August 18, 2009

Praise and Pickleball - a taste of the Kingdom!

Last week I received a complement from a USAPA Ambassador in Idaho. Idaho!
http://idpickleball.usapa.org/

Well, I'm at the stage of life where I'm accepting all complements -- even the ones based on illusion :)... It's easy for people living at a distance to think good things about me. It's the people in my own family, congregation and courts that know better :O ...

That's why you can drive any main street in Metro Detroit and find congregations hungry for wholesome family activities to infuse the 'good' and 'pleasant' reality of Psalm 133:1 into the church family.

God is the Gardener. We are His planting. He takes responsibility for His people. Yet in the mysterious mingling of faith and works we are invited to active participation. PICKLEBALL can do that!

It is a strrrrrrrrretch to think a quick game of PICKLEBALL will replace 'coffee-n-donuts'. But it's easy to envision PICKLEBALL as an addition to church events calendars! It's easy to envision PICKLEBALL as an addition to traditional Midwest church softball and bowling leagues!

A few trail blazers from the Metro Detroit Chinese Christian & Missionary Alliance Church have begun to play pickleball together at Baker Middle School in Troy. Papa Razz and I were blessed to join them tonight. It was indeed the embodiment of the 'good' and 'pleasant' reality that pleases both God and man. (And WoW do these guys ever have FANTASTIC shots! Great exercise!)

Come and See!! Speak with USAPA volunteers about how you can add "Praise and Pickleball" to your congregation's calendar. Learn more about how PICKLEBALL can enrich your fellowship.

  • Free Beginner's Clinic
  • Downtown Rochester Municipal ParkTennis Courts
  • Wednesday, August 26 at 9:00am
  • USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) http://usapa.org/


Hans Spata (Rochester, MI) originated my favorite pickleball slogan:

  • Pickleball! FUN! Friends! Fitness!

Hans welcomes Michigan congregations to add a new twist to his slogan:

  • Pickleball! FUN! Fellowship! Fitness!

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1 (New American Standard Bible)