Good News, 03.24.10

Friends:

Don’t be frustrated by the obstacles you encounter on your spiritual journey.  They can increase your desire for the goal you seek.  Because the greater your goal, the greater the yearning you will need to achieve it. –   Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Our Community Seder with Beth Chaim Congregation is this Thursday, March 25.  We will begin at 5:45 and finish around 8 p.m.  There will be over 80 people participating from both of our congregations. Child care is provided.  Expect a great blessing.

Both of our Ministry Conversations proved quite valuable.  The recommendations from this process have been forwarded to our Council and the whole congregations will receive a report in the future.

You should know that the traditional Swedish coffee bread (“vetebullar”) served at hospitality last Sunday was baked by our High School Youth Allison Winter, Taylor & Cameron Eubanks and Erik Norton. If you would like them to bake more in the future be sure to offer them your thanks this next Sunday!

VBS will be presented June 21 – 25. You can register now and please invite your friends.  If you have any questions or want to be involved please speak with Christine Johansson. The Yo/Fam Committee and Partnership Committee met this past Sunday.  Creative ministry efforts involving you will be coming your way in the near future.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus
New Adult Sunday School Offering
Starts 9 AM Sunday, April 18.
Led by Gil Jardine

During Jesus’ earthly mission he served as a traveling Rabbi (teacher) who taught and preached the good news to his people—the Jews of Israel. His amazing teachings become even clearer to us today if we understand his parables and sayings in the context of his time and the expectations of his Jewish audience. Consequently, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg have written a very approachable book that helps us understand Jesus’ message in the lively context of 1st century Judaism.
Join Gil in an engaging, spiritually fulfilling five session study of Spangler and Tverberg’s book. You’ll be taken on a fascinating journey that will help you grow in your understanding of the life-affirming power of Jesus’ message then and now.

Holy Week (sometimes known as Still Week) begins this Sunday with our Palm Sunday Service at 10:00 am.  We will begin in the Courtyard.
Maundy Thursday begins at 6:30.  Special elements will be added to our Soup and Sacrament format.
Good Friday – The Faith Walk is a guided spiritual journey which you may walk at your own pace.
The Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening.  This is a joyous contemplative and hilarious celebration.  Nothing else like it during the year.
Easter Worship is at 10:00 am.  An Egg Hunt will follow our worship.

This Thursday is also the Annunciation of Mary when she received word that with her consent she would become pregnant.  This is sometimes referred to as her “coronation”.  Here is a poem that the Catechumens recently reflected upon together – especially the second stanza.

The Coronation by John O’Donohue

It was a long time ago in another land.
Who could tell how it really was before belief
Came towards you with a hunger that could not see you
Except against white air cleansed of the shadow of earth?

No inkling that you were a free spirit who loved
The danger of seeing the world with an open mind,
How you strove to be faithful to uncertainty
And let nothing unquestioned settle in your heart

You loved to throw caution to the wind when you danced.
To be outside in the dawn before people were,
Letting the blue tides of your dreaming settle ashore.
The village said you put the whole thing into his head.

In the glow of your silence, the heart grows tranquil.
No one will ever know where you had to travel.

Blessings, Pr. Steve