Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”— Helen Keller
Your Talent is Needed – It’s Showtime!
- LtQ 2.0 – A Passion for Christ: Paul the Apostle
- Remember Your Valentine
- Souper Gratitude
- Lenten Devotional Booklets
- A Time of Testing
- Green Chalice Tips
- Champan University’s Founder Day
- Opening News
- Upcoming Events
Your Talent is Needed – It’s Showtime! – Sign Ups & Auditions
Act sign up forms:
Available in the church office or by emailing Rev. Michelle. Due by Wednesday, February 22.
February 26 & March 5 – 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Fireside Room
You will be assigned a 15-minute timeframe in which to audition on your chosen date
Video submissions also accepted by February 26 – Send to Rev. Michelle.
Need some ideas for an act? Check out these links:
Living the Questions 2.0 (LtQ2) | Adult Study Class
Chapter 6 – A Passion for Christ: Paul the Apostle
Sundays 8:30 a.m. – Fireside Room
Focus for February 12: Little of what most people think of as Christianity has been untouched by the legacy of Paul’s writing and influence. The many understandings of his interpretation of Christianity continue to be re-examined in the 21st century.
Click here to download a copy of Chapter 6. Or get a copy from the office.
Remember Your Valentine
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, remember the special people in your life with a gift box of Equal Exchange Fair Trade dark chocolate hearts. Pick up a box for your co-workers, neighbors, sweetheart or kids. Supply is limited, so get yours on Sunday February 12. The youth will be selling them for $6 in the courtyard.
On Sunday February 5, you raised 42 containers of peanut butter, 24 containers of jelly, and $66 for the Friendly Center of Orange. Thank you for your help in tackling hunger in our community by participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring!
Lenten Devotional Booklets
During the Season of Lent (March 1 through April 15), you are invited to participate in daily devotion and prayer. Resources you may wish to use are:
Diving Lessons: 2017 Lent Devotional “This book offers a series of Lenten lessons for diving deeper into the Christian life, written by caring friends. By the end of it, you might desire to be baptized for the first time or to have your baptism renewed at your church. Or you might simply read and be refreshed, growing in the confidence of faith.” – from the Introduction
Fellowship of Prayer: 2017 Lenten Season “Jesus’ journey to the cross shows us the boldness of humility. From his ministry that taught us to view every person with love, hope, and value, to the criticisms of the imperial and societal powers that oppressed his people, to the sacrifice on Golgotha-every lesson from Christ teaches us humility and service to others.
Join Dr. Sharon E. Watkins and Rick Lowery on a Lenten journey that will remind you of the role God calls us to play in the world. Remember the sacrifices Christ made and consider where your own sacrifices may lead you. Look at Lent, Holy Week, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection through the lens of loving others and serving our God together.” Available as paperback or e-book on AmazonSmile or Chalice Press.
A Time of Testing
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-3
I’ve been trying to decide what to write for this month’s Mile Marker, especially given all the turmoil going on in our country and around the world. I don’t want this to be a political commentary, though contrary to popular belief much of the Gospel message is both spiritual and political in nature.
I’ve been struggling to respond to both concerns coming from the White House’s recent actions and offer encouragement for those who supported the millions who took to the streets for women’s rights. Now with Executive orders that affect immigrants and threaten our Muslim brothers and sisters it is even more challenging to discern a response in light of the teachings of Jesus and the whole of scripture.
The message found in both Matthew’s Gospel (5:43-48) and Luke’s (6:27-36) keep coming to me as possible ways to respond as a follower of Jesus. There have been lots of calls to “action” and “resistance” and “speaking out” and “standing with” as important responses to the direction of our current President’s decisions. Yet Jesus’ words come ringing back to me: “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”
As a person of privilege, this may be easier to do then for those who are feeling the full weight of these new Executive orders. I am not a person of color, nor an immigrant, nor of Muslim faith, nor a person of the LGBTQ community and yet I understand, as much as I can, the uncertainty and fear those in these communities must be feeling. How do I understand this teaching of Jesus in their context?
The Bible also has a lot to say about immigrants and immigration. In fact, the Hebrew word ger, the closest word to our concept of an immigrant, appears 92 times in the Old Testament alone. It’s important to be reminded that “Welcoming the stranger” is not an obscure message in the Bible; it’s a core value. Just a quick review of some of our Judeo/Christian teachings will confirm this for us:
Deuteronomy 10:19 — You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:34 — The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am your God.
Hebrews 13:1 — Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Colossians 3:11 — In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
Matthew 25:35 — I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
I believe our response, whatever it is, needs to be done with truth, grace and love. We are called to speak for the voiceless, and stand with the most vulnerable as our call to just action. We are called to speak truth to power whenever that power dehumanizes or denies the rights of any of God’s people.
James says: “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-3
This passage from the book of James reminds me that it is when our faith is tested in difficult and hard times that we are given the opportunity to become the people God intended us to be. So let us show our true colors by putting our faith to work for God’s justice and goodness for all.
Together on the journey,
Don and Susan
Co-Regional Ministers, PSWR
Green Chalice Tip
Go to a Car Wash
Professional car washes are often more efficient with water consumption. If everyone in the U.S. who washes their car themselves took just one visit to the car wash we could save nearly 8.7 billion gallons of water.
Plastic Bags Suck
Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.
Chapman University’s Founders Day
Chapman University will hold our 33nd Annual Founders Day, March 10-11, 2017. The two day event held on the Orange, CA campus has many strong options for participants to enjoy.
Online registration can be found at www.chapman.edu/founders-day. You are invited to come for both days, but you may also elect only a single option. Questions or needing assistance with online registration? Please call the Office of Church Relations at 714.997.6760. And we are serious—do not let the cost of registration keep you away. If you need a scholarship, please ask for it!