The Paradox newsletter ~ February, 2011

From the Pastor…

Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word. Lord, let my heart be good soil, where love can grow and peace is understood. (Worship hymnal #512)

The images we engage, as people of faith, are critical to how we view ourselves and what we believe.  In this season after Epiphany, we continue to hear about light breaking darkness, and shining in our world.  The hymnist reminds us of the image of a seed in soil.

If you consider, for a moment, the image of light breaking darkness, it’s not something great and mighty, but the effects are powerful.  Whether it’s a shaft of light pouring into a dark room, or a match being lit in the dead of night in the woods, we see so much more when there is light.  At the same time, with too much light, we want to reach for a pair of sunglasses!  Can we handle the light?

It doesn’t take much for a person or community to make a difference.  Sometimes it’s planting an idea that is revolutionary in the minds of people; sometimes it’s a word of hope to a person who is despairing.

Can we be that light, that seed, that seemingly insignificant influence in the world?  Can we, small as we may feel, offer something that could mean everything to another?  –Pastor Tyler Gingrich

Please note: Pastor Tyler is registered for a trades course at Okanagan College that runs from early-Feb until late-July, and will occupy 30+ hours per week of his time.

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– to Lenord, Karen, Crystal, and Jesse for their contribution of time and music to our congregation

– to Paul for setting up our Souper Sunday location down-town!

– to Cathryn for chairing our Advisory meetings

– to Myrle and Rose for setting up Communion

– to Darlene for her leadership on January 2nd!

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We welcome a new member of our church family! Sarah Chantelle Gingrich was born on Sunday, January 2, 2011 (Second Sunday of Christmas), weighing 7lbs 1 oz

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Reynolds Price, who is one of my favorite novelists, now writes from a wheelchair because of a rare spinal cancer that almost killed him twenty years ago. His compelling book about that experience is called A Whole New Life, in which he evokes the healing vision of Jesus that he believes saved his life. While Price survived both the cancer and its cure, he was not able to avoid death altogether: “When you undergo huge traumas in middle life, everybody is in league with us to deny that the old life is ended,” he said in an interview in the Oxford Review. “Everybody is trying to patch us up and get us back to who we were, when in fact what we need to be told is, You’re dead. Who are you going to be tomorrow?This is the gospel truth, as true of the church as of her members. All the church has ever needed to rise from the dead is memory, bread, wine, and Holy Spirit – that, and care for the world that is at least equal to her care for her own preservation. Where church growth has eclipsed church depth, it is possible to hear very little about the world except as a rival for the human resources needed by the church for her own survival.

(Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, p. 221)

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For a smile…

After the service a young couple talked to a church member about joining the church. He hadn’t met the husband before, and he asked what church he was transferring from.

After a short hesitation, he replied, “I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course.”
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We will meet to discuss the business of our congregation on Sunday, March 6.  Your participation in this congregational meeting is vital as we will be looking at the future of All Saints, and needing people to indicate how they will support, and actively participate in, the ministry we offer the surrounding community.

What do you desire for the future of our community?

How will you contribute to making it happen?
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see our calendar for programming
Looking ahead…Sun, March 6 – potluck lunch, then congregational meeting!

March 8 – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Supper at Faith Luth Ch)

March 9 – Ash Wednesday
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Worship Leaders in February
Feb 6 – Wally; Feb 13 – Lynette; Feb 20 – Jesse; Feb 27 – Melissa
Feb 6 – Batke; Feb 13 – Mcintosh; Feb 20 – Aune/Skutshek; Feb 27 – Czeto
Feb 6 – Karen; Feb 13 – Karen; Feb 20 – Cathryn; Feb 27 – Darlene
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