Good News, 05.01.2013


“Scatter your seeds of compassion as far and wide as possible for…. We must live by the love of what we may never see.”

“Humility is true self-knowledge. God is your being and who you are, you are in God. Self-knowledge does not stop in the mere awareness of our faults and failings; rather our self-awareness must open onto God. Perfect humility is receiving and accepting the unfathomable love of God, the ground of our being, into whom we can release our faults and failings.” (The Cloud of Unknowing)

Happy Birthday, Gen! What a marvelous Party was thrown in Honor of Gen’s 90th this past Saturday. And thanks to her marvelous family for their generosity in creating this lovely occasion. And what a great turn out from friends at Peace!

Congratulations to Toni and John Baker on the birth of Rhodes Patrick Baker last Sunday morning! Everyone is healthy and happy. God’s blessings always!

First Friday Films (FFF): This Friday evening at 6:30 Babette’s Feast will be shown in our Youth Room. This is a superb film about a small community being liberated by the tasteful, graceful cooking skills of a French Chef who ends up in their midst. A true treasure. Invite friends to join you.

Steward – ING: Hope you appreciated the Gratitude/Pride List in our bulletin last Sunday. Additions have been offered and included. The biblical understanding of Stewarding is: Taking responsibility for the world and earth our children’s children shall inherit. How shall we as a community of faith most wisely contribute to this intention?

Preaching and Forum – “Adventures of a Hospice Chaplain”: Hear Pr. Elizabeth preach and lead our Forum which will focus on ‘end of life issues’ and support for caregivers. If we are lucky Bev Harms may contribute too.

“Requiem for a Heavyweight” by Rod Serling: Was great to see the Role Players production of this fine piece in which our own Allison Winter is Stage Managing. What an array of talents our Youth Group has!

Education Committee/Sunday Salon – Bonhoeffer: Our Sunday Salon concluded our reading of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer book (Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy) this past Sunday……all 7 Sessions! A powerful read about one of the true witnesses of the Christian Faith – for all times and most remarkably in Nazi Germany during the 30’s and 40’s. (One copy remains available for anyone interested in obtaining it.) Our thanks to Deacon Linda Benatar for her leadership and the Committee (Charlene, Maili, Libby, and Lynne) for sponsoring quality education events at Peace.

Suggestions are emerging for an ongoing Book Club at Peace. Are you interested? Notify Linda or the Church Office so arrangements can be made.

Jazz Church West/Cinco de Mayo:  Another outstanding jazz event awaits you this Sunday at 5:00 pm with John Calloway and Clave Unplugged.  Of course this is Latin Jazz at its best with a Fiesta Celebration afterwards in Honor of Rev. Bob Lesher on the occasion of his 60th Ordination Anniversary.  Don’t we have cool clergy at Peace—especially when they want to celebrate lifetime achievements by getting down and dancing in the spirit of jazz!

Please keep in your prayers:  Karin Shepanek who mourns the death of her stepfather Vince; our Sunday School, Council and Catechumens, the people of Dacca, Boston, Syria, and Yemen.

Aren’t our newly planted Entrance Beds and Triangle beautiful?  How lovely to watch everything grow in the Spring.  Thanks to our Landscape Committee (Ken, George and Libby) for their efforts.

Tables of Interfaith Understanding:  Please sign up this Sunday if you wish to participate in the 4 Dinner Rotation with interfaith friends from the I-SRV congregations.  Details are available on the fliers in the Gathering Hall.  These are guaranteed to bring joy and insights to your life!

Request to Borrow Rototiller – from Bill and Elana:  Ours went bust and getting it fixed is of no avail. Does anyone have a rototiller we could borrow for 2 – 3 days? We really need to break up the heavy clay soil to get all the vegetables we have grown from seed into the ground. We will come and pick it up and return it at your convenience – we live in San Ramon.  Your Reward: Weekly Fresh Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit & Flowers (of your choice) – throughout the Summer!!!

Torah Celebration:  Last Saturday Beth Chaim celebrated the return of their repaired Torah.  The repair/ mending is an arduous process requiring special skills and organic materials including an ink which is 200 years old.  It is one of the 1,564 Torahs miraculously saved from Czechoslovakia after the German Invasion during WWII.  It was scribed nearly 300 years ago and as Rabbi Dan said,”  It is a vital reminder of the Jewish people who perished in the Shoah (Holocaust); it is a direct connection to a deep and mysterious great luminary of our tradition.”  Our congratulations to the members of Beth Chaim on the return of their Torah to its home.

Partnership fundraiser for Mother’s Day!  Raffle tickets are now on sale for a fabulous gift basket for Mother’s Day:  soaps, fragrances, an ornate picture frame, a hot/cold spa neck pillow, a decorated plate/ cup set,  a gift certificate to a local restaurant (and more)! Tickets are only $2 each or 6 for $10.  You do not have to be present to win. Proceeds will support the delegation to Nicaragua leaving August 12.

PARAPROSDOKIANS:   (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected frequently humorous.  (Thanks to Martha for these.)

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

7. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

11. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

12. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve