Christmas and New Year Greetings 2015
Nora, Peter, Joshua, Mark, and Ashley in Chattanooga
We would like to send you all some year-end, Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany greetings. Now we’ll all have to get used to writing 2016 and before that just a little about all of us in 2015.
Ashley we know just had a two-week tour of Japan. Their band, the Basement Benders, had 10 gigs and came back just before Christmas. Last year they toured England, Scotland, and Ireland. No Idea Record label just signed them up. Ashley and Terry still have the Vegan restaurants, Sluggos South in downtown Pensacola and they just moved Sluggos North next door, still in Chattanooga. We really enjoy his long telephone calls home!
Peter has felt completely blessed coming out of retirement into a two year ministry in Christ Lutheran Church in El Cerrito, CA. He and Philip have been busy writing books: the Reformation Commentary on Romans Chapters 9-16 (InterVarsity Press) and The Catholic Luther (Paulist Press), both appearing this year. From the German Peter also translated a scholarly biography on Luther by Thomas Kaufmann (Eerdmans Publishing) also to appear this year. Mark directed a Preview of our Luther Musical on Reformation Sunday last October and we are busy adding new scenes and songs. It’s a dream of many years coming true and a full production is in the plans, especially for 2017, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On November 2nd Peter had a successful left hip replacement and he is already walking way better than before the operation.
This summer we attended the Krey Family Reunion in Cape Cod and it was great seeing all the nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters, and cousins. Then we rented a car and headed south, visiting New York, then Baltimore, where we stayed with Lily. She helped us plan a day visiting Washington, D.C. We continued further south and in Charleston, S.C. visited our dear friends Evie and Earl, who gave us a tour of that city, including seeing the mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, all bedecked with flowers in front of the church. We are so thankful that after many an invitation we made it there. Then we ended our road-trip in Jacksonville, FL, where we celebrated Nora’s father’s 95th birthday.
Nora continues to enjoy her job as director of the Mission Mental Health Clinic, which presents many challenges as well as rewards.
Joshua continues to work as inventory manager at Blick Art Supply, enjoying his many hobbies and interests. This year he purchased a 1963 GMC truck (a rust bucket: you needed a tetanus shot to look at it) which he completely took apart and refurbished.
Mark released his second CD called Watch Pot, a four song album and is working very hard promoting his music. He is a singer, song-writer now trying to make a livelihood completely with his music. Mark and Peter sometimes perform at the East Bay Coffee House and Mark sang a solo in the German Christmas Service this year and is a celebrated soloist in our congregation.
We wish you all many blessings for the coming year!