August 9, 2018

Dear Friends,

I was talking with one of our baseball parents here at Liberty the other day. A baseball parent in my book is someone who o spends their time: driving back and forth to the field, lugging equipment, dragging other family members to the game, making portable meals, and spending hours on the sidelines alternately cheering and praying deeply for their kid to make the catch…. We were talking about what kids learn from baseball, and I thought these were some pretty good lessons for us all:

  • No matter how hard you try, sometimes you fail (the best major league batters only manage to get on base safely every one out of three at bats).
  • Practice doesn’t yield immediate results but keep on practicing – it will yield results over time.
  • No one individual’s effort ensures a win – it is all about the team.

Here at Team Liberty, there is a lot happening! Work begins on the Barn siding this month, and on our aging Barn AC system. In addition, I want to highlight two worship items:

THIS SUNDAY, August 12th is Heritage Sunday – With worship under the oaks, lots of gospel singing (Church in the Wildwood, I’ll Fly Away, Old Time Religion) and a delicious Chicken Barbecue to follow worship. We celebrate the founding of this church in 1810 – and welcome anyone who would like to come in Pioneer garb! (Jeans, white or gingham shirts, suspenders, long dresses and skirts, even a bonnet!) Enjoy music by Larry Griffin, the Ladies’ Trio, and the Second Stringers. Our special guests will be friends from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church here in Columbus.

Rally Day is August 19th – We worship inside, followed by food and fun outside! We’ll have touch-a-truck, a bounce house, tables with information about life at Liberty, and food trucks for all (including Schmidt’s, My Little Kitchen, Kona Ice, and Holy Crepes!) Please invite a friend or neighbor to join you for this special Sunday – personal invitation is how most folks find a church home.

I close with a baseball quote from Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame Pitcher, Bob Feller:

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. ~Bob Feller

May you have wake up to new gifts & graces every day,