Blog: “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 20, 2017

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Anita Sorenson

January 20, 2017  2nd week after Epiphany

A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,

it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction

of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of

saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession

brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives include everything.


This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one

day will grow. We water the seeds already planted

knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects

far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of

liberation in realizing this.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,

a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s

grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the

difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not

messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

                   Bishop Ken Untener

Would you please pray for the PCC leadership team this weekend, the staff, Trustees and Ron, as we go on retreat together? Pray for God's Spirit to inspire us, to help us discern how God is calling us to plant seeds and build the Kingdom in 2017 and beyond. Pray for unity, clarity, and hope. We submit ourselves to one another and to a faithful God whom we all love and serve.  

Grace and Peace,

Anita Sorenson

Pastor for Spiritual Formation


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

Open Forum with Trustees and Pastor Ron: January
You are invited to an Open Forum with the Trustees and Pastor Ron. This is the last Sunday, Jan. 22. We will meet in the Fireside Room from 8:45am-10:15am. The purpose of the forum is to provide a brief update from the Trustees and to hear your thought and concerns moving forward.
Ushers, Greeters, Hospitality Luncheon: January 22nd
The Ushers, Greeters, and Hospitality meet with Ron in the Corner House after worship this Sunday, Jan. 22 for lunch & to discuss the book “Fusion” (bring your book).
Citywide Prayer Gathering: January 22nd
Join with our Christian community at Mott Auditorium from 6pm - 8pm to pray for peace and unity in our city. The Pasadena Clergy Community Coalition is calling for us to respond to the increased violence in our city by coming together to pray for peace and unity in our city. Plan to join our Christian community in this way.
Women’s Book Club: January 24th
The Women’s Book Club meets January 24, 7:30-9 pm in the Corner House to discuss “Vinegar Girl” by Ann Tyler. For more information, please contact Jennifer Mawhorter at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Camping Supplies Needed before January 27th
Have camping supplies to help support local area Young Life camping trip Jan. 28-29? Needs: five-man tents or larger, sleeping bags, mattress pads. Please contact Kyle Michealsen for more info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Worship and Arts Team Meeting: January 29th
All people involved in Worship Arts ministries at Pas Cov are invited to a brief meeting following the service on January 29, to discuss our ministry vision, roles and goals during this period of transition. For more information contact Dan Huang at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Philip Yancey at Lake Avenue Church: February 10th
On February 10, 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).
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.
Items Needed to Help Couple from Nigeria
We are hosting a young couple who have recently come from Nigeria and are attending Fuller. They will have an apt on the 28th but will need basic furniture to get started. If you have furniture to help them get set up, it would be a great help to them. Thanks. Contact Pastor Jim Tyberg .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Bad Weather Shelter Volunteers and Supplies needed:
PasCov helps man the BWS shelter on Wednesdays, 6:30-9pm, when weather-activated. We are in need of GROUPS to help man the shelter. You could be a small group, choir group, or even an outside of the church group.
We are also need supplies available when no group is signed up to serve: freezable casseroles or large size frozen lasagnas, dry spaghetti & sauce. 
More info and sign-ups at the BWS table during Hospitality
Upcoming Preacher Schedule:
January 22nd – Ron Short
January 29th – Dave Rinker