Halloween Plans, Travel, Cool Pumpkins
Halloween causes a stir in some church circles, but in most neighborhoods/communities it is so far removed from any real meaning that I don't have a problem looking forward to trick-or-treating tomorrow.
We'll celebrate at my parent's home in Greenville, and I hope their will be Hot Dogs and brownies. Our tradition growing up was Hot Dogs, Brownies, and a Scary movie (if you count My Grandpa is a Vampire as scary). And why do I always capitalize "Hot Dogs?"
One of my favorite blogs is Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen, and he posted a link to Duarte's annual pumpkin carving contest. It beats ExtremePumpkins.com any day. Both pumpkin sites are "PG." Presentation Zen is a great resource for any teacher or leader who includes multimedia or graphic design in their presentations-- it's had a big influence on our church bulletins, too.
We talked a little at Effingham Presbyterian about doing a fall festival this year, but it wasn't going to work logistically. We'll do one next year for sure (or a trunk or treat), since 2009 will include regular community family events each season. This Sunday we'll be have a baptism and spend some time learning how baptism ties in with our responsibilities to one another as a covenant family. I hope it will be a part of the foundation of reaching all generations for 2009.