Messiah Happenings

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Theology on Tap - June 22

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Topic — How to Have Difficult Conversations  

Location – The big backyard of the Intern House, just west of the church on NW 94th St.

Childcare — Free, professionally staffed, on-site childcare for infants - 10 yr. olds next door at the church! (see below)

Guest Presenter
The Rev Dr. William DeLong, Ed.D., M.Div.
Director of Spiritual Care at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital

Guest Panelists
Mr. Jon Bial, attorney
Dr. Mary Beth Jones, M.D., emergency room doctor
Dr. Laura Schwerin, PhD, clinical psychologist
Ms. Heidi Johnson, M.Div., chaplain resident, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

The last time you rode in a car with your aging parent driving was the stuff of nightmares. It's time to have "the talk" about giving up (or taking away) the keys. You've just left the doctor's office with a diagnosis that will alter your life in ways totally unexpected and it's time to let your spouse and children know. A person in your friend group shared something that was deeply hurtful to you and it's burning you up inside. You have to talk about it. Your boss has asked you to do something that is ethically wrong. You're losing sleep over it.

We have all experienced how difficult these conversations can be. We have all spent time and energy trying to avoid them. At this Theology on Tap, we will fess up to fact that these conversation are not easy or simple, consider some strategies for making them productive, and hear from some experts—and from each other—about how to have them.

Hello Fellow Beer and Theology Enthusiasts,
This year's final Theology on Tap will be in-house ... at the Intern House, to be exact! We will get going with a "soft start" of hors d'oeuvres and first round of refreshments at 6:00pm. The "official" conversation will get underway at 6:30pm.

Special Notes ... a bunch of them ...

Location & Parking
The Intern House backyard is just west of Messiah Lutheran's Hazel Dell campus. Please park in the church's west parking lot and walk to the Intern House next door. Follow the signs at the garage door of the house.

Donations Welcomed
Your gift will help cover drinks, setup, the speaker. Suggested donation is $5/person. If you sign-up, please show up. We're buying the beer and supplies ahead of time based on your RSVP.

Dress Code
Ok ... not really a "code." But we will be outside, so bring something warm, just in case.

TOT-luck style! Please consider bringing an appetizer or dish ready to share, and any serving utensils you may need. Paper plates, napkins, flatware, and access to electrical plug-ins will be provided.

Free Childcare at church next door
Please let us know the ages and number of children you plan to drop off for childcare. Leaving a voicemail at the church office (574-7081) or shoot Alison an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be staffing to accommodate the number of children. Access will be via the front doors under the breezeway. Check-in will be in the nursery below sanctuary regardless of age, with older children enjoying activities in other areas of the church after check-in. Please have them eat dinner beforehand.

We will be bringing in kegs of beer. If you would like a non-alcoholic beverage, or prefer wine, feel free to bring your own.

Drink Tickets
Each guest will be given drink tickets to redeem for beverages. Please respect the limits.

Preparatory Homework
Our low-stress, easy to read and/or watch homework links will be in your inbox 7-10 days before the event.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Beers and blessings to you,
Team TOT,
Pr. Peter, Intern Pr. Mary, and Summer Interns Hannah and Zach 

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