Blog: “Dispatch from the Edge”: February 10, 2017

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Anita Sorenson

February 10, 2017   5th week after Ephiphany 

Walking Lent: Being A Neighboring Church

The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.

John 1:14 The Message

"But who is my neighbor?" the legal expert asked Jesus, prompting the story of the Good Samaritan. We are asking the same at PCC during the Lenten season. Who are the neighbors who live in or work in our surrounding neighborhood? We are spending the next 7 weeks getting to know who and what is next door to our church.

Have you ever walked the perimeter of our church property, noticing all of what surrounds us? Or walked a block or more in each direction, paying attention to all that you encounter as you walk? We have an all-church neighborhood walk planned for Saturday February 25th to launch our intentional focus for Lent. We are seeking to see our neighborhood through the eyes of Jesus. We began this over a year ago in our One Church One Book reading of Mark Labberton's The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor. He raised many questions for us about how we perceive (see and assess one another), name (frame and position one another) and act (engage or distance one another) in the world. We now want to take this a step further and take our awakened hearts out into our neighborhood and see what gets our attention. What do we see God doing in the world most closely around us? How acute is our attention to the world of need around us? Can we recognize and name any injustices? Do we see any suffering? How is it being addressed? Where do we see joy and thriving? What can we discover about where we are situated as a church? What do our neighbors think about us as a church in their neighborhood?

The goal of our neighboring in Lent is not anything beyond loving those we are near: noticing, paying attention and listening to the Spirit as we walk. Don't miss it!

Grace and Peace,

Anita Sorenson

Pastor for Spiritual Formation

Keep these opportunities to gather together in mind over the next few weeks:

Philip Yancey at Lake Avenue Church: February 10th
Tonight, renowned author Philip Yancey will be speaking at Lake Avenue Church at 7pm. The event is free. For more details, please contact Anita Sorenson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Potluck Luncheon with the Duttons: February 12th
Come and join Peter and Ruthie Dutton, long-time Pasadena Covenant members and cross-cultural workers, after worship, Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Fireside Room (in the gym building). Learn about their work in Thailand and how God is moving. It’s a salad potluck lunch so please bring a salad or dessert to share. For more info, contact Kim Dorman .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Urban Ministries Team Meeting: February 13th
UMT meets Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:45pm in the Santa Barbara Room. We will discuss our Lenten Neighboring focus (Feb. 25th Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & April 22nd Neighborfest BBQ) & refugee resettlement update. For info: Brenda Thomas (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).
Third Thursday Potluck: February 16th
The Third Thursday Potluck will be on Thursday, February 16th, 6pm at the Aoki's home.
The Nixon Group: February 17th
The Nixon Group will be on Friday, February 17th, 6pm. Location rotates, so contact Steve or Nancy Stuckey.
Baked Potato Night: February 19th
Baked Potato Night will be on Sunday, February 19th, 4pm, at Anita Sorenson's home.
Family-Friendly Potluck: February 26th
Community Family-Friendly Potluck is Sunday, February 26th, 4pm, at the home of the Heuers. 
Women's Book Club: February 28th
We will meet Tuesday, February 28, from 7:30-9pm in the Corner House to discuss "Defending Jacob". Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Jennifer Mawhorter (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).  

Lenten Focus: Neighborhood ListeningLenten Focus: Neighborhood Listening

During Lent our all-church, inter-departmental emphasis will be on listening to our neighbors.
Neighborhood Treasure Hunt
Sat., Feb. 25th • 10-2 pm • Gathering Place
For the whole church—all ages!
Explore our neighborhood to find hidden treasures we overlook every day (there will be shorter & longer walks available). Bring $$ for lunch as we'll eat out. We'll finish our fun event by "mapping" our neighborhood & choosing new spiritual disciplines of listening & noticing.
• Feb. 26th thru April 15: Lenten disciplines: groups of 2 or more practice disciplines to notice & listen.
• 9 am Sundays, Feb. 26th thru April 9th: Journey to the Cross, photo edition! PasCov youth team up with kids' for photo scavenger hunts; bring a digital camera.
• Neighborhood BBQ: Sat., April 22nd 10-2 pm: We will invite our neighbors to join us for a BBQ in the parking lot. We need lots of volunteers to help!
Sanctuary of Women: March 5 - April 16
Images of God in Scripture include feminine metaphors as a midwife, a woman in labor, and a breastfeeding mother. Join us for a prayerful, contemplative 7 week class in the Corner House (starting March 5 and culminating on Easter Sunday, April 16) in which we hope to center ourselves on these feminine metaphors and connect with Mother God in new ways. More information will follow soon, but please contact Brittany Burian (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))  or Lisa Carruthers (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions or if childcare is needed.
Koinonia Prayer & Praise potluck: March 5th
Koinonia Prayer & Praise potluck is Sunday, March 5th, 6pm, at the Atherton. 
Upcoming Preacher Schedule:
February 12th – Ron Short
February 19th – Ron Short