Thanksgiving

Many thank yous for all those turkeys for Monroe Middle School!

And we are thankful for all the work that was done this afternoon. One particularly impressive (and rather heartstopping) feat: Ed and Erik carrying a couch down from the sound room, finding it wouldn’t fit through the door at the bottom of the stairs, then deciding it should go *over* the wall instead…well, just look at the pictures. Problem-solving and teamwork at its finest!

Remembering

Loss is never easy. It sure helps to have a faith community who walks together through those fragile times, with prayers, shared tears, gentle listening, strong shoulders, and comforting hugs. We will miss Ann Campbell, are sad with Marion at the loss of her brother Bill, and with Susan as she grieves her father.

Blessing Jim and Portia

Jim and Portia have been such an integral part of our church family, and we will miss them as they prepare to retire in the Pacific Northwest. Jim’s music and gentle way of making everyone feel welcome, and Portia’s warmth and big beautiful heart for people…they are people who embody the love of God with grace, kindness and joy. We bless them as they step into a new season of life and community.
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Kick-Off BBQ

Every BBQ needs its masters at the grill – here are ours: Ed and Jay! This last Sunday, we got to enjoy time together, some great weather, a delicious meal, and even playing (or watching) bocce ball. Thank yous to everyone who brought food and helped with setup/cleanup, and Erik for his boundless enthusiasm!

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Welcome back, Erik!

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Our beloved Pastor Erik has returned from his sabbatical AND has discovered a new favorite spot to fly fish. Can’t you just hear that water? Looks pretty fabulous 🙂 We are happy that his time away and with family was restful and restoring. Pastoring is challenging work that takes a lot of heart. He cares for us so well. This is part of how we can care for him.

We are glad he is back amongst us again. Let’s love him well.

We missed you, Erik!

Thank you, Nan!

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Pastor Nan has been leading us so wonderfully while Pastor Erik has been on sabbatical, and this past Sunday was no exception. As part of our response to her sermon, we were invited to think about what gifts we bring to build up a dwelling place for God that we might be a beacon of peace to the world.

Not all the post-its are readable (those pencils in the pews…), so here is a list of what we brought:

More friendships with all!, open heart, prayers and happy thoughts, Christ, my prayers and love for God, listening to another’s hurts and pain, helping people to keep in touch, to see good in everyone and love, better understanding and wisdom, humor, acceptance without judgement, open hearted listener, compassion, faithfulness and friendship, support of others,  generosity, love of others, hospitality, carrying a task to completion, working to keep the temple functioning, creativity, love, transparency, hope, reading scripture, contemplative practices, instruction.

Thank you, Nan (and Rollin, for sharing her with us)!

 

Birthday Celebration

AnnCakeAnn Campbell is 98! That is worth celebrating (which we did today). Congratulations, Ann 🙂 You inspire us all. And now that we know you were also a Wave and a movie star, we are even more impressed!

Driveway

What a difference it makes to have 3 extra feet added to the driveway! It used to be a much more hair-raising  experience to slow down to enter the lot, especially if the speedy traffic behind showed no signs of breaking its pace. Now the stress levels have dropped – both for drivers entering the lot, and for those watching them and waiting to exit. Probably for cars hurrying up Saratoga Avenue too. We’re so thankful for the responsiveness of the City of Saratoga.

Gone Fishing

Pastor Erik will be on a well-deserved sabbatical June 15 – July 29. We will miss him greatly, and also wish for him a rich time of good rest, sweet time with his family, and some awesome fishing on the Green River! We are delighted that the wonderful Rev. Nan Swanson will be shepherding us while he is away.