Pastor’s Weekly Message: 10.12.16

Grace Waves


It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends.  But to befriend those who regard themselves as your enemy—this is the quintessence of true religion.  The other is mere business.  —Gandhi

What a gift our St. Francis Worship and Pet Festival was!  Dogs barking to the hymns, horns –  kazoos – percussion, the wisdom of our confirmands, John and Mary Ellen joining in.  Pr. Margareta blessed a Praying Dog who visits the sick in hospitals.  Ask her for details. Our gratitude once again to Greg Grebe for his marvelous coordinating efforts, to Chuck and Pam, Libby and Charlene, Kersti for her photos, John and Mary Ellen and Gary for the music, to our confirmands for assisting, to all whose names I have not included and to all the pets who make our lives better and richer.  It truly was an afternoon of spiritual energy and joy!

Bev and I are pleased to announce the birth of our first grandson Joshua!  Parents Kelly and Elias are doing well.  What a blessing to be present on the day of his birth.  And our gratitude to Pr. Margareta and Paul Schmidt for leading worship in my absence.

Our 12th Jazz Church West Season began with the Jeff Denson Quarter including jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson.  A remarkable evening of profound music.  The musicians agreed that even Yoshi’s cannot host an evening like this.  Our thanks to Libby, Ken and Diane who continue to prepare and host the reception.  If you would like to join them your efforts would be appreciated.

Our Confirmation Class meets this Sunday at 5:00 pm at the Schoening’s home.

News from Laurel Galan, Nicaragua:  Amanda  now is with Memo in the hospital to give birth to her baby!

I just got off the phone with Ligia. She told me that people in the community feel very happy for the rains that have fallen. The corn is growing well and they hope to have a good harvest. Unlike last year they have managed to control pests. So they consider they are in better condition than last year.  Eduardo.

Yom Kippur, the culmination of the High Holy Days begins Tuesday evening October 11th this year.  Our Star of David Mandala rests in the Peace Mosaic.  Please keep our friends at Beth Chaim in your prayers.

FIRST FRIDAY FILMS: “THE LITTLE PRINCE”  Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) has transformed Antoine de St. Exupery’s 1943 novella into an animated film about wonder, looking with your heart, wisdom across generations and the value of friendship. It stars Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy. Run time 108 minutes; PG rated. Join us in the Youth Room for popcorn during, discussion after.

Reformation Sunday – October 30 at 10 am:  Prepare yourself for the 499th Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation!

Blessings,  Pr. Steve