Wow.
Afterwards, folks got together at our Q Cafe space for dinner. As I was attempting to connect and make conversations, I had the most hilarious exchange. An ‘anonymous’ Interbay congregant was a pentathete in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics which is impressive in itself. For some of you that may not know, fencing is one of the events in the pentathlon. I was excited for a “connection” since I was a fencer during high school. I shared my highlight and lowlight as a fencer: making it to the Under 21 United States Fencing Championships only to be crushed and humiliated by my brother in one of my matches [5-1].
He responds with his lowlight, “Well, when I was fencing in a qualifying match, I was pierced by a broken blade [which is very dangerous and can be fatal]. The broken blade went through my protective suit, and went through the scrotum of my penis…”
My response: “Okay, your story wins…”