Good News, 10.28.10


This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished but it is actively going on. This is not the goal but it is a true path. At present everything does not gleam and sparkle but everything is being cleansed. – Martin Luther

What a fine weekend is ahead for us: Reformation Sunday will celebrate our ever-evolving church; George Komsky (touted as the ‘next Andrea Bocelli) will sing at worship; Michele McGeoy of Solar Richmond will be our Presenter at the Education Hour (9:00 am), in worship and for an Interfaith Gathering at 1:00pm (the Greening Committee urges you to attend one or all of these to learn about possibilities for solar energy at Peace and in our Valley).

In addition – The Diablo Valley Colleges Big Plant Sale happens this Saturday, Oct 30th, 9am-1pm. They have a good-sized CA Native Plant section with drought tolerance plants which means water and money savings for us! Check it out.

And All Nite Soul happens from 5 – 9 pm with a nonstop Jam Session with some of the Bay Area’s finest jazz artists who have played for Jazz at Peace. A meal is available in the Gathering Hall so you don’t have to miss a single note. (St. Peter’s – where Jazz Vespers began 45 years ago – had 350 people attending their 12 hour Celebration with the smallest crowd from 2 – 4 am….only 60 folk in the audience then. They send their greetings.) Clairdee has composed a new song just for this occasion entitled “Jazz Vespers” and given it as a gift to Peace. It will be on the new ‘Jazz Church West Celebrates’ cd. Art and Jazz Photos will also be on Exhibit. Volunteers are still needed to help with the evening’s tasks. Let me know if you are willing to assist. Be sure to invite your friends to join you. Drop in anytime – so wrap up Halloween at home early and then come!

For All Saints Sunday on November 7th you are invited to bring a photo of one or more loved ones who has died as an offering for worship. The larger the better. Unframed may be preferable but please bring whatever you wish to contribute. Of course you will receive them back.

The Council voted to send $500 to Beuster Congregation in Venda, South Africa in response to their church burning down. Please keep them in your prayers.

China has expressed outrage over the Nobel committee’s decision to award its prestigious Peace Prize to incarcerated Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo. But the real outrage is China’s treatment of those who dare to speak truth to power. Liu, a 54-year old author and scholar, is a prominent government critic who has repeatedly called for human rights protections, political accountability and democratization in China. In 2009 Liu was charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and given an 11-year prison sentence after an unfair trial for co-authoring a proposal for political and legal reform in China. His wife has now been placed under house arrest. Amnesty International has long called for Liu’s release. Please pray and act on his behalf.

The Honey has arrived from the Monastery. You will be able to purchase it soon.

Here is a hilarious contribution from Jody Larson: A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: October 16, 2005
I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
PS. Sure is freaking hot down here!!

Blessings and stay cool, Pr. Steve

For those who follow Good News through email rather than visiting the PeaceJourney home page, I want to make you aware that a new area has been added in the top right hand column of the home page for “Upcoming Events.” While most events are mentioned in the Good News in advance, it’s nice to have everything all listed in one place for quick and easy access to upcoming event details. Be sure to check here often because Peace is one busy and happenin’ place!  Blessings, Anita