Grace Waves 06.24.17

Grace Waves

Friends:

“If the church does not recapture its poetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral and spiritual authority. If the church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and for economic and racial justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause people everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will.  But if the church will free itself from the shackles of a deadening status quo, and, recovering its great historic mission, will speak and act fearlessly and insistently in terms of justice and peace, it will enkindle the imagination of mankind and fire the souls of men, imbuing them with a glowing and ardent love for truth, justice, and peace.  People far and near will know the church as a great fellowship of love that provides light and bread for lonely travelers at midnight.”         ~Martin Luther King

¨HONKYJune 24th & 25th at Peace!  Director Eric Hayes, a son of the congregation, invites all of you to attend this provocative and hilarious play.  (* At the conclusion of Grace Waves is A Letter to my Nephew, written by poet James Baldwin 5 decades ago, and published in his book “The Fire Next Time.”  Hopefully it will inspire you to see Honky!)

A pair of sneakers triggers a tragedy…  and a unique conversation about race relations in America.  Honky is a very provocative and funny look on the very serious subject of race and racism in America. Political correctness goes out the window as five people, both black and white, muddle through one of the most difficult discussions of our time.  Each performance will be followed by a dialogue with the cast, guest speakers, and you!  Tickets half price for Peace – email your request for tickets to office@peacejourney.org for will call at the door.

SOLAR AT PEACE:  Our new solar panels are providing maximum energy for us at Peace and keeping us cool in the process.  Want to have a look at our solar energy generation?  For your convenience, from any computer with internet access:

  1. http://www.monitoring.solaredge.com
  2. email = office@peacejourney.org
  3. password = 4solar@peace

Family/Father’s Day– I trust you enjoyed our Father’s/Family Day service with Shimmering, Chating, Drumming, the Tuning of the Chimes, Hand Dancing and beach balls leaping!  Our thanks to Charlene and Pat.

This life is God’s gift to you; may who you become be your gift to God.

ELCA Health Care Statement:  Our enduring commitment to support health care for all people comes in grateful response to God’s saving love in Jesus Christ that frees us to love and seek the well-being of our neighbor.” 

UPDATE: Senate leaders finally released draft legislation that would make it harder for millions of Americans to access affordable health care. This legislation cuts Medicaid for low-income working families and rolls back important improvements recently made for women and people living with disabilities, mental health challenges or pre-existing conditions. Please tell your Senators to improve access to health care; don’t tear it apart. Your voice makes a difference!

ELCA leaders pray and urge the Senate to act in this way:

  • Expand Medicaid into all 50 states with adequate funding;
  • Maintain the ability of young adults under the age of 26 to receive health insurance under the parents;
  • Stand with women in maintaining reproductive health mandates; and
  • Protect coverage for people living with disabilities, mental health challenges, or pre-existing conditions.

PRAYERS:  Keep in your prayers:  Jerry, David, Brian, Marlene, Sue, Marshall, Nette, Gun, Nancy, Renee’s mom, Ed K., Peter, Clifford, Kathy, Johnny’s mom, Brian T., Joyce and Ann; those seeking homes, employment and healthcare, those persons (young and old) contemplating death by suicide and their families.

Oak Tree:  The Oak Tree in honor of Fred Garrity was Ken’s inspiration.  A fitting tribute for Fred.  It is taking root at the corner of Camino and Old Blackhawk Rd.

Teen Challenge:  Barb Ghinazzi invites you to support a new Teen Challenge Center through Thrivent Action Teams this Sunday

Slavyanka Russian Chorus  was incredible!  They want to return – let’s hope they do!

Facebook!  All of our events and ministry activities are now being directly posted to Facebook so you can spread the word quite easily to your friends.

Our Jazz Church West applied to the Hewlett Foundation for a $200,000 Grant but we were denied.  However, the process has helped us to focus on new arenas of development for our Jazz Ministry.

“Woe to those who enact unjust decrees, who compose oppressive legislation to deny justice to the weak and to cheat the humblest of my people of fair judgment.”  Isaiah 10: 1

* “Letter to my Nephew”

This is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it…..It is their “innocence” which constitutes the crime.

This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish.  The limits of your ambition were thus expected to be set forever.  You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being.  You were not expected to aspire to excellence:  you were expected to make peace with mediocrity.  You have defeated this intention!  And by a terrible law, a terrible paradox, those “innocents” who believed that your imprisonment made them safe are losing their grasp on reality.

But these men and women are your brothers and sisters — your lost, younger brothers and sisters. And if the word Integration means anything, this is what it means:  That we, with love, shall compel our brothers and sisters to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and to begin to change it.

For this is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great people have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what it must become.  It will be hard, but you come from sturdy, peasant stock, ancestors who picked cotton and dammed rivers and built railroads, and in the teeth of the most terrifying odds, achieved an unassailable and monumental dignity!

You come from a long line of poets since Homer. 

One of them said,  “The very time I thought I was lost, My dungeon shook and my chains fell off.”

We cannot be free until they are free.  God bless you and Godspeed.   ~James Baldwin

Blessings,  Pr. Steve

 

Vacation Bible School 2017:  Jul 24-28!  PEACE youth and teens are invited to partner with St. Timothy’s and Mt. Cross Vacation Bible School: The Water of Life. Visit http://sainttimothysdanville.org/grow/vacation-bible-school/ for forms,registration & information.

 

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