Castleton/Grafton United Church News for August Week 2
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Very Warm August 2018 Greetings
Coming Events for Castleton and Grafton United Church
Usual 2017-18 Service Time: Grafton 9:15 a.m. Castleton 11 a.m. (times reverse late Sept)
Sunday Aug 12 –2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33 John 6:35, 41–51 When in the Depths there is still bread
Wednesday Sept 5, 7:30 pm –Castleton Church Board
Sunday Sept 9, 12:00 – 4:00 –100 Mile Diet Event at the Haldimand Arena. Come see what our local vendors have to offer.
Sunday Sept 16 – St Andrew’s Grafton 174th Anniversary guest speaker Rev. Jean Wilson
Wednesday Sept 12, 7:30 pm –Charge Council
Sunday Sept 23 – Castleton United Church’s 154th anniversary guest Speaker Karen Bates
Wednesday Sept 26, 7:30 pm –St Andrew’s Church Board
Sept 28 the Belles of the Barn Celtic Concert at St Andrew’s, $ 15 as a fundraiser for Flight to Hope, our two Syrian families recently arrived.
Sunday Sept 30, Annual Service Time Change: Castleton will be at 9:15 for the next year and St. Andrew’s Grafton at 11
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A few quotes and snippets: A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the Lies you can invent. William Blake in Augaries of Innocence
the raindrops fall lightly on your
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” Jesus
I screamed at God for the starving child, until I saw the starving child was God screaming at me.
It doesn't matter if you can quote the Bible, if you live like you've never opened it. David Alan Campbell
Do unto those Downstream as you would have those Upstream do unto you. Wendell Berry
If Christians don't support Trump they are risking the wrath of God. Trump has been chosen by God. And by rejecting him, they are rejecting God. They could be punished with barrenness, poverty, or even having a gay child. Evangelist Kenneth Copeland
We need leaders not in love with money but in love with Justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with Humanity. Martin Luther King
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. - Carl Jung
"If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it." ~Richard Rohr
Happiness is the new rich; Inner peace is the new success; Health is the new wealth; kindness is the new cool
"Gravity is the hero of the Universe" ~ Stephen Hawking
“IN MUSIC, IN THE SEA, IN A FLOWER, IN A LEAF, IN AN ACT OF KINDNESS...I SEE WHAT PEOPLE CALL GOD IN ALL THESE THINGS." – PABLO CASALS
To be a Christian is to be a traveler. Spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days of the calendar, for it is a journey out of time into eternity. ~ Kallistos Ware
Whatever peace is, we know it best from the empty place in our hearts where it’s supposed to be. Until we find it, we’re all strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Frederick Buechner
travel to wonder
today there be peace within.
this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
“A man who was merely a man, and said the sort of things Jesus said, would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg, if he would say he’s bread--or he would be evil. Take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. Shut him up for a fool, or fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But cut the patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us." . C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
Marriage is like paddling a canoe; if only one person has an oar in the water, all you do is go around in circles. Unknown
"The Seven Steps to Stagnation":
We've never done it that way before.
"there's probably an eighth step, but we've never looked it up before."
I argue that a “panentheistic” concept of God offers the most adequate way of thinking about the sacred; in this concept, the sacred is “right here” as well as “the beyond” that encompasses everything. This way of thinking about God, I claim, is not only faithful to the biblical and Christian tradition but also makes the most sense of our experience. For there is much in our experience – of nature, human love, mystery, wonder, amazement – that conveys the reality of the sacred, a surpassingly great “more” that we know in exceptional moments. Many of us experience life as permeated and surrounded by a gracious mystery, a surplus of being that transcends understanding, and when we come to know that mystery as God our faith becomes full of meaning and vitality. Marcus J. Borg
The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unlovable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around —and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness. Author: Daniell Koepke.
"We have a fatal weakness: a failure to perceive incremental change. As natural systems shift from one state to another, we almost immediately forget what we have lost. I have to make a determined effort to remember what I saw in my youth. Could it really be true that every patch of nettles, at this time of year, was reamed with caterpillar holes? That flycatchers were so common I scarcely gave them a second glance? That the rivers, around the autumn equinox, were almost black with eels?"George Monbiot
United Church still hasn't confronted the racism within it 'Let
us ensure that the people who sit at the table are there not as
guests but as valued members of the family.' By Paul