Eighth birthday

The coach and Veeka, holding her soccer trophy

The coach and Veeka, holding her soccer trophy

Finally the day came: April 16 and Veeka was finally 8. I brought homemade cupcakes to school (none of that ultra-sugared stuff from Kroger for us) and a lot of her little friends wrote her nice notes. After school I dressed her in her soccer clothes and took her to her last soccer game of the season. Her team, called the Foxes, won, as they have all spring, so we celebrated the close of the season and Veeka’s birthday at Snappy’s, a local pizza place. There a kind parent brought in cupcakes for Veeka and a present and all the girls got soccer trophies. It was a fun, instant party for a little girl who does not have many friends as we’re so new to the area.

The closest I have to an official photo of the team. Veeka is in the background, in the middle of the photo

The closest I have to an official photo of the team. Veeka is in the background, in the middle of the photo

Spring has truly sprung and so far we’ve only dodged on real tornado scare. Usually there’s a lot more than we’ve gotten so far. “The season” lasts into June, so I am not breathing easily yet. The sirens went off a week ago when some twisters roared across the Mississippi, so I was able to go to test which radio stations work during tornadoes and which do not. I only found two local ones that performed well. Fortunately the local ABC affiliate: WBBJ, did fabulously so – note to self – turn that on the next time the winds start to blow.
Classes are starting to wind up at Union and next week is our last full week. Tomorrow I head to Nashville with some students to pick up awards for our student newspaper whose web site just got beautifully revamped. Then I’ll go to a ‘homecoming’ at one of the serpent handler churches that I made famous a year ago through the Wall Street Journal piece.

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One Response to Eighth birthday

  1. Mary Takaoka says:

    Hi Julia, I just finished your book, “Quitting Church.” I picked it up at the Laguna Beach Library book store during this summer vacation—for about a dollar. As a Christian, at first I didn’t like the title, but I felt compelled to read it. I’m sure it was God telling me to read it. I agree with you on a lot of points, but… I think we need to actually listen to the TV evangelists and see what they are saying. Why are they attracting the viewers that they are? Why are Christians even listening to them? If what they are saying is wrong, then let’s pick apart the statements, not the overall usage of TV that they do. Also, you kept going back to house church, probably no less than 20 times. I’ve been to house churches. The problem with them, you say—“is there isn’t enough Bible.” However, I think that as a mature Christian, we are so full of Bible and that it isn’t what we are seeking anymore. We already know the Word, we already know what the Holy Spirit is saying to us through the Word. We already know to have our quiet time with God. We don’t need another sermon stuffed down our throats and that’s why preachers can’t speak to our hearts anymore. The church in Acts wasn’t a building or a program or mustering up groups dealing with issues as you say we need. It was fellowship with one another including healings, and one-on-one ministering. No cramming of Bible down the throats was done at all. We mature Christians are actually supposed to be starting these house churches, but our problem is that we still want to be lazy-in-the-pews, docile, milk-fed Christians. As you saw, the charismatic church in foreign countries is doing very well. They don’t have the walls put up by evangelism–Bible thumping, eyebrow furrowing Christians. If America doesn’t wake up, we’re going to be another Greece; where we were once a thriving Christian country, but are now just a remnant. Oh, by the way—can you listen to Mr. Kenneth Copeland? And it is good just to apply to receive his free Victory Magazine? I hope you find a wonderful house church that fits all of your needs. Look up Mr. Bill Johnson and his Bethany Church in Redding, California—now that is church-in-action—no programs, just folks going into their local grocery and healing strangers. Or look at the calendar of any Vineyard style church. Do they have healing rooms, soaking, prophecies? If they do, then please, please, please—go check them out. You won’t be disappointed. And may God bless you, Veeka and your ministry—I hope you find a great job soon! ~Mary Cowley-Takaoka, (50) Yokohama (Christian for 18 years, American, married to a Japanese husband, also on FB.) (Oh, you might want to read, “The Rabbit and the Elephant” by Tony & Felicity Dale & George Barna.) ;>