SAVED Conference (by Hands of Zion)

Be watching this website for some exciting information about an upcoming conference. I will be giving the basics, here. Setting up the registration page will take a little bit longer. (I am trying to learn as I go.)

It will run from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Registration fees will be as follows:

  • Adults $40 before Dec. 1 ($45 after Dec. 1, $55 at the door)
  • Students $20 before Dec. 1 ($ 25 after Dec. 1. $35 at the door)
  • Zion member $20
  • Seniors $20
  • Deaf $20
  • Kids 13-17 $10
  • Kids 12 and under are free


Childcare is provided and will need to know if the child has an allergy or other special needs. We will not give any medicine to any child!

The schedule is planned to be:

  • Friday, April 23
    • 7:00pm – Registration
    • 8:00pm – Meet and Greet activities until 9 pm
  • Saturday, April 24
    • 9:00am – Opening Worship, Welcome and Announcements
    • 9:45am – Break
    • 10:00am – Plenary 1
    • 10:45am – Break
    • 11:00am – Breakout Sessions A
      • Terps – Interpreting the Liturgy
      • Deaf – Lutheran 101
      • Hearing – Deaf Ministry Basics
    • 12:00pm – Break for lunch
    • 1:30pm – Breakout Sessions B
      • Terps – Hymnody Breakdown
      • Deaf – Romans 10:17
      • Hearing – Beginning Signs
    • 2:30pm – Break
    • 2:45pm – Breakout Sessions C
      • Terps – Bible Readings, Passive to Active Voice
      • Deaf – Mark 7:32-34 (This may change)
      • Hearing – Church Signs
    • 3:45pm – Break
    • 4:00pm – Plenary 2
    • 4:45pm – Break
    • 5:30pm – Dinner provided
    • 6:45pm – Closing Worship
    • 7:30pm – Social time, Game Night, ASL movie until 9:30pm
  • Sunday, April 25
    • 9:00am – Coffee
    • 9:30am – Bible Study
    • 10:45am – Worship
    • 12:00pm – Thank you for coming! Safe Travels home!


Information about getting the conference rate at local hotels is still coming.

Registration is still pending, too. (I’m still figuring it out and don’t want to make a mistake.)

Looking for a Game I Played That May Not Have Been a Game

Hive-mind, I have a question. I’m trying to find a piece of software (hopefully it’s been updated a few generations) that I used in the mid- to late-1980s. There’s a 25% chance that it was for the Apple II plus, a 35% chance that it was for Windows 3.1, and maybe a 40% chance that it was DOS. It had a German name, I’m 90% certain it began with a “Z.” It may have even been “Zettelkasten.”

I didn’t use it for “Smart-Noting,” I thought it was a game, a murder-mystery-solving game. It had virtual 3 x 5 cards. You could write one item on it, maybe 100 characters? You could tag each card with a 15-character tag and mark it with colors indicating

  • who
  • what
  • where
  • why
  • when
  • or how


Then the fun began. You had two kinds of windows to then look at the data. If you used it sort-of like a spreadsheet, you could sort it in various ways. That was kind of useful, but I tended to prefer the window where you “dropped the cards all over the floor and drag them when you thought you saw relationships.” Either way, when you looked at the information, you would often see a new bit of information based on what you could see. And then you would create a new card.

Does anyone else remember seeing this software? How difficult would it be to create?

My “Virtual Star Trek Movie Marathon Fundraiser” Didn’t Work

I still think it was a good idea. I need to learn how to speak my needs more clearly and openly, I’m not afraid to share others’ needs. This is just a downside to my being “a hardheaded woman from a long line of hardheaded women.” It is also a downside from my tendency to “John Wayne” my way through illness.

(I’m sure you know what I mean: he has been shot and is traveling across the desert with no water. Someone offers him a drink of water from their canteen and to bandage the gunshot wound. He says, “It’s just a flesh-wound. I’m fine.”)

Anyhow, Saturday I was sick enough to admit that I was sick. I stayed in bed and did NOT drink Romulan ale.

In spite of that, I couldn’t focus well enough to enjoy the movie. To top it off, only two people were able to participate. (That’s on me. I obviously did planned and advertise well.)

Onward and upward. I learned from this.

A recipe: Romulan Ale

We can’t have a party without something fun to drink. How about ROMULAN ALE? Not only does it match my uniform, it is forbidden in 15 planetary systems.

Here is the link to the non-alcoholic version.
Virgin Romulan Ale

Here is the one that sounded like fun to me:
Romulan Ale Cocktail

1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounces blue curaçao
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 egg white
tonic water
4 drops orange blossom water

1. Fill a pint glass with ice.
2. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, blue curaçao, simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds to emulsify.
3. Pour into glass and top off with tonic.
4. Add 4 drops of orange blossom water and enjoy!


Next Week, at about This Time, My Fundraiser Should Be Finishing

There are so many folks who need additional help with funding medical needs! I found a group who helps with that. Take a look at HELP HOPE LIVE.

They are helping me get that bed funded, and there is a lot of creativity behind this. We are doing a Star Trek Movie Marathon watch party on Facebook. We are each getting a copy of my favorite trilogy of the classic movies, watching them in comfort of our own home, and discussing it online.

A link to the Star Trek marathon fundraiser
Come to my Star Trek themed fundraiser.

Lisa PLAYS: Dungeons & Dragons

In the time of Covid 19, I’m getting to experiment with entertainments I’ve wanted to try, but haven’t taken time for. I’ve heard of Dungeons & Dragons for decades, and sort of played for a short session or two, but not enough to know whether I really like the game. So… I discovered Roll20, a virtual gaming tabletop.

I couldn’t find a group that was comfortable with beginning players that met at a convenient time. Almost all of the games lasted way too long for me! When it comes to fun things, my attention span can be shorter than what a squirrel would have on crack cocaine.

There probably are a lot of things that I don’t know about the website. I’ve seen videos talking about horrible things that the owners/runners have done for all kinds of nefarious purposes. I just haven’t seen any of that myself.

They are open to all sorts of games. After I tackle Dungeons & Dragons, I may try DIALECT or DENIABLE or one of the space-related games.

ANYHOW, I couldn’t find a group that met my needs and interests. Instead, I decided to invite a few friends and running a game myself. TALK about the blind leading the blind! Only one of my players has ever played before and I don’t know what I’m doing. This should be GREAT! I’m learning mapping skills, plotting for games instead of stories, and all sorts of other things that I didn’t know I needed to know to have a full life!

I’m also getting to explain concepts to people. For example, alignment… To a group of LCMS Lutherans… I’m just having to explain that good and evil in this game isn’t exactly like good and evil in our universe. As part of the explanation I’m using this website and this is the result of the quiz asking what my character would be if I was a Dungeons & Dragons character:

You Are A:

Neutral Good Human Cleric (7th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 8
Dexterity- 9
Constitution- 11
Intelligence- 15
Wisdom- 16
Charisma- 13

Neutral Good- A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Clerics- Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron’s vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity’s domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric’s Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Detailed Results:

Chaotic Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Lawful Evil —– XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral Evil —- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Chaotic Evil —- XXX (3)

Law & Chaos:
Law —– XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Chaos — XXX (3)

Good & Evil:
Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Evil —- (0)

Dwarf —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Elf —— XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Gnome —- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Halfling – XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Half-Elf – XXXXXXXX (8)
Half-Orc – (0)

Barbarian – XXXX (4)
Bard —— XXXX (4)
Druid —– XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Fighter — XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Rogue —– XXXX (4)
Sorcerer — XXXXXXXX (8)
Warlock — XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)


Easter in Time of Corona Virus

body wrecked in grave clothes, lying in a tomb, with the words, "and on the seventh day, God rested."
And on the Seventh Day, God Rested-Easter Vigil 2020

Yeah, I know. Easter is tomorrow and we are celebrating it rather oddly. Most of us are staying home, live streaming services from what looks like an empty church. A few congregations have found creative ways to gather, like parking-lot services.

Of course, even the smallest of these gatherings is attended by “Angels and Archangels and All the Company of Heaven,” to laud and magnify Eternal God.

Easter services are tomorrow, but I had the privilege of virtually attending Easter Vigil, a somewhat different church service. For starters, it is something of a marathon service. More Scripture is read in this one setting that some people here in one year. Several people have done a better job of explaining it than I will, here are a few of the best:

  • This is a somewhat lighthearted and definitely nerdy explanation. Don’t worry, it is not irreverent. It is a blog post compares Vigil to an Entmoot. (Even if you haven’t read Tolkien’s works, it explains it well enough for the non-nerdy.)
  • Here is an hour-long podcast from Issues, Etc. featuring Will Weedon (NOT Wil Wheaton from Star Trek, next-generation!)
  • This is a lovely hymn, AWAKE MY HEART WITH GLADNESS sung by a sweet-voiced young woman. (Yes, you really need all the verses. It’s the difference between reading as savory trilogy and reading a bumper sticker.) 😉
  • Here is the bulletin from my church2020-04-11 Easter Vigil
  • … And here is the service itself…