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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 at the Tiews

Like a Country Song

We now have Friends in Low Places! Sarge our Labrador mix from Okmulgee, OK, is a great addition to our family.

Why Don’t We Just Dance?” MeMe and Lilly asked themselves and started taking ballet classes thanks to the generosity of their grandmother.

Carlotta has become a popular blogger ( and photographer. She is “so much cooler Online ”!

Jeremiah shows that A Country Boy Can Survive . He is now a dedicated student of everything related to survival training and is able to guide the family in tough situations (as long as he doesn't forget his handbook).

Thinking This One’s for the Girls,” MeMe started a Girls' Club that met once a week in the summer. The girls were busy with a lemonade and cookie stand, camping in the basement, treasure hunts and other things girls do.

Sponsored by the University of Tulsa, the whole family was also able to enjoy pool Water during the hot months and MeMe graduated from Dad’s swimming school.

Sadness struck when Old Friend Tom Cheney of Stagecoach, Texas, passed away unexpectedly. Our friendship goes back to our early days in the USA and we miss him greatly. Never did we think that Chris would preach his first funeral sermon for Tom.

Homeschooling continues at the Tiews house and a surprise Show and Tell lesson took place right in front of our living room window, when a huge bee swarm settled on a tree branch and stayed there even through a bad storm. Finally a beekeeper swept them into a box and resettled them on his property. A few months later he gave us some American Honey from ‘our’ own bees!

In September we were invited to listen to Country in Good Old Germany. We celebrated Lula’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and rode a Big Green Tractor on the family's 'ranch'.

Back in the USA, Chris was interviewed about his latest book “Looking for Luther, which records our wonderful trip to the land of Martin Luther two years ago. You might want to Turn on the Radio, tune into Issues, Etc. and listen.

As we reflect on all that took place this year, blessed times among family and friends, as well as tragic events, we continue to marvel at Christ's sacrifice for us and ask ourselves: Why Me, Lord?

We wish everybody a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate our Savior's birth Away in a Manger.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blessings in the name of our LORD!

We are so grateful for another wonderful year filled with excitement ("Call Day"), trips ("Lutherland in Germany"), a move ("to Tulsa, OK") and the meeting of old and new brothers and sisters in Christ. Grace Lutheran Church is a wonderful congregation with a great pastor.

The Lutheran Moose has been quiet - I apologize. There is now Grace Lutheran Church's blog to keep you up to date with what's happening in the life of our congregation and Facebook to tell you about the family's.

Have a blessed year 2009!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Day After Call Day

Yesterday was like Christmas. The whole campus was buzzing with excitement. After heavy thunderstorms in the morning the sun broke through at noon. And then the fog lifted also for the seminarians and their families as they received vicarage and call assignments.

This is the wonderful congregation the LORD wants to bless the Tiews with: Grace Lutheran Church, Tulsa OK. And yes, it is the beautiful church from my previous post! We are so thankful and excited!

Pastor Beecroft came all the way from Tulsa to be with us on this great day.

As if this wasn't wonderful enough, our old friends the Hintz Family will continue to be our neighbors while serving at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow - a suburb of Tulsa!

Thank you, friends, for all your faithful prayers and support.

We are truly blessed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Waiting for ...

... Call Day.

April 22nd 2008 seemed so far away - especially when we arrived here at the sem. The time went by so quickly and now we are looking forward to leaving "The Island".

Chris will receive an assignment for vicarage (you can follow the service on the Web) and we are excited about finding out what the LORD has in store for us next.

There are beautiful Lutheran churches out there!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Hymns On The Accordion - Only At Tomball German Heritage Fest

There were many Lederhosen and Dirndls, as well as an alphorn and accordion. Before the start of the third day of Tomball German Heritage Festival, people gathered at a German/English prayer service in Tomball, Texas. They sang praises to God (Grosser Gott, wir loben Dich etc.), listened to the scriptures, prayed and listened to a sermon in two languages.

"Christianity is not about our best life now, but it's the story of Christ’s life, His death on the Cross and resurrection on the third day, the miracle of the empty tomb, and the coming down of the Holy Spirit who resides in all of us who have been baptized and who believe in Him.

The big picture is that, thanks to Christ’s work on the cross, your sins and mine have been forgiven and you and I have eternal life in His name.


Und nun, möge der Friede Gottes, der alles Verstehen übersteigt, eure Herzen und eure Gedanken in der Gemeinschaft mit Christus Jesus bewahren..."

And some wonderful people encouraged Chris greatly:
  • "Keep on preaching the Word, it's not popular, but the right thing to do".

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Issues Etc - No More

We've been in shock for over a week now. Our favorite Christ-centered radio show "Issues Etc." has been cancelled. Without warning, without explanation. Radio for the thinking Christian - no more. Why?

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