Blog: “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 27, 2017

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Anita Sorenson

January 27, 2017   3rd week after Epiphany

A part of my work week is spent sitting in a chair, turned toward another, prayerfully listening to this person convey what he or she believes are the most significant movements in his or her relationship with God. It’s quiet work; reflective work. Almost always, at some point in this hour or so of being together, I will feel gratefulness at the gift of participating in such a holy exchange. I find this gentle work of listening and helping another attune to God so gratifying and enlivening.
 
All of us long to be listened to, to be understood, and to be known. Each of us in the Body of Christ can listen carefully and deeply to the story of how God is living in and working through someone else's life. We build community and encourage faith in others when we take time to have these conversations with each other. As we continue to do ministry and get our congregation ready for a new lead pastor to join our staff, let's renew our commitment to listen to one another, to seek out conversations to get to know each other better and to hear how God is alive and moving at Pasadena Covenant. Prayerful listening is sacred work.
 
Grace and Peace,
 
Anita Sorenson
Pastor for Spiritual Formation
 

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

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).
 
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 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 
Lenten 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.
 
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 29th – Dave Rinker
February 5th – Kurt Fredrickson
February 12th – Ron Short
February 19th – Ron Short