February 9, 2017
Connections: Book of Joy
Moving from Passive to Active.
Within my notions of joy, I have held an idea that joy is something that comes to us: something external moves into our world and being. I think of the example of observing Linden laugh or re-enact Gandalph telling the Balrog, “You Shall Not Pass!” (Which, somehow made its way into our life!) or watching the sunset. In such moments, I am overcome with happiness and joy. It’s all good.
And yet, the wisdom from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu encourage us hold a spirit and stance that would seek to create joy through service, relationship, and goodness. It is what it means to move from passively receiving joy to actively bringing it about through kindness, compassion, and serving. This shift, from the passive to the active is quite a shift to make.
This brings me to two wonderful questions to pose:
1. What brings you joy?
2. How do you bring joy into the world?
May your eyes be open to the abundance of goodness in the world;
May your life bring compassion, meaning, and joy into the world.
p.s. If you’d like to read and join in conversation - our Wednesday evening study remains open. If you’d like to pick up a book and read along, there are copies in the main office.
Thanks to our congregation's generous donations to the HUGSS tree, we
were able to donate almost 100 items to Job and Family Services. The
hats, underwear, gloves, socks, and scarves will keep many children
and adults warm this winter.
In Sunday School this week, the children will hear the story of Jesus
and the little children and make valentines. Next week's story will
cover the Beatitudes.
PARENTS - The Christian Ed Board would like your input about this
year's Vacation Bible School. We'd like to expand to 2 days (probably
Friday and Saturday), teaching the Bible story and making a craft the
first day and spending the second day on various service projects.
The sessions could be held in the morning or afternoon, depending on
your response. More info to come.
Blessings, Vickie 440-285-3236 440-478-6745 firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and planning purposes, the annual Consistory Retreat is planned for Saturday, February 11th at the church in the sanctuary from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Evaluation of the past year and plans for 2017, as well as long term, will be addressed. All officers of the church are encouraged to attend as well as interested congregation members who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy and even offer their input.
Chi-Rho this Sunday!
This Sunday, the youth between 4-8th grades will gather after worship for games, lunch, and fellowship with Vickie Craig, Heather Penrod, and Chris McCreight.
Refugee Hospitality Meeting:
Ever since our collection for Community Refugee and Immigration Services (Columbus), there has been some interest in pursuing some connection or partnership to continue welcoming those fleeing persecution abroad. First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby has taken the lead to organize interest meetings that can lead to some continuous presence. Folks are gathering this Monday, February 13th, @ 7:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Willoughby. You are invited to come and learn more about refugees, agencies that are serving them, and congregations and families that are welcoming the refugees. This meeting may even be graced by the presence of a family who resettled in the Cleveland area.
If you would like to learn more about refugees, this would be a good time. If you would like to engage with others to offer that divine act of hospitality and welcome, this would be a good time. Our tradition is built on a foundation of welcome and hospitality -recalling the words of Deuteronomy 10:
17For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, 18who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. 19You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
To welcome. To befriend. To offer hospitality is a radical act of faithfulness to our God and to one another.
Please speak with Rev. Chris if you have any questions or would like to attend the meeting.
The Membership Committee is working on updating our directory.
Our new directory will also include the opportunity for everyone
to include a photo (at no charge!) to help everyone get acquainted more easily.
We are calling all members and friends to confirm their contact
information and to inquire about photo preference, etc. We also
want to hear your comments and feedback.
Please expect a call from a member of the committee soon. If you have any questions
prior to getting your call, you are welcome to contact Barb Inderlied,
Pat Martin, Lauren Baskin, Lynn or Jeanne Felberg, Mazie Smith, or
Thank you Mike Hannon for repairing our coat rack in the parlor!