Updated: Feb 5
The Bengals are going to the Super Bowl, and the greater Cincinnati community has been coming together to support them!
If you're lucky enough to travel to Los Angeles to watch the big game, congratulations! But even if you are sticking around the Queen City to watch the game, we invite you to participate in a beloved St. Barnabas tradition, now with a festive football spin.
Meet Flat Joe (no relation to the Bengals quarterback):
Who is Flat Joe?
Before St. Barnabas was the sainted figure who lent his name to our church, he was Joseph.
When Joe sold all his goods and gave the money to Jesus' apostles in Jerusalem, they gave him a new name: Barnabas, which means 'son of consolation' or 'man of encouragement.'
Flat Joe, much like the children's character, Flat Stanley, is a drawing on a flat sheet of paper who has been printed out, decorated and traveled with children and grown-ups from St. Barnabas since at least 2015.
He has enjoyed summer vacations, adventures near and far, and has even kept members of the church company while the building was closed in 2020.
With his already striped coat and hopeful smile, it looks like Flat Joe is eager to become a member of Who Dey Nation.
Join members of St. Barnabas in cheering on the Bengals to victory. Print out and color a copy of Flat Joe--perhaps in orange and black--and snap a picture of him rooting for the home team, getting ready for the game or attending your Super Bowl festivities!
Download a copy of Flat Joe and show us your stripes, St. Barnabas!