PJ’s Sunday Blessing

PJ’s Sunday Blessing

It is a beautiful 71 degree sunny morning on this first Sunday of summer. It is a day to remember all God’s children in prayer; it is a day to pray for all those struggling with depression; those fighting cancer with radiation and chemo; those recovering from or facing surgery; those stranded at our borders, wondering what their future holds;and those making policy for our country. Pray for peace, courage, common sense, mercy and hope for all. See you in church. PJ...
We’ve been to Binford Farmer’s Market

We’ve been to Binford Farmer’s Market

Getting know your neighbors isn’t all demographics, interviews, and getting the data right.  On Saturday, June 23, eight friends of Faith just walked the streets of the Binford Farmer’s Market.   Of course, some of us make a regular habit of marketing at the market.  Helen had to make an immediate trip to nab some rainbow chard, knowing it would run out quickly. Our job – besides shopping – was just to pay attention to who was present, engage in conversation and wonder about our community. We noticed: a lot of families with small children many – ahem – middle-aged people that the vendors were more ethnically diverse than the shoppers shoppers bought a lot of produce and not so much of the baked goods several organizations set up to get financial support many of the vendors are actually from very close to the church We wondered if: people with limit income would use the market, as produce is more expensive than at a large supermarket there is a program to assist people on SNAP to be able to purchase produce more economically people would purchase more if they had a chance to sample produce they aren’t familiar with Faith could have a presence at the market  to help people know about our congregation Turns out, taking photographs is a good way to start a conversation, which makes a good opportunity to say, “We are Faith Presbyterian up on 82nd and Hague and we are out getting to know more about our community.” When we headed home, Diane had some planting to do and I had an unorthodox breakfast.   ...
Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life.

Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life.

One of the gifts of General Assembly – the biennial gathering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – is that it is a bit of giant family reunion.  As someone who has lived and served in multiple areas, it is a great chance to reconnect and catch up.  This assembly, in St. Louis, was extra fun for me because I got to introduce my daughter, who was a Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD), to people she had only heard about but never met. Our first day, we ran into Peg True.  Peg threw up her hands and beamed a warm smile, a combination of gestures I have seen through the years of knowing Peg.  They are characteristic of her open-heartedness and welcome.  I introduced Peg and Rosina and we chatted about life and church. Peg was so interested to hear about what Rosina does apart from being a YAAD . Then she talked enthusiastically about the high school graduation she had just attended for one of her many and beloved grandnephews or grandnieces. As Rosina and I walked away, I told her about the amazing legacy the Peg has in the Presbyterian Church. She was one of the first women to be ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. She had felt called as a young person, yet she was only ordained after many years of waiting and service because there was so little encouragement for women in the ministry for so long.   Peg was an educator and deeply committed to causes of social justice.  She greeted everyone with the same enthusiasm she had greeted us but carried within...
Binford Farmer’s Market

Binford Farmer’s Market

Walk the Binford Farmer’s Market Saturday, June 23 9-10 AM   On Saturday, June 23 from 9-10 AM, we will be walking the Binford Farmer’s Market. As part of our Community Engagement project, we will get to mingle with our neighbors and greet the vendors. Join us as we deepen our connection to our...
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Growing up I watched Mister Roger’s Neighborhood before heading out to school. There was something soothing about watching a man in a cardigan sweater change his shoes and invite us to be his neighbor by singing the song “Wont You Be My Neighbor?” Listen to these lyrics.   It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor, Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?   We have multiple opportunities to be connected with our neighbors as part of our Community Partnership effort. Join us as we cover the streets of our community and get to know our neighbors. You will be provided with prompts for paying attention, gathering insights and learn how to share your observations and experiences. Here are four ways you can join in:   Meet Faith friends at the Binford Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 23, 9 AM- 10 AM. We will mingle with our neighbors, do a little shopping, and bless those around us. Pick up a map of our target area and indicate what section you will make an effort to cover on your own feet or wheels, beginning Sunday, June 24. Plan for a group walk in our neighborhood, Saturday, June 30, 9AM- 10AM Indicate your interest in exploring our community in a series of church van expeditions, covering locations that aren’t safe to access on foot or bike.   Join us as we cover our neighbors with prayer, gain insights into our community, and learn to be a good...