Pastor’s Weekly Message: 01.28.15

Grace Waves

Friends:

God never changes God’s mind about you.  God is simply in love with you. What God does again and again is change your mind about God. —H. McCabe

This Sunday all Worship Team Members are invited to sit together during worship.  Since some of you are on multiple teams – you will have the opportunity to move and join another team during the service.  After worship there will be time for conversations about issues or improvements that matter to folks who are serving as Ushers, Bread Bakers, Altar Guild, Lectors, Counters ,Sound Board, etc. Thanks in advance to all 10 Teams who contribute to our worship every Sunday.

This Sunday is also World Interfaith Harmony Week.  A friend from the Islamic Center will join us with a brief word and the offering of a prayer.  Our Forum time will be an opportunity to share perspectives about the troubling relations of Muslims and Christians in our world.

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical, and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and to put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity, and respect. —The Charter of Compassion, Karen Armstrong

We had a lovely New Member Dinner this past Sunday with a dozen people attending.  Thanks to Deacon Chuck Fisher for a tasty meal and to Deacon Monica Laurlund for contributing spirit and grace to the evening!

This Saturday, January 31 Emily Trubey-Weller will be ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in her home town in Ohio.  She will serve a congregation in Hicksville (Long Island) New York.  All are invited!  Let me know if you will be attending.  Our thanks to her Teaching Parish Committee who trained her so well for pastoral leadership!

The Federal Correctional Institution at Dublin (FCI Dublin) will be holding a mock job fair for inmates on Wednesday, April 29 from 7:00 a.m. to noon.  The purpose of this is to:

  • Give inmates realistic experience where they can learn and improve their job seeking skills.
  • Assist FCI Dublin develop valuable contacts with employers, and enhance the credibility of FCI Dublin’s programs with inmates and the community.  As a result, they hope employers change their viewpoint about inmates and inmate programs, and look more favorably on hiring ex-offenders after being exposed to the prison and the inmates during the job fair event.  This can contribute directly to the ability of inmates to get and retain jobs and be successful in the community.

FCI Dublin is seeking both hiring organizations to exhibit at the event and individuals to assist in interview coaching and resume reviews.  If you are aware of an organization that may wish to participate as an exhibitor, or if you would like to volunteer to provide interview coaching or resume review please contact Tess Korth, FCI Dublin’s Reentry Affairs Coordinator, at tkorth@bop.gov.  Thank you,  Ron Elsdon

First Friday Films – another great series is coming your way in 2015.  Our February Film will be presented on February 6 at 6:30pm.  Details to come.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will follow worship on Sunday, February 8.  We hope to place the Council Members Annual Report in your hands this Sunday, February 1.

From the Food Bank – “Thank you for your FANTASTIC 2014 food drive donation of 1,280 pounds of food from the members and friends of Peace Lutheran Church”.  And special thanks to our Hunger Advocate, Deacon Linda Elsdon!

You are the tabernacle of God; you the temple of God.  As the apostle says:  Holy is the temple of God which you are.

A temple because God will reign forever in you.  And yet a tabernacle because God is on pilgrimage in you, God hungers in you, God thirsts in you.  (Aelred of Rievaulx)

Our Annual CRAB FEED is Saturday, February 21 at 5:00 pm.  All the luscious crab you can eat!  Now is the time to begin inviting your friends.  Chuck promises it will be even better than last year!  Spread the word!  And bring your favorite brownies for dessert.

Super Bowl is this Sunday; the Jazz Church West will present Super Soul Sunday with pianist Glen Pearson the following Sunday!

Please keep in your prayers:  Annie, Lars and Margit, Arlene and Ralph, Fred and Marlene, Nick and those who long for the fullness of life.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

 

 

Pastor’s Weekly Message: 01.08.15

Grace Waves

Friends:

The power of prayer surpasses every work we might undertake for God’s glory, since it joins our desire for the world’s healing to the mercy of the Holy Spirit.  Intercession directs us in generous love to the needs of our brothers and sisters; the more we hunger for the world’s healing, the more we gain intimacy with the abba-son-spirit God.
—Catherine of Siena

I hope you experienced a rich Christmas Season.  Such joyful music and bells and gladness of heart.  Nothing can match the beauty of our children and the stillness of spirit we share at Christmas.  Thanks to those who put up the tree with its decorations and those who took the tree down along with its decorations.

Thanks to Bill for his Art Docent Tours this past Sunday.  We are surrounded by so many gifts whenever our eyes and hearts are opened to receive them.

And thanks to Frank Menkel for his beautiful contributions to our current art exhibit!

Our own Christine Hartmann’s Art Exhibit  “I Stand at Your Gate” is now on display at San Damiano Franciscan Retreat Center.  They have only recently begun hosting Exhibits at San Damiano and Bill Carmel has been their ‘exhibit development guide’.

Keep in your prayers: those killed in the cowardly attacks in France; for those in the cold;  that we might experience the wisdom of the Wise Ones.

First Friday Films – this Friday, January 9:  Join Elana for a Canadian film set in the old Wild West where the local sheriff has a hard time keeping the peace what with crazy people looking for gold and an uneasy truce with the local Apache tribe. He is guided by an Apache medicine man who uses sacred practices to help this young man face his worst demons and transform his life. Run time: 124 minutes; rated R.   See you at 6:30.

The Erik Jekabson Sextet was a knockout this past Sunday.  As one guest told me, “I never take this for granted.  What an amazing chance to get myself regenerated every month.”

Dance to World Music – this Saturday, January 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Peace. Happy New Year!  Kaleo and Elise will begin with a little Qiqong to open your meridians, get the chi flowing and connect heaven and earth.  Music from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, the indigenous from around the globe and Rock and Roll!  This is so good and so fun for your body and soul!

Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.”  ~Mark Twain

Blessed Epiphany,  Pr. Steve