Good News, 6-25-2008

Dear Friends:

Have you noticed all the crosses at Peace are open?
The baptismal font, the entrance cross in the courtyard, the sanctuary wall
and the processional cross –
all are open, encouraging you to see the world through the cross!

Dana and Anita Cadonau-Huseby invite you to a Celebration of their Wedding (with a Marriage License from the State of California) this Sunday, June 29 at 4:00 pm. Though married 6 years ago, they would love to mark this important occasion with friends. All the members of Peace are welcomed. “No gifts, no cards” – come casual. A reception with an immense amount of cake will follow.

Congratulations to Robert and Annie Haines who celebrated their 26th Wedding Anniversary this past Sunday. It’s amazing we didn’t run out of tears! A gift to have all 3 of Annie’s daughters present. Our thanks to Diane Sangster and Megan Miller for their beautiful music and to Sue for her compositions. And by the way, how did Karl Pfeiffer know how many M&Ms were in that jar? Did he taste test or is he really, really, smart? And thank goodness Dana Squire chose to read the lessons in English!

Congratulations to Ken and Kathy Ruff on their 40th Wedding Anniversary!

Congratulations to Jill Tomamichel and Chris Odne who will be married this weekend in Monterey. Do you sense a theme here?! Kathy and Jim Tomamichel send their warmest greetings to friends at Peace.

Congratulations to Sarah Saltzer who was unanimously elected as our new Financial Secretary!

Margaret and Katherine Beeler spent this last week celebrating Margaret’s father Ted’s 90th Birthday!

Lois McGee will celebrate the 95th Birthday of her second grade teacher with her classmates in Fresno this weekend. What a party that will be!

Please keep the members of our Corazon Youth Trip in your prayers as they journey and build this weekend. They will lead worship with highlights from their construction venture on July 6.

Linda Benatar has been stretching the limits with a Yoga Retreat in Mexico.

Our thanks to all of our teachers who provide excellence in education for our young people. You face incredible challenges and provide quite a blessing!

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And from our JazzCat Ed Klitsch – a tribute to and from George Carlin:

The best thing about getting old is you’re not responsible for remembering things anymore. Even important things. ‘But it was your friend’s funeral.’ ‘I forgot!’ You can even make-believe you have Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a lot of fun. You can look around the dining room table and say, ‘Who are you people and where is my horse?’ And you look at your eldest son and you say, ‘Agnes, I haven’t seen ya since your Confirmation!”

May Peace prevail on Earth! Pr. Steve

Good News, 6-19-2008

Friends:

“This is not the age of information. This is not the age of information.
Forget the news, and the radio, and the blurred screen.
This is the time of loaves and fishes.
People are hungry, and one good word is bread
for a thousand.”

(David Whyte)

The Father’s Day BBQ was a beautiful relaxed time. The Steel Drum music was just right. Mary, the steel drummer truly enjoyed herself and the spirit of the crowd as well. So many people asked her about learning the steel drums that she’s thinking about teaching a class at Peace. It was fun to see a variety of people dancing, especially Jayne and Don Smith! Our thanks to Raddi El Mogazi for organizing the day and to Everett Sylwanowicz who turned 50. Happy Birthday Everett! Thanks also to Dave Dobson for all the grilling, to all who helped with set up and brought food and especially Mark Miller for the incredible chili.

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The Baptism of Riley Parker was beautiful. What a precious spirit she is. How marvelous that her grandfather Richard, mother Alani and other relatives have worn the same baptismal gown – which is now 51 years old. What power and joy there are in sacramental celebrations and family traditions.

The Greening Ministry had its first gathering with 8 people at the BBQ this past Sunday. Good ideas and actions being initiated. You’ll learn more in the near future. Thanks to Ro for taking the lead.

Of course there are guest musicians and a Special Surprise planned for you this Sunday! We will also mark the Summer Solstice with the Prayer of our Peace Pole, inscribed in 7 different languages: May Peace prevail on Earth.

Thanks to those who submitted their Property Committee Survey responses. You will get another chance this Sunday.

Many of you remember the Jarva Roster Choir from Kista Congregation in Sweden. Plans have begun to have them return for several Bay Area Concerts in May of 2009. Composer Stefan Safsten has created another Suite based on the poetry of Spoon Jackson who is serving a life sentence in New Folsom Prison. It is entitled: Words of Realness. More to come!

Final preparations are underway for the Corazon Youth Trip which leaves on Friday, June 27. We attained our goal of $2,300 and will be getting Matching Funds from Thrivent. Thank you for the generosity of all who could contribute! Please keep our youth, their families and Pr. Elizabeth in your prayers. The youth will share a Report Back with the congregation in worship on July 6.

Please keep in your prayers: John Sarracino’s niece, the people of Iowa and Burma, those who travel, the unemployed, those with Alzheimer’s, cancer, strokes; those who pray for us.

Finally, a word from Sandy Vagt. Sandy and Dave were members at Peace about 10 years ago. They returned to Iowa and sent the following message this week.

It is always a blessing to hear from you and to know that we are in the prayers of such amazing individuals, it reminds me how very fortunate we are to have been members of Peace. We are at present not the ones in need of your prayers. We planted our home on the high ground and far enough from creeks and rivers that our home and travels have not been effected by this massive downfall of rain. David’s parents in Northeast Iowa have experienced a flash flood that backed the sewer into their basement. With the blessing of many angels dressed like local Iowans they were able to save most items from damage and stop the rush of sewage waters. David went up this past week to help clean-up. All of the rest of our family members in Iowa are doing well. There are many suffering from water damage and still in several places the water level has made access impossible. I wish we could share our water with all of you, if just doesn’t seem fair to take it all.

Blessings, Pr. Steve