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CAROLYN’S CORNER

The Apostle Paul tells us, “Be thankful in all things.” When I count my blessings I am thankful for the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Thanksgiving Offering provides direct support to Disciples colleges, universities and theological institutions. Disciples have a long history of post-secondary and theological education. This offering provides a direct connection to 14 colleges or universities, 3 seminaries and 4 seminary foundations/divinity houses. Gifts from the Disciples Mission Fund Thanksgiving Offering continue a Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the church.

The offering has directly helped me because it supports Phillips Theological Seminary where I was able to prepare for ordained ministry. At Phillips my theological understanding enlarged in exciting ways. It felt like a door was thrown wide open. Not only did I receive excellent preparation, but it also changed my whole life. So many people have been aided for ordained ministry as well, including Robin and Leigh. And because of the help given to us for excellent, well grounded scholarly preparation the long term effects go to help the churches we serve as well.

So join me in counting the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering as a blessing in our lives by supporting it as we receive our offering this week.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

CAROLYN’S CORNER

This is an exciting week with the Supreme Court ruling that has made Marriage Equality legal in the state of Kansas!

A group of clergy in support of Marriage Equality met Wednesday morning at Pine Valley. I was excited by the participation. There were 8 altogether who met. Other clergy dropped by later in the morning who showed interest and support.

The purpose and goal of the group has morphed dramatically with before and after the justice decision was made thus shaping what would happen. So this is what will happen. There will be a giant wedding at the East Entrance to the Court House on Monday at 5 p.m. for couples who have had Holy Unions and who have applied for licenses. We will have a banner that says “Wichita Clergy Supporting Marriage Equality.” And we will also have fliers available for future weddings. The flier lists clergy both supportive and able to do weddings. The clergy that met encourage our congregations to join in this wedge blade moment. We would like as many to join us to either marry or to support the couples who do marry! There will be a huge reception following the wedding. So!!! If any of Pine Valley members would like to come, please join the wedding on Monday at 5 p.m. at the Courthouse.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. Carolyn Schwarz will share the Message ~ Invictus

Reading from our tradition ~ Matthew 25:1-13                               

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ Lift Your Light - McDonald.

CAROLYN’S CORNER

I have a friend on Facebook who is doing a new challenge for November. It’s called #ThanksLiving 2014. Each day you take a picture to fit the theme of the day. For instance, Day 1 is gratitude. Day 3 is receive. Day 6 is serve. For Day 1 my friend posted a photo of a candle on a table. He was grateful for light and warmth. For Day 3 he posted a photo of the stoles he received for his ordination.

I’m not nearly as elaborate as my friend this year. I leave the photography to Ken. Yet my friend’s ThanksLiving practice encourages me to remember to count my blessings every day. If I was taking a picture for Day 3 – receive – it would be a picture of the wonderful gift basket you gave Ken and me for my first Sunday. Thank you for the bottles of wine, so we can “christen” our new home and for the gift memberships to the Botanica and to the Wichita Art Museum. I’ve never had a quilt made in my honor. It is beautiful. I couldn’t think of a more perfect gift! I count you, the people of Pine Valley on my list as I count my ThanksLiving blessings!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

JOIN US ON ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. Carolyn Schwarz will share the Message ~ Raising Up Children of God

Reading from our tradition ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ Look At The World by Rutter                                      

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation ~ Making Our Way in God’s World                

Reading from our tradition ~ Matthew 22:15-22

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ From a Distance – Gold / Chinn

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

This Sunday is World Wide Communion Sunday. We celebrate our connection to the historic church and to the global church. Communion ware from many lands will be used in the service. Looking ahead on October 12th we will commission Lorrie Beck, Carmen Bell, Gaye Clements and Muffin Overstreet as they prepare to go to South Korea. On October 19th we will commission Dave and Cheryl Roy as our representatives at the Disciples of Christ regional meeting. These many connections give personal meaning to Paul’s witness: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope of your calling, on Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Maker of us all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

Peace,

David

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY FOR WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Lord’s Supper.

Reading from our tradition is 1st Corinthians 11:17-26.

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem  Look At The World – Rutter.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Hope is Our Address.

Reading from our tradition is Matthew 7:24-28.

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem Slow Me Down, Lord.

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

The worship service this Sunday celebrates the Peoples Climate March that took place in New York City last Saturday. Estimates of the number of participants range from 100,000 to 400,000. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “We are on the cusp of a global transition to a new safe energy economy, a transition that unites people in common purpose, advances collective well-being and ensures the survival of our species.” The Archbishop proposed a four-step agenda for the future: (1) Freeze exploration for new fossil fuels, and use exploration budgets for renewal energy solutions, (2) Hold those most responsible for climate damages accountable by making them pay for the damages they caused, (3) Encourage governments to stop accepting funding from the fossil fuel industry, and (4) Divest from fossil fuel companies, and invest in a clean energy future the benefits the world’s majority.” He said that action is “a matter of conscience, a matter of faith, and a matter of our continued existence.” I am glad for Bishop Tutu’s timely words and for this important public witness as we anticipate the Climate Conference which will be held in Paris in 2015.

Peace,

David