Good News, February 3, 2012

Friends:

“A person has no alternative but to respond to the real setting in which one finds oneself, with a  result that one’s prayer is necessarily fabricated from the various inner and outward components of one’s life….prayer grows out of life.  It is not an isolated  department of life, it is the realization of the God-ward potential inherent in every life.” (Michael Casey)

This Sunday is Partnership Sunday which is celebrated in Lwamondo Parish, Venda, South Africa also.  It honors the sharing of our faith around the world, the deepening of our communion through friendships, and strives to encourage justice in all our contexts – with Laurel Galan, Nicaragua too.  The choir Vukani Mawethu will join us for our Partnership Celebration.  Members of Vukani have been long time friends of Peace and worked to overcome apartheid too.   Expect outstanding music!

Dear Karl and every one at Peace:  It was pleasing to receive Christmas blessings from you. We had a blessed Christmas.  For now you will not be able to contact us telephonically. Telephone cables have been cut and stolen by thieves. We are not certain when they will be restored. We will celebrate Partnership Sunday with you on February 5. The whole Parish will gather at Tshifulanani Congregation for this event. The year 2012 is the year of election in the Church. Pray that we have free and fair election led by God’s Spirit. Election at congregational level will be in March followed by Parish ones in April and those of the Circuit in June.

Greetings to all brothers and sisters in the Lord. We wish you a prosperous 2012.

Calvin Neswiswi for the Partnership Committee of Lwamondo Parish, South Africa

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will follow worship this Sunday, February 5.  Hospitality will follow our Meeting.  Your presence and participation are desired.

A Mask Making project is beginning with members of the Art and Spirituality Committee and our Youth Group.   It will be utilized throughout our Lent and Easter seasons.  Eventually the whole congregation will get to participate in various creative ways.

If you are interested in signing a petition to place on the ballot the repeal of the death penalty in California and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole, it will be available for your signature on Sunday.

Nursing Home Ministry:

Peace Lutheran Church has had a Sunday morning ministry at Danville Rehab Center for many years. Peace members visit once a month for prayers, hymns and conversation with wheelchair-bound residents. A friend of the church, Laura Barrerra, is our dedicated accompanist.

We recently donated to the nursing home a set of large print hymn books to replace worn songbooks. Seasonally, our Sunday School students make gifts for the residents and a family field trip is being planned for the near future.  If you are interested in participating in this ministry occasionally or monthly, contact Charlene McPherson at (925) 820-5167.

Our next Small and Tall Family Worship Service is scheduled for Sunday, February 12.  Be sure to encourage all of your children and grandchildren to participate!

And now a word from Anita:

Dear Cookie Lovers, It will be a year ago this Valentines that I began Sweet Hope Cookies, my small baking endeavor to raise money to support those living with ALS and the medical research that will hopefully one day find a cure for this devastating disease. By the time this Valentine’s Day is over I hope to reach my goal of 10,000 dollars for the year. To that end, on Sunday, February 12, before and after church there will be a fun variety of mini Valentine cookies available for a donation to The ALS Association. They’ll be packaged attractively in an assortment of containers perfect for gift-giving, sharing with co-workers, or eating in the car on your way home from church. The requested donations will range from 15.00 – 20.00. Stop by the cookie table because you can never tell when there might be a free sample or two to be found. I want to take this opportunity as well to tell you how much I have appreciate dthe support of the congregation over this past year, as Dana and I, along with my family confronted the death of my brother Randy from ALS and my various efforts since to raise money and awareness in his memory. Your love and support have meant more than my words could ever express. Blessings, Anita

Be sure to welcome back Seminarian Brenda Bos and welcome our new 2nd Teaching Parish Seminarian John Brett this Sunday!

Epiphany Blessings,  Pr. Steve