Pastor’s Weekly Message: 08.27.15

Grace Waves

Friends:

The awe of God is the beginning of wisdom.  The first principle of wisdom is:  acquire wisdom; at the cost of all you have, acquire understanding!” (Proverbs 4: 7)

 

You are cordially invited to a Peace Feast on Saturday, August 29 at 6 pm.

A Lovely Evening with a Luscious Meal (see the tasty menu below!) Relaxed and Informal –this is an opportunity to catch up with new friends and old. The whole Church Council will attend.

We promised Chuck (our favorite Chef) that 50+ people would join us. Suggested Donation: $20 – 25. Feel free to invite friends.  Of course children are welcomed for free.

Sign Up by notifying the office – office@peacejourney.org (we’ve got 25 folks already).

Embodied Prayer: The Abba-Imma Qigong (based on the Lord’s Prayer)   East meets west in this journey of deepening your connection to the Divine through Qigong, meditation, and prayer involving your body, mind, and spirit. Drawing from Judeo Christian, Taoist, and Buddhist wisdom and compassion practices, this series invites you to explore, engage, and share your ever-unfolding spiritual awareness.  Presenters: Rev. Steve Harms, Elise & Kaleo Ching San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr., Danville, CA       September 9 through October 14 (series of 6 classes) 6pm to 7:30pmFee: $15 per Drop-In Class    Register: http://sandamiano.org/retreats-programs/retreat-registration

Please keep in your prayers:  Bob Lesher, Nancy, Maili, Jim and Joan, children returning to school and especially those who are vulnerable, refugees everywhere and the church.

First Friday Films: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, September 4 at 6:30PM.

New Carpet has been installed in our Education Wing!  Thanks to Dick Larson and Surface Technologies for the beautiful work.

A new Tai Chi Class series will begin on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm in the Gathering Hall at Peace.  Pr. Steve has been practicing for 30 years.  Tai Chi leads to greater relaxation, coordination, a gradual strengthening and clarity.  Come check it out.

From CCIH/Contra Costa Interfaith Housing / Dear Faith and Service Communities,

Thank you for all of the support you have given us this past summer. Our Backpack Drive was a huge success because of the generosity of our faith and service members. I have updated our Opportunities for Involvement with a fall version.   Become a Volunteer Tutor:  Would you like to change the life of a formerly homeless or low income student? We are looking for compassionate individuals to help in our afterschool Homework Club. Volunteers are needed at our Pleasant Hill, Concord, Bay Point and Pittsburg sites. Commitment is for one afternoon per week. High school juniors and seniors encouraged to apply. Contact Gloria Bertolozzi at gloria@ccinterfaithhousing.org.

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” (Saul Bellow)

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

Pastor’s Weekly Message: 08.21.15

Grace Waves

Friends:

Wisdom says – my friends, listen to me.  Happy are those who keep my ways.

Listen to the teachings and become wise.

Blessed are those who keep watch at my gates and guard my entrance.

Whoever finds me finds life and the favor of God, whoever misses me harms themselves;  all who hate me are in love with death.  (Proverbs 8: 32 – 36)

You are cordially invited to a Peace Feast on Saturday, August 29 at 6 pm.

A Lovely Evening with a Luscious Meal (Brisket, BBQ Oysters, Melon Soup, Fresh Pies) Relaxed and Informal –this is an opportunity to catch up with new friends and old. The whole Church Council will attend.

We promised Chuck (our favorite Chef) that 50+ people would join us.

Suggested Donation: $20 – 25. Feel free to invite friends.  Of course children are welcomed for free.

Sign Up on Sunday or notify the office (we’ve got 10 folks already).

“Being Mortal” the Frontline Documentary about Atul Gawande will be shown on Wednesday, September 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Ball Auditorium at John Muir Hospital. It is free, a reception follows and Ms. Bev Harms will be one of the leaders for the evening!

“Aging Gracefully” under the leadership of Pr. Margareta will resume on Tuesday, September 8 at 1 pm at Peace.  The group will be reading “Being Mortal”.

The Education Committee meets next Thursday at 4 pm at Peace.  If you would like to participate speak with Deacon Linda Benatar.

Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.
Blaise Pascal

Homecoming Sunday will be September 20!  That afternoon Peace will host an “International Day of Peace Concert” which is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa.  Seven interfaith choirs or musical groups will perform including our own Gary Sponholtz.

Please keep in your prayers: Kathy Riordan’s mother, Fidel and Heidi, the children of Yemen, the homeless seniors at St. Mary Center, Thich Nhat Hanh.

A life without wisdom is like winding a clock and not setting the time – it runs perfectly fine but tells you nothing.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve