PACE July 2017


July 484416138PACE Monthly Newsletter for July 2017

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In a few short weeks my family and I will head east on our annual pilgrimage to Cathance Lake, near David’s hometown in down east Maine. I started calling these yearly trips pilgrimages as a bit of a joke ten years ago, when a friend who travelled extensively both for work and for adventure asked if we were going to the same place “yet again.” And while it is true that I’m grateful for all the travel and adventure my life has included and often long to add new places, our repeated trips to Maine have in fact become pilgrimages for me – spiritual journeys to a place of holy significance.


Pilgrimage is practiced widely across diverse faith traditions, and there are of course universally acknowledged places of spiritual power and significance: Mecca, The Camino de Santiago, the Black Hills, the Western Wall. But the earth is alive with innumerable sites of holy significance, places that awaken our spirits in unique ways, attuning us to the God who is ever present.

This summer, whether your travels take you to the park down the street, to awe-inspiring mountains, or to a quiet lake in Maine, I encourage you to listen for the call of pilgrimage. Pause, breath, be still, and allow in whatever blessing is there for you. We sometimes think of pilgrimage and sabbath as disciplines – burdens to be taken on rather than gifts to receive, but they are gifts indeed.

If you find yourself near water, I invite you to pause again, give thanks for the blessing of water and then gather a small bottle to bring home with you. During worship in September we’ll have an ingathering of water and create a baptismal font with water from all our holy places.

Kudos, Brava, bouquets to all the wonderful folks who taught Sunday School this year! In August we are inviting kids to be part of the full worship service rather than go out to class. There will still be child care for any little ones.

Plans are already underway for the fall. We have a good curriculum and interesting and interested kids. We have a strong core of folks as teachers and mentors. Think about taking on a teaching role.

But we have a BIG immediate need for a co-chair for Christian Ed. I am able to continue after our move, but need a hands-on co-chair. Margo and I have purchased a sweet little home in Forest Grove. It’s a move based upon good financial advice…and a desire to be closer support to my daughters and to be involved in my granddaughter Jadyn’s daily life. A regular weekly commute may be beyond our resources, but there are many things I can and will do to keep the Sunday School program functioning well.

Rev Alex AwadRev. Alex Awad, a Palestinian Christian who recently retired as Dean of Students at Bethlehem Bible College, will speak on “Ten Things Christians Can Do to Help Contribute to Peace and Justice for Israelis and Palestinians" at 12 noon Sunday, July 23, at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson Street, Portland.  The event is free and open to the public.

Crayons Paper SmTwo Cents a Meal for July and August is Start Right School Supplies.  This mission is sponsored by volunteers from Clackamas County Department of Human Services, Prince of Life Lutheran Church and other area churches.  The Start Right project provides school supplies to income qualified families referred by their case workers.  The number of children in foster care in Clackamas County totals 191 ages 0 to 5 years, 131 ages 6 to 12 years, and 124 ages 13 years to 18 years.  Low income children in Clackamas County number 11,629.  Many of the children live in foster homes or with grandparents.

Volunteers buy items that are still needed after the donated supplies are inventoried.  Last year 1,450 children from kindergarten through high school were served.  A volunteer will meet with Jeanie early in the month of August to pick up the supplies and a check for donated funds for this mission.  There will be a well marked box for the school supplies plus a supply list on the table in the Mission room.  Last year we donated the box full plus many sacks of school supplies and a generous check to this mission. Thank you so much for your help.

We will collect for this mission on Sunday, July 9th, Sunday, July 23rd and Sunday August 6th. 

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