Garrison Church of God

  Alan L. Hathaway, Pastor

Church email: garrisoncog413@gmail.com

           Office: 463-2813  ~  Parsonage: 463-7407          

                  Website: GarrisonChurchofGod.com

                        235 Hancock Way, P.O. Box 413 Garrison, ND 58540

Week of June 26-July 2, 2022

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:30 am

Wednesday Evening – 6:30 pm



Sunday, June 26Communion. Message: “How To Become Joe Cool!” John 9:39-41. Thought: When we believe that we are perfect on our own, without accepting Jesus’ authority then we are not “cool” [Monday June 27 – Sunglasses Day]. Devotion: Psalm 146:1-10. We can trust in God in all circumstances.


Income for June 19 – $1398.00 [Our Offering for Dakota Hope Clinic was $550.00]


A special thank you to all those who have been faithful in your support of our fellowship.  We deeply appreciate your extra effort to be faithful in stewardship.  God bless you.  We have a basket at the back of the sanctuary to receive offerings this morning.



As I was entering my teens the Peanuts comic strip became a passion of mine. I borrowed all the Peanuts comic strip books from my school library and read them.   One Peanuts book my Dad had in his library was “The Gospel according the Peanuts” [1965 - author: Robert L. Short]. It was essentially Robert Short’s Masters thesis in theology.  I must admit that much of the theology went over my head at that age, but I really enjoyed the Peanuts strips he included, some of them going back to the early days of the comic strip..    

Mr. Short’s position was that Charles Schultz was reflecting the character of Christ through Charlie Brown and Snoopy. While I would agree partly with his conclusion concerning Charlie Brown, I feel he read more of his own personal desire into the character of Snoopy.  

Snoopy did not begin to take on an “imagination” until 1952. It quickly developed into imaginary role playing.  In my opinion Snoopy became a foil for Charles Schultz to explore various ideas.  By 1954 Snoopy began walking upright. Becoming a type of alter-ego for Charlie Brown.  Charlie Brown certainly reflected Charles Schultz view of himself.  The carefree Snoopy reflected Charles Schultz’ desires and exploration of potential roles.

Charles Schultz grew up in Minnesota as a Lutheran. Following his service in WWII, he and his parents began attending the Church of God, Anderson Indiana.  He became quite involved in this church and eventually a United Methodist church. After his marriage in 1951 he became deeply involved in church. In 1965 he put out a comic book for church youth groups.

Snoopy’s most recognizable role play character was his WWI flying ace who was continually shot down by the Red Baron.  Perhaps his 2nd most loved role play was his “Joe Cool” character.  The role play strip debuted in 1971 and became a running gag throughout 1972. I discovered that during this time frame Schultz was involved in an extra-marital affair with a 25 year old colleague that led to the failure of his first marriage.

In my early teens I was drawn to Snoopy as “Joe Cool”.  I thought that it reflected a view of Christ that I found appealing.  At the time I thought Schultz was a deeply committed Christian, shortly after his divorce Schultz quietly denied having Christian faith and adopted a spiritualized Secular Humanism.  I was deeply shaken by this revelation in my late teens. 

Joe Cool, as I now understand the character, was a means for Schultz to justify his change of heart and his actions leading to the break-up his marriage.  The sunglasses are what made this character.  In John 9 the Pharisee’s are challenging the blind man healed by Jesus. Essentially, they said to him, “you’re ignorant, because you’re not cool like us”. 

The first dark glasses in history were not developed to protect the eyes, but to obscure the facial features of Chinese judges during the Middle Ages.   These allowed them to obscure their intentions from witnesses.  Often when we are trying to be Joe Cool we too are trying to disguise our intentions.

Pastor Alan will share a video sermonette for today on the Garrison Church of God Facebook page and YouTube channel: Please use “Garrison Church of God” in the search to get to these pages. We post the audio of the service on our website “sermon download” page following service - www.garrisonchurchofgod.com.


Coming Up:

Wednesday, June 29 – 10:15 am Service at BLC

Wednesday, June 29 – 6:30 pm Bon fire at Nathan and Lydia Moll’s house.

Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16 – Women’s Ministry Church Garage Sale.

Sunday, July 3Message: “What’s In A Day?” Genesis 1:14-19 & John 11:8-10. Thought: Some events and decisions are the difference between night and day. Devotion: Psalm 71:1-14.  In God we take refuge for He saw us before our birth and knows our days till death.


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