Chuckie Cheese and Old Lutherans, by Pr. Rossow

For forty nine  years I  have walked  the face of God’s green earth  and up until this last Sunday I had not had the pleasure of meeting Chuckie Cheese.  One of our god children  had his fifth birthday party with the lively rodent and my wife and I got invited to the party. Seeing the children following Chuckie the mouse around the emporium like he was some sort of pied piper made me  wonder  if there were not some way to combine the liturgy, cheap pizza and an oversized animated Luther character in order to get the children as excited about  church as they are about Chuckie Cheese. But then I realized that its probably already been tried in a church growth church somewhere.

My church growth idea of the overstuffed Lutheran Chuckie Cheese  may never be realized in our parish but the attached picture does  show that I did get to see some sort of melding of the two different cultures. That’s our god child’s mother Cheryl Magness sporting the Old Lutheran sweatshirt with the Chuckie Cheese nametag. Cheryl is one of the editors of the Steadfast Quarterly. Thanks Cheryl for all your hard work for BJS and for providing a little levity at Chuckie Cheese.

Pastor Rossow

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Chuckie Cheese and Old Lutherans, by Pr. Rossow — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the correction Dan.

    That shows you how much attention I payed to the vermin.


  2. Years ago I convinced a few co-workers to try the place for lunch… it was the worst pizza I’ve ever had and I’ve never been back.

  3. That’s almost amusing! Of course, Chuck E Cheese is for kids — they love the pizza, no matter how bad it is to adults! I’ve been (no, that’s not the right word, suffered is better) there a total of about 3 times with my kids (who are now all grown up). I can’t imagine taking a group of adults there for lunch!

  4. Hmmm . . . looks like maybe this post could have used a little editing, Pastor!

    Cheryl, who edits the Quarterly but clearly not the website, or else I would have caught this before Dan!

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