Good News, 02.14.09

Friends:

There is no greater treason than to do the right deed for the wrong reason.”  T.S. Eliot

Welcome to all our new members:  Gil and Bobbie Jardine, Joan Michel-Lehman, Heather Macleod and Denise Dawson, Greg and Nancy and son Ryan Reeder-Daubenmire, Ro Lo Bianco, and Robert and Alessandra Kath and children Sarah, Paul and Elizabeth.  You are a blessing to Peace!

The children’s prayers from the Early Communion Class this past Sunday are as pure as it gets.  They will bake the Communion Bread for us and their Class Celebration will be at worship on February 22.

The Psalms Class with Maili Malvre was so appreciated that several people have asked that it be offered again in the evenings so that more people can participate.  Maili has agreed to teach 3 sessions on the Psalms (background, literary design, poetry, musical interpretation) on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm starting February 19, 26 and March 5.

Thanks to the Greening Committee especially Ro Lo Bianco and the Youth Group for the New Plantings in our Native Garden.  Our Youth are tried and true – ready to get in the mud and do what needs to be done.  Thanks for caring about our Earth!  (The Altar Guild reports we are also reusing our Communion glasses now too.)

The Junior High Group had a great meeting last Sunday and learned about interesting parallels between CS Lewis’s work The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and passages in the Bible.  Their motto is:  Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  And love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22: 37 – 38, The Great Commandment) .  They will be providing the goodies for our Hospitality Hour this Sunday!

The Crab Feast occurs March 7 at 5:00 PM at the church.  $40 / adult; $20 for children 12 and under.
Includes salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread, soft drinks and a small dessert.  Bring a bottle of your favorite wine if you wish.  The Crab is served pre-cracked, but bring ‘crab crackers’ if you have them  People can email Raddi at raddi1@yahoo.com to sign up and to let him know about items they have for the Auction.  He will also be available after each service to collect money and sign people up.  An accurate head count will greatly help ensure we spend our money wisely.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year, so anything we can do to encourage people to sign up their friends, families and neighbors would be greatly appreciated!

A Class on Gnosticism will be taught by Pr. Elizabeth Felts and Joan Michel-Lehman during the season of Lent.  It begins on March 1 after worship and Hospitality and then continues for the next 4 Sundays.  (Pr. Elizabeth specialized in this topic in her Seminary Days.)  The group will meet in the Youth/Art Room.  We hope scheduling the class at this time will make it convenient for you.  You will be delighted by all you learn about the struggles the Early Church engaged in in order to understand the life, meaning and work of Christ.

Jazz at Peace was simply amazing with Marcus Shelby and his Orchestra.  A crowd of 250+ people enjoyed the evening.  One of the 3 vocalists, Kenny Washington, flew out on a red eye flight that night – after our event – so he could sing at Lincoln Center the following evening.  My thanks to so many members of Peace who participated in the evening by sharing the work load and spreading the word.  Especially to the Jazz at Peace Team who have faithfully made this ministry perform:  Lars and Margit Johansson, John Baker, Jan and Pr. Margareta, Bob Worthington, Joan and Dana Squire, and Ed and Libby Klitsch.

Congratulations to Matt and April Miletich who have become engaged!!

Please keep in your prayers:  Ceil’s dad who has a broken hip, John McVicar, Bob Sweeney, Nancy van Diest, Annie.

Must Move Tiles Now! Annie Haines has had artistic tiles available for purchase.  Now it is time to clear the inventory.  Prices are being drastically cut to $1/tile.  If you paid full fare last Fall ($5/tile) you get 3 for Free.  All proceeds will benefit Peace.  Thank you.

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is February 25.  Our Service will be at 7:30 pm.

From Brian Stein-Webber and the Interfaith Council:

We all knew that recent economic downturns would be difficult on a wide range of our society.  But Tim O’Keeffe of SHELTER, Inc. recently wrote me in an email, “Our midyear service numbers show a 70% increase in the number of people coming to us for help.  It’s overwhelming.  Please ask your congregations to pray for the poor in our community, especially the working poor families, our political leaders, and the service providers who are struggling to meet the need.

We also hear from the Contra Costa Crisis Center that volume on their emergency numbers is crushing.  With a slowed economy, our ability to help others is curtailed.  But for those of you who still can, and those of you in the middle, please be as generous as possible to those in need, and encourage our lawmakers to hold the line on cuts to our most vulnerable.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

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