It’s been a week of End-of-the-Year celebrations here in Kent, as we come to the end of the Fall Semester. Last Thursday, our Life Group went ice-skating. Afterwards, we ate a meal together, and enjoyed a “White Elephant” gift exchange in downtown Kent. I went home with a set of pineapple stickers, a Magic Grow Lizard, and a Dollar Tree Lord’s Prayer Candle. And, of course, the satisfaction of another solid semester on the books building community and faith at the most grassroots level.
On Monday evening, our H2O Kent staff team had its “Office Party” at Burntwood Tavern in Cuyahoga Falls. And it really was lovely — especially after cancelling all such celebrations because of COVID last year. It felt like a privilege to just be together with all of my colleagues and their spouses. They’re co-workers, but they feel like friends and family. We mostly just ate and mingled together, but we also did a “Secret Santa” gift exchange. And again, I went home with a few goodies that felt like a token of the goodness that we get to experience week-in, week-out, as a part of the H2O Church family.
Finally, this evening we got to celebrate the “graduation” of this semester’s class of H2O interns. We went to Henry Wahner’s just east of campus. It’s is a whole vibe. German-American food served in oversized proportions in outdated surroundings. These days, it’s only open from 4-7PM, Wednesday through Saturday. But it’s what the interns said they wanted. So we ate schnitzel and spaetzles, followed by creme schnitte. And even though I’m already starting to feel the heartburn from so much feasting, I’m glad that we could make something of this week and this semester. It’s been a good one.