Good News, 05.29.2013

Friends – a poem from Rumi which describes Jesus’ life to me.

Love is recklessness, not reason.
Reason seeks a profit.
Love comes on strong, consuming herself, unabashed.

Yet in the midst of suffering,
Love proceeds like a millstone,
Hard-surface and straight forward.

Having died to self-interest,
She risks everything and asks for nothing.
Love gambles away every gift God bestows.

I hope you experienced our Easter – Pentecost/Trinity Season as a rich one:  Seminarian John’s preaching, (Pancake Breakfast), Earth Day, Pr. Elizabeth preaching on Hospice, Mother’s Day, superb Jazz Celebrations, Pr. Bob Lesher’s 60th Ordination Anniversary, Gen Estenson’s 90th Birthday, Pentecost Baptisms and Catechumen Blessings, Bonhoeffer reflections and the Mystery of Trinity Sunday.  Now and then it is important to absorb all the blessings and grace we are receiving, digesting and embodying.

Forum –  Mask Making Slide Show –June 2:  This Sunday Kaleo and Elise will share images from a variety of Mask Making Workshops they have presented.  Many of you have expressed interest and are signing up for the next workshop at Peace on Saturdays June 22 and 29. Engage the Divine beyond, around, and within during these two days of creative exploration and discovery with Kaleo and Elise.  Investigate the manifestations of energy through Chi Kung, discover through guided journeying your own  resources of spiritual inspiration,….and then – create your Mask of Sacred awareness.

Summertime Kickoff Brunch: On June 9 the Peace Council is sponsoring and Thrivent is hosting a Brunch after Worship.  Barb Drohrer-Kline of Thrivent will share some easy ways in which we can steward our resources toward the support of Peace;  Thais Ouzounian will inform us about “We Are All Connected” an organization which benefits medical work offered to disabled and abandoned children in Ethiopia (teachers and retired teachers are asked to join her table for the brunch); and we will get to enjoy each other’s company as we celebrate the arrival of summer.

Please keep in your prayers:  Lori (Lois’ daughter), Steve Jessup, Kirk Bielke (Bev’s cousin), all the children in need of food, education and health care, for those seeking work, those with dementia or Parkinson’s and their caregivers, for spiritual wisdom and the courage to act in ways that will heal our world.

A word from Laurel Galan:  We had a fun and lively celebration in Laurel Galan to celebrate Mother’s Day. We started with a chicken lunch, and then shared songs (Eduardo brought the guitar), poems, games, and did a card exchange among the members. We also gave each of the Mothers a small bouquet of silk flowers. We then shared Peace Lutheran’s card, and our next trip out will be June 20th. You can see pictures of the event here:  Mother’s Day pictures
Con amor, Amanda

June 16 – We will have a fundraising  Father’s Day Basket and Silent Auction Gift Certificates on Father’s Day.  If you would like to contribute items to make these gifts more enticing – please feel free.  The monies raised will benefit our Partners in Nicaragua.

Logic from an Uncluttered Mind….thanks to Jody Larson:

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:   ‘Take only ONE. God is watching.‘  Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples….’

Trinity Blessings,  Pr. Steve