During evening prayers on Friday 3/17/17 at St. John’s in Aptos, CA — hear about another dynamic duo: St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.
John of the Cross was asked by Teresa of Avila to follow her — which he did. Both Teresa and John were 16th century Catholic mystics living in Spain.
St. Teresa of Avila was a writer, reformer and mystic who started the Carmelite order.
St. John of the Cross, famous for Spiritual Canticle, wrote Dark Night of the Soul while he was locked in a 6′ by 10′ cell. Both of these were written in Spanish. At that time, the Bible was only available in Latin.
At age 43, Teresa of Avila started her first convent and later several other convents for women. She created a rule for how the women were to live, committed to a simple life of poverty based on love.
“The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.” (1)
John of the Cross created a similar way of life in living together for men. John of the Cross served as Teresa’s spiritual director and confessor.
Hear more about this dynamic duo during evening prayer 5:30 – 6:00 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017 . Come to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Aptos, CA. Come for healing prayer and pray for others.
St. John’s is located near the entrance to Seacliff Beach in Aptos, CA. All are welcome.
Our current political and world situation provides an incentive for us to learn and act says Pastor Dale with Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA. This church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Come to Christ Lutheran on Sundays in March at 11:15 for a series of six classes titled Faith and Public Policy. Location: 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA. 831 688-5727 www.aptosChurch.org
The classes on Faith and Public Policy follow Christ Lutheran’s 10 am Worship service and time for Coffee, Food and Fellowship.
Pastor Dale will lead the discussion sessions based on online lectures and suggested readings by Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners.
Class 1 is titled Introduction. Class 2 is titled Poverty (Part II) of Jim Wallis’ online lectures. Class 3 is titled Immigration. Class 4 is titled Race and Religion.
For information on the online classes available through Jim Wallis:
Faith, Social Justice and Public Life
Breitbart’s perspective of Jim Wallis and Sojourners:
Resource for the Social Statement by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1991):
Start small in changing the world? Garden plots are available at Aptos Community Garden, an outreach of Christ Lutheran Church. Spade that dirt! Turn that soil! Make beautiful vegetables and flowers.
During March 2017 different dynamic duos — Christian saints linked in ministry — will be remembered and discussed at St. John’s in Aptos, CA during the Friday 5:30- 6:00 evening prayer service.
Methodist preachers John and Charles Wesley are linked together in ministry.
Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 hymns including Hark the Harold Angel Sing.
Charles Wesley is remembered March 2 in the Calendar of Saints for Evangelical Lutherans, March 3 in the Episcopal Calendar of Saints and March 29 in the Order of Saint Luke calendar.
Aptos Community Garden put up a barn owl home a couple years ago. Coastlands Church in Aptos put up three owl boxes a year ago. And there are other owl boxes in Aptos waiting for owls.
Ideas how to ‘hoot’ for barn owl hoots? Moss Landing has a new owl family growing. Complete with video to watch them grow:
“At dusk, the large owl with the heart-shaped face stretches her wings, taking a much-needed break from sitting on her brood of eight eggs. Throughout the evening, her mate brings her loving gifts of field mice and voles. And anyone with an Internet connection can now watch this wildlife romance in action.
“The devoted couple took up residence about five months ago in a specially built owl box atop a 20-foot pole next to Moss Landing’s Haute Enchilada Café and Gallery. Not only is it giving cafe patrons something to talk about, it’s also an eco-friendly method of rodent control that gives safe haven to this owl family.
“Live streaming from an infrared videocamera shows what’s going on inside the owl box 24/7. If the links don’t work go to YouTube and search under: owls moss landing Ca
“We’ve had such a positive reaction to the owls,” said cafe chef and owner Kim Solano. “It’s so uplifting — such a privilege to see them up close.”
“And with egg hatching imminent, the Haute Enchilada has decided to host a special event Feb. 11 that includes a special presentation on the owls, light appetizers and perhaps even a glimpse of the owls at twilight.
“The new residents — named Teco and Lotte, a play on tecolote, the Spanish word for owl — took over the box soon after it was installed by the husband-and-wife team of Duane Titus and Rebecca Dmytryk, who own the local company Humane Wildlife Control.
“Lotte has laid an above-average clutch,” said Dmytryk, who notes that barn owls are cavity nesters, and if they can’t find a hollow tree or barn to nest in, will attempt to make a home in inadequate places — palm trees, for instance, where the babies are in danger of falling out.
“Because hollow trees are not as plentiful as they used to be, due to human intervention, barn owls are happy to find the owl boxes and move in.
“It’s all part of the effort to make the Haute Enchilada complex a more sustainable venture, said Solano. The restaurant strives to serve only sustainable seafood, natural and free-range meat and poultry, and locally sourced organic produce whenever possible.
“The Haute Enchilada also distributes paper straws rather than plastic to help reduce plastic in landfills and oceans; the staff uses eco-friendly cleaning products; and the property has its own beehive, maintained by Carmel Honey Co.
“Last year, Solano was concerned about rodent problems on the property, which includes the cafe, a studio and art gallery, and the Social Club, an event venue. She contacted Titus and Dmytryk, who then built and installed the box, which has been painted in bright colors by Solano’s artist husband, Luis Solano.
“Why is it important to provide a home for owls? Aside from the rodent control aspect, it’s a way to help these magnificent birds survive. Their numbers are beginning to decline, due in part to loss of habitat.
“There are a few conditions, though, for inviting in barn owls to your environs. If you install a box, you need to give up using poison to control mouse, rat, gopher and ground squirrel problems, because owls that eat the poisoned rodents could sicken and die.
Also, keep in mind that nothing keeps every rodent away, but the owls do keep them in check.
“It’s mostly about control. You’re not getting rid of all rodents,” Dmytryk said. “It’s a process.”
“People interested in barn owl boxes can also build their own, although Dmytryk cautions that not all the plans available on the Internet are adequate for barn owl needs. Boxes should have a minimum floor size of 29 by 24 inches, an entry hole that’s 5.5 by 4.5 inches, and an entry hole at least 14 inches off the floor, so that the babies can’t get out before they’re ready to fly.
To get on the waiting list for the Hatch Party on Feb. 11, call 831-760-0952 or email email@example.com. The cafe is also planning an Earth Day fundraiser for March 19 to celebrate earth-friendly sustainable practices, with an art auction and costume contest. Proceeds will be donated to The Last Plastic Straw program, which is aimed at reducing single-use plastics.
Do you have questions or tips about sustainable living around the Central Coast? Send them to Kathryn McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kathryn McKenzie at www.facebook.com/kathrynmckenziewriter.
Come on now! Does God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit actually heal?
Can someone – Jesus – help your aching back? Do people actually get healed today — like the healing that happened to Saul healed of blindness by a lay person?
Does the laying on of hands with Christian pray help? Find out ….
What’s this Holy Spirit stuff?
Fourth in a series of weekly discussions ….
Michael DeArmond addresses those attending the six week series ‘Who do you say I am?’ held 2/1/2017 at St. John the Baptist in Aptos, CA.
Michael tells some of his spiritual journey. And, he describes remarkable, immediate physical healings which he has witnessed. On himself — through prayer and the laying on of hands — and the healing of another.
Next meeting is Wed. Feb. 8 from 7 PM- 8:30 PM. A 15 minute Personal Story is followed by time for individual reflection on portions of the Gospel of John. Groups of five at a table share their thoughts.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
Joanne Peterson shares her story next week.
The Feb. 2 meeting started with readings from the Gospel of John including:
John 3:1-21New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believesmay have eternal life in him.”[g]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
Who Do You Say I Am? continues on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos. Address: 125 Cantebury Drive. email Alliee DeArmond at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Please SHARE info with friends.
Late PM Prayers at St. John’s: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care for yourself first.
St. John’s Late PM Prayers: Come Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays, 5:30 pm.
5:30 pm — Friday, Jan. 27, some discussion of Christian History Magazine.
St. John’s, 125 Cantebury Drive, Aptos, CA. Bring your prayer intentions & contribute!
Aptos Psychologist: To be — or not to be — a Sanctuary City? Santa Cruz, CA is one. Did voters vote?
Which CA cities are Sanctuary Cities? Santa Cruz, Watsonville – they are Sanctuary Cities. What about Scotts Valley? Capitola? Can residents in Aptos, CA vote?
In general, do voters get to vote to be or not to be a Sanctuary City?
Below is a Letter published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2016:
“Listening to President Trump’s inaugural address was most inspiring. As the mother of a United States Marine officer I know that now there is now a man in the White House who really cares about our military, our veterans, families and keeping this country safe. I am ashamed that on leaving office Mr. Obama released 233 drug dealers. How does that make our children safe?
Oh, but I forgot, Santa Cruz is a sanctuary city so this release does not worry its residents.”
— Linda Eberhardt, Scotts Valley
So — is it time to end sanctuary cities? In 2017, there are about 300 canctuary cities — up form about 70 in 2011.
Remember Kate Steinle — who was murdered while walking with her father in sanctuary city San Francisco. She was murdered by by an illegal who had been deported multiple times.
Let’s say to sanctuary cities: “If you refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, you will lose your federal funding.”
On a rainy day in Aptos CA 1/10/2016, nine attended the Ladies Bible Study First Baptist Church, Aptos, CA.
Nine attend Bible study First Baptist Church, Aptos, CA
The bible study is based on Entrusted, by Beth Moore, Study of the book of 2 Timothy.
Questions? Please connect:
* Tuesdays, 1/10/17 – 2/14/17
* 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Books are available through the church for $12.
First Baptist Church of Aptos
Coming soon at First Baptist Church in Aptos, CA:
February 5, 2017
Bible Study at 9:45 a.m.
Worship at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Aptos Community Garden 831 688 5727 extension 2 needs long term gopher control assistance. We are located at 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA. Can you catch gophers? Willing to learn?
Aptos Community Garden is an outreach of Christ Lutheran Church. Aptos Community Garden is on Twitter and Facebook.
Do you have general outdoor work skills? Maybe you are just starting out in the gardening business. Maybe you are retired and want a few hours of work. Maybe you want to learn the necessary skills? We are open to all methods of gopher control — except use of poisons or chemicals.
We seek someone who wants to participate in Aptos Community Garden — in exchange for gopher control.
Please call 831 688-5727 extension 2. Live near or around Aptos? #aptosia
And you can contact Cameron Jackson.
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717
Aptos Community Garden is located at the very end of Soquel Ave. -- take Freedom Exit off of highway #1 and look for the CHP office.
Let people know what’s going on as it’s going on. People want to know. And they should be able to know.
What is needed — but not happening — to select the next Episcopalian priest for St. John’s n Aptos, CA?
Need transparency. Provide accurate information. Get real involvement of the congregation in an on-going basis.
So far that’s not happening at St. John’s in Aptos, CA.
What the head of the Search Committee told the Vestry [Board of Directors] of an Episcopal church in Aptos, CA 10/26/2016:
“You, Vestry, will get three names. Shortly before Thanksgiving or a little after. You will get the complete files. You will be trained how to evaluate these three applicants. No vestry person is allowed to talk one on one with any applicant and there must always be a Search committee person present. No private conversations. allowed. It’s too toxic”
Is this how the Holy Spirit works? Give the Holy Trinity more room! More transparency might help. Also really accurate information. And more involvement by the congregation.
The Vestry recently went on a Retreat to improve the process of communication between members of the Vestry. And it has worked. Communication has improved. The Vestry learned about “compassionate communication”.
What about “compassionate communication” with the congregation? Or will all the issues that have been swirling around be swept under the rug? Hope not.
Suggestions/ Comments for selecting the next Rector/ Priest for St. John’s:
- Get paid background checks — don’t just rely on telephone calls made by church search committee members. Pay for professional and reliable background checks. Know who this person is!
- Provide the Vestry [Board of Directors] with more than 3 names to choose — why only provide 3 out of total pool? Will it be 2 men or 2 women and why not provide 5 or 7?
- Get more involvement by the church members — members travel, hear and know about possible applicants. Episcopalians tend to be a well traveled group of people. Get names from the congregation. Listen to the congregation. Provide regular updates. So far that is not happening.
written by Cameron Jackson
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717