Sunday, 30 December, 5:30 pm, 618 Locust Street
Our offering will be designated for the San Angelo AIDS Foundation. We will not share a potluck meal, but as always, you are invited to bring snacks.
If anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother or sister in need, yet closes his heart against them, how does God's love abide in him? Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. ~ 1 John 3:17-18
"At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." ~ Albert Schweitzer
"The generosity of God in sharing the goodness of creation with us can elicit only one possible response - that of gratitude."- Esther de Waal
O sacred season of Autumn, be my teacher, for I wish to learn the virtue of contentment. ~ Edward Hays
"If the Divine is truly a Mystery that is beyond all human comprehension, beyond all human ideas and words, then any spiritual practice must make room - lots of room - for "the practice of silence."
"For most of us our vision is very limited, so it's often impossible to know how what seems crappy or wonderful is going to turn out or what it might lead to. We live in mystery and from mystery, and maybe the best we can do is appreciate what seems a blessing and try to wait and see what might come or what might be made of what seems a curse. And try to be open to 'busted plays' (if I may football-analogize) as opportunities for improvisation and for the arrival of the prodigious, which is always waiting just out the door to the alley for a chance to sneak in and romp out onstage unbidden and unexpected and far more wondrous than anything we could have thought up."As a part of this week's Gathering, we'll also share a community potluck meal. The offering is still to be determined.
We are all aware of the disasters that have already occurred this year around the world. In the U.S., hurricane season (officially begins June 1) has made an early start with Tropical Storm Alberto sitting off the Eastern Coast.
Since the beginning of January, CWS has shipped thousands of kits - baby kits, clean up buckets, school kits and hygiene kits to assist people impacted by disasters. Your help is urgently needed to increase supplies that are currently available in the CWS warehouses. Most needed are baby kits, clean up buckets and school kits.
"God meets us in the messiness of different languages and does not ask us to speak God’s language. Instead, God chooses to speak our many languages." - Eric Barreto
Lent as a holy season challenges one to aspire to be as Godlike as possible in forgiving and loving. We've all heard how the average person actualizes very little of his or her potential mental powers; the same is true of our spiritual potential. Lent as a holy season challenges one to reach for that potential, to aspire toward the greatness of soul that comes from cultivating virtues like justice, mercy, and love.
Gathering for Education and Celebration Spring Holy Days
11 March, 5:30 pm
618 Locust Street