Pastor’s Weekly Message: 06.17.16

Grace Waves


In the great ancient religious and ethical traditions of humankind we find the directive: You shall not kill! Or in positive terms: Have respect for life! Let us reflect anew on the consequences of this ancient directive: All people have a right to life, safety, and the free development of personality insofar as they do not injure the rights of others. No one has the right physically to torture, injure, much less kill, any other human being. And no people, no state, no race, no religion has the right to hate, to discriminate against, to “cleanse,” to exile, much less to liquidate a “foreign” minority which is different in behavior or holds different beliefs. Parliament of World Religions- Declaration Toward A Global Ethic: Irrevocable Directives

Midsommer Feasting and Solstice Dancing  – This Saturday from 5:00 pm to 8:30.  A wonderful occasion to enjoy our families and each other while we taste and celebrate the beginning of Summer! The MENU:  Salsa bar, Kebob, Superiority burgers/vegetarian  PLUS  Oysters, Fries, Corn, Salads, Watermelon Garlic bread, Beer/Wine.

Please Sign Up ([email protected]) so Chef Chuck can gracefully prepare his delicious magic.  Feels like too much fun?  Then invite other friends to join you!  We already have 40 people coming on Saturday.

And World Music Dancing with DJ Kaleo will go from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Shimmer and shake your whole being into joy!

Our kids will love the music and delight to see their parents and grandparents  dancing about so happily!!  Families who have participated before just love the energy!

We celebrate our next Family Service this Sunday for Father’s Day.  Anticipate happiness and joy.  Bring, cajole, drag dad to church.

Fine Art Portrait Photography:  As part of our Mid-Summer Fund Raising, Fine Art Portrait Photographer, Kersti Malvre, has generously offered  a  special opportunity for you to have Professional Portraits created of you and your family for a fraction of the price she normally charges.  For a $75 Donation to Peace, you will receive an $850 Gift Certificate for a Portrait Session and 8×12 Masterpiece.  She will have a display set-up at the BBQ and Solstice Dance and at the Father’s Day Church Service. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Youth Group:  10 kids from our Youth Group joined Charlene at Danville Rehab this last Sunday to sing, pray and converse with the elders there.  It was an occasion for mutual joy and appreciation.

Our thanks to Mary Calhoun for her True Love Story!

Sales Frenzy – Everything Must Go!  This Sunday our Peace Mosaic T-shirts and remaining Books (Sabbath, Care for our Common Home and one copy of Markings by Dag H.) must go!  This Summer Clearance sale may never come again and will provide you with the perfect Father’s Day gifts you have been desperately searching for!  Don’t delay – buy Sunday!

Shabbat Yoga at Beth Chaim and Peace:  Thanks to Jenifer Zetlan, Jeanne Kaplan and Linda Benatar for last Sunday’s presentation about incorporating Yoga’s prayerful  practices into our community life and worship preparation.  Future plans will be communicated.  We hope to share a Sabbath/Saturday morning at Beth Chaim in July.  A delicious meal always follows Yogic Centering at Beth Chaim.

Refugee Assistance:  Our first Syrian family coming next week!  Turns out the family needs a place to stay for about 7-10 days max.  Here are some details….

This is a husband and wife, with a  4 and a 1.5 year old.  They arrive on Tuesday, June 21st, and their cousins will pick them up.  Their cousins live in a very small apt, and their hope had been to secure the family a one-bedroom apt before arrival — ready with our donated furniture to be able to move in.  Turns out, landlord will not rent to them until they actually meet the family.  So….they are in need of a home to stay in for about a week or 10 days — just enough time for the family to set them up with apt.  Maybe until July 1st?
Do you know of anyone who might offer a private bedroom and preferably private bathroom to them?  If so, please contact me as soon as possible.  Thank you.


Tai Chi Chuan:  Practicing tai chi could be as effective as physical therapy to relieve arthritic knee pain. A new study also found that tai chi offered an additional benefit: it significantly eased depression among seniors experiencing pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness caused by knee arthritis.  (Thanks to Philippa – A new Tai Chi Class series will begin in September.)

Thirst by Mary Oliver

Another morning and I wake with thirst for the goodness I do not have.  

I walk out into the marvels of creation – and all the way God has given us such beautiful lessons.

O Lord, grant me in your mercy, a little more time.

Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart.

Who knows what will finally happen or what I will understand; yet I have already received and given a great many things away.

Someday I will be told:  it is time to leave and to pack nothing,

except my prayers and this thirst for life, that I am slowly learning.


Pr. Steve