Good News, 06.12.2013

Friends:

“An anthropologist proposed a game to kids in Africa. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that whoever got there first won all the fruits. When he said – “Run” – they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked why they ran together, when one could have had all the fruit, they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
(Not sure if this specific story is actually true, but like the Italians say “se non è vero, è ben trovato”  – even if it is not true, it is well conceived!)
Thanks to Karl Pfeiffer

It is hard for a Liturgy to be richer than the one we celebrated this past Sunday! How many blessings can you count? Great to hear our Catechumens’ Reflections, congratulations to our Boy Scouts John and Jack, wonderful to see and hear Mudzunga and Ndamu and to learn about We Are All Connected from Thais and Leone, a blessing to Welcome New Members — Mary, Briggette, Thais and family, to embody our Abba-Imma Chi Prayer, and experience such rich music, singing and percussion.

Brunch:  Thanks to Barbara Drohrer-Kline and Thrivent for the delicious Brunch this past Sunday.  Great meal and delightful presenters.  Barb will keep us in the know about Thrivent programs and Choice Dollars which can benefit the ministries of Peace.

Join us for our Father’s Day worship this Sunday!

Justice Advocacy will host our Forum conversation.  Here is an opportunity to learn about and contribute to our Justice Ministries.

Partnership Silent Auction this Sunday:  Our Delegation of Gary, Libby and John Brett will be traveling to Nicaragua in August.  Our Father’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser will receive Matching Funds from Thrivent.  (See the list of available items at the end of this Good News.) Your support truly encourages our Delegates and makes their journey on our behalf  possible!

Website:
Fundraising for our website development continues.  We hope to conclude the campaign by the end of June.  Speak with Dabbie if you have questions.

Beuster Church:  It was wonderful to learn of the progress and see pictures of the construction of Beuster Church which burnt down 2 ½ years ago.   A few ‘unsolicited’ gifts were received this past Sunday.  If you would like to contribute with a special donation please make your check out to Peace and note “Beuster” on it.  We will send the Gift soon.

Ubuntu Definition:  “I am because you are; because you are I am.” Mudzunga Farisani, Provincial Director for Elementary Education in Venda Province, South Africa.

Mask Making Workshop with Elise and Kaleo Ching – Saturdays June 22 and 29: This is an opportunity for youth and adults of all faiths to engage creativity as self discovery and spiritual exploration.  You will learn about Chi Kung energy flow and experience guided imagery; and you will be taught simple but effective art techniques to mold, paint and adorn your own mask.  (Your mask is a powerful gift to children and grandchildren!) Advance registration has begun.  Choose to participate in this delightful and insightful transformative experience!  Fliers available in the Gathering Hall or download a copy by clicking here.

Keep in your prayers:  Joan, Rich, our Partners, Nelson Mandela, our high school Graduates, our new members, the vulnerable children of Ethiopia and the world, our Catechumens, truth-tellers and prophets such as Medgar Evers (who was murdered 50 years ago today).

I am Harvey Milk:  Gary Sponholtz invites us to attend this performance by the SF Gay Men’s Chorus (all 300 members) in the City at the Nourse Theater on Wednesday, June 26 at 8:00 pm.  This year marks the 35th Anniversary of Harvey Milk’s death.  Sign up this Sunday.

Jan and Pr. Margareta remind you that all the members of Peace are invited to Celebrate their 120th Birthday with a special Jazz at Peace Event on Sunday, June 23 at 5:00 pm.  The Danish jazz violinist Mads Tolling will perform and you will be delighted! Feel free to invite more friends!

“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, with proper self-assurance that person knows that he or she belongs to a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, or when they are tortured and oppressed.” Bishop Tutu

Blessings, Pr. Steve

P.S. Here is the list of Silent Auction items for Father’s Day:

$100 gift certificate from Basil Leaf
$40 gift certificate from Esin
$50 gift certificate from Gianni’s Italian Bistro
$100 gift certificate (brunch for 4) from Bridges
Brunch for 2 from Piatti Ristorante
$25 gift certificate from Chipotle
$25 gift certificate from Starbucks
$80 gift certificate from Kaleo Ching for Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage, Hypnotherapy or Medical Qigong
Gift certificate from Master Gardener Ken Budesa for an “on-site consultation”
And the Father’s Day Gift Basket with something for every dad, including–
a large tin of Almond Roca;
a large insulated lunch pack;
Weber 3-piece barbecue tool set;
a heat-resistant barbecue mitt;
an extra-large beach towel;
and both a bottle of wine [Fox Brook Sauvignon Blanc] and
a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.