Staying Connected 5.23.18

May 23, 2018

Staying Connected 5.23.18

Staying Connected We need coffee hosts for this Sunday and June 10 – please contact Dori if you can help!! Graduation Celebration and Potluck  On Sunday, June 3, let’s celebrate our high school graduates (Katie, Kian, and Jacob) with food!  Bring a dish to share during the coffee hour. Talk N Thought   “‘Mercy is radical […]

May 23, 2018

HELP

I was six in 1960 when my baby was born. Oops! I mean when my mother’s baby was born. I am told that I wanted to “take over”. Remembering back as far as I can, I hear a little girl responding, “Someone has to”. My parents were never fully organized for a brood of five. […]

May 22, 2018

Practicing Presence

This week’s chapter about email, blessing, and sending reminded me of my favorite saint and mystic—Brother Lawrence. Born in the seventeenth century in France, Brother Lawrence was a Benedictine monk who lived and worked in a monastery in the kitchen and as a sandal maker for most of his life after sustaining an injury in […]

May 22, 2018

Ora et Labora and the Inbox

email.   Finally a subject I am a verified consultant level expert on — I have written articles and taught classes on managing your Inbox effectively.  But, Tish Harrison Warren is one of the many people who would find my advice and counsel less than helpful.  Her chapter on how she finds it unpleasant when opening her […]

May 20, 2018

Staying Connected 5.17.18

Staying Connected   If you read nothing else, read this: wear RED this Sunday for Pentecost!   We need coffee hosts for May 27 and June 10 – please sign up or call the office!   For a preview of this Sunday’s service,   Scrip Sunday is this Sunday!   This church fundraiser does not cost you anything!  […]

May 19, 2018

PEACEVERYWHERE

A bookstore (not just any bookstore…one with a good news stand) is where I feel the “Peace of the city” that Jeremiah mentions in 29.7. And yet, it’s in the bookstore where I come face to face with my responsibilities; the ones of which I fall short: curiosity, activism. My bumper sticker says “FREADOM”. If […]

May 16, 2018

Confessions of a Peacefaker

I like to think that I’m a “peacemaker.” I live my life in hopes of creating and keeping peaceful, beautiful, sacred spaces for and around my relationships. I want to make people feel safe to speak with me—to share their stories and lives. I want to be an empathetic listener, for I believe that it […]

May 15, 2018

Passing the Peace and Slamming the doors

Our bedroom door in our last house, the house where we raised our girls to adulthood, had cracks shivering up the plaster.  Those cracks came from a particularly furious fight between my  wife and me.  I don’t remember the specifics but given the timeframe, I’m sure it was about how were we going to pay […]

May 14, 2018

Fighting Well (sermon notes)

Fighting Well (sermon notes)

You may be aware that sometimes people are unhappy or don’t like everything going on at church. A popular way of talking about conflict styles is to break them up into 3 categories: Flight Fright Fight I’m always surprised at the fairly even distribution of these 3 responses in any group. It makes sense why […]

May 14, 2018

Leftovers Are A Gift From God

Leftovers Are A Gift From God

Last week our Sunday conversation centered around two questions: What is your favorite ‘special’ meal for big occasions? What is your most common meal in a month? I loved the enthusiasm of the answers and the passion around food. It plays such an important role in our life. I then asked if anyone’s favorite meal […]

May 13, 2018

The wise one: on my mom and food

When I was a pre-teen, it became a singular delight to accompany my mom to bridal and baby showers, to take part, even if just perched on the floor by my mom’s chair with a cup of sherbet punch balanced in my lap, in these rituals of womanhood. At one wedding shower, instead of the […]

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