Pastor’s Weekly Message 09.11.13

Grace Waves


“The wine we drink today was never held in oaken barrels.

I love this world – even as I hear the Great Wind of Leaving rising;

For there is a grainy taste I prefer, to every idea of heaven,

Human Friendship.” Rumi


With the launching of our New Website 3 Things are asked of you:

  • To check out the Peacejourney website yourself;
  • Invite a friend to look at it too and tell you their impressions (impressions can be shared with each other this Sunday);  and
  • Start participating in the Facebook Conversation—make this a weekly contribution to Peace too!

Dabbie’s comments from Sunday:

The web is a pathway to so many possibilitiessome we haven’t even thought of yet.   It really is our identity, our artistic expression that holds spiritual meaning and exploration.

Facebook is our next layer of connection that is critical to capturing young people and directing them to the website link. Remember the Periodic Table of Texting?  It’s about keeping up with the young folks and understanding their language (well, sort of) which can be a little acronymishly vague.  LOL and HGWA!

As the Deacon of Connections, I believe that our new website and Facebook really offer all of us the opportunity to be a part of the connections’ team.  Each and every one of you makes a difference and your thoughts and ideas are important for all of us to hear—not just on Sunday mornings when you gather to chat before and after church.  But, dialoguing on Facebook.  It’s the quality of this dialoguing that will bring like-minded people to our table.

Five or 10 minutes a week, enter or join in on a topic that interests you:  something regarding spirituality, having a deeper understanding of a biblical chapter, or...  Speak to things that matter to you.  Maybe it will spark something in someone else.  You never know what a simple statement can mean to another person. Keep it playful, keep it positive, but have those conversations.

Our webhost, Jade Orchard counseled me:  Not until we have a dynamic voice/conversation happening (expressing the vitality of Peace) can we link Facebook to our website.  Its the dynamic participation that will make Facebook appealing to others.

Can you make Facebook a part of your weekly Church?
Go to :

Thanks, Dabbie

September Forums:

  • September 15Justice Advocacy:  Come learn about the variety of Justice Ministries now happening at Peace.  (Seminarian John Brett will preach this Sunday!)
  • September 15SubhashitamsFor the Well-Being of the World4:306:00 pm…..Learn about the primary Hindu Texts (Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita) from Dr. Sitaramanjaneyulu (a Sanskrit Scholar) and Mr. Mohanrao T., MS (Outstanding Scientist of India) on ‘How we can become More Human’.  Free Wisdom/Music/Food/Dialogue and an evolving Art Piece with Bill Carmel.  This is an opportunity to learn about Dharma, Karma and the origin of Yoga.  The event is Free.  This is an occasion to nurture Peace/Shanti and Understanding in our world.
  • September 22 Homecoming Sunday:  Learn about the Many Faces of our Worship Committee and how you can get involved.
  • September 22  ‘Sing Out!’:  Rehearse and Record our Jazz Church West theme song with Clairdee and Ken French and a Community Chorus from 4:006:30pm.  Enjoy working with jazz musicians, learning about the recording process and being purely happy by singing!  No prior experience necessary!
  • September 29 Thrivent/Choice Dollars:  Barb Droher–Kline will share Stewarding Options for increasing the financial support of Peace.

The St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival is happening on Sunday, October 6 from Noon3:00 pm.  If you wish to contribute a Gift Basket for the Silent Auction please speak with Charlene McPherson.  Thanks to Greg Grebe, Pam and Chuck Fisher for coordinating this annual blessed event!

The Food Pantry has provided us with a Food Bank Barrel.   Whenever you choose you can bring canned goods (non perishable) to worship and place them in the Barrel.

First Friday FilmsEat Drink Man Woman”:  A wonderful turnout last Friday with 13 people joining in, some of them from the jazz community.  Starting to find our stride and momentum.

Keep in your prayers:  Joan, Brie, Marlene, Nette, Annie, Phil, the people of Syria, the leaders of the nations, children in war zones, all our Jewish brothers and sisters at Beth Chaim, B’nai Tikvah, Temple Isaiah and B’nai Shalom who are celebrating the High Holy Days.  The Star of David Mandala, created by Congregation Beth Chaim now rests in the center of our Peace Mosaic.

Peace Camp Out:  We are having a Camp Out at Peace (by the Labyrinth) on Saturday night, September 21.  Details to come. This will be a fun one!

Blessings,  Pr. Steve