Fall has announced itself with all the tell-tale signs of autumnal change.  Leaves are falling gently to the ground.  The temperature has dipped low enough to require a jacket or coat when leaving to go out and about.  The rain has picked up in intensity and frequency.  The World Series is on the television.  Supermarkets are selling large amounts of chocolate candy.  The first round of conferences at school.

Three items are on my mind this Friday evening, even if they are only loosely related by being specifically fall topics.

1.  Apparently corn is a tricky substance–(link and more link)?  A man and a woman were so befuddled by a corn maze that they not only could not find their way out, but they called 911.  That’s right, they called 911 to rescue them out from a corn maze.  Really?  Part of the reason they called 911 was because they had a small baby.  I worry about the safety of that child.  I mean, I grew up in cornfields and often harvested it by the bushel or even in heavy years truckload.  Corn is not dangerous.  You can walk right through it.  It is not an M. Night Shyamalan movie with aliens in the field nor is it a creepy movie about children who live in the corn.  Its corn.  I wonder if this was not some kind of prank, because it is hard to imagine this.Would you be my neighbor?

2.  Halloween, though eschewed by many Christ-followers (for completely understandable reasons) is a wonderful time to meet your neighbors and interact with the world.  Last year I began a practice, which I will do again this year, of serving up hot cocoa for my trick-or-treaters as well as yummy candy.  I’ve found sometimes parents like the hot cocoa and it allows for a moment of social interaction.  I also like to emphasize, in our worship, Reformation Day (although I am far from reformed, but admire the boldness of the Reformers) and appreciate the liturgical aspects of All Saints Day.  It is a neat time of year with rich and meaningful religious themes.

3.  Many churches participate in some kind of Fall Festival or Halloween-ie-esque party.  Ours is called Autumnfest and is this Sunday.  I’ve been trying to think up of different names we could use, though.  Maybe Pumpkinalooza.  Cake-Walkathon.  Candymania.  Sugar High and the By and By.  XtremeChurch.  Corny.  Corn Pone 2011.

It is hard to find one particular name that covers all we do—hayride, food, cake walk, sack races, preschool games, etc…  It is always great fun, a sort of heritage celebration of how we used to be; back when the harvest was important to most every family and America was an agricultural agrarian society.  Our Autumnfest always has a bit of everything.

Except a corn maze.

3 responses to “AUTUMN’S MISCELLANY”

  1. The Rangers lost a heart breaker in that World Series you mentioned.

    About the corn maze, have you ever been lost in one of those? I am not suing it was right for them to call 9-1-1, but if you are the claustrophobic type, even corn can seem impossible to navigate when you feel as though there is no way out (especially when you aren’t sure what is on the other side of that wall.

    hope everything is well in your neck of the woods…

    • amanda–i too wanted the rangers to win, but after they let go of a 2 run lead not once, not twice, but three times, i knew they would never win the series and didn’t even bother to watch game 7. as to the corn maze, okay–i’ll play along about the claustrophobia. if a person is claustrophobic then why would that person go into a corn maze to begin with? second, it was not an individual, it was a married couple with their little baby? besides, according to reports their problem was not claustrophobia, it was lostness. (actually, the longer i type this, the more i realize this might make a great sermon illustration someday about people who are spiritually lost).
      our neck of the woods is good. busy but good.
      looking forward to summer when we can see you again.

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