Good News, 03.11.10

Friends,

Live not in the lure of tomorrow, ‘Tomorrow I’ll begin; tomorrow I’ll achieve.’   Remember!  There is only this day, this moment – this NOW! ‘Tomorrow’ is a different world altogether. –  Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Our Ministry Conversations are this Saturday, March 13 and next Saturday, March 20 from 10 am – Noon.  Hopefully you have received the Invitation to participate.  Please bless us with your presence .  There will be coffee and goodies to enjoy.  Renewing ministries, sustaining current ministries , creating new ministries are all welcomed.  What matters to you – what stirs your passion, joy, hopes and dreams? The Spirit is willing to work with what we offer.  Choose one Saturday and join in.  Give us your best – make this a part of your Lenten journey.

Our thanks to the Healing Prayer Team for our Liturgy of Healing this past Sunday.  The power of prayer:  standing, breathing, with eyes covered and hands on the altar.  The purpose of prayer is to open our eyes that we might see what is real, who we are and what is truly going on.  This is called living in the Presence of God or living into your calling (which is where the pain of the world meets the joy of your heart).   Thanks to Mike, Greg, Ceil and John who volunteered to be “blinded.” Two more people have already asked for this experience next Sunday.

The Crab Feast was a great joy – excellent meal, friends, Silent Auction and spirit to the evening.   Can it get better?  It’s wonderful to see all the friends being invited. Over $2200 was raised for the support of our congregation.   Our thanks to Raddi El Mogazi for coordinating the Feast, to Mark Miller for the Silent Auction, and to all the top flight assistants:  Mike Valenta, Anika and Brielle Strom, Hunter and Chloe, Emily Weller, the Auction Contributors and the cast of thousands who cleaned up!

We presented Richard Caemmerer with a Tree of Life Cross (which lies underneath our sanctuary foundation) in gratitude for all his work with Peace…and for his birthday on St. Patrick’s Day.  Our thanks also to Ed Rethers for his work with all of the structural demands related to the aesthetic changes of last week.

Our Community Seder with Beth Chaim Congregation is fast approaching. Thursday, March 25th is the date and sign ups must be completed by March 17 since the meal will be catered.  The cost will be $15/person.  Child Care will be available.  We hope to have 60 people from each of our congregations which includes young people 12 years and older.  The Seder will be held at Peace.  Our Coordinating Team of Jeanie Locklear, Libby Flynn and Gunilla Norton urge you to sign up this Sunday or notify the church office soon.

Jazz at Peace happens this Sunday, March 14 at 5:00 pm with Inga Swearingen and her Swedish Jazz Farm.  Favorite saxophonist Anton Schwartz will also participate.  Come and enjoy the soulfulness of this gifted singer who is a regular guest on Garrison Keillors’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Remember the Best Use of your Sunday Bulletin is: take it home, put it on your refrigerator or coffee table; absorb the art work or image throughout the week; read the Gospel or one of the texts to learn what it says to you midweek;  check the Announcements in case you missed anything; and give it away to a friend who is looking for a spiritual home.  (Thanks to our Spiritual Director for this suggestion.)

It is a blessing to have our Seminarian Emily Weller with us.  Here is a little background information about Emily so you get to know her better.

Greetings Peace Lutheran! As your new teaching parish student I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself. I’m excited to be involved with Peace for the next three semesters of my seminary education!

I am currently in my second semester at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. I am a Master’s of Divinity student, seeking to be ordained in the ELCA. I just moved to California from the Midwest in August, and have been enjoying it. I do miss the snow, but after 23 years of it I must admit that sunshine in February is a nice change! I grew up in northwestern Ohio where my parents still live, and where I knew my first church family at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. After high school, I attended college at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. I graduated from Valpo last May with a BA in theology. I had a great experience at Valpo, enjoying four years in the jazz ensemble as a trombonist, participating in the theatre program, being a member of the honors college, editing for the school paper, and studying abroad for a semester in Namibia and South Africa. My younger brother, Andrew, is currently a sophomore at Valpo. My boyfriend Dan, who some of you met, lives and works in Chicago, but will be attending Peace this coming fall when he moves back to his home state of California.

I thank you all for your warm welcome these first few weeks, and look forward to getting to know Peace and its many gifts even better. See you soon!  Emily

Blessings, Pr. Steve