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