Good News, 05.23.2013

Friends:

We don’t see God — we see everything through God.”

Was Pentecost fiery enough for you?  We were reminded of why it is the Third High Feast Day of the Church Year!  How wonderful to bathe in all the languages – it was the music of heaven.  The baptisms of Rose and Lewis were such a joy.  How deeply our lives are touched by the immersions of the little ones in God who is the Source and Completion of their life’s journeys.  May the Spirit deepen our understanding of the Holy One who is truly Uncontainable and beyond our imaginations!

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday – a celebration of the Mystery and Compassion who shapes our lives in freedom and justice.

Summertime Brunch – June 9: The Peace Council invites you to Kickoff your Summer with friends at Peace and a Brunch after worship on June 9.  Thrivent will help provide the food for the day and we will get to learn about ‘We Are All Connected’.

This Saturday is the Abba/Imma Chi Kung Lord’s Prayer Retreat at San Damiano.  Contact me promptly if you want to participate.  It will be a marvelous day with Kaleo and Elise and myself leading the way.  Lunch is included in the day.

Judy Warner sends this greeting from VirginiaJust wanted to let you know that the Warner Family is as busy as ever and doing well in Virginia.  We’ll be thinking of you this Sunday in particular as Lia is confirmed at our church, St. Michael Lutheran Church, in Virginia Beach.  So many of you had a hand in helping her grow in many ways and I thought you might like to know that she’s reached this point in her Faith Journey.  Nargiz will be watching Lia closely and anxiously waiting for her turn in the limelight in a couple more years, and Graham will probably be trying to sneak extra cookies and seconds on cake at Fellowship.  We won’t have the bowls of flames (one of my favorite things at Peace) but I know it will be a wonderful day in its own way.  I hope you know that my time spent with you at Peace holds a special place in my heart.
Pentecost Blessings to each and every one of you!  Judy, Steve, Lia, Nargiz and Graham, too.

Please keep in your prayers: Lori – Lois McGee’s daughter who is recovering from an appendectomy; Arlene’s son-in-law Steve who is experiencing severe joint pains; our friends in Laurel Galan and Lwamondo Parish; those who feed the hungry, educate our children, and care for the sick; those imprisoned unjustly, our Catechumens.

Louise Bourassa, Executive Director of CCIH/Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, will be our Forum Presenter this Sunday.  The Justice Advocacy Committee asks you to come and learn about the realities of homelessness in our County and how we can assist families in need.

Labyrinth Walk:  35 students from a class at Las Positas came to walk our labyrinth as part of their studies in learning about spirituality.  What a gift to meet them and see them experiencing a labyrinth for the first time in their lives.

Speaking of special meetings – I got to meet Rhodes Baker for the first time this week. What a joy to meet someone who has barely been on our planet for 3 weeks.  Continued blessings to parents Toni and John Baker as well!

Marvelous to have our former Seminarian Emily Weller with us this past Sunday.  She shared exciting news:  She and husband Dan will be moving to New York City for her year’s internship beginning this Fall.  She was glad to see so many friends and grateful for all that she learned at Peace.

Our own Mackie Dobson has prepared a petition advocating significant financial support for education in California. Please sign on if you agree with her!

First Friday Films is coming up on June 7 at 6:30 pm.  The Lathe of Heaven will be shown and you won’t want to miss it.  Invite friends to join you.

Short, Sweet and Cute….Logic from an Uncluttered Mind:

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, ‘When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah’.
The teacher asked, ‘What if Jonah went to hell?’
The little girl replied, ‘Then you ask him’.

Pentecost Blessings,  Pr. Steve