Good News, 9.4.2008

Friends:

If more of us could serve as center of love and oases of peace, we would turn around a great deal of conflict, hatred, jealousies and violence.  This is the way we take on suffering and transform it.  Let us watch our words:  it is too easy to discourage, criticize, complain and rebuke.  Let us try to see even a small amount of good in a person and concentrate on that.  Let us be quick to praise, express gratitude and be gentle with God’s people. – Bishop Tutu

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Kimberlea Green, Northwest Regional Coordinator for Thrivent Financial writes:  “My team is thrilled Peace Lutheran and the Mosaic project were featured in the Thrivent magazine.  The members of Peace Lutheran have made a huge leap toward promoting interfaith communication and tolerance, and the magazine was the perfect tool for sharing your inspiration with all our members. Congratulations!” Click here to view the article online.

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Friends of Bob Haines are invited to an Open House in honor of Bob’s 85th Birthday on Sunday, September 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  No gifts please but cards are welcome.  Directions to follow.

The Confirmation Class is beginning on Sunday afternoon September 21 at 3:30 p.m.  If you know any 8th and 9th graders who should be involved, please notify Christy Winter or Pastor Steve.  Friends of our young people are welcomed also.

Ceil McCloy has offered to lead a Middle School Group this year.  We are gathering parents and young people together for a start up meeting after worship on September 28.  More details to follow.

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Homecoming Sunday is September 21 when we try to get all the members and friends of Peace back together after all of the varied summer activities and scatterings.  Mark your calendars so you can get back in the flow and rhythm of the Fall.
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To Kick Off this fun weekend we will have a “Show or No Spaghetti Dinner” on Saturday night the 20th at 5:00 p.m.  Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread for those that choose to show, or a free night to do with as you wish for the “no shows.” $20 per adult, $15 per child. Contact Raddi El Mogazi after church or by email (raddi1@yahoo.com) to buy your ticket and reserve your place.  Sign up your friends and bring a bottle of your favorite wine.

Silly Sports Saturday

Four hours packed with a ridiculous amount of fun!
Games! Races! Crafts! Goofy Sports Cartoons!
Prizes and Surprises!
Major League Ballpark Lunch!
Silly Sweet Sundaes!

For all Peace Kids
preschool through 4th grade and their parents / grandparents
Saturday, October 4
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church

RSVP at the Church or by emailing anita@peacejourney.org

A word from Rev. Brian Stein-Webber, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council:  Some say that politics and religion don’t mix.  Well, that may be true in that politics is about open-mindedness and compromise and dialogue (when it is at its best) and religion is usually about proceeding from a settled position and convincing others to think rightly.  (One could certainly characterize both politics and religion differently.)

But here’s one place where the two categories can mesh.  Religionists, through their spiritual practices (prayer, meditation, non-violent action, determined advocacy, speaking the truth in love) can interject spiritual values into the political sphere.  These values would include care for the poor, concern for unbridled greed, desire for justice and fairness, awareness of the tender precariousness of our existence, turning away from materialism.

There will be plenty of opportunity for religious “workers” to act in the coming months.  Make sure you’re busy in your practices!

Blessings, Pr. Steve