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Memory Eternal – Clive Staples “Jack” Lewis

C.S. Lewis

November 29, 1898 ~ November 22, 1963

Tomorrow is the day of C.S. Lewis’s passing, 44 years ago. Tonight is the annual NapTown BBS Turkey Fry and C.S. Lewis night. We will be giving thanks to God for His many blessings to us while eating our Turkey flesh-meats, drinking our liquid bread, and last but not least we will be remembering “Jack’s” life whilst doing so. Today we are thankful to God for the life of C.S. Lewis; his words have impacted countless millions throughout the years and they continue to do so today. Thanks be to God for this modern-day saint and witness to the love and mercy of God.

Memory Eternal!

“I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions-as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable.

It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling.

In plain language, the question should never be: “Do I like that kind of service?” but “Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular door-keeper?”

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.” ~C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”

An OYA Retreat & A Celtic Outing

Two events – One weekend. Hope to see you at one of them. Cheers!

An OYA Retreat

“Forgiveness and Repentance”
When: Friday August 10, 5:30 – Sunday August 12, 2:00
Where: Camp Rotary – Crawfordsville, IN
Cost: $60
Info: A weekend to relax and learn more about an Orthodox perspective on forgiveness & repentance. Fr. John and Matushka Martha from Joy of All Who Sorrow parish will be speaking. Dr. George Bebawi will also be speaking on Saturday morning.
*Must be at least 18 to attend.*

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
OYA Retreat

A Celtic Outing

Where: Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub
When: Friday, August 10th @ 7pm (Band plays from 9-12pm)
What: Hogeye Navvy Celtic Band
Info: Some of us are going for a fine pub-fare dinner at 7pm, others just for music and pints at 9pm. Either way, it’s a good chance to fellowship together and hear some fine “Shanty Singing” and Irish Pub Music! Click below to hear some samples of Hogeye Navvy tunes…
*You DO NOT have to be 21 to attend.*

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To Matt “Biscuit” Trent of the NapTown BBS on his marriage to Ms. Rachel Leas! God grant you both many years!

And man, who’s gonna be next? It seems like all these NapTown men are getting married off – sheesh guys, simmer down!

(Awww…look at Biscuit being sweet to his new wifey… And now, back to Men’s Group for you! Timios!)

Click on the photo to view the series “Big Biscuit’s Wedding Bash GoodTimes Viewer”.

Happy Trent's

Photos courtesy of: Anna Lee Photography, © 2007