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Shared Ministry P.O. Box 15457 Harrisburg, PA 17105 Change Service Requested Shared Ministry United Courier The Shared Ministry of Park Street United Methodist Church and Fourth United Church of Christ Office Phone Mailing Address 1508 Market Street 717 232-0877 PO Box 15457 Harrisburg, PA 17103 Harrisburg, PA 17105 Email: email@example.com Web Sites: www.fourthandparkstsharedministry.org www.thesharedministry.ning.com The Shared Ministry Newsletter July 2011 Volume 23 Issue 47 The United Courier Reminder—Church Services are at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room for the summer. July 04—Closed—for Independence Day-No office or community hours. July 09—Common Ground Café—9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. July 30—Common Ground Café—9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FROM THE PASTOR secondary emotion. It covers a deeper, On Sunday, May 22nd, 26 members of our more primary emotion. Do your best to Shared Ministry family spent the morning in identify the primary emotion. Perhaps it’s spirited conversation – engaging in a loss (after all, we’ve experienced much focused brainstorming session under the loss!). And expressing the loss is much able facilitation of Chris Finnegan, a friend of more helpful than expressing the anger in Anita Stabile. Some of the topics covered developing a more intimate relationship. were these: The Shared Ministry’s uniqueness, our Worship, our relationships Greet them with curiosity and respect. Ask with one another within our Shared Ministry them why they’re Unitarians and why they’ve family, and our relationships with those decided to take up residence at 16th and beyond our Shared Ministry family. Through Market. our conversation, we came to some common agreement on such things as Greet them with humility. We don’t have the providing altar flowers; identifying the edge on truth. We can learn from them. activities we want to continue (the Community Hours [w/ clothing bank], the Greet them with the acknowledgement that twice-a-month Community Breakfasts, they hold many of core values which we summer day camp, and the prayer chain); hold dear: love, care and compassion, and identifying the new activities we want to community, mutual respect, justice, peace, begin. etc. Sharing these values has the potential to create a strengthened sense of mutual Not surprisingly, it became very clear to trust, respect, and understanding – for those those of us gathered that what we most in our two congregations, and, for those needed to start was to establish closer within the wider Allison Hill community. relationships with those in the Unitarian congregation. After all, our uniqueness as Nurturing these relationships can be the key The Shared Ministry is our ecumenical spirit to a remarkable ministry at the corner of 16th – our shared faith backgrounds. That’s what and Market – a ministry we began, and a sets us apart from other churches. It’s ministry we can help continue. As your happening nowhere else around. Now I’m Pastor, I cherish this time with you. aware that we have many mixed feelings about the Unitarians buying and sharing ‘our building.’ The feelings are much like those who are year-round residents in tourist destinations. They need the tourists for their livelihood, and yet – they’re a pain in the LETTER FROM UNITARIAN MINISTER neck! It’s a pain in the neck to have to share Dear Members of The Shared Ministry, space that used to be ‘ours’ with a much larger, active group of people, and yet – they As some of you already know, the saved our life!!! If the Unitarians hadn’t chandeliers in the sanctuary are being purchased ‘our building,’ The Shared cleaned and the crosses on them are being Ministry wouldn’t be here today. So, in removed. Please know that this is not being establishing closer relationships with the done with any disrespect for your cherished Unitarians (a task that is difficult for many of symbol; in fact, many in our Unitarian us), let me make some suggestions: Universalist fellowship cherish this symbol as well. However, as a religious body Greet them with gratitude. Say ‘thank you’ encompassing many backgrounds, there are to them. After all, they saved our life! some within our group for whom the cross is an obstacle to their belief system. We are Greet them with an open heart. If anger wanting to make that beautiful sanctuary gets in your way, remember: anger is a space as religious-symbol-neutral as possible – looking forward to a time when Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and others are as comfortable there as both you and we are. Just as the Fellowship Hall in our shared building is a common space for everyone, we want this sanctuary to be equally welcoming. I know this is difficult for many of you; I PERSONS IN OUR PRAYERS appreciate your understanding and patience. On Thursday evening, May 26, a terrible In due time, there will be other modifications storm ripped through Central Pennsylvania. to the sanctuary and elsewhere in the Former Pastor, Bill Rader, writes: “A building as well. Change is what a church tornado hit in our town (Dauphin), and the does to meet the needs of the times. I’m most damaged house was ours. We had to glad we are fellow travelers on this road. be evacuated in the middle of the night – a process that took about seven hours and Warmest regards, Howard twenty men with chain saws. We’re very Rev. Howard N. Dana thankful to be alive, having missed being Unitarian Church of Harrisburg pinned under the wreckage by only a second. We’re staying at my brother’s home not far away. We do not know if, or when, we can get back into our home, the BUILDING USE ancestral family center. We’ve received Brian Kahler, a member of the Unitarian much support. It’s just a small taste of what Church who is involved in many of the things people in Joplin have experienced.” Bill and that occur in our Market Street facility, has Clara, we hold you in our hearts and compiled a list of all the activities which have prayers! Judi Shepler is progressing occurred in the building since the Unitarians steadily from surgery she had on May 24th; purchased the building in 2009. It is an Jamie Wright has recently been diagnosed astounding list – seven pages long! Some with ovarian cancer; Al and Betty Sites’ son, of these activities have occurred through the Albert, who has been critically ill for the past efforts of The Shared Ministry, some have several weeks in Richmond, Virginia may occurred through the efforts of the Unitarian soon be discharged from the hospital to Church, and some have occurred through rehab or home! In addition to these the efforts of our two congregations persons, please continue to pray for together. Many of you have already seen Natashia Zabriskie, Kathy Williams and her this list. If you have not, you may secure the husband, Patrick Martin, and Gene Clark list by calling the Church Office (232-0877). (who has recently been experiencing vertigo). We rejoice with Jim Porrett and Mae Everhart who announced in Worship on June 5th that they are getting married! GIFT RECEIVED SUMMER SCHEDULE Dorothy Brown, a member of The Shared Beginning on Sunday, June 19th, and Ministry, who died on May 20, 2010, made throughout the duration of the summer, we provision in her Will for The Shared Ministry will worship downstairs at 9:00 a.m. to receive $1,000. That gift was recently received and we are grateful. FINANCIAL UPDATES The 2011 budget, which was approved by the congregation on December 5, 2010, relies heavily on the offerings and contributions of members and friends. In fact, $1,274 is needed each week from these sources. In the month of May this is what was received: JULY BIRTHDAYS 02 – Carl Smith May 1 - $869 03 – Kathy Williams-Martin May 8 - $677 06 – Edna Werntz May 15 - $985 13 – Jeff Stoner May 22 - $745 28 – John Hoch May 29 - $1575 30 – Rev. Bill Rader PASTOR’S FUND JULY USHERS The Pastor’s Fund is a fund which can be 1st Sunday – Emma Miller, Virginia Crews used by the Pastor, at his discretion, to help 2nd Sunday – Pam Barndt, Marchel Barndt meet some of the critical needs of members 3rd Sunday – Ann Marie Van Dyke, Joanne of the congregation, and, persons in the Edmondson neighborhood. It is funded by the 4th Sunday – Betty Scheetz, Kay Huber contributions of The Shared Ministry 5th Sunday—Tyrone Beard, Anita Stabile members and friends, and, by $500 per month which is transferred from the church’s General Account to the Pastor’s Fund. JULY LAY READERS (Some of this $500 is used to provide 03 –Ann Marie Vandyke leadership for our Community Hours.) In 10 – Kay Huber May, $1,135 was expended from this Fund 17 – Virginia Crews as follows: 24– Judi Shepler 31—Betty Scheetz Travel (incl purchase of bus tickets): $586.50 FLOWER CALENDAR Misc.: $238.50 The 2011 flower calendar is at the back of Community Hrs Ldrship: $180 the sanctuary. Please sign up if you wish to Rent: $ 50 place flowers on the altar in memory, honor, Medical: $ 41 birthday, wedding, or anniversary of a loved Utilities: $ 39 one. The cost remains $26.00 for the two vases. Checks should be made payable to The Shared Ministry and the flowers are yours to take following the morning service. POINT TO PONDER For me, the different religions are beautiful JULY ALTAR FLOWERS DONATED BY: flowers from the same garden, or they are 03 – Anita Stabile branches of the same majestic tree. 10 – Mae Everhart Therefore, they are equally true, though 17 – OPEN being received and interpreted through 24 – OPEN human instruments equally imperfect. 31 – Gene Clark - Mahatma Gandhi What is your favorite scripture passage? “John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~David Walker THANKS TO THE ‘FLOWER LADY’ Whenever we think of flowers here at The “Psalms 146” ~Betty Sites Shared Ministry, we think of Elly Acri – and – it’s no wonder… Elly began taking care of “John 3:16” ~Martha Sweigard the altar flowers at Fourth Church in 1953! In 1979, when The Shared Ministry was “The Lord’s Prayer” ~Joan Hoch formed, she and Grace Reed alternated months until the Park Street building was “Romans 8: 38-39 – Nothing can separate sold. Grace relinquished her involvement us from the love of God.” ~Jody then, and Elly resumed this responsibility – Edmondson continuing until the present time!!! At our May 22nd Story Boarding session, we “Faith without works is dead.” ~Pat Allen developed ways of relieving Elly of her duties, and at our Service of Worship on “Revelation 2:10b, "Be faithful unto death, July 3rd, we will officially say ‘Thank You’ for and I will give you the crown of life.” ~Rick her many, many years of faithful service. Strahl "Behold, I can make all things new." (Somewhere in Ecclesiastes) ~Ann Van Dyke What are your hobbies? “Reading and baseball (Phillies and Yankees)” ~John Hoch GETTING TO KNOW YOU….. “Reading, knitting, traveling” ~Sharon Even though we all gather on Sundays for Herrold worship, one hour a week isn’t really enough time to really get to know each other. “Eating.” ~Anita Stabile Hopefully, this new section of the Courier can provide some insight into each other’s “Reading, listening to music, watching lives and help us become even better movies” ~Gary Brown acquainted! “Reading and knitting” ~Betty Scheetz A set of questions was originally sent via email. If you would like a copy of the “Guitar, dogs, gardening, bicycling, hiking” questions to answer, please contact Jen ~Mike Allen Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 331- 0322. In the next few months, several “Driving roadsters, boating, fishing” ~Tom members have volunteered to call those Herrold who do not have email, so stay tuned for more questions and even more answers!
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