Good News, 05.16.2012

Friends:

Blessed is one who sees their own weakness, and blessed is one who, when seeing a flaw in someone else, takes responsibility for it.  Because, half of any person is wrong and weak and off the path.  Half!  The other half is dancing and swimming and flying in the Invisible Joy.   (Rumi)

Our thanks to the Small and Tall worship leaders this past Sunday – Dabbie and Jeanie for their music, Revs. Margareta and Anita, to Gen Estenson for the sharing of her prayer experiences (“I pray like a cook – never from the book”), and to all the children for helping in the Unveiling of our Pacem Totem.  Thanks to Steve Petersen for his excellent photos of the Unveiling too! 

This Sunday is Ascension…..”and in a little while you will no longer see me”.  Unfortunately this is coming true for us as we must bid farewell to Raddi and Susanna and family this Sunday.  Our thanks for all the love and gifts and laughter they have shared with us.

Our Annual Bocce Ball Picnic will follow worship this Sunday at Sycamore Park.  Join in this time of feasting and relaxing together.  Feel free to wear picnic clothes to church and bring a dessert or salad if you want to. 

It is so wonderful to have Mmabatho Mkhize back with us from South Africa.  You will enjoy catching up with her.  She will have information updates for our October Delegation.

Foreverism – The Role of Social Media in our Lives: There are so many ways that consumers and businesses are embracing/utilizing /(and even overwhelming us) with Conversations, Relationships & Products THAT NEVER END.  Our own Julie Arnone will give this presentation at our Adult Forum after worship on Sunday, June 3.  Come learn to appreciate and critique the many aspects of modern communications and life.

Setting the Table – copies of this year long program (made possible by a Grant of $7500)- which utilizes events focused on Earth, Faith and Food to literally and spiritually nourish the health of our valley interfaith community –  are available for you today.  This is a wonderful means for establishing vital connections among interfaith partners by experiencing the various ways in which earth, faith and food have been regarded in our traditions.  Time for you to grow?  We need two more participants from Peace.  Speak with Pr. Steve or Libby if you are interested.

In the Spirit – Sacred Journeys:  The Art Exhibit is phenomenal!  What a gift that we get to have it until mid July.  Please invite your friends to come and engage the profound works which fill our Sanctuary and Gathering Hall. 

Congratulations to Mark Miller for being recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 3 Master Stock Pickers in the Electronic and Electrical Equipment field

Keep in your prayers:  John Sarracino recovering from knee surgery, Karl’s father, Micki, Jonathan, Catherine Bell, those with Parkinson’s, and Fred Garrity.

Here’s a cool find:  Carol Pierovich found a Swedish letter among her family papers.  She is having Gun translate it and we will all get to be beneficiaries when it is ready to share!

The Waiting Period – Laughter in the Darkness, a one-man show with Brian Copeland, will be performed at the Lesher Theater in Walnut Creek this Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:15. (It’s regularly at the Marsh in SF.)  Martha Mantei strongly urges all of us to see it!

“Didn’t Jesus know nothing lasts without rules, laws and order?  Yes, but he also knows the only measure and criteria for spiritual matters is God’s infinite compassion – otherwise the prodigals and older siblings would never find their way home.”  Richard Rohr

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve