Happenings around Parkrose United Methodist Church
March 2011, Volume 4, Issue 2
Imagine living on 4.5 acres. Lots of space, right? On that 4.5 acres you would grow all your food, grow or manufacture the materials for your home, cultivate the energy to heat/cool it, provide water for your lawn and toilets, provide place to dispose your wastes, grow the timber or manufacture the plastic to put together your furniture. The list goes on.
Today there are about 6.5 billion people alive on the planet. If the Earth were divided equally among us, and we each received our fair share, every person would be entitled to 4.5 acres. According to 2009 data (www.footprintnetwork.org) the amount of acreage it takes to support the average lifestyle varies widely from country to country. Here’s an example. Tanzania – 2.6 acres; Iraq – 3.3 acres; India – 1.9 acres; Japan – 10.2 acres; France – 11.4 acres; Mexico – 8.0 acres; United States – 22.3 acres
Lent is a time for us Christians, as followers of Jesus, to take a deep, penetrating look into our relationship with God through spiritual practices. Those practices have traditionally included prayer, fasting, meditation, and service. But somehow we have fragmented our lives by calling some practices spiritual and others as … well, other-than-spiritual. Habitual and everyday choices about what we eat, what and how we “consume”, how we use water and energy, and how we transport ourselves, are often among those “other-than-spiritual” practices. It is an understatement to say that through these practices, we have NOT been exactly the kind of stewards of God’s creation our Gospel calls for.
Someone once told me that one benchmark of spiritual growth is a heightened sense of awareness. This Lenten season, the weeks leading up to Easter, I invite us to open up our lives to the conscious and intentional spiritual practices of everyday living. As we become more aware, we become more intentional. Our spiritual lives will be enriched.
Protecting God’s Creation Embracing Gospel Justice Nurturing Spiritual Fulfillment
Lent 4.5 Themes:
§ Ash Wednesday Christian Simplicity
§ Lent 1 – Week of March 13 Food: Buying and Eating as Moral Acts
§ Lent 2 – Week of March 20 Consumption: Buying Less, Wasting Less
§ Lent 3 – Week of March 27 Water: Clean and Life-Giving
§ Lent 4 – Week of April 3 Energy: Sabbath Rest and Healing the Earth
§ Lent 5 – Week of April 10 Transportation: Mobility and the Ripple Effect
These themes will be at the center of worship on the Sundays of Lent. Each week (on Sunday) I plan to provide a page or two of simple prayer/liturgy and reading material (with a couple of discussion questions) for individual reflection and small group/family discussion for that week.
“Simplicity does not mean moving to a cave or eating berries. Living simply means setting limits that reflect our faith values by taking only what we need – not hoarding or taking in excess. It is the path to a life that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich.”
Peace – Bill
Ash Wednesday Dinner and Prayer Service Wednesday March 9, 2011 6:00 p.m. Miller Hall Shannon Starr and Pastor Don Frueh will be leading worship as we gather community for Ash Wednesday. Come join us for a simple meal (dinner provided) and stay for a time of prayer and reflection as we begin our Lenten Journey
CyberSafety for Families-Free Seminar
Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:30 p.m.
McKinnon Education Wing
Keep your children safe on line…designed for parents, guardians, grandparents, or anyone that is interested in safely using the Internet. Childcare provided for children under 12.
Parkrose Community Food Pantry Open Every Tuesday and Friday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The word is getting out and our volunteers are thrilled to be greeting families and singles in need of a little help. Last month, thanks to a few eager volunteers the surrounding neighborhood received an invitation to our community dinner and a flyer advertising the new food pantry. Another opportunity to meet a few of our neighbors and distribute door hangers will be happening this month! Talk to Pastor Bill if you’re available..
GoCamping 2011 – Parkrose UMC Family Camp – SAVE the DATE…
Sabbath rest and renewal will occupy center stage at this summer’s family camp. And it wouldn’t be camp without lots of play time in God’s great outdoors. There’s nothing like the salt air and warm breezes of Camp Magruder in July to boost the spirits. The food, by the way, is fabulous! Save the date – Saturday, July 9-Tuesday July 12. Cost is $125 per person, Children 3-8 yrs are $62.50. Scholarships galore. Sign up today – Contact Pastor Bill http://campmagruder.org/
Around the Congregation…
New 2011 Church directories where distributed in February-if you would like one mailed to you please contact Corinne in the office-503-253-7567
We’ve lost a friend- Riley Montgomery passed away Feb. 22. A service was held Feb. 25th. You may contact his daughter Lori Griffin at 1212 Lindon Ave. NE #42, Gresham, OR 97030
Lyle Thorgramson has moved- 1005 NE 17th #153, Hillsboro, OR 97124 503-349-7153
Make a change in your new directory: Pg # 11-Pearl Wakefield-20 SE 103rd #334 97216
Pg#3- email under Janice Boardman should be on the next page under Chris Boothby