Good News, 05.06.11

Friends:

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday we will have another favorite Small and Tall Family Service.  This is so much fun for all the children and grandchildren and such a blessing for all the adults.  Come prepared to stretch your heart with joy!

During May the Council Deacons will present Ministry Tables with information for you regarding the variety of ministries at Peace during the Hospitality Hour.  Explore, inquire and get involved.

Healing into Wholeness: Are you in need of Acupressure/massage?  Kaleo and Elise Ching will each offer 5 free 20 minute sessions after worship on May 15 as a special gift to the members of Peace. Experience the healing calm, energy and focus you need.   Please sign up in advance this Sunday after worship.  Half of the slots have been chosen already.

Mackenzie Dobson is offering a Car Wash after church this Sunday.  Help our Confirmand achieve success by supporting her in this community endeavor!

Destiny Disrupted our Book Study on Sundays at 6:00 pm began with a class of over a dozen people.  Please join in this Sunday even if you’ve not been able to read the book yet. (The class will begin after Jazz at Peace so you can attend both.)

Jazz at Peace welcomes Kat Parra singing lovely Latin Jazz this Sunday for Mother’s Day at 5:00 pm.  Bring your mother to church a 2nd time in one day – you know she would approve!

A Concert of Meditation and Hope for Japan will be presented by A Pair of Jeans on Sunday, May 22 at 4:30 pm. This will be a beautiful concert of music, image and poetry with a Reception following.  Please encourage friends to join you.  (Then at 6:00 pm Imam Amer Araim will lead the final session of the Book Study Series.)

Soul Food Connections: A second Organic Feast/CSA Dinner is planned for Monday, May 16 at 6:30at Peace.  This is a delicious way to learn all about Community Supported Agriculture/CSA, our Sunol Farmers and how the Freshest Food Available will be delivered to our I-SRV/Interfaith Congregations.  (Speak with Libby, Gun, Lois, Charlene or Elana about their visit to the farm this past Sunday!)  Your RSVP is needed since seating is limited to 90 people gathering from the interfaith community.  Check out our website at:  earthfaithfood.wordpress.com.

Stephen Hitchcock (another classmate of mine) of Bread for the World will lead a discussion on the book Exodus from Hunger at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm.

The death of Osama bin Laden marks this as a Time of Reappraisal.  Much has been lost:  Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan people have been killed or maimed, there are a million widows in Iraq alone; a decade of war and occupation has pushed U.S. society to a breaking point by debt, division and an assault on social services and collective bargaining.  Now is the time for us to pray for clarity for our nation as we rebuild and invest in education, health, environmental stability and a market place that serves the Common Good.

The Pacific Choir composed of 12-15 youth who rehearse at Peace every Sunday evening, will sing for us as part of our worship on May 15.  Please honor these young people with your presence.

Cindy Carroll’s Ordination was a great celebration with several congregations participating, much music and joyful festivity.  Pr. Margareta and I represented Peace by leading the prayers for the Ordination Congregation.  Peace also gifted Cindy with a new red stole for the occasion.  (Pictures will be coming.)  Cindy sends her love and gratitude to all the people of Peace for our prayers, guidance and encouragement during her years of membership and Teaching Parish Training among us.

This note from Pr. Anita:

I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude to everyone at Peace for showing such compassion, love, and concern for me, Dana, and my family during my brother Randy’s hard journey with ALS. While I take comfort in knowing  Randy’s suffering has ended and his spirit is now free from a body that no longer worked for him, the grief I continue to carry runs deeper than anything I’ve ever know, yet even in the hours immediately following Randy’s death and so many miles from home, I could feel the love and care of all of you and that sustained and comforted me.

Several months before Randy died he wrote to me saying “I think most of our family has been sheltered from what an illness like ALS means beyond the words. At least I have been. Maybe this new generation will see the devastating effects of an illness like ALS and become a helping hand to others….Sis, there is no question that at the end of your life you can discard most of the things you did for yourself and keep as a lasting reward those things you did to help others.” That was my brother, his concern and compassion for others, and inspired by him I will continue what’s been started with Sweet Hope Cookies. Not only as a legacy to Randy but with the hope that one day effective treatments and a cure will be found. Until that day, thank you for supporting me through your prayers and for helping others with ALS through all your cookie buying. I’ll keep baking so please, keep on buying 🙂 I love and appreciate you all,  Anita

And Prov. 24:17, “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice.”

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve