It was either first or second grade. Those were the two years I attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic school, informally known as “Tuna Fish Tech.” Valentine’s Day was around the corner and candy hearts and cards were being exchanged. The teacher gave out candy to everyone in the class and it was something pretty special. Candy was something we never had around our house. This generous teacher had just handed us rare treasure! I figured that if one candy bar was good, two would be even better. I nabbed my neighbor’s bar when he wasn’t looking and put it in my pocket.
October was filled with lots of wonderful Harvest and Halloween events. The families had an especially good time at our Pumpkin Patch. Each year we bring pumpkins to the school for the kids to pick out, have Halloween crafts and treats, and have a photographer taking family photos. Many of the preschool families use these photos for Christmas cards to send to family. Everyone seemed to have an especially good time this year.
As I was pondering my article for the November Epistle one word came to mind: Thankfulness. The theme of a thankful spirit is woven throughout the Bible from the Psalms (Psalm 33 is one) to the apostles’ epistles written to the newly forming church. Being thankful and living in a state of thankfulness is a very powerful way to live. It is hard, if not impossible, to be angry or anxious or petty or overly proud when you are living a Spirit driven grateful life. Living in gratitude for all things, good and not so good, is living a life that is automatically trusting and faithful at the same time. When life throws those inevitable curve balls it’s amazing how much less impact they have when you stop and just think, this isn’t so fun Lord but I still thank you for the outcome you have in mind for me. It’s easy to praise and thank the Lord when all is well and even better than well. It is, on the other hand, difficult to live in thanks when the wheels wobble and fall off of life’s cart. That said, the message in the Word of God is: Be thankful in all things. Like anything in this imperfect world and being imperfect human beings it’s not easy to “be thankful in all things.” We are told that our faith walk on this side will not always be easy and in fact we are warned that it won’t be.
During the Month of September, our Youth Outpost Engineer and the City of Sunnyvale went back and forth about pier depths, loads on framing members, and other technical items regarding the Youth Outpost structure itself. On Octboer 26th, Dave Moore went to the city office and obtained the building permit! We are now ready to have the project go out for bidding. Once we get those bids back over the next month or so, they will be reviewed by council and shared with the congregation. Thanks again for everyone’s patience on this as we work through all the details!