THE VILLAGE February 2010 A Note from the Chaplain We are Excited about 2010! By Rev. Dr. Jonathan H. Wilson, President of the Board By Jeff Shaffer, Director of the Village Apartments Dear friends, Pastor Toby Nelson has been a pastor friend for many years. Please remember to look at the bulletin board by He is one of those special human beings, who feels God's call to go to places in the world that are in great crises and turmoil, the mailboxes for events and updated info! and try to bring peace to these places of panic and chaos. Toby went to New York after 9-11, the Superdome in New *Kids Club 4:30 Thursdays Orleans after Katrina, and recently he went to Haiti after the Every Thursday in our parking lot and in our earthquake. Upon his return, he was interviewed by a local paper, and after reading it, I thought I would pass it on to you. community center kids from the West Side gather "From hell to home” --- It was a shock to see lifeless for kids club from 4:30-5:45pm. Let me know if bodies, gangrene and rubble in the place he called “hell.” you want to sign your child up or have questions. But for the Rev. Toby Nelson, returning home to Nevada County after two weeks in earthquake-ruined Haiti was just as big a shock. Emotions are still raw for Nelson, who arrived in Port-au-Prince with first responders shortly after *”God’s Recipe for Joy” a 7.0-magnitude temblor flattened much of the country Jan. 12. Nelson's voice filled with wonder at the faith he On Wednesday nights at 7pm in Apt 55 Jon witnessed in a time of “apocalyptic” devastation. Nelson is Wilson will be teaching on God‟s Recipe for joy part of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team based in the according to the gospels. Free child care in the San Francisco Bay Area. Part of his job is counseling medics on “midnight ethics” -- dealing with the community center for all who come to the study. emotional consequences of shortening surgeries to a matter of seconds, amputating without anesthesia and delivering babies amid sewage.“My team was wracked with guilt for *Super Bowl Party making reprehensible choices,” he said. One doctor said the situation was so bad, he was treating 100 patients in an *Join Scott as he hosts a Super Bowl party for hour. “I made decisions reserved for God alone,” the the Village on Sunday, Feb 7 beginning at 2:30. doctor told Nelson. “Based on a momentary glance, I decided who would live and who would die.” In the abyss, Snacks and Drinks provided in the office! Nelson saw people rise to the occasion. While hardly a structure remained standing, and with food and water scarce, pastors helped keep refugees in their *Valentines Day Party “neighborhoods” largely calm, he said. Amid the suffering, Nelson witnessed unity. One morning, while the sky still On February 11th from 3-4:30, Alexis will be black, Nelson was walking between the heavily secured hosting a get together in the community supply drop-off area and the refugee camps. From the stillness, a half-dozen voices rang out in song. It was a center to make Valentines cards & candy chorus he didn't recognize but for the word, “hallelujah.” It bags to hand out. Make sure your kids jumped like flame, sparking tent after tent with song, until know and everyone is invited! 500 people, then 1,000, then the entire tent city of many thousands was belting the music into the dark. “God reached down and hovered over those precious people,” he said, “giving them comfort and strengthening them”. He Just a reminder…The Village still struggles with the “why” of suffering, just as he did Community Center is open Monday after serving in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four - Wednesday and Fridays from 3- years later, he hasn't come up with a satisfying answer. But he has a clearer perspective than when he first started 7pm. Children must be working in emergency response. “Don't spend time on the accompanied by a parent. „why' question,” Nelson advised. “Do what God says to do, and help the needy.” Friends without Homes Tutoring Center and Library! By Jeff Shaffer, Director at the Village Apartments Megan from Americorps is continuing to organize I personally want to thank many of you for giving tutors for the year and we have created a library as clothes, blankets, and sleeping bags to friends on well. You can sign up your child for tutoring in the streets. Every Wednesday night at Pershing the Village office or call Jeff at 252-1993. You can Park I do a meal sharing with friends without also come by and check books out of our library homes at 5:30pm and I take many of these items during the week! there. There are 6,000 friends without homes in our county, and many of us are working together Music Lessons! to help get them if they desire to find shelter and Music Lessons are continuing in 2010. Sign up in the housing. We are expecting more rain and cold this winter, so if you want to help in any way please office with Alexis for Guitar, Piano, Violin or Voice feel free to call me at 252-1993 or come find me in Lessons. The instructor, Samuel Boruszko, gives the office. lessons every Saturday in the Community Center from 9-noon!! The Turner Foundation subsidizes the Do you need more help? lessons and provides students with violins. Do you need help with groceries, clothes? Sign up in For Your Information the office to be on the Unity Shoppe's list. Call Our computers in the community center now have Alexis with any questions 730-1200. new filters, so we have banned certain websites from use. We are also going to keep an eye on what sites kids are using while they are in our community center. Coming Soon!!! Our Community Center! If you would like to use the Community Center ***Wild Life on the West Side for kids 6th-8th facilities for a child‟s birthday party or small gathering, grade! I am working with Leadership on this please see Jeff Shaffer in the office. right now. Look for coming announcements on the bulletin board. Free Counseling If you need counseling regarding your marriage or ***Westmont on the West Side 2010 March 14- family, or just for you as an individual, you can 19. Thirty or so Westmont students will be find out more by visiting us in the office. here to run a kids camp and get to know our community! Let me know if you wan to help welcome them. Who to Contact: ***Summer Tennis Clinic – we are working to Contact Scott: have a free clinic to teach kids how to play Contact Alexis: tennis this summer. If this is something you Contact Jeff: For information on programs at the want for your child, please contact me as well. Village or if you need help with your needs or the needs of your family. Feel free to call me at 252- 1993.