Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pin the Beard on Calvin: Happy Belated Birthday John C.

Yesterday, July 10, 2009, was Humanist, Philosopher and Theologian John Calvin’s 500th birthday. Members of North Church Queens and the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone and a few others gathered at North Church’s Studio North, festively decorated with balloons and paper streamers, to celebrate. After singing happy birthday to the absent birthday boy we enjoyed cake, ice cream and coffee while watching and a fifty minute documentary about Calvin’s legacy. Afterward we sang the hymn I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art.

Knowing that no birthday party would be complete with out at least one party game, but not wanting to resort to a juvenile game like pin the tail on the donkey, we opted for something more decent and in order: pin the beard on Calvin! A portrait of John was hung on the wall, partiers were blindfolded, turned around three times (Presbyterians are, after all, Trinitarian), and with paper beard with tape on the top in hand, were pointed toward the portrait (photo at right).

Today, Saturday, July 11, 2009, Summit to Shore wishes John Calvin a belated 500th birthday.

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