Pastor’s Weekly Message: 09.30.15

Grace Waves


Dissecting and examining the phenomena of God’s creation is good but misleading because you learn about these things but you don’t really know the beings.  I want not only to observe but to know living things, and this implies a dimension of primordial familiarity which is simple and primitive and religious and poor.  Merton

St. Francis Blessing of the Animals:  This Sunday we celebrate God’s profound affirmation of the whole creation and all its creatures through the simple and mystical life of St. Francis of Assisi.  The Pope chose his name because of all the saints in history Francis best seems to communicate the humanity, compassion and wisdom of Christ.  Your pets are invited to join you for worship and/or the Community Blessing which will go from Noon – 2:00 pm in our Courtyard.  A Note from Laurie England:  I’ve been asked to help coordinate the Blessing of Animals this year.  I had to bring my dog Betty to brunch and worship last Sunday – turns out Betty enjoyed the brunch and everyone loved her!  She brought special joy to an elder parishioner Mary, it made her day to visit with Betty. Betty was invited to the altar during the children’s session. It was so awesome to be a part of the children’s prayer with Betty.  

Congratulations to and please pray for those serving on our Church Council in new positions:  Chuck Fisher, President; Margaret Beeler, Worship Deacon; Pat Leong, Connections Deacon; Dennis and Pamela Baum, Stewarding;  and Monica Laurlund, Youth and Family Deacon.

Aging Gracefully:   Our group meets on Tuesdays at 1 pm in the Sanctuary.  They have begun reading “The Book of Forgiving” by Desmond and Mpho Tutu.  New members are always welcomed. (Chapters 4 – 6 for next week.)

Remember the Sabbath – Finding rest, renewal and delight in our busy Lives:  Copies of “Sabbath” have arrived and you can pick yours up on Sunday.  Rabbi Dan and I are asking that you read this book prior to the beginning of our class on Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 pm at Beth Chaim.  The call to remember the Sabbath shared by Judaism and Christianity is not only wise – it may save your life – especially in a world now addicted to stress.  Author Wayne Muller will join us for the final class on November 17.  The cost for the class is $60 which includes your copy of Sabbath.

The Interfaith Council of CC expresses their gratitude for our hosting the International Peace Day Concert on September 20.  It was a fine occasion with musical contributions from Solaris and ‘Certitude’ a Baha’i Chorus, poetry and dance, speakers Rev. Dave Sammons, Pr. Margareta and Fr. Tom Bonacci and reflections from Dag Hammarskjold.

Please keep in your prayers:  Tom, Jim, Kaleo, Ed, Pope Francis, Pr. Bob Lesher, those who died on the Hajj Pilgrimage, for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Goals, Syrian refugees; those seeking employment, children with disabilities, for those with addictions, caregivers, those searching for a connection with God, for open-heartedness, for friends.

Shoe Box Ministry:  Nette invites you to begin bringing shoe boxes to Peace for our annual drive to support children in need.

Jazz Church West celebrates Eddie Duran’s 90th Birthday and the Opening of our 11th Season (Mad and Eddie played for our very first Jazz at Peace event!)  Come join in an incredible evening of music with superb musicians and lots of surprises for the evening.   This Sunday, October 4 at 5:00 pm.

Traction Bainting – October 10 and 11:  Come join in the creating of a wonderful piece of Community Art.  It will happen in our church parking lot.  Details to come.

First Friday Films – “My Neighbor Totoro” (This Friday):  Please join us to explore a film which is beloved world-wide because it shows what co-existing in harmony with nature looks and feels like. On the late Roger Ebert’s ‘100 Greatest Films’ of all times list. Hear the voice of Dakota Fanning in this 86 minute film hand-drawn by master animator Hayao Miyazaki. Rated PG, ages 5 and up. Join us for popcorn, and light refreshments. Elana encourages you to check out the trailer for a preview because – you’re never too old to be young again, right?!

Advance Calendar –  Tyme for Tea and Co. Witches Brew Ball:  High Tea for the Women of Peace:  A Halloween Tea in time for Halloween, on Sunday, October 25.  Fliers are in the Gathering Hall.  Speak with Diane Kurtz or Pat Leong for details!

If you have or know of friends who have “old fencing” which is going to be replaced, please contact Thais.  Husband Greg uses this fencing material to create frames for her art now.  The fencing is valuable!

Little League Baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the street and the kids out of the house.  Yogi Berra

Blessings,  Pr. Steve