Back porch Heaven

worker taking such nap on ground
Love that our front yard is a comfy place for a lunchtime nap.

Getting Russ on our back porch has to create a critical contextual moment. Have him sit on our Family Room couch with the TV on, and then ask him to feel the bass, hear the DJ’s voice and the DJ’s music. Doors and windows closed. Two streets over.

How will he process that “mentally-simulated” event?

How would any reasonable adult?

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What happened at Church?

church sermon opening slide
Irony. The parable of the dishonest manager. Saturday’s wedding reception, where Cheryl and i felt the DJ music’s bass, heard the DJ’s voice and music in our home – while watching the Men’s Olympic Curling final between Sweden and Britain.

What happened at Church?

Didn’t bring up yesterday’s wedding reception’s obscene noise volume.

Chuck rushes – literally rushes out to parking lot – to drive to deliver his third sermon of the day. He does this every Sunday. Without fail.

Didn’t speak with Russ either.

Will likely send email asking the question: What have you instructed your events team to do with regard to noise levels?

Will email Russ a request to meet in person. It will be appropriate after meeting with Russ to update Chuck on the February 19 wedding reception and subsequent talk with Russ.


Special addition to this post: Weeks have passed since writing everything you just read. Now, weeks later, here is where it stands…

Note/update: As the weeks passed by from writing this post, decided to not address the outdoor wedding reception’s heinous noise pollution. Fast forward, met with Russ, made the offer to provide (free) professional development to him and his leadership team. He is receptive and interested. Turns out he is a Disney fan. And a runner. As we walked out of his conference room, he asked about the noise. i described it honestly. And told him i surrender to him and his team doing the right thing. i can no longer be emotionally engaged in worrying if the Church will do what i think is the neighborly thing to do.

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Disrespectful Religions?

two men in a parking lot at Disney
The morning began with a three-mile walk with a High School buddy at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Vacation Club. Rene and i (along with Charlie H) were Tri-captains of our division-champion Football Team in 1976. Our “problems” are different, yet the same (lifelong).

Everyone feels the stress from two years of Covid. It’s February 20, 2022 as this is composed. We are possibly days away from “a Third World War” if Russia invades Ukraine. i always say that everyone is going through a hell no one knows about.

Those three things alone are enough to push anyone to the edge.

Life is hard.

Life is glorious.

We have to get to live with both.

Those who consider themselves a role-model for others – and possibly THE role model for society – are never permitted to be disrespectful to innocent, common, everyday citizens.

Yet why does so much noise come from some Churches?

Not having a proper answer is confusing.

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Maximum dB is 60

A typical vacuum cleaner emits 70 dB.

Pastor Chuck already knew i have called the police to ask the Church to turn down their noise.

Three obnoxious residential noise culprits:

  • Live music and DJ music
  • Public Address speakers
  • Airhorns

Never brought up children being children, but Chuck did several times.

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Super-optimistic, wonderfully hopeful

Some of the subdivisions, like this one which is adjacent to Lakeside Church, have hundreds of homes.

One super-optimistic, wonderfully hopeful Lakeside thing to share.

A Church in the middle of this residential acreage is a blessing. To have a Community HQ here is extraordinary.

Have always dreamt of being able to walk to Church.

Baptized Lutheran, converted to Catholicism in 1999 because Cheryl is more Catholic than i am Lutheran and i don’t think God cares.

Now, in 2022, the echo of, “God doesn’t care about your religion”, opens the door my heart to becoming a permanent, lifetime Lakeside Church member.

The proximity to thousands of neighbors and the land size provide incredible and divine opportunities to serve others and each other.

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