HONORING………Somebody recently said, “Only in American business does it happen that people are hired for their strengths and then on the job, beaten up for what they are not so good at.”  I have been thinking about that quote quite a bit.  If it is true, how frustrating it must be for teachers, engineers, scientists, professors and all sorts of employees!  This must be part of the reason why so many people are so dissatisfied and consequently, unproductive in their work.

Christianity offers a whole new way of looking at other people.  Consider again Paul’s teaching:  “Love one another with brotherly affection.  Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12)”.

Honoring others is a great virtue.  It doesn’t mean we that we completely agree with what another person says and/or believes.  It certainly doesn’t mean that we completely stop giving constructing criticism when needed.  Honoring simply means that we see the dignity in others–the creatures that God intends them to be–through the faults and all.

I am thankful for each one of you–just as you are!

PHILOMATH WINE WALK………….Philomath’s 5th Annual Wine Walk is this Saturday from 3:30 to 7 pm.  The event pairs local wineries with downtown businesses.  For more information, check out the Chamber of Commerce’s sight at www.philomathchamber.org.  I will be assisting in the event at the Wine Vault location.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT……………Mark it on your calendars–National Night will be Tuesday, August 4th.  We gather at Peace from 6 to 8 pm for a simple reason:  to encourage neighborhood and community connections.  Consider inviting a neighbor or friend.  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered–we have enough volunteers already for the event!

CAMP LUTHERWOOD…………I will be away serving as the chaplain for Camp Lutherwood in Cheshire, Oregon from Monday through Friday.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact one of our elders as they will be ready to pray and assist with your needs.