Good News, 01.21.10

Friends:

Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, so that the only way to make something actual is to place it on the market. The time will come when they will sell you even your rain. At the moment it is still free, and I am in it. I celebrate its gratuity and its meaninglessness. Think of it pouring down, selling nothing, judging nobody, drenching the thick mulch of dead leaves, soaking the trees, filling the gullies and crannies of the wood with water, washing out places we have stripped away. Listen to its wonderful, unintelligible, perfectly innocent speech. Nobody started it and nobody is going to stop it. The rain will speak as long as it wants and I am going to listen. – Thomas Merton

The Council has committed $500 as a “Matching Fund” for Haitian Support this Sunday through Lutheran World Relief. LWR has pledged $1 million to overall relief work in Haiti. LWR is accepting donations to the “Haiti Earthquake Fund” on its website, by phone at 800-LWR-LWR-2 and by mail at P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832. Members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans can get their gifts to LWR matched. Thrivent is giving $1 for every $2 donated. For more information or to have your gift matched, visit Lutheran World Relief: Haiti Earthquake.

Sue Field invites you to attend any or all of the CAPMT Recitals this Saturday at Peace. Recitals are at 10:30, Noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 and 5:00 pm. The performers are from all over northern California who have achieved a superior rating in their Fall Performances.

Lori Eickmann sends her thanks to all who assisted with her Ordination. That includes: the congregation of Peace for hosting this celebration, Maili Malvre for serving as the Scripture Bearer, Charlene McPherson for Altar Guild coordination, Brielle Strom as our Acolyte, Karl Pfeiffer our Crucifer, and the Hospitality Team consisting of Gun Johnston, Nancy Carlston, Pat Thergesen, Lois McGee and Marlene Garrity. Musicians Alice O’Sullivan and Bruce Silverman presented marvelous musical gifts. The offering for the Ordination went to support another woman seminarian preparing for ministry at PLTS Seminary. Bishop Mark Holmerud said he was impressed with Peace and the creative worship too.

The Catechumenate Class begins Sunday evening, January 31st. There are 5 people in the class. If you want to participate you are welcomed. Share your questions with me if you have any.

The Early Communion Class begins this Sunday, January 23 at 3 pm at the Warner’s home. Children in grades 2 – 5 are encouraged to participate.

The Partnership Committee invites all members of Peace to our Partnership Retreat on Saturday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m. here at Peace. The purpose of this retreat is to provide you with in-depth information about our partnership ministries in Nicaragua and South Africa (including travel reports), and do develop objectives for future projects/activities. If you usually don’t attend our regular meetings, this retreat will be a great opportunity to learn more about our Partnership in a single afternoon. The retreat will conclude with a light meal.

Please keep in your prayers: Spoon Jackson, Tammy Winter, Jim, Denise, Richard, Ed, Randy, Declan, Jerry Slater, Gerry Grosz, Dick Byrum, the family of Susan Fetzner the unemployed, the people of Haiti, and Peace Counseling Center.

We look forward to meeting recently birthed Antonio Eloy Garzon and Marko Andre’ Johansson!

Love your enemies. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, the command to love one’s enemy is an absolute necessity for our survival. Love for our enemies is the key solution to the problems of our world. Jesus is not an impractical idealist; he is a practical realist. We have followed the practical advice of violence throughout the ages which has led us inexorably to deeper confusion and chaos. We must find another way. Love, the creative force of Christ’s life, is the most potent resource available to us today. – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Blessings, Pr. Steve