Growing up, I always thought my grandmother was nosey. She had a fascination with our neighbors I just didn’t understand. When asked, she’d reply, “Someone needs to watch out for them.”

I didn’t understand that because it seemed she was “watching them” – not watching out for them.

A few nights ago, Tom’s dad’s neighbor called. “I haven’t seen your dad in a few days.”

Tom’s sister had spoken with him earlier that morning, but something seemed off. The three of us decided we’d tag team calling until one of us got an answer.

Midday yesterday I was able to get him on the phone. But his speech was indiscernible. Whereas Tom left immediately, we all live 5+ hours away (if not more, Tom’s siblings are in Illinois and Iowa). We needed help.

What 40 years ago I deemed nosey now is seen as “life-saving.”

Had she not been able to get into the home and call 911, when Tom arrived, the odds are that his dad would not have been alive. With a body temp of 94 and septic, he was in desperate need of help.

Interesting how our perspectives change once we have broader situations in which to use them.

The irony is that Sunday’s message is about our relationships and our Chimp brains. It’s the final Sunday in this series and we will talk about how to regulate our chimps so that we do not negatively impact our relationships.


Our Amped kids are cooking pancakes. Donations are accepted as all funds will be used to support Gladys, the young woman AMPED supports at Acres of Hope, Uganda. It will be a fun morning, great food, and our last time together before we enter the season of Lent.

Lenten Journals will be available Sunday.

Several of you want to make them (see below) and that is going to be a ton of fun! I look forward to experiencing that with you. But, you also don’t have to make one to have one. We have extras for you. We are asking that you help defer the cost of printing and supplies.

Ash Wednesday – right now, I don’t know what to tell you about that service. Frankly, I’m going to need to see what happens with Tom’s dad. I’ll keep you posted via text message.

Speaking of which, we are switching texting platforms. If you did not get a message yesterday about a lenten journal it means you are NOT in the new system. Reply to this email and I’ll see that we get you hooked up!

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday, having some pancakes, and figuring out if Taylor Swift will make it back to the Superbowl. (Kidding)

Until then . . .

Grace and Peace,