Good News, 06.21.2012

Friends:

 “For those who are in Christ there is a New Creation:  The old order is gone and a new being is here to see;  from now on then, we will not consider anyone by human standards.”  (2 Corinthians 5:  16 & 18)

Endless grace – what a gift we received from Mad and Eddie Duran and Aaron Cohen through their musical contributions this past Sunday.  Indescribable and uplifting.  (Eddie who is in his mid-80’s told me after worship that they will be in the recording studio this Fall since, “you just got to keep going”. ) 

The Magic Suitcase with its art supplies for Memo Dominguez is on its way to Nicaragua.  Our thanks to Bill Carmel for organizing this and to all who contributed to making this happen.  Seeds are being sown constantly, only the loose soil is aware!

The new Directory is beautiful!   Thanks to Libby for all the detailed work that was necessary to produce this and to Lois McGee for helping in its collating and assembly.   Be sure to pick up your copy this Sunday.

We will Install the new members of our Church Council this Sunday.  Pray for these leaders of our congregation.

The Youth Group will meet after worship from 11 – Noon on Sunday to plan this next year’s priorities.  Bring your friends…there will be good pizza too!

Here is a portion of a speech by Severn Cullis-Suzuki, then age 12, which was delivered as an address at the first U.N. Earth Summit that took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

20 years ago she said:

Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. This is what one child told us: “I wish I was rich. And if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter, and love and affection.” If a child on the streets who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy?

I can’t stop thinking that these are children my own age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the favelas of Rio, I could be a child starving in Somalia, or a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India. I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, and finding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be.

At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us to not fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then why do you adults go out and do the things you tell us not to do?

Do not forget why you’re attending these conferences, who you’re doing this for: we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying, “Everything’s going to be all right,” “It’s not the end of the world,” and “We’re doing the best we can.” But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My dad always says, “You are what you do, not what you say.” Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown-ups say you love us. But I challenge you, please, make your actions reflect your words. Thank you.

And 20 years later she says:   I wish to God I could say things have changed…

From Anton Schwartz one of our Jazz Musicians:  My neighbor knocked on my door at 2:30 last night. Can you believe that? 2:30am! Lucky for him I was still up practicing my drums.

Keep your soil loose!  Pr. Steve