25 October 2011

1.5 oz

So, in preparation for the Higher Things conference this past summer, as the chaplain I was charged with getting the wine.  How much?  I was told (and I don't remember who told me either!) that the formula is 1.5 oz per person.  2000+ youth and two Eucharists.  I headed out with Pr. Chris Hull to purchase the wine.  We had to hit up three places before we found all we needed.  31 or 32 bottles...

ONLY, the formula was way, way off.  MAYBE .5 oz per person.  At the end of the conference there was quite a surplus of wine left over.  I had purchased it all on my card, so I asked Pr. Hull if he would mind taking the left overs back to the store.  The store doesn't TAKE BACK any alcoholic beverages.  So Pr. Hull stored my surplus supply until today, when he carried it down to Springfield for the CID pastors' conference, and I drove up there to pick it up.

So, voila!  Anyone want to drop by for a glass or twenty of burgundy or merlot?

13 comments:

Paul McCain said...

Egads.

This kind of thing only happens to you, I think.

William Weedon said...

Or David. I told Cindi that it was a VERY David kind of thing really.

Timothy C. Schenks said...

I would much rather have Burgundy/Merlot than the Mogen David/Maneschevitz (sp?) that we use here.

Timothy C. Schenks said...

Our church office secretary used to purchase our congregation's sacramental wine at the local Walmart. This year their floor manager refused to exempt the sales tax and then suggested she didn't need wine when she could buy some grape juice instead.... :(

Okiebud said...

Here's how wikipedia describes wine like Mogen David:
"Low-end fortified wine is an inexpensive fortified wine that typically has an alcohol content between 13% and 20% ABV. These wines usually contain added sugar, artificial color, and artificial flavor. Due to their low price and high alcohol content, they are often consumed by people with limited financial income, particularly college & high school students, people residing in low-income areas, and the homeless."
Oy Vey!

Steve Bricker said...

I would gladly share in the bounty, but, alas, you are about five hours south of me.

William Gleason said...

Merlot? ME, ME, ME!

(Cough) Excuse me.

I would be happy to take some of it off your hands, Pastor.

William Weedon said...

Then you shall have some!

Mark said...

I've heard that same formula from a church goods seller who was, no doubt, needing to clear product from the shelves!

1.5 ounces is a typical shot. Just for fun, fill a shot glass and take a communion-style sip from it. You'll see how far off the 1.5 oz suggestion is.

Maybe the wedding caterers of Cana need a new supplier. You've certainly got the inventory.

Jim Huffman said...

I remember you imploring me to go home and bring whatever dark wine I had at the house for communion here at Redeemer (oh, the duties of an elder in a small congregation ... :) Someone had forgotten to stock up, and we got there on Sunday to find the church pantry bare. Since I lived closest, the duty fell on me. This problem was also compounded by North Carolina's alcohol laws, which forbid selling the stuff before noon on Sundays.

Pastor Peters said...
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Pastor Peters said...

Well, an ounce and a half? I have oft complained that we are sippers instead drinkers, that we think the touch of a tongue to the chalice is all we need, but even if we were drinkers an ounce and a half would probably be about an ounce too much. Good thing you did not consecrate it all!!!! Ohhhhhh the reliquae to be consumed or held against the next 2,000 communions!

Had to redo the post... fingers on the wrong keys... maybe I had visited your wine cellar this am...

ORLS said...

I'm beginning to see a pattern in these "David" like moments. Seems you're having more than he is. Perhaps we should start calling them daddy moments.