This Week and beyond. . .
April 24, 2011
|This Week: April 17 - 24|
Sunday 10:45 Easter Sunday Worship
12:15 Fellowship & Easter Egg Hunt
Worship Rota Elders: Brandon Shaw
Deacons: Shannon Smith, Sally Minton
Monday 6:00 Book Group - Kitchen
Wednesday 6:00 Leadership Circle: Elders & Deacons
Friday ***** Annual Meeting @ Asilomar
Saturday ***** Annual Meeting @ Asilomar
Sunday 10:45 Worship
12:15 Fellowship - No Potluck this Week
***** Annual Meeting @ Asilomar
Next Week Rota Elders: Cynthia Taylor, Lou Taylor
Deacons: Bonnie Hawley,
And Beyond. . .
Wednesday May 4th Dinner & Spiritual Practices at 6:00 pm
Sunday May 8th Special Mother's Day Potluck Lunch
Sunday May 15th Earth Day Celebration
Salt and Light Log. . .
Noticings from Sheryl Butler: I've been thinking (along with the millions of other thoughts my mind bounces around with) about the salt and light log. I was at a meeting the other day and at the end of it I started to pick up my chair so I could put it up. As I was beginning to head towards the chair rack a young woman stopped me and offered to take my chair and put it up for me. A small kindness.
So I began thinking about all the "small" kindnesses that people do every day, these small "god-lights" in the world. Maybe we are too busy looking for the the "big" lights, the spotlights, the lighthouses, that we miss all of the "small" lights. We miss the smile from the stranger which brightens a dark day, the driver who "lets us in" during heavy traffic, the person who stops to hold the door open for us, the person who sends us a card, just to say hello. There's the person with the full cart of groceries who lets you go first with your 5 items, and there is the person who offers to take your dirty plate when you are finished eating. We miss the person at the meeting who gets up and offers to refill everyone's cup of coffee, and the person who shakes our hand and thanks us for being there.
These are some of the lights I've been noticing since the "chair kindness". I've also noticed that I often discount my own acts of kindness because they are too small. Small kindnesses, small lights, a little bit of seasoning in the world. But together, I think, our small lights become a god-lighthouse.
from Bonnie: How can we be the "Salt of the Earth" or a light to the world? For me, it is this simple: Each morning that the Good Lord wakes me us, I tell him "Good Morning!" Then I ask the Lord how can I be of service to you today? Then, during the day, I get opportunities to say "thank you" to an elderly woman in a wheel chair; she held the door for me. I get to share veggies and breads from the food bank with my neighbors and friends. I also get a chance to stop for a pedestrian and tell them to have a good day! Caring for others makes you the salt of the earth.
"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
On Easter Sunday
we will have the opportunity to support the General
and Racial/Ethnic Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
in the US and Canada. The gifts we share support vital mission and ministry
from the doorsteps of our congregation to the ends of the earth.
A "DO NOT MISS" ACTS class that might change your life!
"Abundant Living: Re-thinking Stewardship"
"I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly." -John 10:10
The Beatles have said, "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
God promises us even more than that! In our ACTS spring class, we'll learn how to tap into God's abundance in our own lives and to create communities of abundant life
in our own congregations.
This course is open to anyone seeking a life of greater joy,
generosity and fulfillment, and is particularly encouraged for people in leadership in their congregations (financial leadership, board leadership, and spiritual leadership).
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION FORM WENT OUT TODAY TO LOCAL CHURCHES...YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FORM AT www.ccncn.org On-Line registration will be ready in 2 weeks.
The Purpose for the class:
...Learn a much bigger framework for stewardship that has to do with every aspect of our lives and our planet, not just putting more money in the collection plate
...Help attendees make "abundant living" a way of life
...Training attendees to go back and help their congregation become congregations living out of God's abundance
Classes will take place in May / June, following Annual meeting, when abundant living gurus Sharon Watkins and Rick Lowery will get us ready for this phenomenal course. The course will include video clips from our denomination's Minister of Faith and Giving, Bruce Barkhauer, created exclusively for the ACTS class. Prepare to have your life enriched immensely by this class!
|Circle of Prayer|
Please hold in prayer. . .
Alberta Siverand, who is still at St Mary's Hospital
Family, friends & classmates of Andy Zeng, friend of Kyle, who was murdered, he was 16 years old
Family & friends of Nick Olson, Rev. Susan's friend's nephew, was killed in an auto accident near San Mateo, he was 21 years old
Laurie, friend of Sheryl Butler with cancer
Family & friends of Chuck Shopfner, long-time friend of Rev. Susan, who passed away on April 1st
Barbara Huckins, settled in & started her physical theraphy
Family & friends of Mildred Burrell, Barbara Huckins' mother, who passed away on March 29
John, Karen's son, broken collar bone surgery
DeeDee Kolivas, Nick Kolivas' sisiter-in-law, diagnosed with breast cancer
People of Japan
Nicholas & Freddy, the boys who have lost all three grandparents in a fairly short time including the mother of Gertrude's brother-in-law
Larry Almeda, cousin of Salvadore who is ill
Maria Fanara, an old friend & neighbor of Bessye Herd
Chris Berliner, Gwen's daughter, chemo for breast cancer 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
For all the victims affected by the following disasters: Tornado & storm in the Midwest; Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan; Earthquake & tsunami in Japan and neighboring countries; Earthquake in New Zealand; Uprising in Libya, Syria & Yemen; People of Egypt; Great floods & landslides in Australia & Brazil
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: Lafayette Christian Church; Contra Costa Area; Interim Senior Pastor Stephen Hinerman; Associate Pastor, Sara Steenhouse
Continuing ConcernsAndrew Allagree; Joe Bluford; Ray Elizondo; Nancy Jenkins; Harvey March; Marilyn March; Dominick Mott; Gloria Quinn; Linda Rice; Allen and Elaine Steinmetz; Juli Brooks-Tarry
Forest Hill Christian Church
"To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ from our doorsteps to the ends of the world"