Good News, 08.13.10


Love, like fire, can only reveal its brightness
On the failure and beauty of burnt wood. – Philippe Jaccottet

Summer vacation was a blessing with our family in the wilds of Montana.  Enjoying Seeley Lake, water fowl, mountain majesty and good conversations is truly good for the soul.  I hope your summer has brought respite and relaxation.

This Sunday Kaleo Ching, a Chi Kung Master will join us for worship.  You may have forgotten that place in the Bible where Jesus talks about Chi Energy but that’s ok.  I’ll remind you on Sunday.  I think you will enjoy Kaleo’s presentation very much.

We are in the process of creating a new Church Directory for our Homecoming Celebration on September 19Please have your photo taken after worship on any one of the next 3 Sundays. Connecting faces and names is so important for all of us!

The Shakespeare Camp is happening at Peace!  About 15 thespians are running all around the church these days quoting, digesting and rehearsing the works of the Great Master.    One 10 year old girl said, “I think Shakespeare would want us to create our own interpretation of Hamlet.” Why don’t you come and find out?  The culmination of this 2 week Camp will take place on Friday, August 20th at 2:00 pm with a free performance of 3 of Shakespeare’s plays. These actors are sure to make your heart happy.

The WELCA Women’s Retreat will be on November 19 – 21 at Asilomar.  The deadline for registrations is September 11.  A group of 4 – 6 women who will be attending has already begun to be formed at Peace.  Please speak with Lois McGee for details.

A word from Martha Mantei: On September 26th, I will be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk in San Francisco. I am asking for your support.   AFSP continues to be at the forefront of research into the mood disorders that can lead to suicide.  During the last year, I have expanded my role with survivor programs by volunteering for the position of Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator for the Greater SF Bay Area Chapter of AFSP.  As survivors of suicide loss, we visit the newly bereaved to offer support and resources to help them in the early days of their healing journey.  I appreciate any support and prayers that you can offer!  Please visit my participant page at: Thank you!

Please keep in your prayers:  Judy Collins, my father Paul Harms who fell and fractured his pelvis, Matthew Pontius and family, Pat Huseby, Randy and DeeAnn Cadonau as his ALS becomes more severe, Ruth, Sheila, Roberto Flores, for those seeking employment, Spoon Jackson, all who are imprisoned (especially the innocent) and their families, for families flooded in Pakistan, for the people of Russia experiencing intense heat, drought and death.

Christy Winter sends her thanks to all who supported her earlier in the summer in her participation in the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer.

Thanks to Barb Ghinazzi for the following:

In the small Texas town of  Mt. Vernon , Drummond’s Bar began construction on a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers.  Work progressed right up till the week before opening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s demise in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork.  At the hearing he commented, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and an entire church congregation that doesn’t.’

Blessings, Steve