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Julie Gloede Phelps. along with Kris Tiles and others compete in a women's heat at Cross of the North.

Julie Gloede Phelps. along with Kris Tiles and others compete in a women’s heat at Cross of the North.

On a warm Sunday in September, riders from around the area gathered at Sunnyvale Park on Wausau’s far west side to challenge cycling’s newest competitive sport.  Cyclocross is a like taking road racing machines with slightly wider tires and putting them through courses once thought only for mountain-bikes.

For men and women both this is an aggressive sport.  Like all racing, it is not just a leisurely Sunday ride.

This was the first ever event of it’s kind in Wausau.  At Sunnyvale, spectators could come and cheer on their favorite competitor.  Since this event was sponsored by Red Eye Brewing Company, quarter barrels were scattered around so spectators could soak up their favorite suds while watching some amazing competitions.
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Rounding the curves at Sunnivale Park.

Rounding the curves at Sunnyvale Park.

The Work of Lutheran Pastors

Jesus the Good Shepherd at Trinity Lutheran in Wausau.

Jesus the Good Shepherd at Trinity Lutheran in Wausau.

 

A long time ago when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, I was called by the university’s media development center.   They were asking for pictures showing Lutheran pastors “at work.”   When I think back at that, it begs me to ask the question about how the work of a pastor is defined.

The people at UWEC’s Media Development Center were trying to set up a multimedia presentation on Lutheranism.   What they were looking for were images  coming from the liturgical worship services that happen in Lutheran congregations.  Today, some LCMS congregations call that worship “Divine Service”.     I had images of Lutheran clergy leading bible studies, etc.  I did not have images of pastors presiding over a worship service.  At least not yet.

Over the years, I had gotten to know my pastors and the work that they do both that which is seen and that which might be a little obscure.   Celebrating the liturgy and presiding over Holy Communion is just part of the working life of a pastor.   Preaching is a part of it.

One of the things that pastors love to do is visiting.  Pastors bring the bread and wine; the body and the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to the sick, the elderly and shut-ins.  At this, they bring the assurance of hope to the dying.

The title “pastor” stems from the latin meaning “shepherd”.  the chief pastor of the church is Jesus Christ.  After all, He is the Good Shepherd.

Pastors are often caught up in the dirty work of the day-to-day affairs of the congregation.  That part is the most taxing.  The business of the church is people.  Imperfect human beings who are often stubborn unsupportive to change, etc.  So I pray for my pastors and the valuable work that they do.

 

The King of Love

The Wisconsin River takes on brilliant colors along its banks each fall.

The Wisconsin River takes on brilliant colors along its banks each fall.

Water flows through a new man-made creek in the East Riverfront Development site.

Water flows through a new man-made creek in the East Riverfront Development site.

Cows at a waterhole

Hay Feeds The Cows of America's Dairyland

Hay Feeds The Cows of America’s Dairyland

Colors

The colors of the countryside change each fall.

The King of Love My Shepherd is

Whose goodness faileth never.

I nothing lack if I am His

And He is mine forever.

What Does Water Mean To Me

I am at a little lost.   The University of Wisconsin Extension – Marathon County office is planning for a display at the Stratford Library in mid-October on water. http://marathon.uwex.edu/2016/08/05/what-does-water-mean-to-me/ I have been struggling with that a little with what to include and somewhat with pricing as I will have to turn to a printing lab to get it all done and how should it look.

I decided that, part of my process would include checking out to see what I already had posted on WordPress over the years and I came up with these pics  from the Wisconsin River.   I live in Wausau, but these come from  points all along the river from Grandfather Falls to Mosinee.   The river shapes each community and makes each place livable bringing in wildlife and recreation for all.  Mosinee, for example, though small, has almost more river frontage than any other city along the Wisconsin.

So, perhaps by writing out this blog, I might be helping myself come up with the ideas necessary to help make a successful display.

I am also concerned, as rivers, lakes, ponds, etc are fragile.  They have been abused as dumping grounds for human waste ranging from all sorts of chemical industrial pollution to just plain litter.   Maybe my photography should be there to remind people that you don’t know what yu have till it is gone.

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