Pastor’s Weekly Message 09.03.13

Friends:

Grace Waves ~~~~:  For a time now I haves suggested that the congregational life of Peace is an “energy field” we get to participate in.  Peace stirs awareness, insight and commitment; connections with friends and community; and quietly encourages the flow of the Spirit within and beyond us.  Our New Website is a means for conveying the ‘holographic mosaic’ of who Peace is and for inviting others to participate with us. Please check out our site this week at: www.peacejourney.org.  Become familiar with all that’s happening—you may be surprised.  Come prepared on Sunday to share what you have learned and what you might like to add.  Thanks to Dabbie for her intensive efforts as Connections Deacon to birth our website and wave some of her grace our way!

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This Sunday our Partnership Delegation will share stories and new perspectives from their Journey to Nicaragua with us.  They will speak during worship and at our Forum which will also include a video presentation.

September 15 – Three Events:  Seminarian John will preach!  The Justice Advocacy Committee will host our Forum.  You can learn about all of the Justice Ministries happening at Peace.  That same afternoon from 4:30–6:00 pm you will get to learn about the primary Hindu Texts (Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita) from Dr. Sitaramanjaneyulu (a Sanskrit Scholar) and Mr. Mohanrao T., MS (Outstanding Scientist) on ‘How we can become More Human’.  Music, teachings, food, wisdom, dialogue, an evolving Art Piece with Bill Carmel and a chance to learn about the origin of yoga will all happen. The event is free. This is an occasion to nurture peace/shanti and understanding in our world.

September 22 – ‘Sing Out!’:  Rehearse and Record our Jazz Church West theme song with Clairdee and Ken French and a Community Chorus from 4–6:30.  Enjoy working with jazz musicians, learning about the recording process and being purely happy by singing!  No prior experience necessary!

Homecoming Sunday:  The morning of September 22 we will also celebrate the return of the whole community from summer travels.  Great music and celebration food will contribute to the day.  If you have forgotten our location, they now make this thing called a GPS…..it will help get you directions to Peace.

Welcome to Brock Klobe, our new Seminarian Intern.  Brock will be with us for the next year.  He will work half time at Peace and half time at the Federal Prison in Dublin.

Keep in your prayers:  Joan, Brie, Marlene, Nette, Annie, Phil, the people of Syria, the leaders of the nations, and fast food workers who must choose between a roof or food, healthcare or bus fare.

Our thanks to Ron Elsdon for his presentation this past Sunday on Inequality:  The Wolf at the Door.

The next Tai Chi Chuan class series will begin on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is a 12 week series and all are invited to explore this ancient practice of Meditation in Movement.

First Friday Films:  This Friday evening at 6:30 pm—“Eat, Drink, Man, Woman”.  This will be a great one.  The movie, the company and the popcorn are outstanding!

St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival pm—October 6 from Noon to 3:00:  Fliers for this wonderful annual event have been prepared.  You can get hard copies on Sunday and electronic fliers will be sent to you next week.  If you have Silent Auction items to present, please contact Charlene.

Oikonomia – Earth Household (a real economy)…….remember the Oreos.

Blessings,  Pr. Steve