There are some striking differences as to what ‘yolked’ with Jesus means for people in the pews.
“For my yolk is easy and my burden light….” So — what makes our burdens light — or lighter?
Listen to these two pastors and consider what makes your burdens light — when you are yoked together with Jesus Christ, who heals you. Lots of things similar and some striking differences. What works for you? For more information about Aptos Churches visit www.AptosChurch.info
There’s quite a few owl box homes waiting for owl families in the Aptos CA area.
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
This is a live feed from inside a nest box where two wild barn owls have taken up residency. The female, named Lotte, is currently brooding a clutch of 8 eggs.The first one hatched February 4th. The especially large owl box was designed, built and installed by Humane Wildlife Control. Video streaming by TerraFox Networks.
“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.
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.”
Whereas grandparents frequently stabilize, give hope, and show grandchildren the way they have lived — sometimes those relationships break down.
Now there’s resources.
In the Santa Cruz CA area, the Alienated Grandparents Anonymous offers a support group.
The support group meets each month — 2nd Mondays — from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA. Take the Freedom exit off highway #1 or take Soquel Drive and go all the way to the end, just past the CHP office.
Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 — 2016
For general contact info@AGA-Fl.org
Pat Hanson is the local person in Santa Cruz County to contact. To contact Pat Hanson: 831 601-9195