May 2, 2006

Vail Vision May 2, 2006

He is Risen!

It's a Da Vinci fest. You can't turn around without seeing another news article, press release, or television special on the Da Vinci Code. Someone recently shared with me a well-written article from the Automotive Association of America (AAA) magazine of all places! One might wonder, "Shouldn't we simply ignore the movie? When we talk about the movie, aren't we helping with their marketing?.. These are very good questions.

Simply put, the church CANNOT stay silent. If we were to remain silent, the general public would say, "Oh, this stuff must be true. The church isn't saying otherwise... It's a tricky game to play. Silence means acquiescence. Response means additional advertisement. But two can play at that game. The heightened awareness around the Da Vinci Code means that we can use that to grab people's attention. There are those who might not normally be curious about the church's history. But with all the hype, they are listening. This can be a tremendous opportunity for the church to respond if they do it right!

Now the Vatican presented a press release stating that people should boycott the movie. I am not sure this will have the intended effect. It would have been more appropriate for the Vatican to address the questions head-on. Wouldn't it be wonderful for the Pope to have a press conference addressing each of the claims in the Da Vinci Code and then proving how the claims are false.

A better response is to educate people. That is what we are doing. Each Sunday after church we will continue to address these claims. Last week was an extremely interesting study on "The Gospel of Judas... This week.... well, come and find out!

OK. Enough Da Vinci. I don't want to be accused of hyper-promoting the movie either.


David Hook, Vicar



The youth are invited to attend FULL MOON MADNESS on May 13th-14th. This event is for youth 7th through 12th grade. This fun will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday night. We will begin by meeting at Eggold's new home in Vail (13640 E. Aviara Place). There will be a "walk in the dark.., fun, devotions, and other cool stuff. 7th and 8th graders will be finished by 10:00 PM and can be picked up then. High school kids will spend the night in tents at the Eggold's. Then on Sunday, the whole team will cook breakfast for Mother's Day.

May 14th is Mother's Day. This will be a special day celebrating mothers! Youth, seventh grade and older will cook and serve breakfast. There will also be a special gift to all women in the congregation. Plan on staying for a special breakfast that day.

This Sunday, May 7, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper. We shifted communion over the last few weeks because of Easter. But beginning in May, we will continue with our normal schedule of communing on the first and third Sundays of each month.

On Sunday, we will continue with our after-church study on extra-biblical evidence to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will meet in the band room. The band room is behind the stage and towards the east. When the service is finished, we will have about a 15 minute fellowship time. Then, at 10:15, we will begin our various education programs. There will be a programs for children in first grade through sixth grade and a program for Kindergarten or younger. The junior high youth are welcome to join us in the band room.

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for the two Paul Maier seminars. Dr. Maier is one of the nation's leading authorities on Biblical Archaeology and History. He is a professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. He is teaching two seminars in May. "Christ or Caricature.. is a look at the extra-Biblical evidence of the life of Jesus. It will be held on May 20th at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. On May 21, from 2:00 to 4:00, Dr. Maier will specifically address the Da Vinci Code in his presentation, "The Da Vinci Deception... The cost for this is also $10 and the price includes a copy of Dr. Maier's book, "The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?.. Tickets are available after church on Sunday and also on-line at

Christ Lutheran Vail is partnering with Fountain of Life to do a servant event in Medera, Louisiana. The event is scheduled from Saturday, July 1st through Saturday, July 8th. Carpenters, construction people and general handyman-types are encouraged to join the team. Because of Lutheran Disaster Relief requirements, this event is limited to those who are 16 years or older. This is a great opportunity share God's love with a part of the country that still is trying to recover from the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Each participant will need to be self-funded. The cost will be $700 for the week. This cost includes airfare. If God is calling you to assist our neighbors in the gulf region, please contact either Joel Cmiel at or Jami Eggold at 495-5694.

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