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Summer Adventures with Jesus

Summer adventures. Do you have something planned? What are you planning on taking with you?

Last General Convention, two years ago, I was introduced to “Flat Jesus” for the first time. Josh Hoover had already left St. Jude’s and we served together as Clergy Deputies for the Diocese of Eastern Michigan. He’d brought with him a number of laminated and beautifully colored Jesus figures. His church was inviting us to bring Flat Jesus along wherever we went at General Convention and take pictures of his adventures. My Flat Jesus sat with me on the floor of the House of Deputies and he helped me with the voting device, he rested against my water bottle so he could get a good view of everything that was taking place, he wandered through the hall of displays many times, he visited the local grocery stores and markets to stock up on breakfast and lunch foods, and he joined me a few times as we went out to eat dinner together. He was a busy Flat Jesus and I found it so much fun to post pictures of our adventures together. I’m sad to say that since returning from General Convention he’s found his place on my book shelf at home, rarely, if ever making an appearance. In short, he’s been rather bored and likely felt very left out.

On June 18 Kris Forsyth invited us to take a Flat Jesus along on our summer adventures and when my Jesus heard that this was happening he jumped for joy! Finally, he would be able to see something other than the same old books he’s been seeing for two years! How exciting! He wondered what he was going to see. Would he be taken along for grand adventures? Would he join in everyday activities? Who would he meet? Family? Friends? Strangers? Hearing and seeing your

What I discovered on carrying my Flat Jesus with me through my daily activities at General Convention was that I was much more conscious of the presence of Jesus all of the time. I found this interesting as I’m a person who is almost always conscious of the presence of Jesus.

So now Kris is bringing Flat Jesus to St. Jude’s! And we have a few options available for posting your adventures with Flat Jesus. You could e-mail or text either Kris or me and we will post your adventures from there. Or you could visit out church website and click on the Blog – Our Journey Together tab. From there visit the blog entry entitled “Summer Adventures with Jesus” and post your adventure as a comment. The information you need is listed below.

I’m looking forward to reading all about your adventures with Jesus and seeing your photos of Flat Jesus!

Tracie Little+

SIDE NOTE: If you have difficulty posting a photo in the comment section of this blog (and you might), please post your comment, but send your photo to Debbie Fry at debbiemcwilliams00@gmail.com and she will make sure the photo gets added to your respective comments. Thank you!


  1. Jill Perry

    New friends and old friends at Camp Chick women’s retreat.

  2. Jill Perry

    No pictures before we have our coffee! Flat Jesus & Mackenzie were up for a photo op however.

  3. Jill Perry

    Fun at Camp Chick during the Women’s Retreat.

  4. Carol Pettipher

    Flat Jesus was helping check on tee times at Manistee National Golf Resort on a beautiful day.

  5. Kris Forsyth

    Yay! Glad Flat Jesus made it to the Karoake Party! Keep the photos coming everyone!

  6. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus arrived to sing karaoke.

  7. Nancy Day

    Flat Jesus & friends at Linda’s karaoke party last night!

  8. Kris Forsyth

    Flat Jesus went to Guitar Practice this evening…

  9. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus has joined Kris Forsyth’s Safeguarding God’s Children workshop.

  10. Jill Perry

    It was a hot day, but the Dow Gardens at Midland were beautiful. Very glad there were lots of benches & other places for Flat Jesus (and me) to take a break.

  11. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus spent some time at Holy Family, Midland at their labyrinth.

  12. Kylee Hodill'

    Flat Jesus x 3 was in Narnia last week at camp! Here = first signs of spring.

  13. Kris Forsyth

    Flat Jesus x 3 was in Narnia last week at camp! Here = first signs of spring.

  14. Dianne Simpson

    Thought I’d walk over to help Bob with the seaweed.

  15. Dianne Simpson

    Render unto Caesar that which is Carsar’s.

  16. Dave James

    Two miracles performed right in their own backyard!!

  17. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus with some of his friends at St. Paul’s, Gladwin.

  18. Ellen Tripp

    Flat Jesus enjoyed Iceland very much but he was rather eclipsed by the large Jesus in the cathedral (in fact he didn’t show up , he was just too small to compete with the large Jesus and the beautiful picture of a saint. He did enjoy being down at the Harbour in Reykjavik.

  19. Ellen Tripp

    Flat Jesus is spotted at multiple places in Iceland!

  20. Tracie Little

    Sabbath rest and being awake to the presence of God in doing the laundry!

  21. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus helps Mike get some dental work done.

  22. Tracie Little

    Ahhhhh…..refreshing water…..also good for helping Flat Jesus check out the outside world.

  23. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus decided to hit the gym with the Little’s! Great workout!

  24. Tracie Little

    Just a Flat Jesus and his Ford F-150. “Built Ford Tough”….

  25. Tracie Little

    Mmmmmmm…….. homemade pizza with olive oil sauce, asparagus tips, spinach, mushrooms, red pepper, cheese and fresh basil. Flat Jesus is eating well tonight!

  26. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus joined the circle at Thursday noon Bible Study and was intrigued to hear how we all made connections with his Parable of the Sower.

  27. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus speaking with R2-D2. Thank you, Camden, for bringing him along to Bible Study!

  28. Tracie Little

    Flat Jesus is excited to be at the front of the planner, taking the lead on daily scheduling!

  29. Dave Rayner

    Flat Jesus hanging out with 3D grandsons!

  30. Dave Rayner

    Flat Jesus enjoying the sunset on Little Traverse Bay!

  31. Ellen Tripp

    Flat Jesus visits Iceland! (For real!)

  32. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus taking a break in the shade at McCurdy Park.

  33. Jill Perry

    Wow – getting ready to go into really cool bicycle museum with Flat Jesus.

  34. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus touring the Historic Village at Corunna (Michigan).

  35. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus does not show favoritism -There is neither red nor green, nor orange nor blue, but all are tractors …

  36. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus waiting for a ride. All the tractor people were busy eating a potluck dinner so we didn’t go.

  37. Jill Perry

    Surf’s Up!

  38. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus with two 1955 models.

  39. Jill Perry

    “Well, I had one of these!”

  40. Jill Perry

    Showing Flat Jesus the cars we owned in our younger days “Hey I had one of these!”

  41. Jill Perry

    Bob and Flat Jesus at the 4th of July Cruise to the Park Car Show at Corunna (Michigan).

  42. Jill Perry

    Flat Jesus hanging out while I work on a landscaping project.

  43. Jill Perry

    Zucchini! If Jesus had used Zucchini to feed the 5,000 would it still have been considered a miracle?

  44. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus hung-out with the kids learning about animals and their tracks with DNR.

  45. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus loves classical music . . .even during lessons. Hard to peak in, but he certainly can hear!

  46. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus loves Michigan lake life!

  47. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus found himself where he often does, drawn to new life!

  48. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus is waiting for the party to get started. He knows where not to be when the Jenga gets started.

  49. Nancy Day

    Breakfast with friends after church. Can you find flat Jesus?

  50. Kris Forsyth

    Flat Jesus is excited about St. J’s new and refreshed Worship/ Busy Bags for children!

  51. Julie DuPei

    Here is a new photo of Flat Jesus helping the kids pick out candy.

  52. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus really loves Dutch Frites, and upside down Fritessaus. He was however, admittedly scared of the strange men behind him.

  53. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus is waiting for Espresso at the Church.

  54. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus enjoying good company on an outdoor patio. Wine, peanuts and bread with the most tasty pesto sauce – with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Yummy!

  55. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus is throwing his hands up about our speedy train to Breda going “0” kph. At least we are all together.

  56. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus forgot his passport. Delta kindly let him slide.

  57. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus is looking forward to coffee and a traditional Indian breakfast.

  58. Julie DuPei

    Flat Jesus was craving Mediterranean.

  59. Nancy Day

    Flat Jesus had a great time at book club tonight but for some reason wouldn’t eat the ham.

  60. Dave Rayner

    Surprise! Jesus showed up this morning with the crew that is staining our house. Thanks Steve James!

  61. Dave Rayner

    Flat Jesus blessing the Rose Breasted Grosbeak!

  62. Dave Rayner

    Flat Jesus sharing Fathers Day!

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