Good News, 03.03.2011

Friends:

I was thinking how often and how many of us feel unloved, and unwanted on many occasions during our lives – all the misunderstandings there are in families, even between husband and wife. We all want heaven here and now, no patience, no waiting. Don’t think I don’t understand how you feel, because I have felt the same many a time. How many times I have felt even a wall of hatred and resentment around me – sometimes over little things and also over the big ones…..sometimes I never want to see people again. But then I remember St. John of the Cross saying, ‘Where there is no love, put love, and you will find love.’ And I can breathe again. When it comes down to it, even on the natural plane, it is much happier and more enlivening to love than be loved. Dorothy Day

A blessing to have had Mudzunga, Nzumbu and Ndamu Farisani with us this past Sunday. Mudzunga is encouraging all of us to participate in a Delegation to attend the Dedication of the new church at Beuster – probably in 2012! Partnership Ministry can seem a baffling proposition until the heart to heart connection of our faith reveals our common humanity and what we are capable of together. We need each other more than we can comprehend. We will continue to share our prayers and stories and grow in the faith which is mutually ours. Keep the people of Lwamondo Parish in Venda, South Africa and Laurel Galan, Nicaragua in your prayers.

Karl and Grace Pfeiffer hosted a wonderful Partnership Meal with the Farisanis on Tuesday evening. You will be learning about future ways to nourish our ministries together in future weeks and months. All of you would have enjoyed Natalie’s table prayer!

The Crab Feast is this Saturday at 5 pm. Thanks to Julie and Robert for coordinating this annual tradition, to Michael Valenta for his kitchen magic, to all who are volunteering – the youth and otherwise, and to Mark and Lisa for organizing the Silent Auction. More Silent Auction gifts are welcomed!! This year we will also have beautiful music to accompany your dining pleasure. Bring your friends to this tasty celebration!

You can expect Two Special Surprises on Sunday – just in time for Transfiguration. Look for them.

Ash Wednesday worship will be at 7:30 pm on March 9th. This service will initiate the season of Lent.

Tamara Bohlin, our occasional guest cellist, invites you to a Gold Coast Chamber Players Concert on Sunday at 2 pm at the Community Hall: Lafayette Library. A flier is posted on our Kiosk.

Happy Birthday to John McVicar who recently celebrated his 91st birthday. Many blessings, John!

Hopefully you have no more worries after last Sunday’s worship. Keep gazing on the blossoms.

Epiphany Blessings, Pr. Steve

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Pastor Steve’s homily from this past Sunday, February 27, is now available online for your listening and soul’s pleasure. You may listen or download the this and past sermons by going to the audio sermons online section.