Most people who get out in the powder ride a chairlift, gondola or magic carpet to the top. Some people heli-ski, which means a helicopter drops them off at the summit of some backcountry mountain. And some especially crazy people - including my husband - like to tele-ski, strapping "skins" over their skis and popping out their heels so they can walk up the mountains in the backcountry (off-piste). To me, this seems incredibly dangerous and difficult, but I have not had the same avalanche prevention education or lifelong endurance training as Regis.
So why all the trouble (not to mention risk, expense, time and energy)? Well, in ch. 3 of our text, co-author Rev. Karen Foster interviews backcountry skiier, mountain guide and telemark ski instructor Bill Seline, who explains: "I thought that backcountry skiing would be about making different turns down the slope, but it was more serendipitous. The first thing I noticed was the peace I felt... I could come up with some of my best ideas or solutions to problems. It is a very mind-clearing activity for me." This Sunday we'll take a closer look at such so called mountaintop moments, physically and metaphorically, to consider why God calls us to the mountains to meet the Divine.
I will have 5 copies of the book for sale this Sunday - so please bring $15 and let me know if you'd like one (the authors sent us a box; neither the church nor I make a dime if you choose to make a purchase). Plan to stick around a bit after worship for a cuppa Joe or tea and a bite to eat. We do need a volunteer to pick up bagels this Saturday at 2pm, and a few to set up and clean up on Sunday. Sign up here - thanks!
See you on Sunday, Pastor Emily