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Community News - April 20-27, 2014

 

Sunday, April 20, 2014 – Easter Sunday                                Morning Worship  11 a.m.

 

“THIS AMAZING DAY”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Our Unitarian Universalist Easter service is always one of great joy.  Although our heritage has its roots in Judaism and Christianity, we do not rest there. My Easter faith embraces Life’s everyday miracles that surround us and that we create, rather than ancient supernaturalisms.  

 

This Sunday, when we welcome new members, is also a good one to introduce us to friends who have a spiritual hunger, yearn for community, and seek companions on the path of growing a soul and creating a more just world. 

See you at Community!

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014                                                            Morning Worship  11 a. m.                           

“Enter, Rejoice, and Come In!”

Emily DeTar

In a month filled with religious celebrations that come at the height of other 

traditions, I wonder what are Unitarian Universalists celebrating? What is our faith telling us to praise, to lift up our voices, to embody and live? Reflecting on my and others own faith journey, past and present, I hope to unveil some treasures from our faith, and explain why we should be celebrating.

 

BALLOONS! BALLOONS! ~ Easter                 

Conference Room – 9:30 a.m.

If you would like to assist with inflating the balloons, please come to the 

Conference Room.

 

Fellowship Hour – Assembly Hall – 12:15 p.m.

On Easter, our children begin in the Hall of Worship at 11 am.

 

After worship, please join us for Fellowship in our Assembly Hall.

 

 

Balloons, Balloons

Sun., Apr. 20, 9:30 am

 

Henry George School

Tues., Apr. 22, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nifisa Degani

Tues., Apr. 22, 6:00 pm

 

Moving The Heart & Mind

Tues., Apr. 22, 6:15 pm

 

Life & Death Café 

Thrs., Apr. 24, 3:30 pm

 

Henry George School

Thrs., Apr. 24, 6:00 pm

 

Faith Like a River – Series 2

 with Emily DeTar

Thrs., Apr. 24, 6:30 pm

 

Green Sanctuary Solar Salon

Fri., Apr. 25, 5:30 pm

 

Henry George School

Fri., Apr. 25, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nifisa Degani

Sat., Apr. 26, 12:30 pm

 

UNGA Luncheon

Sun., Apr. 27, 1:00 pm

 

Resistance Cinema

Sun., Apr. 27, 1:15 pm

 

Introduction to Humanism

Mon., Apr. 28, 6:30 pm

 

Social Tea 

Tues., Apr. 29, 2:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nifisa Degani

Tues., Apr. 29, 6:00 pm


Spiritual, Religious, Both, Neither?

Wed, Apr 30, 6:30 pm

 

MEMBERSHIP CORNER

I'm so glad to have the opportunity to be at Community in person again for a few weeks. 

I just returned from our Annual Spring Retreat!  What a fabulous time we had at Stony Point Center!  The facility, staff and food made our stay perfect.  Ellen Mandelbaum, Kevin Maxwell and Ruth Miller offered sessions of artistic expressions.  We also shared times of poetry and music. Dawn Stewart-Lookkin and her husband Danny Valdes treated us with songs with guitar and Joel Mandelbaum accompanied young Samantha Ortiz's violin recital and singing. 

I will be working on several membership projects this year – one of which comes out of the recent "Life and Death Café" sessions.  We sent out contact forms last year and we hope to hear back from more of you this spring.  These forms help all of us in arranging for health proxies, living wills and best contacts. The forms will be available at the Welcome Table, on the website and by mail upon request.  Fill out the information you feel comfortable sharing, all of which will be held in confidence. 

Thank you for being a part of Community Church. I'm so grateful to be serving as your Membership Coordinator. Let's talk soon!

Yours in Community, Valerie

C

OMMUNITY CALENDAR

SUNDAY–April  20

9:30 am Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

WEDNESDAY–April 23 

6:00 pm Board of Trustees             

SUNDAY–April 27  

9:30 am Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm              Volunteer Choir

SUNDAY–May 4

9:30 am Choir Rehearsal

9:45 pm UNGA Meeting

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm              Volunteer Choir

 

UNDAY–May 4

Action For Justice Sunday

 

SUNDAY–May 11 

Wesak 

Rev. Bruce Southworth

 

Minister’s Corner – “Dear Earth, Dear Life”

 

Why be a part of a spiritual community? Why come on Easter Sunday and give some notice to the possibilities of our lives even though the ancient bodily resurrection makes no sense to us today?

 

The answer lies in the incorrigible religiosity of the human species. We by our presence give honor to the self-transcending power of the human spirit where hope springs eternal.

 

A poem by Wendell Berry describes in part the geography of the spiritual journey that we undertake in a place such as this – a congregation that celebrates the Graciousness, Beauty and New Life available in the world and in our souls. Berry writes,

I was walking in a dark valley

And above me the tops of the hills

had caught the morning light.

I heard the light singing as it went out

among the grassblades and the leaves.

I waded upward through the shadow

until my head emerged.

My shoulders were mantled with the light,

and my whole body came up...

...and stood on the shore of the day.

Where I had come was home,

for my own house stood... (fresh)

where the river wore the earth.

The sheen of bounty was on the grass.

and the spring of the year had come.

We too tread the dear earth up from the 

valleys – aching and searching for the beauty, and the dearness of life appears and unfolds about us.

 

Along the journey we discover both the comic and tragic dimensions. The sources of strength within them are part of the gracious. Incomplete, self-completing, self-transcending, we come again this day – especially to celebrate the Spirit of Life.

 

We also gather with grief for this war-torn and heart-wounding world. Yet we remain “prisoners of hope” knowing that courage and Creativity bring forth new possibilities.

 

We yearn to become what the world needs and our hearts still seek: potent and fiercely loving agents of Beauty and Grace and New Life bringing hope and courage to the world by the weight of our acts of love and justice.                          

Bruce

 

CELEBRATING EASTER

The central message of the 

resurrection for many religious liberals... is the human potential to overcome serious personal loss or failure and begin to live a  more whole life. When we think of our earth’s ability to regenerate itself, our political ability to join forces with others to overcome the human predilection for violently excluding others, and finally, our personal ability to recover from a seemingly empty or forsaken life, then the meaning of the season can become powerful for many Unitarian Universalist. We can make the “resurrection” a reality in our lives. It is I, you, and they who are risen from the dead. The traditional cry of “he lives” becomes “we live.”      Rev. Mark W. Harris

 

In these first beginnings of the new life of the world, renew in us the resolution to persist in the good work we have begun. Give us strength of body and strength of mind and the unfaltering determination to carry out that which we know to be good and right. Forgive all wavering in the past service of Thy cause and make us strong to go forward in spite of the doubts of our friends and our enemies and in spite of our own distrust in ourselves. Out of the death of winter comes ever and again the resurrection of spring: so out of evil bring good, O God, and out of doubt determination. Amen.              

W. E. B. DuBois

 

O Living Source of Power, 

Beautiful is your dawning. 

Akhenaten (1300s BCE)

 

Do you love this world?

Do you cherish your humble and silky life?

Do you adore the green grass,

with its terror beneath?

Mary Oliver

 

i thank you God for most this amazing 

day:  for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

i who have died am alive again today....

E. E. Cummings

 

Dear lovely Death,

Change is thy other name.

Langston Hughes

 

 

“CARETAKERS OF WONDER”

Sermon Brief – Sunday, March 23, 2014

 

Dear God,

                I saw the Grand Canyon last summer. Nice piece of work.                  

                                                                                Love, Alan (age 9)

                                     David Heller, DEAR GOD (Doubleday, 1987)                                                         

This morning I turn again to this matter of Beauty and our “weakness for beauty” (Albert Camus) that makes us so graciously human – a category that leads to an “Eleventh Commandment” – as a way to describe our sacred, religious journey – something so fundamental: to be a Caretaker of Wonder.

Beauty is a window to the divine and a way of speaking about a saving graciousness, even speaking about God, and about hope and joy.

Beauty surrounds us.  Only the spiritually dead, I think, are able to ignore beauty.   

To be sure, we may not always see it or appreciate it in the same places. Some prefer Beyoncé over Beethoven, Gregory Hines over Baryshnikov, rainbows over sunsets, crashing waves over silent stars, marching in protests with thousands over helping one-on-one, yet... each of these is a good thing... each with 

beauty. 

To be a Caretaker of Wonder, for me, is a commandment with the weight of sacred obligation….

Throughout our days, things that wound us are around and within us.

In Marilyn Robinson’s novel Gilead, Pastor John Ames observes there are times when he simply has to ponder his grief… delve into it… live into it. “I know more than I know and must learn it from myself.” 

His life tells him, as he tells his son, that “this poor gray ember of Creation... turns to radiance… for a moment or a year or the span of a life.” 

“… there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, … precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm.” 

“This courage” helps us to be “useful” and “generous.”        

Rev. Bruce Southworth