Good News, 05.16.2013

Friends:

“The only thing children want to hear from their parents is,  ‘We are so proud of you.’   The only thing parents want to hear from their children someday is, ‘Thank you for everything you did for me.’  (And neither group gets to add the word – BUT.)  However, for most families I call these ‘Fantasy Conversations’ because they so rarely occur.” 
      Mary Ellen Nowel, our guest musician for Mother’s Day 

Pentecost is the Third High Feast Day of the Church Year and it will be celebrated with Baptisms, Catechumen Blessings, joyous music, exotic languages and Eucharist this Sunday at 9:30.  Imagine if everyone came as on Christmas and Easter!   Spread the word – invite family and friends to join you.  WEAR RED

Congratulations to Thais Ouzounian who won our Mother’s Day Basket!  Thanks to all the members of Peace for supporting our Partnership Committee and the Delegation which will be visiting Laurel Galan, Nicaragua in August.

Abba/Imma Lord’s Prayer and Chi Kung:  Speaking in chorus with the utterance of the Lord’s Prayer and moving in harmony with the ancient practice of Chi Kung, you will be invited to experience the wisdom and compassion of this prayer practice with Pr. Steve, Kaleo and Elise Ching at San Damiano Franciscan Retreat Center in Danville.  9 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 25.  The cost is $60 which includes lunch.  Sign up today: http://sandamiano.org/retreats-programs/retreat-registration Deepen your prayer practice.

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH) Executive Director Louise Bourana will lead our Forum on Sunday, May 26 with a presentation about Homeless Families in Contra Costa County and how we can assist with tutoring and other encouraging skills.  The Justice Advocacy Committee urges you to attend.

Our Youth Group had a fine Yoga for Teens workout last Saturday.  We are discussing ways to keep this practice sustained at Peace.

Pick up a Leaf to support our Website Giving Tree and make a pledge to support our improved website and website presence!

The Pacific Choir (who rehearses at Peace on Sunday evenings) under the direction of Hyunjung Choi will present a Vivaldi Concert on May 25 at 7:00 pm at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church.  You will find this very moving.

May/ June Schedule

May 21—Church Council meets
May 23—Columbarium meeting at 4 pm
May 25—Abba-Imma: The Lord’s Prayer and Chi Kung at San Damiano with Pr. Steve and Kaleo and Elise Ching   (Fliers in the Gathering Hall.)
May 26—Forum: Contra Costa Interfaith Housing
May 29—Orientation  for Nicaragua Delegation by Newell Hendrick  (with Between Cultures)
June 2—Partnership meeting
June 7—First Friday Films:  The Lathe of Heaven at 6:30 pm

Pentecost Blessings,  Pr. Steve