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Look what I made

This is a post I never anticipated making. But I got adventurous today and made Keto bagels. They turned out well.

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A prayer for Noble Road Presbyterian Church

Tricia and I served as co-pastors of Noble Road Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio from September 1985 through September 2000. There Eric was baptized, Sean and Eric joined the church, Sean and Eric were ordained as elders, and Eric was ordained as a minister of the word and sacrament.

After a prayerful process of discernment, the congregation made the faithful, courageous, and probably a bit painful, decision to sell the building. This week the sale of the building was approved by the Presbytery of the Western Reserve and the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees (the purchaser). The church is located next to the Noble Neighborhood branch of Heights Libraries. The purchase will allow Heights Libraries to expand the Noble branch building to broaden the services it offers to the surrounding community. It will allow the church building to continue to be used as a place where the community is served.

Because the church is not a building, the congregation will continue in ministry. The congregation is in the process of discerning what that ministry will look like. No doubt it will be faithful, creative, welcoming and including, and committed to justice.

A prayer for Noble Road Presbyterian Church

God of all places,
we thank you for your gift of the place
known as Noble Road Presbyterian Church.
We remember with gratitude
all who worshipped in the sanctuary,
all who provided music in any form,
all who affirmed faith at the font,
all who proclaimed the gospel in the pulpit,
all who received assurance at the table,
all who studied in the classrooms,
and all who went out with the support of the community
to witness and work for justice
in Cleveland Heights, Greater Cleveland, Ohio, the United States, and around your world.
For all whose lives were touched, blessed, enriched, challenged
by the people of Noble Road Presbyterian Church,
we give you thanks and praise.
Guide the congregation members as they
discern new ways to be a community, to worship, and to serve.
Lead the Heights Libraries as they repurpose the building
to continue to serve the Noble community and the world.
With thanks for what was,
some tears for what is,
and profound excitement for what will be,
we offer all praise to you, O God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

this prayer draws on some images from a prayer in the Book of Common Worship

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Sloth Running Team

Eric and I did the Sloth Run 5K back on February 23. Eric ran on a treadmill in North East, Maryland. I walked (slowly) in Louisville, Kentucky. We get there when we get there. Our publicity team tells the story when they tell the story.

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3 February 2021, part deux

Walking. Germantown. Annual Chocolate 5K run/walk event to raise funds for the student emergency fund at Delaware Tech.
Changes – Adina Nyree
A Change Is Gonna Come – The Neville Brothers
Change – Christina Aguilera
We Can Change The World – Graham Nash
Change – Black 47
See The Changes – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Changes – David Bowie
A Change In The Weather – Eric Bogle
Changes In Lattitudes – Jimmy Buffett
Change – Melissa Etheridge
Cold Cold Change – Midnight Oil
A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow
Change Of The Guard – Steely Dan
Change It – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Change – Tracy Chapman
Changes – 2Pac & Talent

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28 January 2021

Most playlists are created to reflect some level of diversity. Others focus on a specific day, event, person, or theme. Most days no introduction to the playlist is provided. Today, as does every January 28, marks an exception.

About today’s playlist.
Forty-seven years ago today, my father, William H. Koenig, died in a plane crash. A private pilot, he was flying with a colleague to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to advocate for funds for the school district where they were working. The plane went down. Both men died. My father served as the assistant superintendent.

Prior to becoming a school administrator he had been a high school band director. He kept his hands in music as he career moved in a different direction. He played string bass in the pit orchestra for high school musicals and he was the first director of the hand bell choir at our church.

He also directed a community band for several years. For two years, I played baritone horn in that band.

One or another of the bands my father directed, played almost all of the songs on this playlist at some point. Many of them I played under my father’s direction.

Dad – since it fell unto your lot
That you should rise and I should not
I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call
Good night and joy be with you

Walking. Apartment. Germantown.
Unless otherwise noted, the artist performing the songs is the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.
Semper Fidelis
The Thunderer
Washington Post
Hands Across the Sea
Radetsky March, Op. 228
Scotland the Brave – The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Tank Regiment
Under the Double Eagle
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Stars and Stripes Forever
The British Grenadiers
The National Emblem
Rakoczy March/Hungarian March
Light Calvary Overture – London Festival Orchestra
March of the Toreadors from Carmen, Suite No. 1
Coronation March from Le Prophete
Grand March from Aida
Pomp and Circumstance

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You made it

Since March, I have been sending messages to a number of my friends who are working from home and whose children are home. Here is what I wrote today. I offer it for anyone else who might find it helpful.

You made it.
2021 has begun.
The past year had more than its share of challenges.
You probably experienced
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You made it.
Of course, with whatever else 2021 brings,
there will be challenges,
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You will make it. 

Germantown, Kentucky
2 January 2021

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31 October 2020

Champion For The Chesapeake Virtual 5K. Germantown. Walking. Slow jogging.
Eric and Essie ran in North East, Maryland.
Chesapeake: 1. Morning in Annapolis – Setting Sail – The American Brass Quintet
Fishin’ On Chesapeake Bay – Eddie Crowe
Chesapeake Moon – Robbin Thompson
Chesapeake Bay – Corn Potato String Band
Stand Up (from Harriet) – Cynthia Erivo
Chesapeake Bay – The Going Jessies
Harriet Tubman/Steal Away – Kim&Reggie Harris
Chesapeake Bay – Coastline
Chesapeake Shore – Sarah Siskind-
Chesapeake Bay – Edith O. –
St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dreams – Counting Crows
Our Beautiful Chesapeake Bay – Michael Zampi
Ending Storm At the Meeting of the Two Waters: The Chesapeake and the Potomac – Susan Anthony-Tolbert

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Purple flowers, guest collection #142

9 September 2020
Manoa Valley, Hawai’i
photo by Janie Lynn Brown

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Purple flowers, guest collection #142

9 September 2020
Manoa Valley, Hawai’i
photo by Janie Lynn Brown

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Purple flowers, guest collection #141

9 September 2020
Manoa Valley, Hawai’i
photo by Janie Lynn Brown

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