Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Laughter is the best medicine

This is my first blog. I figured since I've been reading so many lately, I might as well keep one myself. We'll see if I keep up with it, I'm horrible at letter writing and journaling.

Current happenings in the news have me distressed, depressed and generally in despair for the human race. The uproar over whether things are too sacred to be made fun of by others has gone so far as to even cost human lives.

There will always be those who mock what we hold sacred. If we can't laugh at ourselves, what's the point?

Ok, so some things aren't really funny. Laughing isn't exactly the point here either, but rather the idea that we take ourselves not quite as seriously as we usually do. Religious as we may be, we are fallible humans and we are not quite so holy as we make ourselves out to be. So I think a good poke at ourselves once in a while is healthy.

To wit: (thanks for the link Cem
)

Church Bulletins

They're Back! Church Bulletins: Thank God for church ladies with
typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins
or were announced in church services:


The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
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-- The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon
tonight: "Searching for Jesus."

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-- Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM
in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the
King.
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-- Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid
of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your
husbands.
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-- The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled
due to a conflict.

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-- Remember in prayer the many who are sick of
our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to
someone who doesn't care much about you.
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-- Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
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-- Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving
obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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-- For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a

nursery downstairs.
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-- Next Thursday there will be tryouts for
the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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--The Rector
will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing:
"Break Forth Into Joy."
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-- Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in
the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

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-- A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church
hall. Music will follow.
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-- At the evening service tonight, the
sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our
choir practice.

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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of
several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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----- Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to
be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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- Please place your donation in the envelope along with the
deceased person you want remembered.
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- The church will host an evening of fine dining, super
entertainment and gracious hostility.


Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to
follow.
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-- The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every
kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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-- This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park
across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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- Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All

ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S.
is done.
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-- The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake
breakfast next Sunday.
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-- Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.
Please use the back door.
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-- The eighth-graders will be presenting

Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7PM. The
congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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-- Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian
Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
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--The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign
slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge--Up Yours"


5 Comments:

Blogger The Syrian Brit said...

elengil,
Happy Birthday, and I sincerely hope this year brings continued good health, happiness and contentment..
In answer to the question you posted on my blog, I think the closest transliteration would be 'Muhammad', bearing in mind that the 'h' in this word would be a lot 'deeper' than your regular 'h'. It would come from further back in your throat, if you know what I mean!..
As for 'Qur'an', that is probably the closest version. The apostrphe in the middle is to suggest that you stop (ever so briefly)and start with the 'a' as if it is at the beginig of a word (e.g. as in 'Anne')..
I do hope this makes thing a bit cleare, and that I did not manage to confuse you!!..
Kind regards..
p.s. I was in stitches laughing at some of the jokes you posted.. Thank you for brightening my evening!..

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Syrian Brit said...

Addendum:
Welcome to blogsphere!!..

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Solice said...

Zahrah the church bulletin stuff is a riot!

Happy birthday boo! Hope you enjoy it a little atleast..and hope your year is exciting enough that you ENJOY LIVING it this time.

*huggles*

Solice

6:59 PM  
Anonymous grrr-arrgh said...

Sweetie,

Loved your blog! The church bulletins were a hoot, and had me in stitches! Sorry I'm late with the birthday wishes, but then I'm always late with that kind of thing. Hope the birthday meal went well.

{{{huggles}}}

grrr

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

elengil,
Thanks for blogging.I've enjoyed reading your witty,intelligent comments on sandmonkey's blog,and am amazed to learn of your relatively young age. Perhaps you are an "old soul,eh?"
I am Dan

12:56 AM  

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