Good News, 04.25.2009

Friends:

To make the Easter Story into something that neither startles, shocks, terrifies nor excites is to “crucify the Son of God afresh” writes Dorothey Sayers.  The people who hanged Christ never accused him of being a bore; they thought him too dynamic to be safe.  Such compelling love cannot stay imprisoned within a cold tomb.  Resurrection surprises us with pure joy and hope.  Yet, Graham Greene writes, “You can’t conceive, my child, nor can I or anyone, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.”

It’s a Boy! Jasper El Mogazi was born on Sunday, April 19th at 2:30 in the afternoon.  The family has arrived safely home this week and everyone is doing well.  Much love to Suzanna, Raddi and Jasper!

Rev. Roland Stringfellow is our Guest Preacher this Sunday.  He’ll preach on the Wellspring of Life and how we can pastorally and congregationally respond to people affected by the imminent decision of the California Supreme Court on the Marriage Equality Act.

Thanks to all of our Earth Day Contributors: Charlene McPherson, Jack Howell with the Solar Hot Plate, and Karl Pfeiffer.  So much to learn, so much to appreciate.

Dining Out for Life happens next Thursday, April 30.  When you eat at Amber Bistro or Amici’s Pizzaria in Danville or Dublin, 25% or your bill will be donated to Vital Life Services who provides incredible care for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Peace has supported Vital LIfe for 23 years!

The Baha’i Assembly invites you to the Ridvan Celebration this Sunday from 3 – 4 pm at the Oak Hill Park Community Center, 3005 Stone Valley Rd., by Monte Vista High School.  Prayers for religious inclusiveness and non-discrimination around the world will be offered.  Refreshments will follow.

Our VBS Program will be June 15 – 19.  Volunteers will be needed.

Please keep in your prayers: the family of Bob Collins (Rich and Judy’s brother) who died this week; Bob Sweeney, Jerry Slater, John, Kathy, the unemployed, our Confirmands and Catechumens.

The Natives Garden Tour: From 5 acres lots to front-yard gardens, the local Native Plants Tour is happening on May 3 from 10 am – 5 pm.  It’s Free!   There are 60 gardens and native plant nurseries to check out.  Flyers with details are available after worship on Sunday.

We must take care of the Earth or the Earth will take care of us.

Blessings, Pr. Steve