Volume 15

September 2016

Issue 9  Page1

Table of Contents:

About this Ministry
   o Planning Team
   o Past Newsletters
   o Dorcas House on
   o Our Church's Web

Page 1:
  o KIilroy Was Here

Page 2:
  o Gemstones of the Bible

 Page 3:
  o Dorcas House News

Page 4:
Handy Things to Know
     o Using a Microphone
     o Freezing Avocados

Page 5:
  o Sara Nickson Cooks
      Bowtie Chicken
       Caesar Salad
  o Peach Upside Down
       Coffee Cake

Page 6:
  o News Bites
     o Ladies Bible Class
     o Sewing Sisters

Our feelings do not determine what is real, though the feelings them-selves are real. The feeling self is not the center of reality. God is the center of reality.

Gerald Sittser,
 A Grace Disguised
(pg. 526)

Kilroy Was Here

Mary Ellen Evans

During World War II, in a Quincy, MA shipyard, there was in an inspector by the name of J. J. Kilroy. It was Mr. Kilroy’s job to inspect the thousands of rivets with which the ships were built. As he would inspect the rows and rows of rivets, when he would need to take a break or when he left for the day, he would draw a line through the last rivet inspected and write, “Kilroy was here.”

The thousands and thousands of men transported to the war in those ships saw this oft-repeated phrase and as young men are want to do, turned it into a graffiti doodle and left it all across Europe to show where the American soldiers had been. It became a popular expression in pop culture because it was seen in so many places, used in so many ways, and drawn on so many different types of surfaces.

J. J. Kilroy was just doing his job in the best way he knew how, yet his simple way of keeping track of his place started an action that expressed something deeper. At that time in history, Americans were respected for, among other things, their inventiveness, resourcefulness, determination and for getting a job done well. The Kilroy graffiti became a signature of the American soldier saying the job was done.

As a Christian we will likely never create, intentionally or otherwise, an icon as well known as “Kilroy.” However, we should live our life in such a way that the traits every Christian is to have sends a silent message of what we stand for: love of our fellow man, joy in life, and a peace about us. We don’t need an icon to show the world. The way we live is our icon. It says, “Jesus was here!”