The Young and the Restless

By on September 22, 2014 in News & Musings


As we gathered and sorted school supplies for Lyndale School during coffee hour, many reminisced about the excitement we once felt about the Back to School season. Fresh notebooks, sharp pencils, and a clean slate. This fall, one of our youngest members started Kindergarten and one of our older members attended his 71st high school reunion!

Riley put on his favorite clothes for that important first day of school. He tucked his feet into his tennies, slipped on his backpack and took the first step toward a time, far in the future, when he can attend a reunion with such an impressive number. The year would be approximately 2097! Bill on the other hand just dusted off his well-worn suit, squared his shoulders and met six others from the Columbia Heights High School graduating class of 1943 at a local restaurant. Among them was the girl who’d once caught his eye so many decades ago…but we won’t blow his cover here!

Riley starts school in a time when iPads and global connections will play a role in his daily learning – and he’s sure to learn something amazing every day! Bill is pretty tech savvy, too – even totes his MacBook with him wherever he goes. It’s neat to watch these two, separated by 80 years, come together around a computer screen.

These two are proof that you never stop learning and every autumn comes bearing new opportunities and friendships just waiting to be explored. We give thanks for Bill’s wonderful life – a big family, a wonderful marriage to Eunice, his time as a missionary in Africa, and his many careers that included teacher, bus driver, and choir director. May there be many more adventures to come. What joy! Riley’s years are just unfolding, but we hope he has the same love of learning, faithful heart, and long life as his buddy Bill.

In the spirit of this story, we invite you to be part of Zion’s confirmation class this year. We meet in the Banquet Room on every Third Sunday of the month after worship. Friendly competition, Lutherisms, and baptismal promises renewed – but mostly faith sharing, storytelling, and eating soup together. All are welcome!


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