August 29, 2007
Greetings to all!
Labor Day weekend presents an opportunity to think about our work; wherever, whenever, and whatever that work may be. Consider these reflections as found in a discussion book for youth, Way to Live.
The deepest truth about each of us is ultimately a God-truth. God took delight in our unique creation at birth, and God longs to take delight in the ongoing creation of our lives. This is about more than our jobs, and even about more than our work. We are made by and for God. We discover the blessing of our work, the blessing of the place where our "deep gladness" and the "world's deep hunger" meet, when we stay in touch with this God-truth.
Work is one aspect of a full human life, but it is not a whole life. We need to think about work, not in isolation but as part of a whole way to live. Within this larger frame of reference, our work needs to meet our basic needs and contribute to our own well-being and that of other people. Yet work is not everything. For most of us, our work will not be written on our tombstone or remembered by friends after we are gone. But work is important. Work is a way of offering our gifts to others and to God.
The Scripture lessons for Sunday, September 2, the Sacrament of Holy Communion:
Genesis 1:1, 31-2:3
Men's Coffee - Walnut Hill men are invited to gather for coffee this Saturday, September 1, 8am, at Paneras on Richmond Road. Feel free to stop in for as long or short a time as your schedule allows. No rsvp required.
Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, September 2, 10am, in Trinity Hall. Join us for conversation regarding the scripture lessons for the day.
Sunday Hospitality: Walnut Hill members and friends have done a great job in providing our after worship hospitality during the summer months. As we open the month of September, several Sundays are open including this Sunday, September 2. If you would like to provide refreshments for this Sunday, please let us know by reply email. Check the sign up sheet in the sanctuary foyer for opportunities later in the month.
In the Community: Rabbi Harold Kushner will be at Joseph Beth Booksellers on Tuesday, September 18, 7:00pm, discussing and signing copies of his book, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. Free tickets are available by contacting Joseph Beth Booksellers.
Fall Potluck: The annual fall potluck is coming up on Sunday, September 16, after morning worship. Mark the date on your calendar. Some help is needed with set-up and clean-up. Contact the church office if you would be willing to help.
Thanks, news, etc...
*Thanks to....Gene Brockopp for leading our "Sunday Conversation" and to Nell Horman for leading the children's class last Sunday; Karl and Jane Lange, Steve and Mardie Lange for providing our after worship refreshments last Sunday; Marie Masters and her helper Donna for a much-needed kitchen clean-up.
*A new hearing assistance system is currently in use in the sanctuary. The system is designed to enhance individual hearing aid devices. Contact Nelson Barnes or David Sharrard with your questions and comments about this new system.
*Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School is seeking volunteer tutors to work with school students. Training is provided. Contact Natalie Brown (873-6773) for more information.
Peace to all.