Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunday School

From September 27, including the new "New Beginnings" class. And, on October 4 we'll be launching the "Christian Living" class as well.

Unity Sunday

September 13's festivities - worship and ministry fair!

ReNewed Rooms

So much has happened in the past few weeks, and I've gotten behind posting. Here you'll see (in reverse order) pics of the library in its new location (the conference room, including a workspace for staff), the nursery repainted, the youth room after Danny's completed Eagle Scout project, and the freshly painted 2 year old room in the Learning Center.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


The final version of the painting just begun in a prior post, and another one by the same artist hanging on the wall. The one on the wall is titled "Resurrection".

Trust, Secrets, Hypocrisy

More from Bonhoeffer ... am almost at the end of the book!

On "The Ministry of Authority": The question of trust, which is so closely related to that of authority, is determined by the faithfulness with which he serves Jesus Christ, never by the extraordinary talents which he possesses.

On Confession: "Confess your faults one to another" (James 5:16). He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. The final breakthrough to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners. The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddely discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners!

"Emergent" Worship

Here in Chicago for the first of a three day theology conference with Jurgen Moltmann (who speaks Thursday and Friday). Had a "Moltmann 101" intro this afternoon, which I needed since I hadn't read any of his work until a couple weeks ago. This evening had worship led by a church in the Emergent network/conversation/fellowship. They speak of worship as emerging from the gifts of the people, and this church is particularly "artsy", meeting in an art gallery, incorporating live jazz improv, live visual art, writing their own music ... But the principle is the same in all settings: to let worship emerge from the gifs of the people. Hope to post some vid eventually, but have a pic here. While folks were gathering, chatting, coming in from dinner, a jazz duo (guitar-bass), an artist "painting" (oil crayon thingies - forgive me, my artist friends - on black photography paper on the floor, captured by camera and projected on screen), and the elements set up for Holy Communion at the end of the gathering.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Longwood Gardens

Great day trip to Longwood Gardens today, and a good time out for the family. Jazz troubadours sang, and customized, an old standard for Robin; wonderful harvest display of seasonal produce and flowers turned into ornaments (including a chandelier of corn, yellow squash, and lemons); three treehouses recently added; flowers, lilies, indoor nectarine trees, fountains, and more.

Dance Extravaganza Flash Mob - York, PA

York, recognized for vibrant arts and culture, celebrated in the square!

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Bonhoeffer, Life Together, on the Ministry of Proclamation:

The speaking of that Word is beset with infinite perils. If it is not accompanied by worthy listening, how can it really be the right word for the other person? If it is contradicted by one's own lack of active helpfulness, how can it be a convincing and sincere word? If it issues, not from a spirit of bearing and forbearing, but from impatience and the desire to force its acceptance, how can it be the liberating and healing word?

. . . Why should we be afraid of one another, since both of us have only God to fear? Why should we think that our brother would not understand us, when we understood very well what was meant when somebody spoke God's comfort or God's admonition to us, perhaps in words that were halting and unskilled?

First Fruits Farm

The youth harvested at First Fruit Farm this morning, first bagging two trailers of green beans and then harvesting and bagging tons (quite literally) of potatoes. Thanks to all who participated in this wonderful service. The farm provides its produce (1.5 million pounds since 2004, and counting) to food pantries from Baltimore to York.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pennsylvania Budget Prayer & Action Day

The Pennsylvania Bishops of The United Methodist Church have declared Sunday to be "Pennsylvania Budget Prayer & Action Day". They provide a suggested letter and contact information for our legislators.

Many agencies around the county are making major cuts as they wait for the budget to be passed. There has been a significant impact on many preschools and daycares which welcome children on state subsidy.