Good News, 08.11.2011

Friends:

Every midwife knows that not until the womb softens
can the child find the opening to be born.

Soften the treasure of your heart, my Friend,
so that the opening may be discovered
and the dark pain you carry may gracefully lead you to the never-ending grace.

Congratulations to Susanna and Raddi El Mogazi on the birth of Marguerite Joyce.  We rejoice in her birth and that everyone is doing well.

Our thanks to Katie Walda and the Centerpointe Presbyterian Choir for their enriching musical gifts this past Sunday.  Gary Sponholtz will join us this Sunday.

Dan Trubey and Emily Weller invite you to their Wedding this Saturday, August 13 at 4:00 pm.  A celebration not to be missed!

The Earth/Faith/Food Market began its term at Peace last Sunday and will be here for the next 2 months.  Such a lovely setting and delicious array of organic produce.

Greg Grebe invites those who are willing to assist in coordinating our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival to meet with him the Gathering Hall this Sunday at 9:30 am.

Walking the Labyrinth on August 28: The seed of mindfulness is in each of us, but we usually forget to water it.  We think happiness is only possible in the future when we get the things we need.  Many people have passed exams and bought houses and cars , yet they are still unhappy.  What is important is to find peace and share it with others.  This you can do by walking peacefully.  Everything depends on your steps.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

For those of you who would like to contribute to Drought Relief in East Africa, we are directing our support through Lutheran World Relief (LWR). You can donate online at lwr.org/donate or by sending a check to:  Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298 or by placing your check in the Special Offering this Sunday.   Please note on your check:  East Africa Drought fund.

Gandhi after Hiroshima August 6, 1945:  It is fairly simple to count the cost of the atom bomb on the population of that city. It will require a longer time to assess the damage to the soul of the nation that dropped the bomb.

Mark Miller (former President and Treasurer of Peace) will lead a Deficit Discussion Group this Sunday at 9:00 am on the U.S. Budget Crisis:  Facts, Fallacies and Fixes. Here is a little of Mark’s background so you know how valuable this discussion will be.  Mark spent 25 years in private industry and government research and management as a physicist. He published 40 technical research papers and was awarded 7 patents; worked eleven years experience as a senior equity analyst in tech hardware stocks; was twice recognized in Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on the Street” survey for performance of computer peripheral stock recommendations, ranked #1 in 2005. He is currently ranked number #1 by Starmine for performance of stock selections in electronic and electrical instruments group. His research has been cited in the press by the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Dailey (IBD), Forbes, etc. Four times over the past two months his research has been cited in IBD articles. Undergrad and graduate degrees in Physics, MBA in finance. Elected to Delta Gamma Sigma national business honorary society. Please join us!

God arises in the divine assembly and judges in the midst of the gods:
“How long will you defend the unjust and favor the cause of the wicked?”

Defend the poor and the orphaned; render justice to the afflicted and the oppressed.
Rescue the lowly and the poor; from the clutches of the wicked deliver them.
They have neither knowledge nor understanding- they walk about blindly.
All the order of the world is shaken.

I said: “You are gods, all of you.  Yet like mortals you shall die – fall like every ruler.”
Rise, O God; judge the earth, for yours are all the nations.  (Psalm 82)

Blessings, Pr. Steve