Earl’s Circle

The Earl-y Years

Until March of 2020, many stuffy animals lived peacefully in a corner of the narthex of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio.  They spent their time watching the people come and go.  Then suddenly, most of the people disappeared.  They were replaced by a sparsely populated sanctuary and a livestream camera.  To fill the seats, the stuffies and their puppets friends migrated into the pews.  With a bit of coaxing, a few were bold enough to appear in front of the camera – including a little squirrel named Earl.

Eventually the people returned to the sanctuary.  Earl and the camera remained.  At first, however, Earl was rather shy, so he hid in various spots during the service.  This gave the children watching the service something to find.  (He did learn hanging under the Communion table was not appropriate.)  Continuing to feel the spirit, Earl began showing his courage by donning some holiday apparel or holding some props that the puppets had taught him to do.

Some of the lambs from Southminster’s Lamb Ministry also wanted to show their spirit.  They now often join Earl in sharing his message.  Earl affectionately calls them The Lambinators.  Other critters also join Earl from time to time, including long-time Southminster resident Holey Moley.

Please enjoy Earl The Squirrel’s view on life at Southminster Presbyterian Church.

April 8, 2024

Earl was prepared for the Solar Eclipse. Nothing can block the Son we follow!

March 31, 2024

It is finally Easter!  Earl is ready to share the results of his Lenten garden with everyone else by putting his flowers on the cross for all of the world to see.  Are you also ready to celebrate this glorious Easter Day and put your beautiful faith flowers on display?

March 24, 2024

After all of the work during his Lenten preparations, Earl finally has had real growth and blossoms!  He is so proud, but he knows his work is not yet done.  His garden still needs to be tended and he has the tools to do it – Love, Prayer, and Kindness.


Can you find Jesus in this scene?

March 17, 2024

Earl and Ewenice are looking very closely for changes coming from the soil.  It has been hard to wait but they are now starting to see the faith that starts as small as seeds being to grow.


Can you find Jesus in this scene?

March 10, 2024

 Earl has planted the seeds and now it is time to wait.  There will be growth of roots and stems, but he can’t see it yet.  He is working to build his faith with patience.  

Can you find Jesus in this scene?

March 3, 2024

After preparing the soil, it is now time to plant the seeds.  Don’t forget that your faith is needed to turn the tiny seeds into new plant life.

 Can you find Jesus in this scene?

February 25, 2024

Earl is continuing his Lenten checklist series to grow with Christ.  After digging deep last week, he is working to remove obstacles that prevent him from growing in his faith.

Can you find “Jesus” in this scene.

February 18, 2024

Earl is starting his Lenten checklist series to grow with Christ.  Each week he will share what is on his to-do list.

See if you can find “Jesus” in this scene.

February 11, 2024

This is Scout Sunday.  Earl is celebrating his Squirrel Scout troop by showing off his grandfather’s sash of merit badges.

 February 4, 2024

 Today was Southminster’s Annual Congregation Meeting.  Interestingly, Earl thought it was going to be an Ant Ewe L meeting so he invited Ant Laura, Ewenice, and one of his favorite letters.

January 28, 2024

Today was the Sunday to install the Deacons and Elders into their respective offices. 

January 21, 2024

Did you know that January 21 is officially Squirrel Appreciation Day?  Earl and his friends did!

January 14, 2024

Earl and friends enjoy a game of Scrabble at Southminster.

 January 7, 2024

The magi traveled far with their gifts and wanted everyone to join in the Epiphany celebration.  Earl misheard what their crowns represented.  He thought it was for a Goal, a Frank in a sense (since it looked like a hotdog), and a Purr.  At least he correctly understood what was in the manger.