ELMORE – "Suds and Salvation" tackles tough issues in a unique environment. The new summer
program coordinated through Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore.
The first of the six-part summer series will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Portage Inn, Elmore.
According to organizers, getting into a serious discussion at the local tavern isn’t all that difficult.
Yet, when the organizer of the discussion is church-based, it is unusual.
"Suds and Salvation is not a new idea," says Rev. David Nevergall, pastor at Grace. "The
Roman Catholic Church has been doing it for years under the title ‘Theology on Tap,’ primarily as a way
of getting Catholic young adults together. Our approach is a bit different. We’re opening this up to the
entire community, focusing on issues that folks of all ages are wondering about."
The topic for the first gathering is "The Resurrection and Other Miracles." Discussion will
focus on how people comprehend things they can’t explain, and whether or not there’s room for faith in a
post-modern culture.
Nevergall will open the discussion with a brief overview on the topic, including what the Christian
church has traditionally said about Christ’s rising from the dead and his deeds of power. Then the floor
will be open to questions and answers. And of course, the bar and the kitchen will be open for anyone
who’d like to accompany the conversation with a bit of food and drink.
"We had a great time with this project last summer," said the pastor. "And we’re hopeful
that the Spirit can use these evening sessions to open some hearts and minds to the good news the church
has been given to share."
Future topics and dates will be "Jesus Rode a Donkey; Would He Also Ride an Elephant?, a look at
faith and politics, June 30; "Sweet Charity," a consideration of what it means to be generous,
July 14; "Human Dignity," July 28; "Bless Me for I Have Sinned," Aug. 11; and
"Open Forum: Grill the Pastor," Aug. 25.
"I’ll probably need my dancing shoes for that last one," Nevergall joked.
For more information or directions to Portage Inn, contact the church at (419) 862-3630 or send an
e-mail, [email protected]