Rev. Moon’s message for April 17, 2022

Dear Friends,

“A state of emergency”

April 8 was a busy morning as we tried to reorganize the church lounge and nursery.  After everything was done, after everyone who came to help left, I found a dead mouse in the church.

I am afraid of a few things in this world:  Heights, a flying bat, a mouse dead or alive…

View from above of the “Preikestolen” or “The Pulpit Rock”, a cliff in Strand, Norway, that rises 604 m (1,980 ft) above the Lysefjord. Photo:, CC BY-SA 4.0 International. Full Credit below.

I ran as soon as I saw it.  I mean, you will never see me running that fast. I never knew I could run that fast. But I did not scream…At least, I think I didn’t. I told myself, “Why did I open that door?” I thought about doing nothing about it, but I did not want to leave it there another day. I told myself, “Deal with it. Everyone is busy. You could do it.”

For a brief moment, I thought I could remove the dead mouse if I had a shovel. So, I spent the next 15 minutes looking for a shovel at the church, except I could not find one.

I had never felt so helpless, so I ended up emailing our elders, asking for their help (Bless our elders for their patience). My email sounded like this: “There is a dead mouse in the church, I don’t know what to do.” 

Rayford and Maureen, who came to the prayer meeting that afternoon, kindly removed the creature from the church. The first thing Rayford said when he saw the dead mouse was, “It is a good size!” I am sorry, I ran again. If you ever see me running in the Village, you know what is happening in the church.

Here you go, you know a lot more about me now. I am afraid of mice, bats, and heights.

Come and join us this week. You never know what goes in the church.

May God surprise you and bring laughter to your hearts this week!

– Rev. Chuck Moon

Photo credit: “Preikestolen topdwon.jpg”, by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

A version of this message first appeared in the Friday, April 15, 2022, edition of Tidbits.