On Sunday, October 29, 2017, Carolyn welcomed Bishop , bishop of the Archdiocese of Yakima (Roman Catholic Church) to the pulpit of Central Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) for their 9am worship service. At 11am, Carolyn preached at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Yakima. What a wonderful opportunity to commemorate together the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther (allegedly) nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
That afternoon, people of all faiths gathered at 3pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a commemorative service at which Bishop Kristen Kuempel, of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the ELCA, preached. Everyone then processed to Central Lutheran Church to continue the service at which time Bishop preached. What a wonderful way to mark such a special occasion, and celebrate all the reconciling that has happened between Catholics and Lutherans over the years, especially in the past 50 years!
Dave’s parents were married on October 29, 1947 in Wahoo, NE. This day would have been their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Dad died in 2006, she died in 2011. We had some traditional family foods to celebrate the day, including spaghetti and hamburger and apple dumplings.
We just returned from a 12-day jaunt down the coast and back. We left Yakima on Thursday, August 10th and returned Tuesday, August 22nd. Heading south through Oregon, we stopped at Crater Lake National Park. Amazing to see the lake in the crater for the first time! Forest and brush fires along the way, and in the park itself, created much smog. After spending the night in Grant’s Pass, OR, we headed for the seashore and took US 101 down to San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is always impressive! Next stop, Bethany’s place. Saw the new addition to the Urban School of SF, where Bethany works. Attended church at Grace Cathedral and attended the vigil at the SF City Hall for the victim and those injured in Charlottesville, VA. I love the big cities!!!
We headed south to Los Angeles, through the Central Valley that grows so much of the produce we enjoy. Went to Disneyland for a day, the Getty Museum the next, and Universal Studios Hollywood the day after that. Fantastic places to visit! We’d been to Disneyland about 23 years ago…it HAS changed! Lots of wonderful exhibits at all these places, and many tasty restaurants! At Universal, we especially enjoyed the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
We headed north on Sunday to Peace Lutheran Church, Philomath, OR, and met up with the Central Lutheran Youth Group and Felicity and Jason. We got up the next morning to enjoy the Solar Eclipse in its Totality! So COOL!!! Carolyn then returned to Yakima with the youth group, and Dave returned Bethany to her San Francisco home, then returned to Yakima in time to donate blood at the “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Blood Drive at Christ Lutheran Church in Yakima. A good time was had by all! We are blessed!