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This Week and beyond. . .

March 20, 2011


All that you're seeking already exists...                       burning bush 

 

Pray without ceasing                                            

Embody the feeling

Of that which you're seeking

With all of your being

No need to "pray for"

To plead, or implore

The answers you seek

Aren't so far as you think

They already exist

Open up, don't resist

Help is found all around

Call it up, bring it down

So to open the door,

Feel it down to your core

It is already there:

All your answers to prayer

~Erin Parsley 


This Week. . . and beyond

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

                          12:10       Fellowship
                          12:15       Leadership Circle: Elders & Deacons
                          12:30       FHCC Sack Lunch & Outing 
                                                                                      
      Worship Rota           
Elders: Brandon Shaw, Lou Taylor
                                          Welcoming:  Gwen      
                                          Deacons: Salvadore Hawley, Ellen Hinkle     


Wednesday        6:00       Leadership Circle: Elders & Deacons
                            7:20       Choir

Friday                
1:00       Book Group - Kitchen
Saturday             8:30       Elders' Workshop - Concord FCC
Sunday              
9:30       Adult Education: Living the Questions
                          10:45       Worship

                          12:10       Fellowship
                          12:15       Teaching Parish Committee

                                     
      Worship Rota             Elders: Karen Hanson, Cynthia Taylor
                                          Welcoming:  Gwen      
                                          Deacons: Alan Snakenberg, Mark Barrett   



Lenten Devotional 

Lenten Reflection Books are still available, so be sure and pick up your copy of these devotionals written by Dick Ober, a retired DOC minister and regional elder.  He recorded his reflections and you can listen to them on the web by going to the Lenten Reflections Blog link or download them via iTunes with the Audio Podcast link below.  We encourage you to consider making a donation to help cover the cost of printing.   

 

Subscribe to the  Audio Podcast  with iTunes

 

View the 2011 Lenten Reflections Blog with full text and audio.    


Salt and Light Log. . .

 


Surely someone, somewhere, has witnessed, been blessed by, or given of themselves in ways that add zest and flavor and reflect the Light of God, but we haven't heard from you.  Did you know that "evangels" are literally those who share the Good News?  So, all you evangels out there, share some good news and submit your "Noticings of Salt & Light" so we can share them with the wider community
 
"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." ~Matthew 5: 13-16    

    


Important! Please let Susan know you're coming so we can get registrations in for what promises to be a very helpful day of leadership development! 

 

For All Elders and Spiritual Leaders:

The Regional Elders are hosting a full day of leader development  

for elders/spiritual leaders of our congregations.   

 

Please note:  This training is also open to anyone who is interested  

in learning more about Eldership / Spiritual leadership in the church.   

You do not need to currently be holding the office of elder to attend.

 

Eldering in the 21st Century

When: March 26, 2011 from 8:30am-4:00pm

Where:  Concord FCC

 

 

Cost will be $15 per person, or $65 per congregation for a group of 5 or more!  This will be a valuable opportunity for the spiritual leadership of your congregation to fellowship with other congregations in the region, discuss the challenges  

and gifts of such leadership, and learn valuable, hands-on skills and resources  

for serving in this capacity in several workshop options.

 

 

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     Our new book group is reading Writing in the Sand: Jesus & the Soul of the Gospels by Thomas Moore. This week we talked about the Kingdom of God and parables. Moore says the purpose of parables is "first to stun you and then to take advantage of your disequilibrium to propose an outrageous possibility" and that they "convey in subtle insights that can't be expressed in plain language. . .They tell something positive and at the same time confuse, because they are conveying paradoxical ideas. They have to conceal the mysteries at the same time that they reveal them."  It's wonderful reading and great conversation. You're invited to join us Fridays at 1:00 in the kitchen. Brandon encouraged us to think about what parables we might write to speak of this kingdom of God and here's one from Cynthia.  

Parables of the Kingdom of God

 

The caged bird sings

A beautiful song each day

The neighbor asked why does

Your bird make

Beautiful  music

~ Cynthia Taylor

at prayerCircle of Prayer

Please hold in prayer. . .   

People of Japan and around the world especially California and United States of America

Barbara Huckins, broke her leg & in the hospital in Vienna

John, Karen's son, biking accident

Laureen Poochigan, biking accident 

Family & friends of Dolor P. Disbarro, Vangie's friend, who passed  away on March 13th due to breast cancer 

Family & friends of Charlene Virgino, mother of Nancy Jenkins, who passed away on March 10th, she was 84 years old

Family & friends of mother of Gertrude's brother-in-law, who passed away on March 10th

Nicholas & Freddy, the boys who have lost all three grandparents in a fairly short time including the mother of Gertrude's brother-in-law 

Linda Rice, hip replacement

Henry Mulak, who is now living & working in Germany 

Natasha Brinsko, Henry Mulak's friend, was found & in good condition in a Napa Valley Hospital 

Sally Minton & the passing of her dog Oliver

Larry Almeda, cousin of Salvadore who is ill 

Ellen Hinkle 

Maria Fanara, an old friend & neigbor of Bessye Herd & a member of TLC, who had a multiple back surgeries 

Family & friends of Nancy Zolan, our pre-school mom, who died of cancer on Thursday, Feb. 24th 

Chris Berliner, Gwen's daughter, chemo for breast cancer  

Alberta Siverand  

Mildred Burrell and family

Lana Duarte, struggling with MS
Jack Hirsch, Ellen's friend, leukemia
Blondell, sister of Lou Taylor
Joan, Barbara Huckins' friend, 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

Traveling mercies for our Barbaras who are traveling in Europe


For all the victims affected by the following disasters: Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan; Earthquake & tsunami in Japan and neighboring countries; Earthquake in New Zealand; Uprising in Libya & Bahrain; People of Egypt; 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: Primera Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) de Fresno; South San Joaquin Area; Pastor Yolanda Marquez-Lucar 

 

                                                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
Sincerely,

Forest Hill Christian Church
"To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ from our doorsteps to the ends of the world"
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