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May/June <strong>2012</strong><br />

Features<br />

Top 10 Drive-Ins and Ice<br />

Cream Joints • 8<br />

Northside on Oak<br />

10<br />

up, up and AWAY • 18<br />

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Faces of HOPE • 24<br />

An Unforgettable Year • 28<br />

A March to Remember • 14<br />

Dare to Care • 30<br />

Stephenson’s General Store:<br />

Ice Cream, Sodas and a Little<br />

Bit of Everything • 32<br />

Snapshots • 17<br />

Chicks in the Kitchen • 36<br />

Regulars<br />

Flashback Photo • 40<br />

Everyday Adventures • 44<br />


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MAY | JUNE <strong>2012</strong><br />

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<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> has loads of great places to go for good food and great ice cream!<br />

Check out the locations included here. (listed in alphabetical order)<br />

A.J.’s Gyros To Go<br />

(Georgetown)<br />

An amazingly wide selection<br />

of both food (including their<br />

famous gyros) and ice cream<br />

makes A.J.’s “the little place<br />

with the big menu.”<br />

Berry Twist<br />

(Floyds Knobs)<br />

In a beautiful new location,<br />

Berry Twist is still offering the<br />

food, ice cream and sherbert<br />

that has made them a favorite<br />

for over 30 years.<br />

Emery’s Ice Cream<br />

(Corydon)<br />

An old-fashioned ice cream shop<br />


premium ice cream as well as sodas<br />

and nostalgic candies.<br />

Polly’s Freeze<br />

(Georgetown)<br />

In business since 1952, Polly’s has<br />

an extensive selection of ice cream<br />

and food. Try the homemade<br />

Orange Sherbet twisted with Vanilla!<br />

Chillers Ice Cream<br />

(Sellersburg, Scottsburg,<br />

& Jeffersonville)<br />

A franchise born right here<br />

in <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> with 12<br />

different homemade hand dip<br />


& cakes and other various ice<br />

cream creations.<br />

Stephenson’s General Store<br />

(Leavenworth)<br />

Step back into time at<br />

Stephenson’s and peruse the<br />

diverse selection of goods,<br />

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galore. Enjoy an old-fashioned<br />

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Curb-ette Drive-In<br />

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Salem Apothecary<br />

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Homemade Ice Cream<br />

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Zesto<br />

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A.J.’s Gyros To Go<br />

The little place with the big menu!<br />

6 different types of Gyros in 3 sizes,<br />

Handbreaded & Greek Style Pork Tenderloins,<br />

Philly Cheese Steaks, English Style Fish ’n’ Chips<br />

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Reaching out to make a difference<br />

It started in 2008 with a once-a-month outreach<br />

called “Saturday in the Park,” but the Northside<br />

Christian Church leadership and those involved<br />

in local missions quickly realized they wanted to do<br />

more to give back to their city, particularly in the<br />

downtown New Albany area.<br />

Story // Sam C Bowles<br />

Photos // Abby Laub<br />

It was the vision of Northside’s Senior<br />

Pastor George Ross to “have a lasting impact<br />

on the community” rather than being<br />

known simply for “[creating] a traffic jam<br />

on the weekends,” says Gary Norman, one<br />

of the church’s elders.<br />

Because Northside was already working<br />

in the downtown area, partnering with S.<br />

Ellen Jones Elementary School, they knew<br />

the need was great. They were able to purchase<br />

a building on the corner of 15th and<br />

Oak streets that formerly served as a machine<br />

shop, and the “Northside on Oak”<br />

campus was born.<br />

A different kind of church<br />

Brian Combs, the campus pastor, joined<br />

the team in January of last year, and says<br />

he’s right at home in this unique ministry.<br />

“We are a church, but it looks very different,”<br />

Combs says. “We’ve taken the shape<br />

of the neighborhood we’re trying to reach.”<br />

For example, the Northside on Oak campus<br />

does not meet on Sunday mornings for<br />

a “typical” church service. Instead, the primary<br />

outreach time is on Monday nights,<br />

when people from the neighborhood come<br />

together for a short time of corporate worship<br />

and teaching — usually a few songs<br />

and devotion from Combs — followed by a<br />

free meal and a time of teaching, including<br />

an adult Bible study and kid’s classes.<br />

On Thursday mornings, the church does<br />

a café, serving breakfast and giving ministers<br />

and volunteers a chance to interact with<br />

people very personally and informally.<br />

And on Monday and Tuesday evenings,<br />

Northside operates a food pantry out of the<br />

main campus on Charlestown Road. It’s<br />

mostly volunteers from the main campus<br />

who prepare and serve the meals on Monday<br />

nights, serve as the teachers and leaders<br />

for classes, and help make other events and<br />

outreach efforts possible. In fact, Combs<br />

says, the ministry on Oak could not exist<br />

without volunteers from the main campus.<br />

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Campus Pastor Brian Combs said the<br />

ministry is all about personal relationships<br />

and sharing the love of God.<br />

Focusing on kids and families<br />

“We’ve taken the word ‘OAK’ and<br />

developed our strategy around that<br />

[acronym]:” Combs explains, “Outreach,<br />

Assistance, and Kids.”<br />

And children are certainly a focal<br />

point of the ministry.<br />

“The focus of what we do here is on<br />

the next generation…our goal isn’t to<br />

come down and solve all the issues of<br />

poverty,” says Combs, “but to bring the<br />

love of Christ to this neighborhood.”<br />

Volunteers offer homework help<br />

and tutoring to children on Mondays<br />

leading up to the main gathering time<br />

and meal.<br />

Once a quarter, Northside on Oak<br />

does a large community outreach event,<br />

almost always focusing on children and<br />

their families, and the largest event of<br />

the year is a Summer Vacation Bible<br />

School for kids of all ages. Approximately<br />

100 kids attended last year.<br />

“This year we’re studying Daniel,<br />

which is basically how to stand firm<br />

in your faith in a hostile area,” Combs<br />

says. “The connections to what kids<br />

experience in this neighborhood are<br />

just abundant.”<br />

Another exciting project is the community<br />

garden the ministry is facilitating,<br />

including a few raised beds for<br />

those in wheelchairs, which is giving<br />

locals a chance to get their hands dirty<br />

and see the fruits of their labors.<br />

“At the end of the summer, we’re<br />

actually going to have a celebration<br />

and supplement our Monday night<br />

meal with the garden,” Combs says.<br />

Restoring dignity, sharing love<br />

One of the main goals of the ministry<br />

is restoring and instilling dignity<br />

in those it is trying to serve.<br />

“What we want to do is reshape the<br />

way we try to help so that we’re actually<br />

elevating people’s dignity, giving<br />

them resources and opportunities to<br />

be able to care for themselves,” Combs<br />

says. “We’ve got the Biblical mandate<br />

to care for those who need help.”<br />

According to Combs, the area is a<br />

statistically high-crime, high-poverty<br />

area that in 2010 ranked in the top five<br />

percent of the most dangerous neighborhoods<br />

in the nation. Consequently,<br />

it’s a neighborhood that can use all the<br />

love and assistance it can get.<br />

“No program or service is going to<br />

fix the problems of this area,” Combs<br />

says. “It’s really about getting into the<br />

mess of personal relationships and<br />

sharing the love of God with people<br />

on a relational level.”<br />

One shining example of this approach<br />

is Ronnie Reinhardt, someone<br />

from the neighborhood with an admittedly<br />

rough past who has had a pretty<br />

incredible transformation through his<br />

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interaction with the Northside on Oak<br />

ministry. Reinhardt has evolved from<br />

merely a local being served by the<br />

ministry and has now become a key<br />

“I feel now that I can<br />

give back, and that’s<br />

what God wants me to<br />

do, and I feel so much<br />

better about myself.”<br />

-Ronnie Reinhardt<br />

volunteer leader within the ministry<br />

himself.<br />

“I love this place. This community<br />

is so lost: you’ve got divorce, alcoholism,<br />

and the kids need the<br />

love.” Reinhardt says.<br />

“I didn’t get to do it when<br />

I was young, so I feel now<br />

that I can give back, and<br />

that’s what God wants me to<br />

do, and I feel so much better<br />

about myself,” he added.<br />

Northside on Oak is making<br />

a difference one meal,<br />

one child, and one relationship<br />

at a time, as Combs<br />

and his associate minister<br />

Preston Searcy lead volunteers<br />

in outreach efforts that<br />

meet physical and emotional<br />

needs in tangible ways, all in<br />

an effort to share the love of<br />

Jesus Christ.<br />

“I meet lots of folks who’ve<br />

come to believe they don’t<br />

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believe God couldn’t love<br />

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A march to remember<br />

Photos courtesy Angie Glotzbach<br />

Story // Angie Glotzbach<br />

When most people think about World<br />

War II, they envision the attack on Pearl<br />

Harbor, European and U.S. troops fighting<br />

the Germans, the Holocaust and the<br />

dropping of the first nuclear<br />

bomb, but a great portion of<br />

the war was also fought in<br />

the South Pacific. Many servicemen<br />

lost their lives in that<br />

tropical setting.<br />

One horrific event that took<br />

place during the battle in the<br />

South Pacific was the Bataan<br />

Death March.<br />

After valiantly defending<br />

the main Philippine island of<br />

Luzon and the harbor defense<br />

forts of the Philippines with<br />

no naval or air support, approximately<br />

70,000 to 75,000<br />

U.S. and Filipino troops retreated<br />

to the Bataan Peninsula,<br />

and on April 9, 1942,<br />

surrendered to the Japanese<br />

army.<br />

“There aren’t many surviving WWII<br />

vets left and we need to take the<br />

time to thank them for their service<br />

and contributions to our freedom<br />

before it’s too late.”<br />

-Dr. Howard Pope<br />

For six agonizing days the troops were forced to<br />

march an estimated 65 miles up the hot, dusty peninsula<br />

toward prisoner of war (POW) Camp O’Donnell.<br />

The already malnourished and diseased captives were<br />

subjected to inhumane treatment during the crucible.<br />

They were denied food and water, tortured and executed<br />

at the whim of their Japanese<br />

captors along the way.<br />

Although springs ran<br />

along the roadway, the prisoners<br />

were denied water,<br />

and bayoneted or shot if they<br />

ran to drink from the stream<br />

or disease-ridden puddles.<br />

There are several WWII letters<br />

from survivors that tell<br />

of POWs being stabbed,<br />

beaten, shot, disemboweled<br />

and beheaded. Prisoners<br />

were routinely killed for<br />

not being able to walk, and<br />

were tortured or murdered<br />

by their captors for trying to<br />

help fellow prisoners.<br />

When the men arrived<br />

in San Fernando they were<br />

packed into boxcars and tak-<br />

May/June <strong>2012</strong> • 14

en by train to Camp O’Donnell, but<br />

those who could not fit into the boxcars<br />

were prodded another five miles<br />

to the camp. The railway cars were<br />

packed so tightly that many died from<br />

the sweltering heat and suffocation,<br />

right where they stood. The majority<br />

of the men remaining on the march<br />

later perished in transit aboard “hell<br />

ships” bound for Japan, in forced labor<br />

or POW camps. Some POWs were<br />

held captive in the camps for several<br />

years before being released.<br />

There are still a handful of survivors<br />

of the Bataan Death March, and thousands<br />

of military and civilian supporters<br />

meet each year in New Mexico to<br />

remember those soldiers who died<br />

during the horrific WWII event, by<br />

traversing a trek of rough, desert terrain<br />

that spans 26 miles across the<br />

White Sands Missile Base.<br />

One Sellersburg man was<br />

among those marching to honor<br />

the fallen and living veterans.<br />

Dr. Howard Pope, family physician<br />

for Floyd Memorial Medical Group<br />

in Georgetown and retired Brigadier<br />

General in the U.S. Army Reserve,<br />

made the trip to White Sands on<br />

March 25, nearly 70 years after the<br />

World War II atrocity.<br />

He joined his daughter, Dr. Jennie<br />

Ellen, Occupational Medicine, PM&R,<br />

who is a graduate of New Albany<br />

High School and now lives in Phoenix<br />

serving as a Regional Medical Director<br />

for Concentra in Tucson, Phoenix<br />

and central California. Pope asked<br />

her to cover those miles with him as<br />

a bonding experience and laughingly<br />

admitted, “With her being a fellow<br />

physician I figured she could help me<br />

if I croaked.”<br />

Getting in shape for the grueling<br />

course took some time. Pope explains,<br />

“I trained for over a year with a personal<br />

trainer in order to get in good<br />

enough condition to cross the desert.”<br />

He added, “There are many teams<br />

and individuals who make a race out<br />

of it. Different military corps and units<br />

use the Memorial March as a chance to<br />

not only remember fallen fellow soldiers,<br />

but to compete against each other<br />

for bragging rights. I just wanted<br />

to make it through the tough course,<br />

Dr. Howard Pope and daughter, Dr.<br />

Jennie Ellen, train together.<br />

and I was able to do it.”<br />

Before leaving on his trip to New<br />

Mexico, Pope was given true inspiration<br />

from recent Medal of Honor<br />

recipient, Marine Sergeant Dakota<br />

Meyer. Sgt. Meyer let Pope borrow the<br />

bracelets of two of his friends and former<br />

marines who died in Afghanistan<br />

while serving our country.<br />

Pope noted, “I was so honored that<br />

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the bracelets with me. They gave me<br />

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bracelets with other walkers and runners<br />

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gesture.”<br />

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as a humbling and inspiring<br />

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“We also need to applaud all who<br />

have served in the past and those<br />

serving now for their personal sacrifices<br />

and patriotic efforts to protect<br />

our country,” he continued.<br />

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Photo courtesy Jerry Copas<br />

Jerry Copas has loved<br />

hot-air balloons since the<br />

first time he saw one as a<br />

child.<br />

He and his wife, Kathy, have turned their passion<br />

into a career and business, travelling<br />

the world doing what they love.<br />

Fortunately for <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>, they have<br />

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Copas’ love of things that fly started at an<br />

early age. “I was the little kid that was all the<br />

time drawing pictures of helicopters, airplanes,<br />

jets,” he says.<br />

But his favorite piece of aviation technology<br />

has been his aircraft of choice for nearly 30<br />

years, the hot air balloon.<br />

When the Kentucky Derby Festival began<br />

its hot air balloon race in the mid-1970s, they<br />

promoted the event with balloons on display<br />

at various locations around the area, providing<br />

a 12-year-old Copas with his first up-close<br />

experience with the aircraft.<br />

“My mother drug me along, and I got to see<br />

the thing up-close,” he says. “From that point<br />

on I thought, ‘This looks like a lot of fun.’”<br />

Copas continued to learn more about ballooning<br />

and started getting to know local pilots. As<br />

soon as he was able to drive, he began making<br />

the trek over to Louisville to volunteer as a crew<br />

member whenever he could.<br />

Hot air balloons fall under the jurisdiction of<br />

the Federal Aviation Administration, and piloting<br />

a balloon requires a license.<br />

“I took my first flying lesson when I was 16,”<br />

Above: The Copas family flies over Louisville.<br />

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Copas says. “And I learned<br />

to fly on the cheap. I would<br />

help people with their balloons…and<br />

I started trading<br />

in my ‘sweat equity’ with<br />

these pilots in exchange for<br />

lessons and flights to get<br />

my license.”<br />

Copas was commercially<br />

licensed by the time he was<br />

19 years old.<br />

“It was a pretty big deal<br />

back then, when I was a<br />

teenager with a pilot’s license,”<br />

he says. “I was very<br />

proud of that.”<br />

Following high school<br />

Copas says he “annoyed”<br />

his father long enough that<br />

they found and purchased<br />

a used balloon and started<br />

building a small business<br />

enterprise around the hobby<br />

he loved.<br />

“There are really only a<br />

few ways you can make<br />

money ballooning,” Copas<br />

explains. “Chartered flights<br />

(where you take people up<br />

for a balloon ride), teaching<br />

people to fly, or doing it<br />

commercially for advertising.<br />

So I got into that right<br />

away.”<br />

Copas partnered with<br />

various businesses including<br />

a local car dealership,<br />

Dominos Pizza and others,<br />

establishing credibility and<br />

giving him experience as a<br />

commercial pilot, and continued<br />

to fly for various corporations<br />

as he completed<br />

his college degree.<br />

He married his high<br />

school sweetheart, Kathy,<br />

who earned her pilot’s license<br />

within the first five<br />

years of their marriage.<br />

“I’m proud to say that I<br />

taught her how to fly,” he<br />

says.<br />

In 1992, after losing his<br />

job as an art director for a<br />

large company that was<br />

sold overnight, he and his<br />

wife began ballooning fulltime.<br />

“I told Kathy I’d make a<br />

Top: Jerry, Kathy and<br />

Spencer Copas.<br />

Bottom: Copas lands in a<br />

local’s back yard, only after his<br />

crew (usually his wife and son)<br />

secure permission from the<br />

homeowner.<br />

few calls, and we would see<br />

if we liked it, and within a<br />

week we were on the road,”<br />

he says.<br />

For the next 13 years Copas<br />

and his wife worked as<br />

full-time commercial hot<br />

air balloon pilots, flying<br />

all over the United States<br />

and the world representing<br />

numerous corporations<br />

in such varied locations as<br />

the Australian Outback, the<br />

Swiss Alps, and the Las Vegas<br />

strip.<br />

Much of his corporate flying<br />

involved special shape<br />

balloons, popular promotional<br />

tools for many large<br />

corporations.<br />

“An older, more experienced<br />

pilot once told me if<br />

I was going to fly commercially<br />

and for a living then<br />

I was going to get to know<br />

these special shape balloons,<br />

and boy was he ever<br />

right,” Copas says.<br />

He has flown a giant<br />

paint bucket for Porter<br />

Paints, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s<br />

for Brown-Forman,<br />

the Michelin Tire Michelin<br />

Man, a United Van Lines<br />

semi-trailer, and many<br />

other custom-made special<br />

shape balloons.<br />

Copas said the unique<br />

shapes stand out, particularly<br />

at events where most<br />

of the other entrants are<br />

standard balloons. “You<br />

talk to people after the fact.<br />

They are going to remember<br />

those special shape balloons,”<br />

he says. In fact, Copas<br />

still vividly remembers<br />

the first such balloon he<br />

Story continues on page 23<br />

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In 1999, their son Spencer was<br />

born, but having a child did not<br />

slow them down and Spencer<br />

spent the first few years of his life<br />

on the road with them, taking his<br />

first flight when he was only six<br />

weeks old.<br />

As Spencer got older, the Copas<br />

family decided to settle down<br />

so he could attend school, and<br />

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The family, including Spencer,<br />

who is now 13, has never stopped<br />

flying as they continue to balloon<br />

part-time with their other<br />

company Images Aloft, offering<br />

charter flights, instruction (both<br />

Jerry and Kathy are licensed instructors),<br />

and promotional work<br />

for various businesses including<br />

regular flights for the French Lick<br />

Resort and Casino.<br />

In addition, the business is a<br />

dealer for Cameron Balloons,<br />

representing and selling the<br />

popular company’s balloons and<br />

equipment.<br />

Copas serves as President of<br />

the Balloon Society of Kentucky,<br />

leading the organization as its<br />

members make a concerted effort<br />

to get more young people interested<br />

and involved in ballooning,<br />

and he continues to participate in<br />

multiple balloon races each year.<br />

Balloon races are not about<br />

speed, but accuracy. A lead balloon<br />

takes off and the racers follow.<br />

The lead balloon lands and<br />

sets out a large target that the racers<br />

try to hit with a beanbag. The<br />

closest to the center of the target<br />

is the winner.<br />

In addition to the target, many<br />

races also include what’s called a<br />

“key grab” where a set of keys is<br />

attached to a 15- to 20-foot long<br />

pole. If a pilot can bring his balloon<br />

in close enough to reach<br />

over and grab the keys, he can<br />

win what is often a very substantial<br />

prize.<br />

“It’s essentially the equivalent<br />

of golf’s hole-in-one,” Copas explains,<br />

noting that in many ways<br />

balloon racing is a lot like golf<br />

in that it is very, very difficult<br />

to perfect. But it’s “those times<br />

when you come into a target from<br />

5 miles away and put it right on<br />

the nose that keep you coming<br />

back for more.”<br />

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a John Deere tractor.<br />

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Faces of HOPE<br />

St. Francis Xavier Church<br />

When Father Steve Schaftlein drove into<br />

town immediately after the storm he saw<br />

the steeple and knew the St. Francis Xavier<br />

Church (pictured on right hand page) still<br />

stood as a beacon of hope to the community.<br />

The church became a “place of refuge” and<br />

a “visible place to come and gather” Father<br />

Schaftlien said. He estimates that at it’s peak,<br />

nearly 8,000 meals where served each day in<br />

the area surrounding the church.<br />


Rich Cheek (pictured above) is pastor of the Henryville<br />

Community Church, which opened its doors immediately<br />

following the disaster and has become a major<br />

hub, feeding as many as 1,500 people at its peak in<br />

the days following the disaster, coordinating hundreds<br />

of volunteers and sorting and distributing literally millions<br />

of dollars of items that have been donated.<br />

In addition, the church has committed to rebuilding<br />

upwards of 100 homes at no costs to the homeowners.<br />

“We’re restoring dignity to these residents…not just<br />

getting them back to where they were but even better,”<br />

Pastor Cheek says.<br />

Anna Morgan<br />

May/June <strong>2012</strong> • 22<br />

Henryville native Anna Morgan<br />

teared up as she recalled her days<br />

spent growing up in the now-destroyed<br />

town she once called home.<br />

It was the close connection to so<br />

much destruction that brought the<br />

mother of four back to help with<br />

relief efforts. She busily sorted<br />

food and supplies at the Henryville<br />

Community Center.<br />

Morgan said people are “coming<br />

out of the woodwork to volunteer”<br />

and that it was “really cool to see”<br />

her kids also get involved in the efforts.<br />

Morgan added that she was<br />

amazed at the upbeat attitudes of<br />

the people coming for help at the<br />

community center.

HOPE<br />

We talked to the people busy<br />

bringing life back to the<br />

tornado ravaged region.<br />

Stories & Photos // Abby Laub & Sam Bowles<br />

Te volunteers highlighted here are only a small sampling of the thousands of people and organizations<br />

from all over the world who have come to the aid of the tornado ravaged towns in<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>. In preparing this piece we heard time and time again of the great generosity<br />

and continued outpouring of support particularly from those in neighboring communities<br />

and counties. While we mourn the loss, we celebrate the resilient spirit of those affected and the<br />

faces of hope who are helping rebuild and restore the lives of those in need.<br />

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Faces of HOPE<br />


When the tornadoes struck <strong>Indiana</strong> and Kentucky, Kelly Kinzer (second from right) and her husband and three children<br />

knew they needed to help.<br />

The family is from Joplin, Mo., and knew first hand the devastating effects of a major tornado. Kinzer said it was<br />

spring break for her teenage children and they took the initiative to head to <strong>Indiana</strong> to help with the relief efforts.<br />

Boisey Beverly/<br />

Duane Phillips<br />

Duane Phillips (left) of<br />

Memphis, Ind., has become<br />

an almost full-time volunteer<br />

in the relief and recovery<br />

effort has no plans of<br />

stopping anytime soon.<br />

Pat Werner &<br />

Barb Pieper<br />

Sisters Pat Werner of Greenwood,<br />

and Barb Pieper of Brown County<br />

drove down together because they<br />

“wanted to give something back.”<br />

“You would like to think if this happened<br />

to you, people would do the<br />

same thing,” Pat said.<br />

Boisey Beverly (right) of<br />

Baton Rouge, La., saw the<br />

difference volunteers made<br />

when Katrina ravaged his<br />

home and church. His ministry began serving people immediately after<br />

Katrina and saw nearly 150 homes rebuilt in a 3 year period following<br />

the disaster. Now Boisey is giving back to other communities when<br />

disaster strikes.<br />

May/June <strong>2012</strong> • 26

Faces of HOPE<br />

Above: Utility crews worked around the clock to restore power to the community.<br />

Below: Signs of hope were prevalent around the community in the storm’s aftermath.<br />

Jose Ortega<br />

Pastor Jose Ortega, with the<br />

National Association of Christian<br />

Churches Disaster Action Team, is<br />

helping organize and operate the<br />

ad hoc warehouse just outside of<br />

Henryville that is being operated<br />

in cooperation with the Henryville<br />

Community Church.<br />

Pastor Ortega says serving is<br />

“the most satisfying thing you<br />

can do. All of us have it in us and<br />

when the opportunity presents itself<br />

it brings out the best.”<br />

Janetta Coley<br />

Janetta Coley of Cordon grew up in the area. “This is my community<br />

too…I grew up here,” she said. She came to Henryville on<br />

day one and put her past experience operating a café and managing<br />

restaurants to good use, serving three meals a day at the Henryville<br />

Community Center (also a major distributor of food and groceries to<br />

those in need) for two weeks following the storm.<br />

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An unforgettable year<br />

The students and staff of<br />

Henryville schools roll<br />

with the punches<br />

Story // Darian Eswine<br />

When spring’s<br />

tornado spawning<br />

storms destroyed<br />

Henryville<br />

Elementary<br />

School and High<br />

School, around<br />

1,200 students<br />

plus their<br />

teachers and<br />

staff were left<br />

without a place<br />

to finish the<br />

school year.<br />

“The school is in total devastation,”<br />

said PTO president and parent<br />

Melinda Coats. “The top floor<br />

is gone, the gym is missing a wall.<br />

There are cars inside the school.<br />

Buses were thrown everywhere. It is<br />

completely unrecognizable.”<br />

Though cleanup began at the<br />

school and in the community immediately<br />

after the storm, it was<br />

instantly obvious that the students<br />

and teachers of Henryville would<br />

have to finish the year<br />

somewhere else.<br />

Photo // Abby Laub<br />

The main objective was to keep the students together, and that has been<br />

accomplished by moving the elementary students to the Graceland Christian<br />

School, the junior-senior high students to the Mid-America Science Park and<br />

pre-kindergarten to Silver Creek Primary.<br />

Junior-senior high counselor Renee Eckart said “the kids all cheered”<br />

when they learned they would be back in school and in it together.<br />

Music teacher Amanda Lochner said she is not concerned about the building.<br />

“The students are what make the school. It’s like the people make the<br />

home; the kids make the school,” she said.<br />

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Routine is important in times of instability.<br />

Getting back into the everyday<br />

schedule of school will provide the students<br />

and staff with a sense of solidarity.<br />

“I think it’ll be good. I’m glad they<br />

are keeping them together. It’s good to<br />

get back to some type of normalcy,” said<br />

PTO treasurer Meradith Eickholtz.<br />

Belfor Property Restoration, the<br />

company overseeing both the cleanup<br />

and reconstruction of the schools, took<br />

care of cleaning out the buildings and<br />

moving supplies. The Belfor employees<br />

went room by room to retrieve<br />

any salvageable materials. They then<br />

boxed, labeled, and moved the materials<br />

to the new locations.<br />

“We still feel like the school is salvageable<br />

and we want to get back in as<br />

soon as we can,” said West Clark Community<br />

Schools Superintendent Monty<br />

Schneider.<br />

Schneider said it usually takes 18<br />

months to build a school and it will be<br />

a hard goal to accomplish. The plan is<br />

to be back in the new building in time<br />

for next school year.<br />

“It will be tough to achieve, but it’s<br />

a good possibility,” he said. “That is<br />

our goal; to be back in our school<br />

in the fall.”<br />

Meanwhile, the transition between<br />

buildings will be hard as<br />

students and staff struggle to<br />

cope with the changes.<br />

“The most important thing is<br />

to make the kids feel safe and let<br />

them know we are here,” said elementary<br />

counselor Karen Epley.<br />

She added that crisis counselors<br />

will be available for students and<br />

staff.<br />

“We’ll have counseling professionals<br />

and they will talk to the<br />

teachers and the students for the<br />

next few months,” Eckhart added.<br />

Even after school has started in<br />

these new buildings, there will be<br />

continuing long-term emotional<br />

issues to deal with.<br />

“We’re going to have some<br />

panicked kids and parents the<br />

next time we have a thunderstorm.<br />

We’ll need to plan for tornado<br />

drills and things like that,”<br />

said sixth grade teacher Kyle Riggins.<br />

Epley said overall it is a mat-<br />

students.<br />

“I think it’s important to keep<br />

“We still feel like the school is everyone as close as we can. A lot<br />

salvagable and we want to get of people really have nothing, and<br />

it’s important to keep the community<br />

together and the student body<br />

back in as soon as we can.”<br />

-West Clark Community Schools<br />

together [with these events],” said<br />

Superintendent Monty Schneider Harrell.<br />

No matter the destruction, the<br />

community continues to stay<br />

ter of encouraging the students and strong and come together to work<br />

staff to talk about what happened, through this difficult time with not<br />

letting them know they have support only those at Henryville Elementary<br />

and making the transition smooth and School and Henryville Junior-Senior<br />

comfortable for the students.<br />

High School, but also those around<br />

Although the entire community was them, as they recover and look towards<br />

affected, this tragic turn will make “senior<br />

year” that much more unforget-<br />

“Thank you to everybody for keep-<br />

the future.<br />

table for high schoolers.<br />

ing us in your thoughts and prayers,”<br />

“Now that everything has sunk in, Eckart concluded. “It is overwhelming.<br />

I think it will be a memorable year. I Please do not forget about us. People<br />

can’t say it’ll make it better or anything will move on, but don’t forget.”<br />

but I think it will bring us closer as a Out of all of this wreckage, Harrell<br />

class and it will definitely be memorable,”<br />

said senior Jenna Harrell. to her own life.<br />

has learned a lesson and now applies it<br />

Prom and field day, even with the “Love and respect what you have because<br />

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America’s suburbs or our next door neighbor’s<br />

home in rural southern <strong>Indiana</strong>.<br />

The disturbing trend, according to Dare to Care Food<br />

Bank Executive Director Brian Riendeau, is that people who<br />

wouldn’t normally fall into the at risk group are now becoming<br />

part of these statistics.<br />

Not long after Riendeau began working with Dare to<br />

Care, he received a call from someone desperate to feed her<br />

children.<br />

“It was someone in the community who was well educated,<br />

with a good job and the resources to provide for her<br />

family,” he said. “Except that she’d had a series of dominos<br />

fall in her life that included massive medical bills, divorce<br />

and job loss.”<br />

After receiving assistance from Dare to Care, Reindeau received<br />

a call to say the woman found a job, was back on her<br />

feet, and planned to pay back the organization.<br />

“That’s the face of hunger that we are seeing now. It’s very<br />

different than a few years ago,” Riendeau said.<br />

While scenarios like this are all in a day’s work for Riendeau,<br />

it’s an act that can make the difference between life<br />

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and death to someone, as in the instance of 9-year-old Bobby<br />

Ellis who died on Thanksgiving Eve in 1969 from starvation.<br />

“Bobby’s death was tragic, but it started a spark in this<br />

community causing people to come together,” Riendeau<br />

said.<br />

From that heartbreaking event 42 years ago, and the efforts<br />

of Father Jack Johns, the Dare to Care food bank was<br />

born.Johns began by collecting food and storing it in his<br />

church basement, then delivering it out to people in need in<br />

the community from the back of a pick-up truck.

Though Dare to Care is a Louisville based organization, their<br />

reach in <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> is immense, covering a 13-county<br />

service area that includes eight in Kentucky and five in <strong>Southern</strong><br />

<strong>Indiana</strong>.<br />

“This year we will distribute 16.3 million pounds of food,”<br />

Riendeau said. “That equates to about 14.5 million meals dispensed<br />

into the community.”<br />

That’s up from about 12 million pounds of food three years<br />

ago, as the organization has been growing dramatically in the<br />

last few years trying to stay ahead of the expanding need. In the<br />

Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington alone, about<br />

2.5 million pounds of food is currently distributed annually.<br />

The organization currently has 69 agency partners and is<br />

looking for more to help reach those in need. Partnering agencies<br />

are a critical part of food distribution. When someone<br />

comes to Dare to Care seeking food assistance, they try to connect<br />

them with an agency near them, as the agency can often<br />

provide other services as well.<br />

To ensure the needs are being met, Dare to Care did a study<br />

to take a closer look at the number of people hungry and where<br />

they are located.<br />

In the last 12 months, Dare to Care has assisted 192,000 individuals.<br />

That’s a 68 percent increase over the last four years.<br />

The biggest driver behind the need for food assistance right<br />

now is employment. In addition, Dare to Care has other programs<br />

to assist with hunger, such as Kid’s Café, a safe place<br />

to go after school, where kids can receive tutoring and a hot<br />

meal five nights a week. Another program, Back Pack Buddies,<br />

addresses weekend hunger by providing a backpack full of<br />

nutritious, kid friendly food items to sustain kids through the<br />

weekend.<br />

One of Dare to Care’s biggest<br />

challenges now is dealing with<br />

perishables like fruit, meat and<br />

other chilled products. Of the 16<br />

million pounds of food Dare to<br />

Care distributes, about 4.5 million<br />

is fresh fruits and vegetables<br />

that have to go out to the community<br />

very quickly.<br />

There also is a mobile pantry<br />

for areas where there may not<br />

be an agency. At least two trucks<br />

full of food, produce, boxes and<br />

tables are sent out daily to distribute<br />

food on location.<br />

In addition, raising awareness is<br />

critical in this fight against hunger.<br />

“It’s one of those issues that<br />

remains largely invisible,” Riendeau<br />

said. “The sad part is that<br />

people don’t understand the<br />

magnitude of problem.”<br />

Food, dollars and volunteer<br />

time are critical to this organization,<br />

and there are numerous<br />

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Stephenson’s GeneralStore is here to stay<br />

Story & Photos // Sam C Bowles<br />

Stephenson’s General Store in<br />

Leavenworth opened in 1917.<br />

Originally located in a building<br />

close to the Ohio River, the flood<br />

of 1937 forced the move to its current<br />

location where it has been ever since.<br />

But when the Stephensons closed the<br />

doors of their family business in 2008 and<br />

sold the contents at auction, many in the<br />

small town of Leavenworth feared that was the end of the general store which had<br />

been a staple of the town for more than 90 years. And for a few years it looked like<br />

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“We still have the old counters and shelving,<br />

the squeaky wood floor, and we’ve tried to<br />

build on that hometown, nostalgic feel.”<br />

-Owner Grant Jones<br />

they were right.<br />

But in May of<br />

2010, locals Tony<br />

and Judy Gallina<br />

and Grant<br />

and Tara Jones<br />

bought the store.<br />

“I’ve just loved<br />

this place over<br />

the years, and it had always been<br />

an idea in the back of my mind that

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it would be nice to have it,” Owner Grant Jones says.<br />

When they learned that the Stephenson’s were ready to<br />

sell, the two families purchased the property.<br />

“And then,” Jones says, “the real work began.”<br />

They completed all of the necessary structural improvements<br />

and repairs necessary to restore the historical building<br />

to useable condition in just a few months, reopening on<br />

September 1, 2010.<br />

“We look back at photos of our opening day and just<br />

laugh,” Jones says. “We had so little inventory, but there’s<br />

only so much four people can do.”<br />

But when they opened at six in the morning, there were<br />

people waiting at the door, by seven there were already several<br />

people eating breakfast in the restaurant, and the business<br />

has just continued to grow from there.<br />

A step back in time…<br />

Stephenson’s is a true “general store,” featuring an array<br />

of nostalgic toys & candies, preserves & old-fashioned sodas,<br />

locally made crafts, food, and, well…a little bit of everything.<br />

The store feels like it’s from a forgotten era and is a<br />

delight to peruse both for locals and those passing by.<br />

“We still have the old counters and shelving, the squeaky<br />

wood floor, and we’ve tried to build on that hometown,<br />

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The building’s history has made for<br />

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and eventually a bomb squad was<br />

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“So we made the news that week<br />

for sure,” Jones says.<br />

The small restaurant in the back of<br />

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and those who might be camping or<br />

staying in the area, and in another<br />

part of the building the two couples<br />

also operate a coin laundry, the only<br />

one around.<br />

The final phase of their business<br />

plan included the addition of a hardware<br />

store in the building’s basement.<br />

And the reopened and reimagined<br />

Stephenson’s General Store has been<br />

a hit so far.<br />

“We knew it would be a success.<br />

People love the store and the concept…<br />

but we immediately exceeded<br />

our projections and have every<br />

month,” Jones says.<br />

Locals are very supportive of<br />

the store, stopping in regularly for<br />

this or that, but the store is equally<br />

popular with the many people<br />

who travel through the area.<br />

“People are glad we’re here…<br />

and we’re amazed at the visitors to<br />

this area,” Jones says. “And it’s a<br />

congregating point for the town.”<br />

In fact, some regulars even have<br />

their own coffee mugs.<br />

“It’s hard work, of course,” Jones<br />

says, “but the best part of it are the<br />

people we’ve gotten to know. It’s

not like they are just customers;<br />

they are our friends.”<br />

The new owners of Stephenson’s<br />

General Store have already<br />

exceeded their own expectations<br />

and plan to continue to grow<br />

their business.<br />

“We want to build on what we<br />

have here…and I think the restaurant<br />

still has a lot of growth,”<br />

Jones says.<br />

The Jones and Gallinas knew<br />

they wanted to help protect the<br />

history of this small town they<br />

think is very special.<br />

“The longer the store stayed<br />

closed, the more likely it would<br />

never come back,” Jones says.<br />

“So we saw this as an opportunity<br />

to contribute to the history<br />

of the town.”<br />

They hope to see others opening<br />

businesses in the area.<br />

“This downtown area would<br />

lend itself very well to some<br />

small shop owners opening little<br />

specialty businesses,” Jones says.<br />

In addition to Stephenson’s,<br />

Leavenworth already boast the<br />

popular Overlook Restaurant<br />

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Ohio River’s horseshoe bend, a<br />

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“Because of its location on the<br />

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If not for the Jones and Gallina<br />

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chicks in the kitchen<br />

Spring in the Kitchen<br />

Mother Daughter cooking column by Julie and Brooke Garrison<br />

What a busy time of year! May is full of great events starting<br />

with the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and finishing<br />

out with Memorial Day. Since it’s a time of pitch-ins we<br />

thought this potato casserole would be a big hit, and it’s<br />

versatile enough for breakfast or dinner. My grandma made the best<br />

mashed potatoes, but there’s no recipe for that. My cousin Nathan is<br />

getting close to replicating them though!!<br />

Strawberries will be in season here in southern <strong>Indiana</strong>, so we picked an<br />

easy to make dessert. You can add other fruits if you like, just omit the<br />

glaze and place sliced fruit on top of the cream cheese mixture.<br />

Happy cooking!<br />

Grandma Luda’s Potato Casserole<br />

1 (2 lb.) package frozen hash browns, slightly thawed<br />

( cup melted butter or margarine<br />

1 tsp. onion powder<br />

1 can cream of chicken soup<br />

1 pint sour cream<br />

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use mild cheddar)<br />

Salt and pepper to taste<br />

Crushed potato chips (for topping)<br />

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in the 9 x 13 baking<br />

dish. Stir together all the ingredients, pour butter from<br />

the dish into the mixture. Spread in pan. Top with crushed<br />

potato chips. Bake for one hour.<br />

Strawberry Pizza<br />

1 pkg. sugar cookie dough<br />

8 oz. cream cheese<br />

1 cup sugar<br />

1 tsp. vanilla<br />

1 qt. strawberries stemmed and sliced<br />

1 pkg. strawberry glaze<br />

Cut cookie dough in circles and place on pizza pan. Bake<br />

at 325 degrees until cookies are light brown around pan<br />

edge. They should bake together to form the crust. Mix together<br />

cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread on cooled<br />

cookie crust. Mix the strawberries and glaze together and<br />

spread on top of cream cheese mixture. Keep refrigerated<br />

before and after serving.<br />

For the little chicks –<br />

Mom’s Play Dough<br />

2 cups flour<br />

2 cups water (add food coloring<br />

to water)<br />

1 cup salt<br />

2 tsp. cream of tarter<br />

2 Tablespoons oil<br />

Cook over medium low heat<br />

and continue stirring till dough<br />

gets very sticky and thick.<br />

Knead like bread.<br />

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Garrison. Photo // Allen Jones<br />

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Flashback Photo<br />

1889<br />

Men enjoying a day<br />

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everyday adventures<br />

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“What happens in those years between third grade and 30 to rob us of our courage?”<br />

May/June <strong>2012</strong> • 42<br />

If you want to get kids fired up,<br />

ask for a volunteer. If you want to<br />

freak out a room full of adults, do<br />

the same thing.<br />

I’ve taught kids in church for the past<br />

sixteen years, and without fail, whenever<br />

I’ve asked for someone to come up<br />

front and help tell the story, I’ve seen<br />

nearly every hand in the room shoot<br />

up like a rocket. It doesn’t matter if the<br />

kids are from the country, the suburbs<br />

or the inner city. Rich or poor, black or<br />

white, preschool or fifth graders, kids<br />

are wired to participate. They love it.<br />

On the flip side, ask a crowd of adults<br />

to volunteer, and you get blank stares.<br />

You can take the most rambunctious<br />

crowd you know, invite someone to<br />

come up front and help with a presentation<br />

or answer a question, and you’ll<br />

hear nothing but crickets. After a couple<br />

of awkward minutes, with much hesitation,<br />

the first brave soul will raise their<br />

hand. Then, if you’re lucky, two or three<br />

others may follow suit - mostly motivated<br />

out of guilt or pity for the guy asking<br />

for volunteers.<br />

Just as kids are wired to participate,<br />

adults are conditioned to watch. That’s<br />

why we build sports stadiums with<br />

thousands of seats in the stands and<br />

room on the floor for only a handful to<br />

play. That’s why our theaters are packed<br />

with chairs, while the silver screen is reserved<br />

for only an elite few. That’s why<br />

we have 500 channels of cable TV, and<br />

we fight over who gets the remote.<br />

If you think about it, it’s kind of<br />

weird how we’ve created these industries<br />

around professionals we pay so<br />

we can watch them do stuff. We have<br />

a professional class of everything - athletes,<br />

movie stars, musicians, politicians,<br />

priests - and we love to both idolize<br />

and criticize them all. As adults we<br />

don’t want to be the ones to take the risk<br />

and put ourselves out there, vulnerable<br />

to criticism, but we thrive on playing<br />

armchair quarterback. We are not just<br />

a culture of spectators but of critics and<br />

connoisseurs.<br />

I love this quote from Teddy Roosevelt<br />

taken from his speech, “Citizenship<br />

in a Republic”:<br />

It is not the critic who counts; not the<br />

man who points out how the strong man<br />

stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could<br />

have done them better. The credit belongs to<br />

the man who is actually in the arena, whose<br />

face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;<br />

who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes<br />

short again and again, because there is no<br />

effort without error and shortcoming; but<br />

who does actually strive to do the deeds;<br />

who knows great enthusiasms, the great<br />

devotions; who spends himself in a worthy<br />

cause; who at the best knows in the end the<br />

triumph of high achievement, and who at<br />

the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring<br />

greatly, so that his place shall never be<br />

with those cold and timid souls who neither<br />

know victory nor defeat.<br />

So, what’s the deal? How do we end<br />

up as “cold and timid souls?” What happens<br />

in those years between third grade<br />

and 30 to rob us of our courage? What<br />

steals our desire to jump up in front of<br />

our peers and be right in the center of<br />

the action?<br />

I believe it’s because on the way to<br />

adulthood we all learn the fine of art<br />

of fear. We become self-conscious and<br />

afraid of getting the answer wrong,<br />

dropping the ball or performing poorly.<br />

We watch others blow it and see the<br />

ridicule that is their reward. It’s like<br />

a bunch of prisoners who’ve seen too<br />

many of their friends getting shot trying<br />

to scale the wall in the prison yard.<br />

As we grow older, we learn to keep our<br />

heads down and play it safe.<br />

That’s why I love working with kids.<br />

Kids don’t care what everyone else<br />

thinks. Kids just want to have fun. Kids<br />

just want to act and play and move and<br />

do. Maybe that’s one of the reasons Jesus<br />

said we should have faith like a<br />

child, because a child has the guts to act<br />

on what they believe to be true. Adults<br />

just talk it to death.<br />

Life is not a spectator sport. God did<br />

not make us to sit back and watch others<br />

live. He made us to do the living<br />

ourselves.<br />

The more I read the Bible, the more<br />

I realize it’s a book of action. Jesus said<br />

anyone who hears His words AND<br />

puts them into practice is like a wise<br />

man who builds his house on a rock,<br />

a rock that survives even the strongest<br />

of the storms. The Bible also says that,<br />

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he<br />

ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”<br />

I remember the first time I read that<br />

verse thinking, “Are you kidding me?<br />

Following God isn’t just about avoiding<br />

bad stuff? I actually have to do something<br />

too?”<br />

The fact is I can I say I believe all<br />

kinds of things about God until I’m blue<br />

in the face, but unless I’m willing to put<br />

it into practice, I’m just another guy in<br />

the stands watching a great game.<br />

Ever notice how much a church looks<br />

like a theater? There are plenty of people<br />

in the audience, with a paid professional<br />

up front under the lights. It’s just<br />

one more place we can sit back, offer<br />

our critique and enjoy the show.<br />

Unless, of course, you’re a kid. Then<br />

you’re next door in children’s ministry,<br />

your hand stretched high in the air, saying,<br />

“Pick me! Pick me! I want to play.”<br />

Who knows? Maybe some of them will<br />

forget to outgrow it. Those, of course,<br />

will be the ones who will change the<br />

world while the rest of us applaud<br />

them. •<br />

Jason Byerly is a writer, pastor, husband and<br />

dad who loves the quirky surprises God sends<br />

his way every day. He believes life is much<br />

funnier and way cooler than most of us take<br />

time to notice. You can catch up with Jason on<br />

his blog at www.jasonbyerly.com or follow him<br />

on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jasondbyerly.

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