Sunday School - 10:00 am
32202 Del Obispo St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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Last week in this space I promoted May 31 was a lesser know Christian observance, called The Visitation (in the Gospel of Luke it is where Mary sings about being visited by the angel and becomes with child – i.e., is the one we welcome and celebrate at Christmas).
Today I will mention a non-Christian religious season that began yesterday: Ramadan. What? Am I promoting Islam here in this space? I don’t even promote Episcopalians in this space! Many of us are woefully (that is the right word) ignorant (also the right term) of other spiritual expressions – especially Islam. (Note: there are more Muslims in Orange County than there are Episcopalians.)
A pivotal thought for me is: If you want others to take you seriously, then you have to take others seriously. That is: you don’t have to adopt another person’s perceptions, hopes, dreams, or fears – but trust if another has adopted such – trust they have done so in earnest --- and not dismiss the value they have in such – unless you want yourself and your own values summarily also dismissed. (Oh: isn’t that Luke 6:31?)
I refer you to Ramadan today – a serious and valuable spiritual expression of our Muslim friends – in our world, in our neighborhood, maybe in your family. Here is a link for those who want to go deeper. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan
An essential part of Ramadan (June 6-July 5) is fasting – everyday – but not all day – just during the daylight hours. How inconvenient. But, spiritual disciplines – Christian or otherwise -- have never been about convenience – but about how they help convey our mind, heart, spirit towards God. The readers of this space are probably not observing the season of Ramadan today – but reader of this space – what spiritual discipline are you observing this very day?
I have a challenge for you: between June 6 and July 5 go out of your way to engage and take seriously the spirituality of a Muslim. (And do the same thing with an Episcopalian – if you can find one.)
This Sunday’s Gospel Reading: Luke 7: 36-8:30.
The sermon title: You Are What Who You Eat With
-Pastor Michael Vaughn
Proceeds will benefit the children of the Community Presbyterian Kindergarten and Preschool programs.
The Paintings of Bruce Brown And Others At
You are cordially invited to join Atria Senior Living for an art show. Come enjoy the paintings of Bruce Brown and others who make Atria San Juan their home. Linger for an afternoon of art
appreciation and music.
At 2 p.m., William Havlicek, Ph.D., author and associate professor of art history at Laguna College of Art + Design, will give an audiovisual presentation on “Beauty & Aesthetics.” At 4 p.m., sit back and savor the music of pianist Robert Parker. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the afternoon.
Sunday, September 27
TThe Presbyterian Women’s Kick-off Luncheon for the 2015-16 year will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. on Sue’s Porch. Lunch is compliments of PW. Study books will be available.
Signups will be held on the patio on August 9 and 16.
San Juan Elementary and Kinoshita Elamentary
The Deacons are continuing with the mission activity to once again seek Congregational support of this vital School Supplies Drive for two of our local schools.
Though we do not have direct control over State funding for education, we do have the ability to help our local San Juan and Kinoshita Elementary Schools! Teachers often augment their classroom supplies out of their own pockets and many students are not able to purchase their needed supplies.
Back-to-School bags with an attached supply list are available in the Narthex. The final collection date for your gifts will be Sunday, August 23, which will enable us to deliver these supplies by the 1st week of school (August 25).
On Sunday, August 23 after church, we will have a “bag” lunch (everyone bring their lunch) to divide up the supplies. There will also be a program on “Education and our Schools” from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thank you for your generous support.
Community Presbyterian Church ~ Deacons
All Men Invited: Mens Group Organizational Meeting
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)