One of the great joys of this position is the opportunity to explore and visit more of Texas. This past weekend, I traveled the furthest west I ever have in Texas yet. I was blessed to visit the congregation of Christ’s Lutheran Church in Odessa.
But before I even got to visit the church, SAWL Mark Russell treated me to a tour of the Army Air Museum in Midland. This was a surprising treasure, way out there in the far reaches of Texas. I learned that this was the center of training for bombardiers during World War II, due to the isolation and vast open spaces where they could practice their bombing. The collection of vintage places was wonderful, and I also got to see three of them coming in after practicing their formation flying.
Sunday morning worship was full of joy, and we were surrounded by the beautiful stained glass windows of the sanctuary, with symbolism for the seasons of the church year. Worship was followed by their annual meeting, installation of the newly elected council, and a truly excellent potluck lunch.
But the tour of Odessa didn’t end with worship and lunch. Did you know there’s a little bit of England in Odessa? There’s an almost life-size replica of Stonehenge on the grounds of the Parmian Basin campus of UT. Yes, down to the details. It was amazing to see!
I really am so blessed in this work. The gracious hospitality of our members, the stories of our congregations, and the beautiful diversity of Texas culture and scenery never ceases to amaze me. Thank y’all for allowing me into your lives and congregations, and for giving me these wonderful opportunities.