Good News, 11.09.2011

Friends:

“Anyone who thinks he (or she) is too small to make a difference has never been in bed with a mosquito.” (Gandhi)

This Sunday we will celebrate Stewarding the Mysteries of God.  If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have never read the Bible!

Congratulations to April and Matt Rasmussen on the birth of Isadora Juliet! Everyone is doing fine.  What a joyful blessing from God!

A marvelous event for the Women and Mom’s of Peace is happening next week:  Loved by God – but…Struggling to Keep my own  Strength. As women of faith we believe we are loved by God – but….the demands of life often drain us of our energy and happiness.  At the first of our Women/Mom’s of Peace Quarterly Gatherings, Pr. Margareta will teach us specific spiritual and psychological ways to keep and nurture our strength.  She will also share stories and examples of how we can take good care of ourselves.  Learn :  How to say No; How to Work to Live and not live to work;  How to be as Kind to Yourself as you are to others….and more. Enjoy the company of friends, simple desserts and the refreshment of your spirit.  Child care will be available if requested.  You are a temple of the Holy Spirit…. let the Spirit renew you with the grace and peace you need.  Feel free to invite friends who aren’t members of Peace. Wednesday, November 16,  7:00 pm at Peace.

Please keep in your prayers:  Diana Keller, Martha Mantei, Lois McGee, Kersti, the Hepner Family as they move eastward, those without food, shelter or employment.

This Sunday the Jazz Church West presents master pianist Glen Pearson at 5:00 pm.  It promises to be a soulful serenade of the autumn spirit.

And on the subject of Jazz Church West, please take a few minutes to listen To “Sing Out” a Jazz Vespers original composition written by Clairdee and Ken French for Peace Lutheran Church. Beautiful.

As we look ahead toward Advent, here’s a word from Pr. Anita:

The annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party for Peace Kids and Families has become a much anticipated Advent tradition at Peace over the past five years. Over this time our kids have decorated between 140-160 gingerbread houses with at least a ton of candy (more or less!) and the walls of our gathering hall have rattled with laughter, creativity and wild wonderful mayhem. Good times! This year however we’re going to take a break from tradition so that instead of focusing so much time and effort in preparing for one day of fun for our children, we’ll be directing all our efforts into making children’s Sunday School extra special for the children during the three Sundays of December leading up to Christmas Day. Each Sunday during the regular Sunday School hour from 11:10-11:50 there will be activities, crafts, and special guests sure to be enjoyed by each of the little ones, ages 3 through 5th grade. I’ll be letting you know more as the time approaches but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up so that if your children aren’t already attending Sunday School, you can begin now to make plans to have them join us for these three special Sunday mornings.

Peace will host our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 pm.  The Baha’i Assembly will be creating and leading the service.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet friends from among a variety of congregations, to pray and offer gratitude together.  It will breathe life and joy into your Thanksgiving Day celebrations.

Blessings, Pr. Steve