Good News, 04.28.2011

Friends:

I beg you…..be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves….the search going on within your inmost being is worthy of your whole love….the point is to live everything you experience.  Live your questions now.  Do not seek “answers” which cannot be attained because you would not be able to live into them anyway. -Ranier Maria Rilke

Gratitude to all who participated in our Palm Sunday, Seder, Good Friday and Easter Celebrations.  Noah Ashley certainly blessed us with his calm spirit and gaze during his Baptism; the Seder Liberation Story becomes more pertinent (and tasty) every year;  the contemplations of Good Friday stirred profound connections and stillness; and the music and drumming of Easter brought much joy.  The Lenten Fast of Unplugging from Technology is now over.  You may replug with new wisdom gained during Lent and omit technological frenzy from your life.

May 1 – this Sunday we have much to offer you:

  • Lori England who participated in our Pet Festival will offer a half-hour session for children on Pet Handling and Care after worship.
  • Soul Food Connections/CSA invites you to Meet your Farmer at Terra Bella Family Farm.  A carpool leaves from Peace at 12:30.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the farm with I-SRV friends.
  • Our former Seminarian Cindy Carroll invites you to her Ordination at 3:00 pm in Sacramento.  A group is carpooling from Peace
  • Our Book StudyDestiny Disrupted:  A History of the World though Islamic Eyes begins at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening at Peace.  It continues for 4 Sunday evenings.  Friends from the Islamic Center will join us.  Deacon Gil Jardine will lead the sessions.  Copies are available at Peace.  Imam Amer Araim will join us on May 22.

May 8:  Our next Small and Tall Family Service will be celebrated on Mother’s Day.  It will be another great occasion for children and parents.

Keep in your prayers: DeeAnn, Anita and Dana on the death of Randy, Gun Johnston, Nancy Carlston, Rich Larson,  Sheila, Lisa, our Confirmands and Cindy Carroll.

Are you in need of Acupressure?  Kaleo and Elise Ching are offering this gift to members of Peace after worship on May 15.  They will each offer 5 sessions of 20 minutes in length.  This is a wonderful Healing Gift they are offering us.  You will need to sign up in advance to reserve a time slot.

Ben Foley of Homecoming will attend a Memorial Garden/Columbarium at Peace on Friday, April 29 at 10 am.  Interested members are invited to attend.

Two incredible Jazz Events are coming your way:   Clifford Brown III and the Brewing Company will play this Saturday night at 7:30 pm for the culmination of our April JAM Series.  These outstanding musicians will share the cutting edge of Spirit-Jazz and Nu-Jazz with you.  Eight winners have already gotten free tickets through KCSM radio.  Invite friends to join you for this remarkable event.  And the ideal Mother’s Day gift awaits you on May 8 at 5:00 pm.  Vocalist Kat Parra will entertain you with Latin Jazz Delights. You can finally prove to your mother that you love her!

Earth Day Celebration: Governor Jerry Brown signed a much-awaited piece of legislation which increases the amount of renewable energy in our electricity from 20% by 2010 to 33% by 2020. This bill, which failed in previous attempts to pass, was revised in the last two years and enjoyed bipartisan support in both the California Senate and Assembly. “CIPL (California Interfaith Power and Light) members and clergy have been advocating for this legislation for almost three years,” said Susan Stephenson, Executive Director of CIPL. “This puts California back in the lead for the clean energy future, and we congratulate the governor and the legislature for passing it.”

Fasting for the Poor: 28 members of Congress joined in the Fast to protect the poorest of our nation from having essential services cut.   Strange isn’t it that some legislators think that by cutting educational programs, health care, and human services to the least among us that this will save our nation from disaster and halt the debt.  And meanwhile there are no current attempts to stop corporate tax dodgers.   Pray that we come into our right mind.

The Race to Nowhere is a film about destructive educational priorities and the consequences our children are experiencing in their lives.  It is playing Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at the SRV United Methodist Church in Alamo.

A Pair of Jeans is preparing a Benefit Concert of Meditation and Hope for the people of Japan on Sunday May 22 at 4:30 pm.  Please invite friends to join you.  A Reception will follow (…..and then the final Book Study session with Amer Araim begins at 6:00 pm).  See the fliers posted on the Kiosk.  More details to come.

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve