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Pastor's Weekly Message
July 28, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Hello Friends:

I was talking with Clyde Ciccarelli this morning as he was painting the corner sign on the UBC lawn.  As we were talking, we noticed a city of Minneapolis traffic worker modifying the parking meters on 13th Avenue.  He informed us that beginning this Sunday, parking meters throughout Dinkytown will be enforced on Sundays with a two-hour limit. This is in part to prepare for the arrival of the Minnesota Vikings who will play 8 Sunday games at TCF stadium. It is also in response to complaints by merchants who have people leave cars in front of their shops at unenforced meters from Saturday night until Monday morning.  I tried to persuade them to enforce Sunday parking meters at every street but 13th Avenue.  But if they did that, then we would likely have people blocking the meters all day on Sundays.  UBC will be hosting a meeting with representatives from the U, the other local churches and the parking officials to come up with a solution to our parking challenges.  For now, expect that if you park on 13th Avenue any day, you will need to plug the meter.  Our little parking lot has a dozen spaces that are not always used on Sundays.  We also have a contract with the Library to park there whenever the library is not open.  It is currently only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Currently, we can park on University Avenue for free between 10th and 13th Avenues until 1pm.  There are several on street spaces available without meters within a block or two of UBC. Give yourself a bit more time on Sundays as we navigate these new rules.

There is a print of a drawing by Francois Kresz that hangs in my office. It depicts thousands of sheep following each other off a cliff.  One sheep is going the other way and is saying, “Excuse me, excuse me.”  You can see it here:
This will be the topic for the sermon on Sunday. Kathleen Tice selected this note from some generous soul at the end of the service on Sunday.  It read, “I would like to hear a sermon based on the sheep/cliff poster in Doug’s office.”  The summer grab bag series is so much fun.  We’ll be doing grab bag sermons on every Sunday in August except the 17th when ABC Missionary Ruth Mooney will be our guest preacher.  Come on Sunday to see what I do with it J.

This Week:
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp;
Thursday: 1-5 Garden Team;
Sunday:10am Worship at UBC;
11am Refreshments
11:30am Spiritual Formation workshop with Kathleen Tice (UBC Library).

Blessings and Peace,

Doug Donley