Good News, 06.25.09


The truth is that we grow into goodness by being good to others, by being willing to start over again ourselves very time w do less than the world deserves and decency demands.”  (Welcome to the Wisdom of the World, Joan Chittister)

Greetings from Stefan Safsten and the Jarva Roster Choir: Dear Members of Peace, Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.  We have returned safely but our hearts remain in California.  The choir has never before gotten such a good reception! A wide selection of photos from the choir’s visit can be viewed by clicking here.

Our Nicaraguan Concert and Feast is this Sunday at 4 pm.  Hear wonderful music and poetry, enjoy your friends and a wonderful meal, join the 25 people who are already coming and help send off our Delegation with lots of love and joy!!

Heritage Hospitality: Pr. Anita introduced us to her Grandma’s Heavenly Dream Bars this past Sunday.  During the summer and beyond you are invited to share a story of a particular food or recipe that brings you fond memories of your family or any time in your life and then share that treat with us during the Hospitality Hour. The treats can be homemade or store bought. They can be sweet or they can be savory. The purpose is less about feeding us than about sharing a little more of you and your story with us which you will be invited to do during the announcement time and that we will then share in the following edition of “Good News.”  Talk with Anita for details.

My Grandma’s name was Rosina and her parents (as well as Grandpa’s family) came to Oregon from Switzerland where they began a family dairy. Much of my childhood was spent watching and helping (at least I thought I was helping!) Grandma bake breads and cookies for the farmhands or for the tour groups of school children that would visit the dairy every day. Grandma was known by everyone for her hospitality and among her family she was most known for always having a refrigerator stocked with individual ramekins of full-cream, full-egg custard and tins of cookies. Every time I make this recipe for her Graham Cracker Dream Bars I’m flooded with only the best of memories of my Grandparents and childhood.

Graham Cracker Dream Bars

Line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with a layer of whole graham crackers. Cut the crackers so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered to all the edges.

In a double boiler melt:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten

Cook everything above in the double boiler until it thickens slightly, stirring continually. It will take about 6-8 minutes over medium high heat.

1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts (or any nut)
1 cup finely crushed graham crackers

While still still warm pour mixture over the graham crackers in the pan. Smooth with a spatula and then lightly place another complete layer of cracker grahams on top. Place pan in refrigerator to cool.

While the mixture is slightly cooling, make the frosting by creaming together:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice
a teaspoon or more of lemon zest to taste

Spread frosting over the top layer of graham crackers and return to refrigerator until bar cookies are firm. Cut with a warm knife. Optional: Sprinkle finely chopped nuts over the frosting before chilling. Replace lemon juice and zest with vanilla.

Pathway for Peace: Our Native Garden is evolving nicely.  Members have donated pathway materials.  Ro would like to finish the pathway installation project after Sunday’s worship.  Manly men are needed to apply their muscles to this project.  Womanly women can participate too or cheer the men on.

Please keep in your prayers: Denise, Jeanie, Judy, Evelyn, Pam Squire, Marya, Genevieve, Jennifer Fischer, Bob Sweeney, Jerry Slater, Georgia, Catherine, Martha and Roger.

A Memorial Service for Phil Hellsten (Jean Hellsten’s son)  who was affectionately known as Starman will take place at Peace next week.  Details will be announced.

Martha Mantei‘s hip surgery has gone well.  She will be coming home on Friday.  She sends her thanks for all of your prayers.  She’s always been hip.  Now she will be new hip and cool!

Please read and enjoy the article below from our Education Deacon Gil Jardine.  This will help you select and prepare for classes to be offered this Fall. The information concerning Adult Education also appears under “Education” on the top navigation bar. Just click on Adult Education on the drop down.

Blessings, Pr. Steve

Adult Education: A Year of Discovery

Starting in the fall Peace Lutheran will be a variety of adult education programs and offerings. The theme for 2009 – 2010 is a Year of Discovery… discovery because this will be a year of learning about what you as members and friends of Peace Lutheran want to learn about and explore in your development as a people of God.

Programs starting this October include:

Rev. Elizabeth Felts will be leading a comprehensive journey through the entire Bible on Sundays after the 10 a.m. service for the entire year. Elizabeth designed this program to familiarize us with the Bible—its content, its people and most importantly its message and meaning.

Maili Malvre will be offering a number of educational programs that take advantage of the amazing cultural resources we have in the Bay Area. She will be leading two to three week seminars and field trips to explore the relationship between art, literature, culture, history and faith.

Gil Jardine will be leading a series of interactive dialogues about understanding the Trinity and its relevance to our lives. The first offering in October will explore the phenomenal best seller The Shack— a novel that offers a decidedly unique and approachable view of the Trinity.

In addition to these initial offerings, it’s a Year of Discovery because the education committee will be actively seeking your input on what you want to explore. We will then make every effort to build and deliver additional offerings based on your needs and interests.

Please share your educational ideas, needs and wants with the members of the Education Committee: Elizabeth Felts, Maili Malvre and Gil Jardine (education deacon)… and if the spirit moves you, you’re most welcome to join the committee and help us create and deliver a Year of Discovery. We’re expecting that what we learn from you coupled with our new programs starting in October will create a strong and lasting foundation for adult education at Peace in the years to come. Please participate and enjoy!