Good News, 07.11.2012

Friends:

“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.” 
                                            (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)  
When we learn what we are not looking for, that kind of education reshapes our soul.”                                   (Sr. Joan Chittister)

My vacation/Sabbatical begins on August 1 – which is close at hand.  I will be travelling in Italy during September and with our Delegation to South Africa in October.  Pr. Mary Ann Fiene will serve as our Sabbatical Pastor from September through November.  I will return for Advent on December 1.  If you have questions or want to learn more about my sabbatical please join me for coffee and conversation during Hospitality Hour this Sunday.

If you want a piece of “cloth from the cloak of Jesus” (which was shared in our worship a week ago), several pieces remain for you to share with friends.  This is a wonderful catalyst and reminder for prayer.

Peace Memorial Garden:  Dana Squire made a presentation to the congregation a week ago.  The design plans have been presented to the Danville Planning Commission.  There will be a meeting with local neighbors to address their concerns on Monday, July 23 at 7:00 pm at the church.

July 22 is the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene.  A special liturgy prepared by the Order of Miriam of Magdala will be presented that day.

The Justice Advocacy Committee met this past Sunday with our new Deacon Cindy Townsend.  It was good to have the committee and these important ministries re-galvanized.  There will be much more to come!  

Poverty Reality Check:  Between 2000 and 2010, 15 million Americans tumbled from prosperity into poverty, pushing the total to 46 million people, or 15% of our population, says the US Census.  One in six (49 million people) went hungry in 2010.  Today, 12 million Americans still can’t find work.  Seven million homes are mired in foreclosures. (ELCA update)

The Youth Group will meet this Sunday at 11:00 am for furthering the development of our Fall Plans.  Members of the Youth Group can always invite friends to join them!

Are you interested in Education at Peace? The Education Committee will be meeting during the Hospitality Hour on July 29 to discuss the educational dimensions and nurturing of the members of Peace.  If you would like to join this Committee or participate in the conversation to learn what will be happening – please join in!

The Book Recommended last Sunday by Education Deacon Linda Benatar was Same Kind of  Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

You have to keep Unmasking the World around you for what it is:  manipulative, controlling, power-hungry and in the long run, destructive.  The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this – you have to dare to say to yourself:  “These feelings I experience, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself.  The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am a chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting embrace.” 
(Henri Nouwen/Life of the Beloved)

Antonio Garzon says thank you for his Radical Radish!

Blessings, Pr. Steve