Good News, 05.07.10

Friends:

Growing spiritually can be like a roller coaster ride:  take comfort in the knowledge that the way down is often only a preparation for the way up.

Partnership Sunday was a blessing for all of us.  Many expressed their thanks for the experience of the Liberation Theology process of reflection and praxis.  The dancing, singing, praying, and shaking energy should keep us motivated for a long time.  Our thanks to the Partnership Committee for preparing a creative worship experience.   Keep Laurel Galan and Lwamondo Parish in your prayers.

Bocce Picnic – Sunday, May 23 at Sycamore Valley Park, 2101 Holbrook Drive Danville, CA 94526.
Picnic starts after Church service, Bocce games start at 1:00 p.m.  Hot Dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided!  We ask each family to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  Please sign up to attend by May 21 (clipboard in the gathering hall).  For additional information contact Christine Johansson at mcjohansson@yahoo.com.

Greg and Tioni Collins with sons Aden and Lukas are on their way to Nairobi, Kenya for the next two years.  Greg has a position with USAID covering the Horn of Africa.  Keep them in your prayers.

Our own Wendy (Atkinson) Siegel does broadcasts on NPR.  She sends this note:  “Here’s the link to one of my most recent stories. It was really fun to do and I think you’ll enjoy it. Please hit the play button (don’t just read it; that’s cheating!). It is much better with the sound… it sets the scene :)”  Check it out here!

Thankfully Annie Haines has come through her knee surgery well.  Thanks to all who have volunteered to help her during her recovery process.   More details to come.

Living in a Liberated World – Saturday, May 15, 10 – 4 at Peace: To honor and care for our world in crisis requires that we gather communities together to share wisdom traditions and revisit our beliefs about what must be done at this pivotal moment in human history.  Building on our Holy Convergence interfaith gatherings from the last several years, Bruce Silverman and I are hoping to invigorate that effort by bringing together teachings and rituals from the interfaith community and Wisdom University for a day of ceremony, discussion, investigation, music, food, and community building.  Our intention is to encourage Wisdom Circles that prompt participants to act on their highest aspirations together. We have envisioned three segments: “Hope Bearers, Wisdom Gatherers, and Earth Stewards.” Clearly we are all called to all three tasks, but we will ask those in attendance to choose one area in which to become more involved. During the course of the day we will speak from those perspectives, invoke song, dance, and meditation to embody them, and facilitate a transformational arts hour for each of the three groups to create a group sharing.  Register through our church office.

A wonderful New Member Dinner was shared by 15 people this past Wednesday evening.  Our thanks to Deacon Maili Malvre for coordinating and cooking for the evening.

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day.  You may wish to purchase a new Hymnal in honor of your mother.  A surprise guest will teach you all about Lydia too!

Thanks to the sharp eyes of Property Deacon Everett Sylwanowicz Peace has acquired a gas BBQ grill.  It will get used to the maX!

And now for something completely different!