Good News, 08.25.10

Friends:

Humility is true self-knowledge. God is your being, and you are what you are in God. Self-knowledge cannot end in the awareness of our faults and failings. It opens onto God. Perfect humility is meeting the unfathomable love of God, who is the ground of our being.” (The Cloud of Unknowing)

The Memorial Service for Pat Huseby is this Friday at 2 pm. If you would like to assist with the Reception please contact Pat Thergesen. Please keep Dana, Anita and John in your prayers.

Judy Collins is now receiving Hospice Care. Please keep she and Rich, Jason, Ben and Nicholas, Matt and Jen, Greg and Tioni and grandchildren in your prayers.

The Eco-Friendly Haus Tour at the Pfieffer’s home happens after worship this Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30. Directions will be available after worship. Come with friends and enjoy learning/seeing a variety of energy saving, cost efficient and earth respectful practices and devices which the Pfeiffer’s have installed in their home. Additional parking (under shade trees) is available across the street at the Greenbrook Elementary School parking lot at the corner of Harlan Drive and Saint Helena Drive. Guests are invited to bring your own cup or glass for refreshments – so we don’t end up with a pile of garbage after an eco event!

The Greening Committee will meet at 1:15 at the Pfeifer home.

The Lector Team will meet after worship for an hour on September 12 to renew clarity and joy about this significant ministry. If you would like to learn more about the proclaiming of the scriptures please join in.

On September 26th, Martha Mantei will be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk in San Francisco. AFSP continues to be at the forefront of research into the mood disorders that can lead to suicide. During the last year, she has expanded her role with survivor programs by volunteering for the position of Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator for the Greater SF Bay Area Chapter of AFSP. As survivors of suicide loss, they visit the newly bereaved to offer support and resources to help them in the early days of their healing journey. Martha appreciates any support and prayers that you can offer! Please visit her participant page at: http://afsp.donordrive.com/participant/mantei

Please keep in your prayers: Heather, Sheila, Jim Strawn, Raddi’s mom, Spoon Jackson, Roberto Flores and Dan Graney, Ruth, Paul Harms, Jerry Slater, Matthew Pontious, Randy and DeeAnn Cadonau, those seeking employment, our partners in the Gospel in Lwamondo Parish and Laurel Galan, Nicaragua.

Our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival is October 3rd after worship. Those who can contribute Silent Auction items are encouraged to fill out the forms on Sunday. The Committee will be coming together soon to organize for this wonderful community event.

Enjoy the beauty of the Courtyard Entrance when you come for worship this week. The plants, trees and sky are very uplifting.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 08.20.2010

Friends:

My soul, give thanks to the Lord; all my being, bless God’s holy name.  My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all God’s blessings.  It is God who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of  your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with love and compassion, who fills your life with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle’s. –  Ps. 103

Pat Huseby died on Wednesday morning around 8:00 am.  May her life continue to enrich and bless her family and friends on earth.  May her transformation through death be a seed of love and gratitude for those who mourn.  Condolences to Dana and Anita and brother John Huseby.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at Peace on Friday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Homecoming Sunday is September 19th.  On that day Sunday School begins at 9:00 am. Your children’s friends are invited to attend as well.  In addition Adult Education also starts at 9:00 am.  A variety of educational opportunities will be offered during the year.  Life-long learning – who can live without it!

Our new Directory is in the works.  You are asked to have your photo taken after worship this Sunday, August 22 or August 29.  Jane Powell will meet you in the Sanctuary.

Congratulations to Dan and Seminarian Emily Weller on the announcement of their Engagement !  Emily returns in September.

The Greening Committee invites you to an Eco-Friendly Haus Tour of Karl and Grace Cavallaro-Pfeiffer’s home next Sunday, August 29 from 12:30 – 2:30.  You will get to see maximum energy efficiency at its functional and aesthetic best!  And the Pfeiffer’s are nice people too!

Anita appreciates your thoughts and prayers for her brother Randy who has ALS.  See her ALS website (http://web.alsa.org/goto/for_my_brother) for more of her brother’s story, to view a video clip of Randy speaking on ALS and to donate toward her participation in a walk for ALS this fall.

This Sunday the Words of Realness Concert is being performed in Sofia Church in Stockholm at a Conference for Prison Chaplains from 70 different countries.  It is amazing how this Spiritual/Artistic endeavor – with its American Premiere at Peace Lutheran one year ago – continues to impact the global community.  Composer Stefan Safsten and members of the Kista Choir send their greetings to us. August 22 also happens to be the 53rd Birthday of poet Spoon Jackson who continues serving his life sentence in New Folsom Prison.

Three weeks ago about a dozen members of Peace celebrated worship and Eucharist at the Open Cathedral – an outdoor weekly worship gathering for the homeless of San Francisco.  The Night Ministry sponsors this service and our friend Pr. Lyle Beckmann makes the arrangements.  It was good to experience the Body of Christ among the street people.  A meal was offered afterwards.  Year round, rain –  shine – or cutting wind, this worship is offered.   To learn more about the day speak with Jeanie, Libby, Katherine or Gloria.

Please keep in your prayers: Judy and Rich Collins, Matthew and Chris Pontious, Dana and Anita, Randy and DeeAnn Cadonau, Paul Harms, Roberto Flores, Sheila, Parisa Lo Bianco’s family, the homeless, the people of Haiti, Pakistan and Russia.

There will be a Lector’s Workshop after worship on September 12.  This is a chance to learn essential skills for the proclamation of the scriptures and build up this ministry at Peace.  New people are welcomed!

On July 25th , in response to the vote of the National Assembly of the ELCA, Bishop Mark Holmerud of the Sierra-Pacific Synod reinstated  7 gay and lesbian pastors back into the roster of ordained clergy for our synod. Change and healing can happen.

The Church Council met last night to initiate plans for Fall ministries and activities.  When Deacons and especially the Vice-President Pat Leong approach you and ask you to serve on their committees,  please joyfully respond Yes!

The Archives Committee will meet on Thursday of this week.  Their work not only entails gathering and collating the Living/Evolving History or Peace but making the insights gained from prior experiences available to the whole congregation for reflection and discernment.  “Without a positive history people cannot have a positive future.”   Expect to hear and learn more from them.

After two weeks of intense and joyful Shakespeare Camp, a group of highly talented child actors are ready to perform for you and loved ones this Friday, August 20 at 2:00 pm.  This is a Free Performance.  I especially think you will delight in the 7-8 year olds production of Hamlet!

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Good News, 08.13.10

Friends:

Love, like fire, can only reveal its brightness
On the failure and beauty of burnt wood. – Philippe Jaccottet

Summer vacation was a blessing with our family in the wilds of Montana.  Enjoying Seeley Lake, water fowl, mountain majesty and good conversations is truly good for the soul.  I hope your summer has brought respite and relaxation.

This Sunday Kaleo Ching, a Chi Kung Master will join us for worship.  You may have forgotten that place in the Bible where Jesus talks about Chi Energy but that’s ok.  I’ll remind you on Sunday.  I think you will enjoy Kaleo’s presentation very much.

We are in the process of creating a new Church Directory for our Homecoming Celebration on September 19Please have your photo taken after worship on any one of the next 3 Sundays. Connecting faces and names is so important for all of us!

The Shakespeare Camp is happening at Peace!  About 15 thespians are running all around the church these days quoting, digesting and rehearsing the works of the Great Master.    One 10 year old girl said, “I think Shakespeare would want us to create our own interpretation of Hamlet.” Why don’t you come and find out?  The culmination of this 2 week Camp will take place on Friday, August 20th at 2:00 pm with a free performance of 3 of Shakespeare’s plays. These actors are sure to make your heart happy.

The WELCA Women’s Retreat will be on November 19 – 21 at Asilomar.  The deadline for registrations is September 11.  A group of 4 – 6 women who will be attending has already begun to be formed at Peace.  Please speak with Lois McGee for details.

A word from Martha Mantei: On September 26th, I will be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk in San Francisco. I am asking for your support.   AFSP continues to be at the forefront of research into the mood disorders that can lead to suicide.  During the last year, I have expanded my role with survivor programs by volunteering for the position of Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator for the Greater SF Bay Area Chapter of AFSP.  As survivors of suicide loss, we visit the newly bereaved to offer support and resources to help them in the early days of their healing journey.  I appreciate any support and prayers that you can offer!  Please visit my participant page at: http://afsp.donordrive.com/participant/mantei Thank you!

Please keep in your prayers:  Judy Collins, my father Paul Harms who fell and fractured his pelvis, Matthew Pontius and family, Pat Huseby, Randy and DeeAnn Cadonau as his ALS becomes more severe, Ruth, Sheila, Roberto Flores, for those seeking employment, Spoon Jackson, all who are imprisoned (especially the innocent) and their families, for families flooded in Pakistan, for the people of Russia experiencing intense heat, drought and death.

Christy Winter sends her thanks to all who supported her earlier in the summer in her participation in the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer.

Thanks to Barb Ghinazzi for the following:
BAR SUES CHURCH or ONLY IN TEXAS

In the small Texas town of  Mt. Vernon , Drummond’s Bar began construction on a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers.  Work progressed right up till the week before opening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s demise in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork.  At the hearing he commented, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and an entire church congregation that doesn’t.’

Blessings, Steve