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This Week and beyond. . .

February 13, 2010

This Week. . . and beyone

Sunday                9:30     Adult Education: Living the Questions
                           10:45     JAZZ Worship   
                                         Scripture: 1Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23
                           12:00    Fellowship
                           12:30    Out to Lunch Bunch 
      Worship Rota          
Elders: Karen Hanson
                                         Welcoming:  Gwen      
                                         Deacons: Ellen Hinkle, Sally Minton
Wednesday       6:00       Supper and Taize Worship

                           7:30       Choir  

9:30       Adult Education: Living the Questions
                         10:45       Worship

                         12:00       Fellowship  
      Worship Rota            Elders: Barbara Huckins, Lou Taylor
                                         Welcoming:  Gwen      
                                         Deacons: Salvadore and Bonnie Hawley  

Tuesday Feb 22 11:00   Bessye Herd's Memorial & Lunch


  DON'T MISS this exciting New Opportunity  

Our Adult Education Class will begin to explore  "Living the Questions" a popular video & internet-based small group exploration of progressive Christianity featuring premier religion voices of our day. Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room.    

This Coming Sunday Worship

You don't want to miss our special Second Sunday JAZZ Worship
with the Joyful Noise Makers,
Shannon bringing the Good News
and Out to Lunch Bunch to follow.
INviTe your family, your neighbors, your friends -
Invite Everyone to join us!

JAZZ Sunday


  "You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world." 
~ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5


This last Sunday, at the suggestion of David Lose at Working, I encouraged our congregation to start a Salt & Light Log - keeping track of all the wonderful and amazing ways that God is at work in our lives and in the world; taking note, affirming and celebrating the ways that we are salt and light to one another and to the community beyond the four walls of our sanctuary.  I love the way Eugene Peterson translates this passage in The Message: 
    "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings
     out the God-flavors of this earth. . . Here's another way to put it: You're here to
     be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.
     We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill!  If I make you light-bearers,  
     you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a
     light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine! Keep
     open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt
     people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

And so, this is the start of our Salt & Light Log. I invite you to email me your "Noticings" of salt and light around Forest Hill, in your family, your neighborhood, and out in the world.  Let's start paying attention to the ways that God is working in and through us to add zest, flavor, light and radiance. It's time to Shine! 

Another way to think of it might be as "Our Wild Goose Chase."  Let me explain what I have in mind.  Ancient Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit - An Geadh-Glas - the wild goose:  untamable, unpredictable, noisy, pesky, strong, graceful, able to fly much faster and farther in formation than alone.  A little different image than a turtle dove, but how apt!  You see, they realized that no matter much we might want to contain or control God, God cannot be placed in a box, defined or tamed.  And so off they went, on wild goose chases - entering the spaces, towns, hamlets, and villages of 7th century England in the conviction that the wild goose was out there ahead of them. They were open to being surprised by the wild goose, prayerfully asking what God was doing and joining the Spirit there by naming the name of Jesus, dwelling among people and opening the great story of God's love and grace.

And so, let's head off on some wild goose chases of our own.  Let's enter the world with the eyes of our hearts wide open.  Let's be willing to be surprised by what God is doing in the world.  Let's look for and celebrate the myriad ways that our God is working in and through the lives of people, even us, to salt and light the world. You know, it's a beautiful day for a Wild Goose Chase! Want to join me? 

PS Our Salt & Light Log, aka Our Wild Goose Chase, will be on our website at  just as soon as you start paying attention and sharing your discoveries.



Spring Gathering of Women

 Sponsored by the regional Women's Ministries

of the Christian Church of Northern California

-Nevada (DOC)


Women of Hope


Saturday, March 12, 2011

9:30 am to 3:30 pm


First Christian Church, Sacramento

3901 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA



$25.00 Registration

(includes program and lunch)


Celebrate the importance of sisterhood and the women who have paved the way and influence us along the Journey; and consider the gifts we may be giving to the generations that come after us! We will sing, pray, worship and engage  

in study and reflection together. This will be the day of celebrating the past, honoring and claiming the present, and shaping the future of women

in leadership in the transitioning church and culture. 




1.       Drink plenty of water.

2.       Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3.       Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less food that is   

          manufactured in plants.

4.       Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

5.       Make time to pray.

6.       Play more games

7.       Read more books than you did in 2010.

8.       Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day

9.       Sleep for 7 hours.

10.     Take a 30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile!



11.    Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all  


12.    Eliminate negative thoughts and things you cannot control. Instead invest  

         your energy in the positive and in the present moment.

13.    Don't over do. Know your limits.

14.    Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15.    Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

16.    Dream more while you are awake!

17.    Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

18.    Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of   

         the past. That will only ruin your present happiness.

19.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

20.    Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

21.    No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22.    Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are part of  

         the curriculum; they appear and fade away but the lessons you learn last a       lifetime.

23.    Smile and laugh more.

24.    You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.



25.    Call your family often.

26.    Each day do something good for others.

27.    Forgive everyone for everything.

28.    For a learning experience spend some time with people over 70 & under  

         the age of  8.

29.    Try to make at least three people smile each day.

30.    What other people think of you is none of your business.

31.    Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in  




32.    Do the right thing!

33.    Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

34.    GOD heals everything.

35.    However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

36.    No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

37.    The best is yet to come!.

38.    When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.



Last but not the least:

40.    Consider sharing this 2011 message with everyone you care about as I just  


This was sent through email by Barbara Duckett. 


at prayerCircle of Prayer

Please hold in prayer. . .   

Ellen Hinkle

Families & friends of John Bluford, Cynthia Taylor's uncle who passed away on January 25th

Families & friends of people who died and were affected at the airport tragedy in Moscow, Russia 

Alberta Siverand  

Families & friends of Bessye T. Herd, who passed away on Jan 11th  

Mildred Burrell and family; 

Chris Berliner, Gwen's daughter, breast cancer surgery

Families and friends of people who were victims and who died from a tragedy in Tucson, AR  

Lana Duarte, struggling with MS
Jack Hirsch, Ellen's friend, leukemia
Blondell, sister of Lou Taylor
Joan, Barbara Huckins' friend, cancer
Dolor Disbarro, Vangie's friend, breast cancer
Ethelyn, mother of Chenetta Jackson, friend of Lillian Dixon
Eric Peterson, Karen's nephew, multiple congenital health issues
Chester Hurdle, Bonnie Hawley's uncle 

For all the victims affected by the following disasters: Great floods & landslides in Australia & Brazil; Earthquake, tsunami & volcanic eruption in Indonesia; Storms & floods in the East Coast; Gas explosion in San Bruno, CA; Mine explosion in Chile

Church in our Region to hold in prayer this week, for vitality, spiritual and numerical growth, commitment to serving their neighborhood and openness to the Mighty Spirit of God calling them into Ministry: First Christian Church, Colusa; Mt. Lassen Area; Regional Ministry Team serving; local contact is Sara Niles


                                                Continuing Concerns

Andrew Allagree; Joe Bluford; Gary Counsil; Barbara Duckett; Ray Elizondo; Nancy Jenkins; Harvey March; Marilyn March; Dominick Mott; Gloria Quinn; Linda Rice; Allen and Elaine Steinmetz; Juli Brooks-Tarry


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