Good News, 11.21.2008

Friends:

In certis unitas, in dubiis libertas, et in omnibus caritas.

In certainties unity, in doubts liberty, and in everything charity.  St. Augustine

What an Open Approach from St. Augustine:  Where we agree – solidarity; where we have divergent views – respect for the other; and in all our endeavors – kindness, understanding and freedom.  This wisdom can heal our negating tendencies to ridicule, divide and reject.

The Psalms Class is off to a good start.  Next classes will be on December 3 and 10.  We have already had discussion about offering the Psalms again in the new year so more people can participate.  Speak with Maili if you want to learn more or be included in this opportunity.

Congratulations to Delise Williams and Brett Anderson who will be married this Saturday; to Kenzie and Bo Johnson who are pregnant; and to Heather and Denise on the birth of nephew Elias!

A proposal to have Sunday School after Children’s Time and during the Homily is being explored by Bob Winter.  The children would return to worship for Eucharist.  We would like to develop a team of people to coordinate this.  If you might want to assist Bob please speak with him on Sunday or contact him at: RWINTER@SunflowerSystems.com or 786-1726.

Does your child or a friends need tutoring in language, math or science?  Speak with Jasmine Durant this Sunday.  Jasmine is skilled, experienced and willing to assist.

Please bring your Pledges to worship this Sunday.

Pr. Anita sends this special announcement for this coming Sunday:

I’m really pleased to pass along word that 24 children and 26 adults have signed up for the Extreme Gingerbread Home Makeover on Saturday, December 6. I completed all the baking yesterday and you might be interested to know it takes about 2 bags of flour, 1 bag sugar, 15 jars molasses, 12 pounds butter, 3 dozen egg yolks, and several cups of spices to make the magic happen! As long as the kitchen was a sticky mess I went ahead and made a few extra houses so if you and your favorite kiddo would still like to join us please let me know asap and I’ll put a ‘sale pending’ sign on one of them with your child’s name on it!

As you know, home construction costs can run high and so this Sunday (November 23), there will be a “Before Thanksgiving Day After Christmas 1/2 Price Sale” on rolls of Christmas paper immediately after worship. The proceeds will be going to cover the cost of gumdrops, red vines, Kit Kats and all the other custom candy orders that were placed by our young builders last Sunday.

I still need volunteers to help me glue the houses together on Friday, November 5, and to help prepare and serve the light lunch for the children and their parents on Saturday. Please let me know asap if you would be willing to help on one or both of these occasions. Thanks!

The Catechumenate Program is a deepening of faith process for adults.  It begins in Advent (December) and goes through Easter.  By various teaching methods and prayerful rites it gradually reveals and enriches whta it means to live a baptized life.  It is spiritually profound and joyful.  If you would like to learn more please contact me.

Weeding and Prepping the Native Garden.  This Sunday at 9 am the youth are doing some work in our Native Garden prior to worship.  Everyone who wishes to join in may do so.  Ro will help distinguish weeds from plants if you need his assistance. If you can bring your own gloves and spades – all the better.  Pizza for all will follow worship.

John and Eloise McVicar sent Peace a word of special thanks for their Wedding Anniversary Celebration this past Sunday.  Thank you Eloise and John for all the blessings you have brought to Peace throughout the years.

Bhavia Wagner who provided the Cambodian Crafts last Sunday sent this word:

It was such a pleasure and spiritually rich experience to come to your church and be so supported!  I’ve never had that experience before, and it was so deeply touching.  Thank you so much for the great effort you put into welcoming me and including Friendship with Cambodia in your service in so many ways.  Your congregation followed through and was so supportive too.  They bought $746 in crafts and gave $420 in donations  I was thrilled!  Thank you for your generous purchases.

The whole experience in your church was so healing for me, as I was raised in a very dark and conservative Lutheran Church.  Not fun.  Later in life I connected with Spirit.  I still love the ritual  and Holy Communion with all of you was a deep experience for me.  I had no idea there was this form of Lutheranism.  Thank you.

Raddi reported at Council this past week that Peace was YELPed/reviewed by a person who came to Jazz at Peace.  Check it out.

Blessings, Pr. Steve