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LETTER FROM THE PV PRESIDENT

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned…so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

–Joseph Campbell

As parents, friends, family, and Christians, this is one of the hardest lessons to learn.  In society, we are taught to love the money, the riches, the limelight, but not all have the opportunity to attain a stature so high as what society deems to be acceptable.  As a parent, we may have a child diagnosed with something that was not in our dreams or plan for our child’s life.  As a friend or family member, we may have close people around us who are diagnosed or make decisions that are not in line with what we would want for them.

 

On the other hand, it is not up to us to have that dream.  As Campbell states, we sometimes have to let go of the life that we have planned.  There are other things in life that we can have when we take this lesson and apply it to our lives.  Life is much fuller when we can stop mourning what never was/will be, and live in the moment with what is around us.

Peace and blessings!

Nat

PINE VALLEY SUMMERTIME ICE-CREAM SOCIAL

Can’t find your ice cream freezer? Well don’t despair.

Come on over, your friendship to share.

For what’s more important than good things to eat?

However, ice cream is really a great treat!

I’m sure you can find some along the way.

At Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone, or Dillons, lots say.

Or just come and visit with our neighbors to the East.

Just down the block on 21st Street.

Sunday, August 1st at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Hospitality Team

VISIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY: MOVE-IN DAY AT WSU

We reached our goal of 1000 bottles of water for distribution to WSU students and their families as they MOVE-IN on August 16.  Way ahead of the August 9 deadline!!! Many thanks to all who donated water and for Lorrie who became the official “water girl” scoping out the best buy, making purchases and keeping count.  Deadline is August 9th.  Signup sheets will be available next Sunday for the next steps – labeling, icing, distributing.

The Faith Sharing and PR Spirit Team

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS

Seekers class is gathering on the 2nd Sunday of the month during the summer – same time (9:00 am), same place (Grace Room). We will complete the Living the Questions video series on August 9 with the topic Embracing Mystery.  Everyone is invited to join the conversation. If you would like a PDF of the sessions, please contact Bill Delaney.

50TH ANNIVERSARY

Pine Valley will be 50 years old on April 13, 2016.  So it’s time to start planning a celebration.  We will have various things going on leading up to the celebration and need everyone’s help in planning. The actual celebration will be Sunday, April 17th after church.   There are several teams to choose from and sign-up sheets will be in the foyer on Sunday.

1)  History Team – This team will comb through the old newsletters to put together all the things that Pine Valley has been involved in throughout the years.  They may also call on the long-time members to fill in blanks.  This information will be used to make a timeline that will be on the wall in the overflow room where people can see our history and even add their own memories to it.

2)  Fundraising Team – This team will look at the cost of the celebration and determine how it will be paid for. 

3)  Venues & Catering Team – On Sunday, April 17th we will gather after church at a venue to be determined with a catered lunch and celebration.  This team will look at all the options and bring their recommendations to Mission Council. This team will be led by Cheryl Roy.

4)  Finding Former Members Team – This team will use our membership book to try and locate current addresses for as many former members as possible. This team will be led by Gaye Clements. 

5)  Invitations & Publicity Team – This team will put together an invitation to be sent to all former members and also publicize the event. This team will be led by Muffin Overstreet.

6)  Slide Show Team – This team will take our current pictures that are digital and those from the past that are not digital and put together a slide show for the celebration.

7)  Program Team – This team will put together the program for the luncheon celebration. 

 

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Carmen.  Thanks.

 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Last week as part of her message, Renee Bridwell reminded us that we all need to take time out of our busy schedules to find the silence and listen to our bodies. As a mother, partner, and friend, this is a lesson that many have encouraged me to do throughout the years but something I have always found difficult to accomplish. As the empathetic, busybody that I am, I find myself focused on those around me more than myself. It is only through intentional acts that I find myself being able to slow down. It is during these times that I find myself closest to God, nature and the writer within. It is in these times that I am able to nourish my soul and rejuvenate. It is in this time that I am most able to listen to the inner callings for healing and wholeness.

 

May you find some time this week to begin finding moments of silence to allow yourself to heal and listen to what God and your body calls for.

Peace and Blessings!

Nat

PINE VALLEY SUMMERTIME ICE-CREAM SOCIAL

Does summertime heat make you “cranky”? Better find that “do-it-yourself” freezer and “crank-up” some good old-fashioned Ice-Cream! Cool off and share some fun, food, and fellowship with our East next-door neighbors at Prairie Villa, 5640 E 21st St N., on Saturday, August 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

(Sign-up clipboard circulating Sunday morning)

Hospitality Team

VISIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY: MOVE-IN DAY AT WSU

Sunday, August 16th is MOVE-IN DAY for WSU students.  We are almost halfway to our goal of 1000 bottles of water for distribution to parents and students on what will most assuredly be a hot day. Did you know you can purchase 120 bottles of water at Costco for $10? Lorrie has offered to fetch water bottles for anyone who is willing to part with a tenner. Catch her at church or give her a call. Deadline is August 9th. The more the merrier.

The Faith Sharing and PR Spirit Team

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS

Seekers class is gathering on the 2nd Sunday of the month during the summer – same time (9:00 am), same place (Grace Room). We will complete the Living the Questions video series on August 9 with the topic Embracing Mystery.  Everyone is invited to join the conversation. If you would like a PDF of the sessions, please contact Bill Delaney.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

It’s been a long week at Pine Valley.  Last Saturday, Carolyn was admitted to the hospital to accomplish additional testing in hopes of finding what was causing her discomfort and pain since Father’s Day.  Through that testing, the doctors have identified the problem and are working to get her back on the healing path.  Unfortunately, this means that Carolyn will need to be out of the office for a couple weeks.  Never fear, your Mission Council is willing to help you with your needs.  Please feel free to contact myself, at Nbyington@sbcglobal.net or 316.259.2580, or the appropriate Spirit Team leader to assist with anything that you need assistance with in regards to the church.  At the current moment, we are not sure when Carolyn will be back in the office, though she plans to come celebrate Amanda’s last day on July 26th.  In the meantime, this week’s sermon will be delivered by Rev. Renee Bridwell, Associate Regional Minister and next week’s by Rev. Steve Martin, Deputy Regional Minister.

 

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.”   St. Clare of Assisi

I find this never more true than my experiences at PVCC.  It is through our ability to share our lives and actions experienced on the point of the wedge blade that shapes us and those around us.  Through your encouragement, and the opportunity to be Congregational President, I find my love growing and being shaped by my experiences and your encouragement.  You have provided an opportunity to better myself for us. Thank you!  Take this week to reflect on what you love and how it shapes you and who you have become.

Peace and Blessings!

Natalie Tos-Brightup