Monday Fodder Weekly Update

May 15, 2017

Greetings to another start to the week. It seems a new week is rolling around every couple days!  

Since I post both Monday Fodder, and the RiverGrace weekly newsletter on Facebook, along with the photos, I guess I may not report that much news about the church as I would otherwise here in Monday Fodder.  If you don’t use Facebook, but would like the news or prayer requests about the church, you can go here to sign up for the newsletter, which is usually sent out on Thursday, or sometimes Friday of each week. I  also do post it on the official Website of RiverGrace each week, along with the photos. That Website is

Last week, we celebrated RiverGrace’s 6th anniversary, along with our mother church, Yan Yue. You can see a few photos here:  We also had a nice celebration of Mother’s Day yesterday. Michael Krigline was the organizer of the sermon time. There was a short puppet show, a study of some moms in the Bible, and we gave the ladies (whether they were moms or not) potted plants or flowers.  

Our helper / Pastora Irma grew  all of them in our garden, and with the help of a couple other ladies, potted them and decorated the pots for the gifts.

Irma has a green thumb, and our garden has never looked better since we moved into this place here 26 years ago!  I’ll try to remember to get a photo of her with some of her flowers and plants next week.

We’re back to the heat and humidity which we’ll have until November. It’s my least liked feature of Hong Kong I had a couple people tell me that after their heart surgery ; they got cold easier. Well, for me, I’ve not found that to be the case at all. I still always get soaked during the hikes… not by rain, either..

We had some excitement on Saturday as Cindy and I took a new trail. on our way down a hill, Cindy and I nearly stepped on a red-necked keelback snake, which can be lethal if it gets it’s rear fangs into you. Fortunately, the fact that it’s not a large snake, normally only the front fangs would get a person. The front fangs are not poisonous.

I was walking first, and didn’t even see it until Cindy yelled. We were the first ones on that trail that morning, so I was waving a stick in front of me trying to knock down the multitude of harmless spiders and their webs. I suppose there’s a sermon in there somewhere!

We got sad news last week of the death of the beloved Portia Kwan, wife of Tony Kwan, who has worked with our church conference, Hong Kong Evangelical Church in Macau and Hong Kong, and then since near the beginning of our seminary, United Wesleyan Graduate Institute, in 2001 has been a professor

Portia had cancer, and though she received some treatments, the cancer was too aggressive. Please remember Tony and his two daughter, Rebekah and Hannah, in your prayers.

That’s the news for this week. Make it a great week.  Blessings, Dave


They missed him!-- Author Unknown

They were looking for a Lion, He came as a Lamb, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a Warrior, He came as a Peacemaker, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a King, He came as a Servant, and they missed Him.

They were looking for Liberation from Rome, He submitted to the Roman cross, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a fit to their mold, He was the mold maker, and they missed Him.

What are you looking for?





They were looking for their temporal needs to be met, He came to meet their eternal need, and they missed Him.

He came as a Lamb to be sacrificed for your sin. Will you miss Him?

He came to make peace between God and man. Will you miss Him?

He came to model servanthood for all mankind.  Will you miss Him?

He came that we might have true Liberty. Will you miss Him?

He came to give you eternal life. Will you miss Him?

When we submit to the Lamb, we will meet the Lion.

Join with the Peacemaker and we will meet the Warrior.

Work with the Servant and we will meet the King.

Walk with the Submitted and we will meet the Liberator.

Concern ourselves with the eternal and we will have the temporal.

     If Jesus is not fitting into the mold you have, then come to the mold maker and get His new one. Submit to His plan for your life and you will see your eternal need met first, then all the other things you have need of will be taken care of as well. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

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The Impact of One - Author Unknown

One song can spark a moment,

One flower can wake the dream.

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room.

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true.

One life can make the difference,

And may that one be you, and me, too!

@Sent by Tommy Wilkerson


Blessed 1 of 3

- Blessed are the Internet junkies, for their time shalt be a net loss.

- Blessed are those who build bridges, for they shalt get over it.

- Blessed are those who recycle motor oil, for they shall be refined.

- Blessed is the TV weatherman, for he shalt talk up a storm.

- Blessed are the undertakers, for they shalt be the last to let you down.

- Blessed are they who knit their own hosiery, for they shalt not get a run for their money.

- Blessed are the auctioneers, for they shall look forbidding.

- Blessed are the bread-makers, for they shalt rise to the occasion.

- Blessed are the nuns, for they shall have no bad habits.

- Blessed are those who stop horseback riding, for they shalt be full of woe.

- Blessed are the thrifty deer hunters, for they shalt get more bang for their buck.

- Blessed are the ministers who make mistakes, for it shall only be a clerical error.

- Blessed are the unionized church workers, for they shalt bargain in good faith.

- Blessed are the watchmakers, for they shalt work overtime


     A guy walks into a dentist's office and flops right down on the couch.

     "Doc," he says, "here's the problem. I think I'm a moth."

     "Well," says the doctor, "that certainly is a problem, but why did you come into a dentist's office?"

     "The light was on."


     A homeowner phones a plumber: "Can you come over and fix my kitchen sink again?"

     The plumber replied, "You know I'm always at your disposal."

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     A woman meant to call a record store but dialed the wrong number and got a private home instead. "Do you have 'Eyes of Blue' and 'A Love Supreme'?" she asked.

     "Well, no," answered the puzzled homeowner. "But I have a wife and eleven children."

     "Is that a record?" she inquired.

     "I don't think so," replied the man, "but it's as close as I want to get."

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A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.


     Yesterday, I ate a clock. It was very time consuming.

     Especially when I went back for seconds.


Kids today don't know how easy they have it: when I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

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     "I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked 'brightness' but it doesn't work."


     A Dutchman was explaining the red, white, and blue Netherlands flag to an American.

     "Our flag is symbolic of our taxes. We get red when we talk about them, white when we get our tax bills, and blue after we pay them."

     The American nodded. "It's the same in the USA only we see stars, too!"

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Find the snake in this photo. If you don't see it... I didn't either. Cindy and I nearly stepped on it. It was a red-nicked keelback which can be lethal if it gets its back fangs into you. It was about 2 feet long, and I didn't see it until Cindy yelled. I was busy knocking down harmless spiders and their webs. The photo below is from the web, just to show what the snake looks like.


Ma On Shan

Tai Wan Village


Fei Ngo Shan

I met another fella, a 3 inch crab, on the road on one of my workouts last week. Except for the photo of the bamboo path, near where we saw the snake, the rest are from the workout in the later afternoon. Ma On Shan is in the background. In the 3rd photo the mountains in the far background are Pak Sin Leng.

Here's a couple photos from our Mother's Day celebration at RiverGrace yesterday.