Dear friends, I will be away for a few days to take part in my daughter's ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She accepted a call to be the Associate Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Richmond, VA, beginning this past April 1st. The tradition in the Virginia Synod is to ordain all new pastors at their synod assembly which occurs this weekend at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. The actual service will take place in St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, Roanoke because of space limitations. I will be her ordination sponsor and as such will get to place the "stole" (a colored cloth which is the symbol of ordained service) on her shoulders for the first time. I am a very proud Dad! Thankfully my task does not involve speech because I expect to be struck mute by emotion. Please add this whole situation to your prayers and join us in the celebration!