Good News, 02.12.2013

Friends:

 “Each human being, regardless of birth, status, or native ability, has the right to be seen as created as an image of God, filled with infinite worth, equal to all other human beings, and so unique that he or she can say with surprise, ‘The world exists for me!’ On the other hand, since each and every person can make these claims, the only way all people can create a world that recognizes them is through relationship, that is the partnership between each person and God, as well as the connections between all human beings.  Spiritual traditions provide means by which such a world can be created.” 

David Elcott  Sacred Journey

 What a Celebration this past Sunday was with our special musical guests, the Dixieland Dykes!  We celebrated morning, noon and night.  What a festive Mardi Gras Party – great food, wonderful decorations thanks to Ken Budesa and dancing galore.   Thanks to Gary for all our musical connections.  We may have to make this an annual event!

 The Sunday Salon/Bonhoeffer Book Study began on Sunday too.  All are welcome to join us even if you haven’t gotten the material read. We have several copies of the book: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy available for purchase in the office. Here is our  Salon Spring ( 3 – 5 pm) Schedule:  Feb. 24 ( Chapters 4 – 6); Mar. 10 (Ch. 7 – 9 ); Mar. 24 (Ch. 10 – 15).  An incredible man for our incredible times!

 Ash Wednesday:  Tomorrow night our Lenten Season begins with worship at 7:30 pm.  Join us for this powerful experience of transition.  Our Soup and Sacrament Series on Wednesday evenings begins on February 20 at 6:30.  The Theme:  Gratefulness the Heart of Prayer.

The Youth Group met last Saturday to Walk the Labyrinth and reflect on future plans.  The Youth Group now meets every 2nd Saturday afternoon and 4th Friday evening.

A beautiful Jazz at Peace Evening comes your way this Sunday with the Marcus Shelby Trio at 5:00 pm.

On the necessity of Cooperation

 “Each person would soon learn from experience that if he (or she) aided their fellow-men, we would commonly receive aid in return.  From this practice…we might acquire the habit of aiding our fellow human beings…. and this habit would strengthen our feelings of sympathy, which give us the impulse to continue benevolent actions.”          
 Charles Darwin (who remained a believer and never imagined his evolutionary work being applied to economics)

 Blessings,  Pr. Steve