Saturday, May 27, 2017

Boston Sightings

Last weekend we were blessed
 to participate in a PLI- 
Pastoral Leadership Institute-
 immersion program to learn more about 
missional leadership with a discipleship focus.
We met in Topsfield, MA.
 and then on Sunday took some time
 to explore a bit of downtown Boston.
Iconic- Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market,
and a lovely lunch at Boston Sail Loft.
 Cemeteries downtown are OLD.
Included were the grave of Paul Revere, and
 victims of the Boston Massacre.
On one side of  the Boston Commons
 is the famous-
Cheers Beacon Hill is a bar/restuarant
located on Beacon Street 
in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Founded in 1969 as the Bull and Finch Pub, 
it is best remembered internationally 
as the exterior of the bar seen
 in the hit NBC sitcom Cheers, 
which ran between 1982 and 1993.
The show used the Bull and Finch exterior 
for the establishing shots of the namesake Cheers,
Fun to explore with our friends
 Edith and Greg Walton.
A bit of local flavor- 
Agawam Diner - for some local fare.
is a historic diner at 166 Newburyport Turnpike
om Rowley, Massachusetts. 
Manufactured in 1954, 
it was moved to this location in 1970
 after first being located in Ipswich. 
 It is the town's only diner, 
and one of only six 
in the state manufactured by the
Fodero Dining Car Company.
 It was listed on the
 National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
  15 Walnut-
a local's tavern
 had beautiful hydrangea in pots 
and peonies on the tables.
A great gathering spot.
Sunday worship was at First Lutheran of Boston.
A beautiful traditional worship service.
An amazing organ blesses this site.
first lutheran of boston
The best part of the time in Massachusetts 
was being with friends- 
Edith and Carol and spouses.
Our husbands serve as
 District Presidents together in the LCMS.
We were blessed with the leadership 
of Jock and Gail Ficken 
who serve as the leaders for PLI.
Fun to learn from the young leaders in our District-
 Rev. Daniel and Jennifer Prugh from Midlothian, VA.
Also bringing encouragement 
was Rev. Nate Guelzow.
Lots to think about-
 and pray about for the Lord's leading-
 as we move forward 
in exploring discipleship models.
Living authentic, replicable lives,
in relationship with Jesus.
That is what it is ALL about. 

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