Good News, 04.14.2011

Friends:

Biblical study should have one primary aim and view: confrontation of all of us by the living God….with fear and trembling, we can dare to hope that God would address us through the biblical words….no serious question is out of place. No pious phrases will take the place of honest and determined examination of the Bible. – Walter Harrelson

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 17 with the baptism of Noah Hunter-Ashley; our Seder is Maundy Thursday at 6:30 – please sign up after worship or notify the church office this week; Good Friday worship will be at 7:30 pm. Easter will be celebrated at 10 on April 24.

A number of Sue Field’s music students will be joining with Sue in providing our music for Easter worship. Among them will be Cleo Kozlowski, piano; Maria Rao, mezzo; Diane Sangster, flute; Emily Weller, trombone; and Dan Trubey with John Ashley on drums. They will be performing arias, duets from the Bach St. John Passion, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart’s Grand Mass and the Per Harling Sanctus. The musicians will also be joining the Peace choir for a celebratory anthem.

Every Sunday you are welcomed to join the Bible 365 study group. This class raises tough questions and faces your tough questions. Thanks to Pr. Elizabeth for her leadership.

Do you know who your Farmer is? Check out the new Soul/Food: Earth, Faith and Food website at: www.earthfaithfood.wordpress.com.

Our thanks to the Youth Group and Confirmands for expanding our California Native Garden! Your love and hard work increases the beauty of Peace.

John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Faculty Art Exhibition: Kaleo and Elise Ching are exhibiting their art and poetry in this Exhibit. Kaleo writes:

Beginning in 1999 I was passionate about doing healing energy work, acupressure, and bodywork. Instead of sculpting masks or painting on canvas, I massaged muscles and tendons, felt energy flows, accompanied others on their journeys into subconscious realms. Ten years late a close friend died and her spirit inspired me to paint again. Elise and I are exhibiting paintings and poems which are offspring of this ongoing process of inquiry and discovery.”

Please visit and enjoy the Exhibit when you can.

Bread for the World Covenant Church: Peace is a Covenant BfW church. The Justice Advocacy ministry offers our thanks to those who participated in our annual Offering of Letters to Congress last Sunday when we wrote on behalf of the hungry in our nation and the world. Imagine if Congress decided, “From now on we will only vote for military funding measures when they have an equal amount of funding dedicated to the ending of global poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, and inadequate health care as proposed in the Global Marshall Plan.” How would our lives, values, and society change? You are encouraged to fast from Monday lunches during April and use this time for prayer and/or to urge Congress not to “balance” the budget on the backs of the poor by stripping them of essential resources.

Our thanks to Susanna and Raddi for the Clothing Drive on behalf of the people of Japan. They packed and shipped a total of 136 boxes! What a labor of love! Gratitude to all who helped in a variety of ways. Also – a Pair of Jeans is intending to present a Benefit Concert for Japanese Relief on Sunday, May 22. Details to come.

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Muslim Eyes – Sundays May 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6 – 7 pm. All of us experience but few of us understand the world view of by Islamic history and theology. This 4 Sunday Forum will help us understand Islam – its expectations, perspectives and challenges in the modern world. We will learn why many Muslims are discouraged by the preeminence of Western culture and the presence of US and coalition forces in the Middle East; the original intention of the Prophet Mohammed in founding Islam and the basis for the Shiite/Sunni split that resulted following the Prophet’s death. Gil Jardine will be leading the sessions. At the final session, Sunday, May 22nd Iraqi-born, Sunni Imam Dr. Amer Araim, author of “Understanding Islam: Fifty Questions will join us as an additional resource. Copies of “Destiny Disrupted” are available from the Church office prior May 1st.

Bev and I were invited to a Mashal Celebration of Pakistani culture and heritage hosted by the Islamic Center this last weekend. Our friend Zeba made us aware of a public event promoting Hate Speech against Muslims happening this week in our Valley Community. Zeba spoke from her heart and shared her fears with us at worship this past Sunday. We will accompany her to this event and let the members of Peace know what happens. Your prayers are appreciated.

Rev. Fran Geddes, our mentor for Healing Prayer, has completed his book entitled Contemplative Healing. We hope to host Fran for a Book Signing Party in the Fall.

The Social Evolution of Jazz was an incredible evening’s performance. Jazz you may know is the only art form created in America. It is also unique because its roots and formation has been a journey of such suffering and yet …always an adamant turning toward hope. It was compelling to hear the history in one evening. And the Reception…..o my, you’ve never had such fine Fried Chicken and sweet potato chips in your life! Our thanks to EW Wainwright and the African Roots for their profound gift!

Jazz Church West hosted alto saxman/composer Pete Yellin and his Quartet – Glen Pearson, Peter Barshay & Ron Marabuto – for JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) this past Sunday in a Tribute to jazz icon Charlie Parker! Isn’t it amazing that musicians who have played at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall are now playing at Peace!!

We received this message last week: I am Seetha Ananthasivan, from Bhoomi Network, NGO based in Bangalore, India. We are bringing out a quarterly magazine called Eternal Bhoomi for Food, Community and Sustainable. We are distributing this magazine to almost four thousand schools and colleges in India. We would like to know if we can use these pictures of your Peace Mosaic for one our articles which we had found from your website. I said Yes! Do you see how sowing spiritual seeds in the universe produces unimaginable results?

Congratulations to Karl and Grace Pfeiffer on their 100th Birthday….each contributing half of the equation!

A new Tai Chi Class has begun on Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Peace. All who wish are invited to join in.

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter, when you see the naked to clothe them, and not turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear. (Isaiah 58)

Lenten Blessings, Pr. Steve