One of the oldest and corniest Bible jokes answers the question, “How does Moses make his tea?” The answer is, “Hebrews it.” I typed that joke into Google’s Spanish translator and the answer it gave me was, “Lo Hebreo”. I put Lo Hebreo back into Google’s translator to see what it means in English. It said “The Hebrew” Somehow the sidesplitting humor of the joke got lost in the translation. During the worship services last weekend I announced the possibility of launching a Hispanic ministry at Christ UMC. I’m hearing a lot of excitement from folks about this opportunity. Which is wonderful. I’m also hearing things that make me scratch my head and wonder, “Where did you hear that?” As news moves from person to person things have a way of getting lost in translation.

To keep the message about Hispanic ministry from being lost in translation, we’ve scheduled two town hall meetings and a Church Conference. Our contacts at the Office of Congregational Excellence will be at the town hall meetings and Our District Superintendent will be at the Church Conference. I encourage you to come to all of those events. These events will be opportunities to discuss, ask questions, and get the best information that we have. The dates of the town hall meetings are October 18th & 28th at 6:30 pm. The date of the Church Conference is November 11th at 6:30. I look forward to seeing you there as we explore this exciting opportunity together.

On another topic, several people have told me about their fun and frustration as they spent hours looking for the books of the Bible names hidden in last week’s email. For those who are still looking for the last couple of names the answers are shown below. I’m glad you had fun with it.

Blessings,
Mike

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That's a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, "The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight." Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus. There really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found.