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