I often think of myself a a “Circuit Preacher.” I’m not sure if I meet any official definition of the term, but I do travel a pretty defined circuit around the state as I spend my time “Teaching, Preaching and Reaching” (to borrow a often used cliche of the roles of a pastor.) Over the past few weeks I’ve had over a dozen appearances of “pastoring” in one the above categories. Recently I’ve been doing a little more “preaching”. The preaching environments I work are a little less traditional than those of parish based pastors. I’m frequently invited to speak at breakfasts for church men’s groups like the one I did this past Saturday in Mahtomedi (as well as one in Minneapolis and one in Chanhassen a couple weeks ago).
Saturday was a energizing experience for me. It gave me a chance to revisit the St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church men’s group where a good friend of mine serves as a pastor. I’ve known Pastor John Straiton for more than 40 years. His official title in my world is “Coach”. (And to him I am “Chief”. Not for the obvious reason but in reference to a character in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) He was my Young Life youth leader as a kid and my 10th grade hockey coach. Coach also co-officiated at my wedding and helped me roof my garage the day before my wedding. We’ve backpacked Montana, fished and hunted Minnesota, supported each other in hard times and celebrated in the good times. But most of all we laugh. He is one of the two guys in my life that makes me laugh just by thinking about him. So Saturday was a fun and refreshing day for me.
Pastor “Coach” John Straiton
The Men of St. Andrew’s – Engaged and Engaging. Of course the front pew (table) was vacant since these are Lutherans.
and Pastor “Chief” Dan
I’m writing today from a rocking chair, on a deck, attached to a log home, overlooking a lake, listening to a loon, and a woodpecker, and a barking dog, and a gas powered leaf blower (they’re louder than the electric ones). So yes, I’m writing from a pristine place filled with nature, but at the same time in the middle of civilization. For me, a pretty good mix.
I’ve given a lot of thought to writing blogs this pat year, lots of thought but not so much action. It’s been a tough routine for me to get back into. I started writing a blog back quite a few years ago, probably about 10 or so if the math in my head is right, and was pretty regular about it. The one thing I know about me and writing is that it’s good for my soul. It exercises my soul. And like with any good exercise plan, you need to make it routine. And to make it routine, you just need to get out and do it. So here I am, just doing it.
And again, Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you to everyone who supported the GiveMN “Give to the Max” day. Many non-profit organizations, like Public Safety Ministries, receive wonderful support from GiveMN services. And a special thanks to all of you who contributed to our ministry efforts yesterday! Your gifts and support are critical components of our mission efforts.
This past year, the work we do at Public Safety Ministries received some media attention that resulted in a couple of short video clips. We received an award from the American Red Cross this summer and you can view the award video here: American Red Cross Award Video
We were also contacted by Comcast Media who offered to produce a promotional video supporting our ministry work. That video can be viewed by clicking here: Comcast Newsmakers Video
We want to publicly thank The American Red Cross and Comcast for their generosity and support!
Dear Friends of Public Safety Ministries,
Thank you so much for your continuing support of Public Safety Ministries!
Today, Wednesday, November 16, 2011 is “Give to the Max Day” sponsored by giveMN.org. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Public Safety Ministries at: http://www.razoo.com/story/Public-Safety-Ministries-1 By giving on Wednesday, Public Safety Ministries has the opportunity to win additional funding through “Give to the Max Day” promotional events.
If you are unable to give on “Give to the Max Day” please consider giving a gift before the end of December to help us reach our 2011 year end funding goals. Your financial support will help Public Safety Ministries meet the growing demand for the Spiritual Health Care Services we provide to Minnesota’s public safety professionals.
Pastor Dan Carlson