Dear ACB Family and Friends, I share with you spiritual food from my new calendar written by Sister Joan Chittister for Jan/Feb:
Nothing will bring world peace faster than the opening of our lives to cultures and religions unlike ours. Love without measure, without cost, without judgment, is what all our spiritual practices are meant to develop in us.
We at ACB are privileged to worship among diverse peoples of multicultural and multifaith backgrounds. To grow in understanding, care and love for one another not only challenges our world view but our smallness of God. My friend Tom shared his daily prayer with me: “I pray for the wisdom to understand the opportunity in front of me. And not let it pass me by.”
This time together on earth is OURS. We’re a community. Treat it and each other well. If you see something, say something. Even a kind word. Keep it nice for the next person.
Thank you for attending our Communication meeting last Sunday. The healthy Communication model will be in every newsletter. Let’s help each other do this better. I am thankful to our Leadership Team (Exec), council and staff for prayerful consideration and action on this topic. Our meeting wasn’t perfect but neither are any of us, thank God. Let’s keep moving forward with grace.
Please note our Nana Celebration in this newsletter and join in! Also note that Lent begins this month with Ash Wednesday worship on 26 February at 19:00. Time to make a fresh start together.
Council, staff and committee chairs met last week to share events, needs and new ideas. We had so much fun and accomplished so much that we are meeting two more times this year!
On behalf of us all, I extend profound thanks to Michelle Mallasch who is stepping down as Evangelism chair to devote more time to our children’s ministry; Marina von Hübbenet who organized church cleaners; Lilian Okani Czech, our newly hired cleaning person; and Anna Grant who resigned from council and will use her skills in other areas. You are all God’s blessing to ACB!
Peace and Goodwill, Pastor Mari
More to come in our next newsletter.