Dear Friends and Members of Columbus Mennonite Church,

I found these very inspiring words in a letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch.

On September 11, 2020 Camille Humphrey of Groveport, Ohio sent these words in response to the Dispatch's publication of "2020 Everyday Heroes of Central Ohio".

She  wrote:
"These people typify John Wesley's message in ‘Wesley's Rule’:

'Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people...

Being home all day, every day, during these coronatimes, is getting rather boring.

Luckily my husband has a very interesting summer hobby – to raise a large and intimidating new army – consisting of (newly hatched? born?) monarch butterflies.

Did you know those teeny tiny white dots, gently laid on a milkweed plant, will grow into bright striped caterpillars, who make beautiful glasslike chrysalis, which blossom into the beautiful orange butterflies we know and love? Is there a greater transformation in the (animal) kingdom of God?

Did you know that monarch...

In previous blogs, I have talked about one of my heroes and source of inspiration, Brigadier General Thaddeus Kosciuszko.  In 2017 a number of events converged resulting in my taking a 2-week trip to visit my sister in Maine and also make stops along the way to the Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC, the 911 Museum, West Point, and the Flight 93 Museum in Shanksville, PA.

My sister, Diane, in Kennebunk, Maine had a dryer fire in January 2017; fortunately she and her granddaughter who were the only ones home that evening got...

When Rev. Jack Sullivan was our guest preacher in August he mentioned that the Ohio Council of Churches was declaring September 20 as Anti-Racism Sunday.  We will be participating by incorporating anti-racism themes into our worship service this Sunday.

One anti-racism effort with increased momentum has been calls to defund the policeDefund differs from police reform – which often requires more public resources for training, equipment, etc – in that it calls for a redistribution of resources away from police departments...

Fall bird migration has begun. Birders are visiting area ponds and lakes with large muddy edges, perfect for attracting shorebirds. These plovers, sandpipers, and dowitchers have left their breeding areas, some as far north as the Arctic Tundra and are heading for the winter homes, some as far south as Argentina.

The chimney swifts are also preparing for migration. From a Columbus Audubon article,