The Good Newsletter A P R I L 2 0 1 0 Easter Joy! I just heard a lawn mover! This is a sure sign that Spring has arrived. On Saturday Justin and I took a little walk along the trail at Walluga Park. We stopped to notice the tiny green No matter who, no matter what, no buds on the tips of the tree branches. So small we could not really see the buds were matter where you there till we got closer, stopped and pulled the branch right up to our face. Sure enough, are on life’s jour- there it was, new life budding into the world. ney, you are wel- come here! We also notice bursting up through the ground were delicate flowers just beginning to un- fold their beauty in search of sun light. Along our journey we could hear the laughter of children in the air and we could see dogs running through the field. The sounds and sights of energy and new life surrounded us. INSIDE Once again on our journey home we noticed our path was lined with blooming trees, full of THIS ISSUE: pink and white flowers. This beauty makes me feel like royalty in the canopy of creation. Moderator’s 2 What a gift of joy it is each Spring to experience the emergence of new life, as the earth Corner renews itself. Water for Life 3 This is what Easter represents. A time of renewal, rebirth. A time of creation rejuvenating itself. A time of spiritual rejuvenation for our lives. This is the time of year marked with a 7 Habits 4 journey through lent, opening up our hearts and minds to experience God in our own lives. Green Bows 6 Perhaps this is why our Easter celebration is so joyful. Perhaps in part the joy comes from our own work during our Lenten journey. Perhaps as our lives are receptive to experienc- April Worship 7 ing God, and minds and hearts are opened up, the joy is able to find a home within us. One of the thoughts that has been with me during this Lenten season is the idea of every Calendar 9 relationship being a holy relationship. Seeing the divine in everyone, and in all creation. The holy relationship emphasizes the unfolding of Spirit in everyone and all of creation. Perhaps this new awareness of living in ―holy relationship‖ prepares in me a place for the Holy to reside. Perhaps it is in the process of living in holy relationships that joy is able to emerge. Joy to you at Easter-Pastor Valerie PAGE 2 Moderator’s Corner for March Growing up, the Holcomb give back. In a small characterize the older clan often seemed to me church such as ours, some Christian traditions. I’m like something out of a sort of participation is not suggesting that 1930s photo essay on practically a requirement of fundamentalist churches Oklahoma migrants. When membership: you certainly don’t care about their I was young I suspected can’t complain that there is congregations or the larger our family was a grim no place for you in community; clearly, they Source: Arthur Rothstein bunch: heads down, eyes LOUCC! I had occasion to do. What I’m saying is that FSA Archives narrowed, shoulders remark to someone this when your Christianity hunched against the next month that so-called requires first and foremost blow that the outside ―elections‖ in a small a personal, individual world would mete out to church most often mean a relationship with God, them. Both life and religion game of musical chairs, but community is nice, but no were hard. Consequently, with no odd man out. We requisite to your worship Lent is my time of year! just move to different experience. Nobody needs to explain committees or take on What you get from our Lent to me; I really get it. different assignments. church is community first. The time in the desert; the This is also a time of When Penny’s mother died time of waiting, watching, reflection on what we earlier this year, we were hoping for the receive from our church. surrounded by the resurrection, despairing We live in a society that generous love of a caring that relief will never come. enthusiastically teaches us community. When the As a congregation, this is a as children to regard Rossios received Rob’s special Lenten period for radical individualism as a hard diagnosis, the church us, as we wait to hear virtue, and preference for came together to pray and about our new pastor, and community over autonomy help out. I could go on, those of us enmeshed in as a weakness (this but I’m sure you know church bureaucracy wait corrosive message is aimed what I mean, because I for the passage of the new especially at males). Our know that at some point organization plan, the economic system as well you too have received help outcome of the planning emphasizes personal over from our loving for the next Capital communal responsibility. congregation. Likewise, we Campaign, and the changing Mainstream American join together because we of the guard this June. religion has since at least want to be effective in the We can also use this time the Second Great larger world. We know as a period of reflection on Awakening emphasized a our individual efforts are how we relate to our personal relationship with puny compared to the church, why we attend, God over the communal combined strength of the (Continued on page 8) what we want to get and forms of worship that THE GOOD NEWSLETTER VOLUME 26, NUMBER 4 PAGE 3 Drink Water for Life: Clean Water Flows at the Zabriko project tional United Church of of Zabriko to obtain clean Christ in Salem, OR and two water, rather than drink the sister churches, People’s contaminated water closer “It should UCC in Bend, Oregon and to their village. Unfortu- save at least Faith UCC in Indianapolis, nately the spring that feeds 50 children Indiana. MPP’s technical staff the Central Zabriko project every year and hired masons, along with simply is not adequate to from dying volunteers from the Zabriko meet such demand, espe- of diseases community, hauled in hun- cially during the dry season. associated dreds of bags of cement and MPP anticipates that the sec- installed a spring cap, a ond phase systems, similar to with dirty 40,000 gallon reservoir, and smaller than the Central water”. three community water Zabriko system, can be in- fountains. The spring water stalled for a cost of $25,000 Have you been saving your money is sufficient for at least the to $30,000. for the Drink Water For Life 2000 people who live in the project? It’s not too late to center of Zabriko. The first join us by choosing to drink phase of the Zabriko project cost $10,000. It should save Central Pacific Conference Women water during Lent rather United Church of Christ than expensive lattes, tea, at least 50 children every Spring 2010 Cluster Meeting sodas, microbrews and wine, year from dying of diseases and devoting the money associated with dirty water. saved to fund clean water Over the life of the project, Program: Dr. Susan L. Smith, professor in the College of Law at Willamette University, who projects. LOUCC youth are an estimated 40 years, that spent time working in Haiti before the recent looking forward to this spe- means that 2000 children earthquake, will show photos and discuss her cial collection on Easter Sun- will be saved. Each life will be project in that country. Come hear about her day saved for about the cost of a experiences and learn how you can help the Haitian Here’s an update about the large latte. people! project from Susan L Smith, This summer MPP hopes to Saturday, April 17—Cedar Hills UCC Water Justice Ministry in- begin the second phase II of 11695 S.W. Park Way tern, Central Pacific Confer- the Zabriko project to install Portland, OR 97225 ence, UCC. four spring cap systems in Please make your reservations at least 3 days In December 2009, the Mou- small villages surrounding the before the event to: vman Peyizan Papay (MPP), center of Zabriko: LeFleur Rev. Jean Doane Diset, Tablon, Regales, and firstname.lastname@example.org known in English as the Peas- Manak. The four to six thou- (503)642-3681 ant Movement of Papay, Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a $7 fee which completed the first phase of sand people in these villages includes lunch. Worship at 10 a.m. with an offering the Zabriko project, using otherwise will walk as much for the Rev. Anne Smith Educational Loan Grant funds from First Congrega- as two hours to the center Fund. PAGE 4 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Churches Anthony B. Robinson ideas that advance your achievements. Cut others is an Author, Semi- mission. Free people to some slack. While you’re nary Professor and develop and try new minis- at it, cut yourself some, Pastor. With over 30 tries. Just remember, if too. years of experience, you’re not failing at some- 5. Always be prepared education and re- thing, you’re probably not to give an account search in church develop- trying anything. of the hope that is ment and church leader- 3. Take the initiative within you.” (I Peter ship, he has published in- to build relation- 3:15) formation on ―The 7 Hab- ships with people Look for where the love, its of Highly Effective and groups in the energy and life are flowing Churches.‖ wider community and focus on that. And These are qualities that are beyond your con- recognize excuses for what present in congregations gregation. they are: a sign of insuffi- “Look for where that are thriving spiritually Refuse to be isolated. cient commitment. Be and numerically and experi- Take to the streets, the people of hope, trusting in the love, energy encing vitality in the life of coffee shops, library and God to find a way even and life are their congregation. parks of your community. when we can’t. flowing and focus 1. Strive for excellence Be curious about what’s 6. Be willing to let in service to Christ. going on. Get involved in people go in order on that.” Effective churches are community events. Meet to stay focused on churches where people people. Introduce yourself your core mission. enjoy what they’re doing as a member of the church. It is more important for and do it well. Give God Invite people to ―come and your church to be clear your best whether in the see.‖ and steady about its core care of church grounds, the 4. Accept responsibil- mission than it is to make soup you prepare for the ity for mistakes, everyone happy! Some homeless shelter dinner, or learn from them, people may be better off in the hymns and anthems and in all things, let another congregation. “Be willing to you sing in worship. grace abound. When folks are unhappy, let people go 2. Cultivate a spirit of Christians aren’t perfect; connect, talk and pray. If in order to innovation and ex- they are forgiven. So mak- things remain stuck, let stay focused perimentation. ing mistakes is not the them go with your blessing, on your core worst thing that can hap- giving priority to your mis- mission.” Make the ―Seven Last Words of the Church,‖ i.e. pen. Besides we often sion. ―We’ve never done it that learn the most from our 7. Splash it on! way before,‖ a distant failures. In the end, and in A hospice nurse told the memory. Be open to new the beginning, it is about story of bringing an elderly God’s grace, not our NEWSLETTER TITLE VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 5 is their role to say ―NO‖ to busy‖ (elaborate at great new ideas. This process may length just how busy you are, need to be reinforced by implying that no one else is remarks noting how a par- busy)/. Occasionally try out a “The job of ticular idea might make the creative new excuse, like, church liable, cost money or ―Our dog ate the printer-ink clergy and ruffle feathers. cartridge and required an emergency appendectomy. staff 3. Practice the following woman home for the final He is now very busy, too.‖ evangelism strategy: members is days of her life. Noticing a “If they want us, they 6. Make it clear to all that large bottle of perfume on know where to find the job of the Pastor(s) to keep the woman’s dresser, the us.” and staff is to keep nurse asked, ―Would you everyone on Assume that everyone does every one, meaning like me to dab a bit of that know where you are and church members, board behind your ears?‖ what you are. It can also be happy. ―Honey,‖ said the woman to happy.” the nurse, ―Why don’t you helpful if your building looks Think of your church as ―The just splash it on!‖ God loves like a medieval fortress. If Love Boat,‖ and the Pastor as cheerful givers. So spend you don’t have that going for the cruise director and activity money wisely, well and freely you, encourage your ushers planner. The job of clergy and in God’s cause. and greeters to look like staff members is to keep eve- palace guards as they per- ryone on board happy. If And now here are The 7 form their role. someone is unhappy, it’s a Habits of Highly Ineffective 4. Blame early and of- sure sign your Pastor is not Churches by Anthony B. ten. doing the job. Robinson. Maintaining dys- Maintaining dysfunction in a 7. spend as little money 1. Elevate mediocrity to function in a con- congregation is made easier as possible. a spiritual discipline. if scapegoats are regularly Even though you may enjoy gregation is made Figure out where average identified. In some congre- spending money on personal easier if scape- falls and aim below there. gations, ministers make won- things like a car or a cruis4e, Doing things with excellence, goats are regu- derful scapegoats. You may you can demonstrate your joy and flair may make some- also blame ―newcomers,‖ or commitment to modesty and a larly identified. one uncomfortable. God ―people who don’t under- simple life-style at church. In some congre- doesn’t really expect much, stand how we do things in The very best programs cost anyhow. ―Casual‖ is synony- gations, ministers this church.‖ If all else fails, nothing. And why would your mous with poorly planned, blame the conference, the church building need any reno- make wonderful and unorganized. denomination, or Satan. vations? If it was good enough scapegoats. You 2. Take no risks. for your grandparents then it’ll 5. Always be prepared A successful practice of risk be good enough for you may also blame to make an account avoidance is often best of the excuses that grandchildren. “newcomers,” achieved by sending any and are within you. all new ideas to a minimum Have an all-purpose excuse of four Boards or Commit- like, ―I’ve just been so tees who understand that it PAGE 6 Green Bows for Spring Green Bows to Dawn Hayami for claiming that since cloth napkins are used at church she is now using cloth napkins at home. Green Bows to Ralph Holcomb who, as moderator, makes delicious soups for all to enjoy at Cabinet meetings. Green Bows to Pat Crane for carefully making sure that the juvenile banana slugs were not stepped on as they crossed the trail at Tryon Creek park. Green Bows to the Mission Committee who has been preparing their garden plot at church to grow delicious potatoes for those in need of food. Green Bows to Hallie Clark for attending the Oregon Green School Summit. Hallie participated because she is part of the TAG program at Oak Creek Elementary School in LO. The students have, for two years, helped the school to become a Merit Level Green School. This was done by reducing lunchtime garbage waste. They successfully reduced it by 50%. The school now has reusable trays and silverware. Bottled water is, also, not allowed at school functions, instead large containers of water are available for people to fill their own mugs or use recyclable Mission’s Menu paper cups. April: Soups and Toilet Paper! Stewardship Corner Attendance 2010 Attendance Date Income Budget 2009 March 7 $5262 $2845 36 68 March 14 $2969 $2845 Na 58 March 21 $635 $2845 38 55 March 28 $867 $2845 46 56 Financial Summary as of February 28, 2010 Budget Actual Difference YTD Income $24,652 $24,344 ($308) YTD Expense $24,894 $22,729 $2,165 Difference $1,614 BIRTHDAYS 4/19 David Dunning 4./8 Trudy Fowlks 4/21 Phil York 4/11 Leslie Crowder \4/30 Carlos Lewis 4/13 Melanie Deane 4/16 Preston Kyle THE GOOD NEWSLETTER VOLUME 26, NUMBER 4 PAGE 7 April Worship 09-10 Committees Council A Focus: Resurrection Joy Ralph Holcomb, Moderator Scripture: John 20:1-8 Pastor Valerie P Reader: Ralph Holcomb Chuck Erkenbeck, Moderator-elect R Scripture: Penny Holcomb Jim Crane, Trustees Mary Cox, Worship Ushers: Ralph Holcomb, Penny Holcomb Jan Indermill, Faith Development 4 Wana Maurer, Pat Crane Bruce Ellison, Missions Nancy Delbruck, Church Clerk Roy Schreiber, Financial Secretary Kathi Rise, Treasurer A Focus: Resurrection Witness Trustee Committee (Finance & Property) Scripture: Acts 5:27-32 Jim Crane, Chair P Chuck Erkenbeck, Moderator-elect Reader: Dawn Hayami R Ken Gisch Scripture: Pat Albertson Monica Honegger Children’s: Scott Peterson Kurt Munson 11 Ushers: Bill Jaursch Kathi Rise, Treasurer Roy Schreiber, Financial Secretary Harmony George Jaursch Penny Troolin Sally Weersing Focus: The Way Forward Worship Committee A Mary Cox, Chair Scripture: Acts 9:1-6, (7-30) Rob Rossio P Reader: Carole Heath Carole Heath R Scripture: David Dunning Sharon Davis Pam Brown Ushers: Mindy Baldwin, Chuck Erkenbeck Faith Development 18 Kathi Rise, Sally Weersing Jan Indermill, Chair Nan Deane Cathy Peterson Missions A Focus: Life-giving Acts Bruce Ellison, Chair Scripture: Acts 9:36-43 Julia Munson P Amy Clark Reader: Green Team R Harmony George-Jaursch Scripture: Green Team Leslie Crowder Children’s: Green Team Jane Lovelady 25 Ushers: Nancy Delbrueck, Kathi Rise Pastor Parish Relations Joan Gornbein, Chair Norma Walters, Jim Walters Mary Cox Transition Team Joan Gornbein Mary Cox April Service Team: Roy Schreiber Elizabeth Woodman & Marilyn Launder David Dunning Offering Counters Sandy Johnson & Roy Schreiber Coffee Hour for the month PAGE 8 Peace Village Communication Workshop A dedicated group of volun- teers has begun planning for Saturday April 24 our very first Peace Village day camp. Hallelujah!! Mark 9:00-1:00 your calendars for July 26 through July 30. Students A great opportunity to enrich your life with com- who have finished grades 2 “Mark your munication skills that will enhance every relation- through 6 will be our camp- calendars for ers this year. Middle and ship you are in. July 26 high school students will fill a through July variety of leadership roles. This will be a short 4 hour workshop on healthy 30.” We are also looking for vol- communication utilizing the Lombard Mennonite Peace Village unteers to help with various Peace Center ―Healthy Communication and activities throughout the Healthy Relationships‖ material. week – look for an up-to- date list in the weekly e- A light breakfast will be offered and a short break news. If you have questions, will be taken in the middle. give Jan Indermill a call. Feel free to bring friends. Registration is free! Moderator We do ask that you register for the event by writing ―Communication‖ on a first impression (Continued from page 2) card and placing it in the offering plate. whole congregation. Indeed, we understand that stronger communities are the foundation for stronger families and individuals. Camp Adams Easter will soon be upon us, It's already time to start thinking about summer and then Earth Day later on camp! Many of the youth in our congregation have in April, and the LOUCC memories of the fun times they've spent at Camp Radio Pageant on May 2. Adams. You can pick up a brochure at church, or Before long we’ll be installing check it out on the internet at www.campadams.org. our new pastor. Take heart my friends: the Resurrection is just around the corner! Ralph Holcomb THE GOOD NEWSLETTER APRIL 2010 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM By Laws Language Center 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree Committee 3:00 PM Laila 10:00 AM – 7PM 2:00 PM Custodian Murphy Labyrinth Meditation Cleaning time 6:08 PM Women's 12:00 PM OA 6:30 PM PDAC 608 AA 2:00 PM Beit Meeting 7:00 PM Maundy Haverim 7:00 PM Saturday Thursday Service Night AA 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9:00 AM Faith Development Meeting 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 7:30 AM Men's 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Worship & Arts 10:30 AM Worship Service Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) Breakfast @ Banning's Events (AA) Committee 12:00 PM Green Team Meeting 8:30 PM Custodian 6:30 PM DDT-Don't 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree Pie House, Tigard 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 2:00 PM Custodian 2:15 PM Beit Haverim - Religious Cleaning time Drink Today Language Center 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree Language Center Cleaning time School 12:00 PM OA- Language Center 12:00 PM OA- 7:00 PM Saturday Overeaters Anonymous 3:00 PM Laila Overeaters Anonymous Night AA 7:30 PM Choir Murphy 2:00 PM Beit Rehearsal 6:08 PM Women's Haverim 608 AA 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 10:30 AM Worship Service 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 2:00 PM Custodian 12:00 PM Trustee Meeting Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) Cleaning time 12:00 PM Peace Village Meeting 4:00 PM Fellowship 6:30 PM DDT-Don't 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 12:00 PM UCC Clergy 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 7:00 PM Saturday 2:15 PM Beit Haverim - Religious Committee Meeting Drink Today Language Center Cluster Meeting Language Center Night AA School 7:00 PM Girl Scout 12:00 PM OA- 3:00 PM Laila 12:00 PM OA- Troop 250 Overeaters Anonymous Murphy Overeaters Anonymous 7:00 PM Missions 7:30 PM Choir 6:08 PM Women's 2:00 PM Beit Committee Meeting Rehearsal 608 AA Haverim 8:30 PM Custodian Cleaning time 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 10:30 AM Worship Service 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Health 2:15 PM Beit Haverim - Religious Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) Communication School 7:00 PM Cabinet 6:30 PM DDT-Don't 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 3:00 PM Laila 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree Workshop Meeting Drink Today Language Center Murphy Language Center 2:00 PM Custodian 8:30 PM Custodian 12:00 PM OA- 6:08 PM Women's 12:00 PM OA- Cleaning time Cleaning time Overeaters Anonymous 608 AA Overeaters Anonymous 7:00 PM Saturday 7:30 PM Choir 6:30 PM Beit 2:00 PM Beit Night AA Rehearsal Haverim - Haverim Congregational Meeting 25 26 27 28 29 30 10:30 AM Worship Service - Earth 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 6:15 AM Great Day Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) Language Center Events (AA) 2:15 PM Beit Haverim - Religious 7:00 PM Girl Scout 6:30 PM DDT-Don't 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree 3:00 PM Laila 9:00 AM Bodhi Tree School Troop 250 Drink Today Language Center Murphy 12:00 PM OA- 8:30 PM Custodian 12:00 PM OA- 6:08 PM Women's Overeaters Anonymous Cleaning time 7:30 PM Choir 608 AA 2:00 PM Beit Rehearsal Haverim Events in Red are LOUCC all others in black 1111 Country Club Rd. Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Phone: 503-635-4348 E-mail: email@example.com “Never place a period where God has placed a comma” -Gracie Allen Mission Statement Vision In Christ, we are called together, as a community of un- We seek to be an inspiring community, making a difference conditional love, to provide spiritual nourishment, to share in people’s lives by engaging in missions of compassion and God's love through active service within and beyond our justice, while we honor diversity and act as a progressive church community, and to be responsive to the needs of Christian voice. our ever-changing world. Community – We are a compassionate community striv- ing to accept people wherever they are on life’s journey. Open & Affirming Statement We believe that the way we treat others is an expression of our beliefs. Community is formed through missions of com- We are called to love our brothers and sisters as God passion and justice. loves us, freely and without reservation. Our unconditional Progressive – We are a community of progressive Chris- love is inclusive of all God’s people. We denounce acts of tians where spirituality is expressed in a variety of forms. discrimination and violence against any person. We have a thirst for knowledge where we value the ques- We celebrate the family in all its diverse forms, and af- tions as much as the answers. We value the movement of firm all loving and committed relationships. God’s Spirit in our community and listen with anticipation to We welcome all people into our community of faith, the still speaking God. whatever age, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orien- Diversity – We honor diversity within our community, tation, religion, ethnic background, socio-economic status, respectful that there is more than one path to God. We or physical or mental abilities. Each person is invited and value being an Open and Affirming congregation. encouraged to participate in all aspects of our church’s life Justice For The Environment – The whole Earth is our and ministry. broader community. We are continually learning how to be responsible members of this community. We are commit- ted to fostering our spiritual connection to the Earth.
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