Friday, June 15, 2012

Up Coming Happenings

Parish Picnic June 24 Kirby House Glen Summit, Pa Bring a salad, fruit or dish to share and don't forget your bathing suit. Royal School of Church Music is back and will be at St Stephens Wilkes-Barre July 23 to July 29 RSCM in partnership with King's College is a summer choir training course and is the largest of its kind in North America, attracting more than one hundred fifty singers of all ages from ten years and up. Music Director is Walden Moore, Organist and Choirmaster of Trinty Church on the Green, New Haven CT. for more information; Choral Services Tuesday 5:30pm Evensong 9:00pm Compline Wednesday 5:30pm Evensong 9:00pm Compline Thursday 7:30pm Staff Recital 9:00pm Compline Friday 5:30pm Evensong Saturday 9:00pm Compline Sunday 10:30am Choral Eucharist 3:30pm Festal Evensong Food 4 Kids Hunger Doesn't Take A Summer Vacation Many children who receive breakfast and lunch during the school year do not receive the same nutritional support over the summer, leaving thousands of local kids at risk of hunger and malnutrition. The Food 4 Kids Summer program served more than 40,000 meals during the summer of 2011. If you know of someone that can use these services please let them know. (note: I posted only Wilkes-Barre locations here, CEO hosts this program in 3 Counties - go to the web site of facebook page to see the full listings) If you would like to Volunteer:{95FAAD44-DEC2-40E6-B397-75D666237895} Albright United Methodist Church Wilkes-Barre Boulevard Townhomes Wilkes-Barre Coal Street Park Wilkes-Barre Dodson Elementary8 Wilkes-Barre Huber Park Wilkes-Barre Iron Triangle Park Wilkes-Barre Kids Cafe (Heights-Murray Elementary)9 Wilkes-Barre Kistler Pool Wilkes-Barre Madison/Flood Park Wilkes-Barre McGlynn Learning Center10 Wilkes-Barre Miner Park Wilkes-Barre Mineral Springs Village Wilkes-Barre Miss Freda's House (171 Prospect Street)Wilkes-Barre Osterhout Library - South Branch Wilkes-Barre Parson's Playground Wilkes-Barre Westminister Presbyterian Church11 Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre YMCA Wilkes-Barre Nicholson Street Park Wilkes-Barre Township Eucharist Workshop : WHEN: Friday, Sept 14th (Session 1) and Saturday, Sept.15th (Sessions 2 &3) Each Session lasts approx 1hr 20mins. WHERE: St. Stephen's Pro Cathedral 35 South Franklin Street Wilkes-Barre,PA 18704 Presented by Bill Ryon (Washington D.C.) Objective: To present enough biblical,historical,and theological information (abiet in a very short time) so that the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist may be appropriated by each attendee. The data given will enable all to be lead through the Spirit,to a more inward and definitive understanding of Christ being present at the celebration of the Lord's Supper. Cost: $15.00 per person Reservation accepted with check only ! Firm Deadline: Friday, August 31st Please put in the memo section of your check.your preference of either ham,tuna,turkey or egg salad for Saturday's Lunch. At the conclusion of Friday night's session a potluck will be served

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Letter to my Niece at Confirmation

In this season of graduations, confirmations, proms, weddings and other milestones in many peoples lives I offer this as a reflection. I am attending my niece's confirmation tomorrow and I tried to decide what to get her as a gift, not jewelry, not a bible (I believe the church will present her with one), not anything big because it's not a graduation.....aahhh, I had an idea. I found a book of sayings by Mother Theresa on prayer - "It all begins with prayer" a travel journal (she is going to England and Wales in a few weeks) and than a blank journal - in which I wrote the following: "You are not done. Confirmation is not graduation. In fact - you've only just begun. Your Mom and Dad have done a wonderful job raising you and will, I imagine, will continue to do so. Confirmation is the taking on the responsibility for your own spiritual life and you are not done, and God is not done. Look at the vows of Baptism; Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?, the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?, all sinful desires that draw you from the love the God? Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?, Put your whole trust in his grace and love?, Promise to follow and obey him as your Lord? All these were said for your - I was there and vowed to do these things for you. Today June 3, 2012 you have chosen to take on this mantel of responsibility for yourself. In doing so you are, in my opinion, taking the first step into adulthood. But it is only the first step not the last. In today's covenant: Will you continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship in the breaking of bread and in the prayers? The operative word is Continue Life is a perpetual journey, physical life, mental life and spiritual life. You will continue growing physically, mentally, as you finish school and college (should you choose)and spirituality as you learn, question and grow. There will be lulls, times of seemingly no growth and that's okay. All living things have a period of dormancy: trees, flowers, birds, bears. It is in these quiet times in life that the most growth happens: roots go deeper, bears give birth, flowers gather strength to bloom again. the body and mind is resting to burst forth with renewed vibrancy and vigor, it is part of the circle of life. But I will challenge you, even in those seemingly dormant times; where ever you are, whatever you do, seek and find a church to attend. finding one that fits your schedule and "where" you are spiritually (just not a "hate preaching" church please) Because that is also a part of that covenant, to continue in fellowship and in the breaking of bread. Ask questions, but I will warn you, the answers (if there are any)will lead to more questions. Even if there are no answers you will grow and learn and that really is the point of life. The rest of these pages are blank: they are to be filled in by you- for it is now your story. Aunt Deb"