Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 2015 Bulletin:
Get Active, Stay Active!

Lead article from the April bulletin, online now.

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Time to get ready for the State Convention by preparing all those forms.

As I complete the forms and look back at the past year, I have noticed how many activities we do in our council.  We have a very active council and many different programs which we couldn’t do without you!  I would like to thank you all for your involvement; being active in parades and Albertville City Days in the summer, to the tree lot & toy drive in the winter.  You probably do not realize that in just about every month we have some sort of event going on.  We could not do all of these without your time and effort.  It is greatly appreciated and I look forward to your continued support of all our different activities.  April is our Senior Citizen Dinner.  Contact Cory Sommer  at sommerhome66@gmail.com to help out.

A great resource for you to find out about our activities is at our business meetings which we have the first Thursday of every month, 7:00 PM at the St Albert’s Parish Center in Albertville.  If you can’t make it to that, we have a monthly newsletter, web site (http://kc4174.org) and Facebook also.  I would really like to encourage you to come to a business meeting, that’s where you are going to hear the most about how the council is doing and keep you updated on upcoming events.  Our April lecture program is a Micro-Beer Tasting. This is an Open Meeting and spouses are welcome.

The past few months our meeting attendance has been down and I would really like to see some fresh faces show up to these important meetings.  If I need to change how the meetings are run or if I am the reason that the attendance is down, I need your feedback.  Don’t worry about hurting my feelings, I have big shoulders.  So please let me know if I should be doing something differently.

I know everyone is busy and it is hard to make every meeting but it would be great if you could make a few during the year.  You could even heckle me and let me know everything that I did wrong or right in the meeting!!  We do a pretty good job of keeping the meetings to an hour and then you are free to go or stay.  We have some food and drink and a lecture program after every meeting that you can listen to.  In past lectures, we have learned about new tax laws, what’s going on with housing in our area, and updates on the Catholic school.  Again I hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.

Have a great Easter and Lenten season

God Bless,
Jim Wiegers

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 Bulletin: A Silent Sermon

Lead article from the March 2015 bulletin, online now.

This month I couldn’t find the right words and had an extreme case of writers block. Every time I started to write I just stumbled and couldn’t finish a thought, so I went searching for some inspiration. I found this light hearted story and immediately thought of our very own Father Richards.
A Silent Sermon 
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.  It was a chilly evening.  The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. 
Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.  The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. 
After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.  Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.  The host watched all this in quiet contemplation.  As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.
Soon it was cold and dead.  Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. 
The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave, he slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.  Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. 
As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon.  I shall be back in church next Sunday.”
Author Unknown

We are very fortunate in the quality of priests and deacons that we have at our two parishes. They inspire us to continue to grow in our faith and challenge us to invite and be warming to others.

I hope you found some humor in this article and have a great start to the Lenten season!

God Bless,
Jim Wiegers

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 
-- Romans 12:13

Thursday, January 29, 2015

February 2015 Bulletin:
Proving God's Not Dead

Lead article from the February 2015 bulletin, online now.

I watched a movie with the family this past weekend, and it got me thinking about the world today and what we can do to make a difference.

First let me tell you about the movie. I’m sure many of you have watched it already, or if you haven’t, I would highly recommend it. The movie is God’s Not Dead.  It’s about a young Christian man in college and a conflict with a professor. The professor at the beginning of the class wants all the students to write on a piece of paper that “God is dead" and sign it. This young man struggles with this and won’t do it  The professor challenges the student to change his and the other students mind and prove that God’s not dead. That is all I will tell you about the movie in case you have not had a chance to see it.

Now, on to the world today and all that is going on. What can we do to prove that God is not dead?  It starts with realizing that many people truly believe that there is no God and that is why bad things happen. We need to change that and let people know that God is not dead, and one of the greatest gifts He gave us was free will. 

If there was no God, then would there be a right and wrong moral compass? I think not. He set the standard and gave us the choice to follow or not. Which brings me back to what we can do to prove that God is not dead.

The easy thing is to continue to be Knights and show what we are about: the men in blue. We are strong and can continue to lead by example! We should be like the young man in the movie. When challenged about our faith, we should not waver, but accept the challenge, defend our faith, and prove that God is real.

I know that sometimes I don’t have the confidence in myself to defend my beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try. All it takes is listening to that voice in your heart and let the Holy Spirit guide you. Many of you are much better at finding the right words or able to quote scripture passages off the top of your head. This is great, but if you are like me, the words don’t come that quickly and you need time to process ideas.

The main thing I want to get across is to continue to help form our youth in the faith, and slowly we can change the perception that God is dead.  So, I have a challenge for you: the next time someone dumps on faith or religion, stand up and defend your beliefs.

Together we can change the world.

God Bless,
Jim Wiegers

He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.  He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded. -- Psalm 105:7-8