This week’s announcements are below. Please look particularly at:
* Family Promise Homeless Shelter, July 10-11
* Bridging the Summer Meal Gap, on-going food collection for Food for Friends, Dover
* Going Local “Dwelling in the Word” ~ listening to Scripture in (perhaps) a new way
* Book Group, June 17
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FUN & FUNDRAISING
THIS SUNDAY – Coffee Hour to honor our Choirs after the 10 am service! Come and fete the members of our choirs and thank them for their ministry and friendship on this last day of choir in the program year.
Thank You to Tim and Barbara Erday for hosting our Parish Picnic last week, to Jane Hayden for staffing our grill, and to everyone who came. We had a great time!
The Rummage Sale – Start setting aside your treasures for the Sale; collection starts on Sunday, August 2. What do we take? Housewares, toys, garden and yard equipment, tools, kid’s books, small appliances, furniture, lamps, electronics, boutique, table linens & bedding, etc. – anything clean, useful and workable. What don’t we take? Tube TVs, books for grown-ups, tires, clothes, shoes. Sale date is Sept. 19. Volunteer sign-up sheets are in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to Kimberly Celeste.
WORSHIP and MUSIC
June 14, Adult Choir Sunday – At our 10 am worship this week we’ll have the choir’s favorite hymns and anthems before they take a break for the summer, and we’ll recognize the choir members for their individual years of service to the parish and choir.
Father’s Day, June 21 – Special prayers and carnations to honor and remember all our fathers, at both 8 and 10 am.
Special Needs Worship - All God's Children Service, at 12 noon, on the 3rd Sundays of the month – next service, June 21. Designed for children and families with a range of special needs - including anyone who has a hard time sitting still! A 30-minute service, no segment is longer than 3 minutes each; optional Communion. Pass the word to friends and neighbors who can benefit.
Summer Choir - We’ll be having an informal summer choir on July 19 & August 30. Show up at 9:30 to rehearse the anthem and then sing for the 10 am service. This will be a great time to “try on” choir – either for the day or as an intro to next fall. We are always happy to have new choir members! Interested? Please speak to Alison Siener Brown.
Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30 am in the Rath House. We have started new series, using a book to guide our study: Bible Women, All Their Words and Why They Matter, by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. This is a great book to read with the group or on your own over the summer. It’s very straight-forward, divided into small sections, and we’ve created a reading schedule, if that is helpful to you. The price is $22; also available on Kindle for $10. We have one copy left, and we can always order more. If you’d like a book, please speak to Mother Vicki.
Summer Refreshment Hosts are needed for our fellowship after worship starting June 21st. In the summer we have cool drinks and munchies on the Parish House lawn. Please take a turn by putting your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to John McGrath
Women's Book Group will meet on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House. The book for discussion is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown. Come for a time of fellowship, discussion, and learning.
The Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner scheduled for June 20 will not take place, due to too many busy schedules. We’ll look to try it another time. Stay tuned!
Bridging the Summer Meal Gap – In NJ, 1 in 5 children face hunger; in Morris County, nearly 8% (38,350 people) are food insecure. When school is out, the children don’t receive school breakfast and lunch. Please remember the kids in your donations to the Food for Friends pantry in Dover. A new summer shopping list is available for you to pick up in the Narthex, or you can find it below. Thanks for your help in feeding hungry people!
• canned fruit and vegetables (no green beans, please)
• dried pasta and noodles
• spaghetti sauce in jars
• tuna fish
• canned meats
• boxes of shelf stable milk
• canned juice/juice boxes (100% juice)
• whole grain crackers
• peanut butter
• dried cereals, oatmeal packets
• granola bars, simple cookies
• raisins and other dried fruit
• boxed macaroni and cheese
• dried and canned soups, stews, pasta meals with pop-tops
• beans: black, red, kidney, etc.
• tea bags, instant coffee
• any non-perishable food!
• Please remember to check the expiration date on items; if you wouldn’t want to eat it, neither would anyone else!
Please leave your donations in the basket in the Narthex. They will be offered and blessed at our Sunday worship before being taken to the Food for Friends pantry in Dover.
Family Promise Homeless Shelter
Our next date to serve at the shelter (at Trinity House/ Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling) is Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11. We need volunteers to cook, host at dinnertime, stay overnight, and help on Saturday morning. There are more details on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Questions? Speak to Kathy Pfeil. Thank you for helping these families get back on their feet.
Motorized Wheelchair Available – excellent condition. Charlie Hogan is looking for a good home for this wheelchair if you or a family member can use it. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office.
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GOING LOCAL: Listening to God in Scripture, in One Another, and in Our Neighborhoods – We introduced the Going Local process at our services last week, and have had a few opportunities to spend time with the Bible “Dwelling in the Word” passage that we’ll be using this summer. What is “Dwelling in the Word”? It’s a method of listening to Scripture (both Old and New Testament) that is simple, and yet can be profound. By simply listening to the passage being read, we allow ourselves to follow what grabs our attention, what catches our ear, where we feel compelled to stop listening , and pause or dwell in that place.
In this type of Scripture reading/hearing history and sociology, context, and whatever may come before or after the passage are far less important than whatever catches your attention, and your thoughts and feelings connected to it. Dwelling in the Word is not about trying to figure out the “objective” meaning of the passage, but rather, it’s meaning for you – so, for example, in the Exodus reading 2:23-3:12, you might think about what it is like to be Moses and see the amazing vision of the bush burning but not being destroyed. Then ask yourself, how might the Spirit of God be speaking to you, or nudging you through what you have heard?
Every time you hear the passage – and especially as you describe to someone else how you feel the Spirit “nudging” you – you may well hear something different. That’s how the Holy Spirit works through Scripture; the words remain the same, but you and your situation are different from day to day, and so there is always something fresh that God can say to you through any given passage: a word of comfort, direction, challenge, insight, wisdom, etc.
So please listen, share, and try to catch God’s nudges!
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PARISH CALENDAR THIS WEEK
6/16 Vestry 7:30 pm, Rath House
6/17 Bible Study 10:15 am, Rath House
Book Group 7:30 pm, Rath House
6/18 HE & Breakfast 7:00 am, Church
And please check the calendar on our website for the full listing of groups and events in our buildings.
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FOR ALL THE SAINTS
Evelyn Underhill, Theologian and Mystic, d. June 15, 1941
“To go up alone into the mountains and come back as an ambassador to the world, has ever been the method of humanity's best friends.”
“The windows of Christ's Mysteries split the [Light] up into many-coloured loveliness, disclose all of its hidden richness...make its beauty more accessible to us...And within this place we too are bathed in the light transmitted by the windows, a light which is yet the very radiance of Eternity. “
Evelyn Underhill was born in 1875 and grew up in London. Her friends included Laurence Housman (poet and brother of the poet A E Housman) and Sarah Bernhardt (actress), and Baron Friedrich von Huegel, a writer on theology and mysticism. Largely under his guidance, she embarked on a life of reading, writing, meditation, and prayer. From her studies and experience she produced a series of books on contemplative prayer. The list includes the following (I have starred the ones that seem to be most widely read or highly regarded):
1902 The Bar-lamb's Ballad (poetry)
1911 Mysticism **
1913 The Mystic Way *
1913 Immanence (poetry)
1927 Man and the Supernatural
1936 Worship ***
1938 The Mystery of Sacrifice
Miss Underhill (Mrs. Hubert Stuart Moore) taught that the life of contemplative prayer is not just for monks and nuns, but can be the life of any Christian who is willing to undertake it. She also taught that modern psychological theory, far from being a threat to contemplation, can fruitfully be used to enhance it. In her later years, she spent a great deal of time as a lecturer and retreat director. She died on June 15, 1941. ~ James Kiefer http://satucket.com/lectionary/Evelyn_Underhill.htm
Questions for reflection: How do you pray best, most easily? With words; listening to music; having structured and formal prayers; while walking or running; journaling; sitting in quiet, comfortable silence with God; praying out loud with words from your own heart? Is there a different style of prayer that you would like to try?
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“The full Christian life of prayer swings to and fro between adoration and action. We must be sure that the outward swing toward God is full, generous, unhurried, brimming with joy. Many of us live exacting lives of service full of hard material problems. If we can acquire the determination that nothing shall turn us from a steady daily habit of loving adoration, our prayer will be full of loving intimacy and awe. Then we shall have the best of all helps for the maintenance of the soul's energy and peace, and we will serve God with a quiet mind.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
Pictured above are Evening Prayer, by Jean-Francois Millet; and a photo of prayer walkers in Pittsburgh, by J.L Martello.