Not Lemonade

“When life gives you lemons… make something else. Tell us about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation in an unorthodox way.” – Not Lemonade

The invitation brought to mind an altogether different memory. It’s unorthodox, but not what the Daily Post had in mind.

The memory is “Lemonade-on-the-Lawn” at Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. During the summer months worshipers gathered on the church lawn at the corner of Observatory and Michigan for conversation over lemonade.

Visitors frequently misunderstood the pulpit announcements to be an invitation to eliminate on the lawn. They were relieved to learn about the lemonade.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, former Pastor, Knox Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, January 26, 2016.




5 thoughts on “Not Lemonade

  1. I was recently describing the wonderful Lemonade on the Lawn tradition at Knox while in a board meeting at my current church. Of the 12+ people in the room, almost half thought I said “eliminate.” While I did notice some looks of consternation in the room, I was grateful that they waited until after the meeting to clarify exactly what they had heard.

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  2. I was recently telling the folks at my current church about the days of Lemonade on the Lawn at Knox and what a great idea it was. This was at a board meeting, a group of about 12 people – half of whom did, indeed, think I said “eliminate.” Thankfully, although I realized I was getting some confused looks, those who misunderstood waited until after the meeting to ask about it.


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