Congresswoman AOC know nothing strikes again! [St. Damien of Molekai’s statute]

A Catholic bishop calls out Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for advocating  the removal St. Damian,  a  statue of St. Damian of Molekai  located in the Capital building.

Bishop Robert Barron stated, “Just taking a couple of minutes out of my day here because I felt the need to respond to something I came across that was just so outrageous. It was a tweet or an Instagram or something from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Bishop Barron continues:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  was complaining about the presence of a statue in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building that she thought was, you know, a sign of colonialism and white supremacy. And the statue that she picked out of all the possible ones was of Saint Damien of Molokai.”

The Catholic bishop thought it was crazy and outraged, he questioned, “And I wonder, did she have any idea who Damien of Molokai was, this Belgian man who becomes a priest, member of a missionary order.

Damien of Molekai  goes, mid 19th century, to Hawaii, works there for several years, and then volunteers to go to the island of Molokai, which the time was a place where lepers were sent. And at the time, they-. You know, there was no treatment. There was no cure. Those who had the disease were simply sent there to spend the rest of their lives and they would die there. Damien went, knowing full well that he would most likely never return from this ministry.”

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Firenze Sage:   This woman [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez]  purports to have a college degree and doe’s not recognize one  of the most holy men ever.

Facebook tactics: Kamala Harris’ former press secretary decides which Trump tweets violate “community standards” policy

That ‘tweet, tweet’  by  Trump   [“kids are  almost immune” to Covid-19]    violates  “community standards” says   Kamala Harris’s former press secretary who suspended Trump’s account.

Aptos Psychologist:  This is more than ‘bias’.  This is  Democrat campaign tactics.    Why suspend  Trump’s account  based on  ‘information’  that has been widely reported in San Jose’s  Mercury News and elsewhere?   It’s largely been  accepted   that kids  are  less likely to get or transmit  Covid-19.  In some instances kids get a severe form of it.

Facebook’s ‘arbiter’ of  “community standards”  is an enforcer for limited free speech. Their version of free speech.

As for real ‘mis-information’, the public finds the media to blame for the political divide.  84% of the public  blame the media for bias.   That includes  bias by Kamala Harris’ former press secretary  aka arbiter of “community standards” for Twitter.

written by Cameron Jackson  drcameronjackson@gmail.com 

 

Why do you hate Trump? Be specific!

So why do you hate Trump?  Be specific!

Trump  does not ‘act Presidential’ some say.    That’s what  William  DeLaArteaga  writes  in his recently published essay    On Discerning Trump’s Character and Presidency. It’s available on Amazon with  Kindle for $3.50.  DeLaArteaga says Trump is full of ‘bull-shit’,  that Trump is a  narcissist and  not a  ‘gentleman President’.

A writer for the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter  says that  people  hate Trump for his vulgarity, that he won’t walk away from a fight, that he’s blunt and that  Trump  has no ideology.   Gelernter also  says some hate Trump because he does not think men and women are interchangeable and because of  Trump’s  love of simple ideas that may work  e.g., the recent view that perhaps   a malaria drug used for 50 years can  used as a preventative or cure for COVID-19.

So — why do you hate Trump?  Don’t just say ‘he lies!   Or, he’s a racist!  Be specific!

written by Cameron Jackson    drcameronjackson@gmail.com

 

So how’s ‘community’ experienced at Aptos churches & coffee houses?

The most important things in life, as you know,  cannot be bought and one of those is a sense of  ‘community’.   People experience   ‘community’ variously – one way is by participating in  a church.

Another way  is by   going to a coffee house with  or without  friends. So how is ‘community’ experienced variously in Aptos ?  How’s   it working or not working where you live and work?

Churches — which typically meet once a week — are one way people experience  ‘community’. Below are 3 examples of how ‘community’ is  currently celebrated variously by  three Aptos, CA churches. Some ways work better than others at creating   ‘community’.

1)    In some churches, people attending   services  look  like masked bandits,  everyone  stays  carefully 6′ apart and most   leave   the premises  as soon  as services are over. No singing and no touching or hugging others is encouraged.

2)  Church attendees connect only  via the Internet  with  Zoom type meetings offered.  All in-person church related meetings which existed prior to the pandemic have been cancelled.

3) Some thing  different from the above two.      Some  people wear masks   and most  do  not.  Plenty of chit chat and  ‘how are you?’ conversation afterwards  with flexible  social distancing.  Things sort of start on time with considerable attention to the needs of children.   People recognize and welcome each other by name.    Lots of families  are present  with lots of children interacting  informally.  Consideration is given about   issues related to  the pandemic with few hard and fixed rules.

Resurrection Catholic  fits into category #1.    In-person services continue at  Resurrection Catholic in Aptos, CA.  Resurrection Catholic now   goes out of doors to celebrate community,    It  celebrates services outdoors   during the week (Tues. -Fri at 10 am) and also   out of doors on weekends (Sat at 5  pm and Sun. 10:15 am).  You can also attend services from home via Zoom or YouTube.   Important:  For in-person services,  be sure to bring and use your mask at Resurrection;  you may have difficulty knowing who is standing 6 feet away from you. People leave services without much chit chat. You need to make a reservations ahead of time to attend Sat. 5 pm and Sun. 10:15 services.  Click the link in the paragraph above for reservations.

St. John’s Episcopal  fits into category #2.   There’s still no in-person services held  by the  Episcopalians in Aptos, CA.    Located across Highway #1 off State Beach Drive (next to the new skateboard park in Aptos) , the Episcopalians offer   Zoom services only   to create ‘community’.  For their most recent Zoom service, click HERE.    There’s no mention in  St. John’s most recent e-news   when in-person community services  will occur.  No in-person meetings of any kind are happening currently.  Mother Tracy puts out a weekly email concerning worship services for the coming week.

Trinity Covenant Church (TCC)   fits into category #3.     Trinity Covenant  offers several  ways to connect on Sundays either  in-person  or  via Zoom on the internet.  Trinity Covenant,  located just off highway #1 and Seascape Blvd,  holds  weekly  service on Sundays at 10 AM.

Services ‘sort of’ start on time. Cars and people float  into the church  parking lot and building with the service largely starting  close to  10 AM.     Well behaved children get up during the service to get paper, pencils and crayons.    People  sit  (some wear masks, many do not)  either  inside the   building,  outside at patio tables, in their cars in the parking lot or hear the service from home via Zoom.  There’s live music  with singing and  Troy Martin, the pastor,  preaches from a raised area  in the auditorium.   Families sit together (lots of children)  with substantial social distancing in between families.    People ‘say hi’ and chat informally   after services.  Newcomers are recognized and welcomed readily.   A number of  church families  recently  returned from time together at Big Sur, CA.

And what about  how ‘community’ as experience in  coffee houses in AptosPacific Coffee Roasting Co comes first to mind with Norma Jean’s Coffee a close second.  Yes there are plenty of other coffee houses.

The Pacific Coffee Roasting House keeps all things flexible.  There are a few tables inside.  You used to be able to bring your own mug and now you cannot.  You have to wear a mask inside but not outside on the patio.   Located near the Aptos library, next door to Frank’s Pharmacy  and within walking distance of a Best Western motel, you will hear various languages spoken on the patio outside Pacific Coffee Roasting Co.   Most people do not wear masks as they share conversation, food and company. With a Zamian’s restaurant a stone’s throw away the patio area attracts people throughout the day.  It’s a popular place in Aptos, CA  to experience ‘a sense of community’ without masks.

written by Cameron Jackson    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

 

 

 

Fordham, a Catholic University, condones multiple murders [the Tiananmen Square Massacre]

A Fordham University student is threatening to sue the university after it placed him on disciplinary probation related to two  Instagram posts.

The first  post  on Instagram was a picture commemorating slain retired police Capt. David Dorn with the caption, “Y’all a bunch of hypocrites,” referring to the Black Lives Matter movement which the student  dislikes.

 

 

 

 

 

The second  post on Instagram  was an image of Tong holding a legally acquired firearm and the caption, “Don’t tread on me,” along with a hashtag remembering  the Tiananmen Square Massacre, posted on the 31st anniversary of the event. Tong himself left  China when quite young to escape the Chinese communists.

The letter from Fordham Dean of Students Keith Eldredge didn’t specify anything wrong with the  Instagram posts other than the possession of a firearm, referring to social media posts “related to the current racial issues in the country and political issues in China.”

The refusal to specify what was wrong with them shows even Fordham knows how ridiculous this is, and referring to Tiananmen Square as a “political issue in China” sounds like it’s straight out of a Chinese propaganda handbook.

Fordham found that  senior Austin Tong’s posts violated its policies on “bias and/or hate crimes” and “threats/intimidation.” The probation restricts his access to campus, forcing him to finish his degree online, and bars him from participating in extracurricular activities. The university also ordered Tong to complete implicit bias training and to write a letter of apology.  

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Firenze Sage:   Who is Tong  supposed to apologize to?

Down with DaVinci [curator at SFMONA resigns]

 Might  San  Francisco Museum of Modern Art  or other museums exclude works by   white male artist  DaVinci?  Who gave the world Mona Lisa?  

 

 

 

 

 

An art museum curator has resigned from his post at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art after outraging members of his staff by refusing to exclude white male artists.

Gary Garrels, the senior curator of painting and sculpture, was the target of a petition that garnered just over 250 signatures this month demanding that he resign after he refused to exclude white male artists.

The petition stated that Garrels offended many members of the staff by mentioning that the museum would “definitely still continue to collect white artists” during a presentation about diversifying collection efforts to include more work from nonwhite artists.

During his tenure at SFMOMA, Garrels organized early museum shows by Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, and Kara Walker, as well as retrospectives of the work of Vija Celmins, Bruce Conner, and Sol LeWitt. But his lasting legacy at SFMOMA may be tied to two very different initiatives: the museum’s extended loan deal of the Fisher Collection and its decision, last year, to auction off a painting by Mark Rothko for $50.1 million in order to create a dedicated fund to acquire work by female artists, artists of color, and LGBTQ+ artists. Works that have been acquired using the fund include pieces by Rebecca Belmore, Forrest Bess, Frank Bowling, Leonora Carrington, Lygia Clark, and Norman Lewis.

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Firenze Sage:     And how many museums would black art fill?

 

Are you ‘woke’? Accept your ‘white privilege’ guilt? Nope? Oh dear.

Are you ‘woke’?  Do you accept your racism and  ‘white privilege’ guilt? Nope…?

 Floyd George, a black unarmed man,  was killed May 25  in a large city, Minneapolis,which is   run by Democrat politics.

He  was killed   by a white cop with a long history of problem behaviors.  The national news has been  full of  riots, looting and demonstrations.

Black  men,  6% of the U.S. population, commit roughly 50% of violent crimes — murders and robberies. It’s blacks who  kill and rob other blacks in overwhelming numbers.

Black Lives Matters Inc.  (BLM)  has been much in the national news. BLM has held various demonstrations. What does BLM say about blacks killing fellow blacks, largely in their own neighborhoods?   Nothing.

The corporate organization  Black Lives Matter  (BLM) has no message opposing killings by blacks of other blacks.   BLM focuses on police killings of blacks and support de-funding the police as their ‘solution’.  What will happen to black neighborhoods with even fewer people wearing blue are  keeping the peace?  More violence.   Just recently, New York City removed 500 plain clothes police from street duty  and violent crime in the City  has skyrocketed.

So what to make of all this killing?  Blacks kill other blacks in huge numbers.   Unarmed blacks and whites get killed by  the police. 

So —  is it ‘whitey’ that’s the real problem?   Is racism — your racism–or  ‘structural racism’ — is  that’s  the problem?   Are you ‘woke’?  Do you accept your  supposed  ‘white privilege’ guilt?

Maybe you’re a bit  curious and willing to  learn  more about ‘white privilege’ and ‘structural racism’?

Well,  there’s workshops out there that seek to  ‘enlighten’  you.

I attended The Call of the Moment: an  Anti-Racism Workshop offered  via ZOOM by Dr. Lewis.  About 1300 attended.  Dr. Lewis plans more workshops in the future.

  Two books by Dr. Lewis are listed as  available on Amazon. One of her books  is The Power of Stories.  

 

Dr. Jacqui Lewis,  is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church located in New York City.   She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and has served in a senior  position  with Middle Collegiate  for about 15 years.  

Published on VOX on May 29,2020 is the following info:

About Dr. Lewis, here’s what I found:

 Dr. Lewis writes:  “And it’s not enough to condemn this particular presidential abuse without also naming how the president  [Trump] routinely kills and maims those on the margins through policy.

Tens of thousands of people are killed each year due to ridiculously lax gun legislation he [Trump]  defends. Child hunger is soaring because of our woefully anemic safety net and federal cruelty. Thousands have been kidnapped at our border at his [Trump’s]  command.

And more than 16,000 people have already died in my city [New York]  because the president failed to prepare for the coronavirus and did not prioritize giving New York the aid we needed.  [Oh really?  Factual problem here.]   

Dr. Lewis continues:  “So, while I’m horrified by the president’s callousness in demanding houses of worship be allowed to open, I cannot say I’m surprised. And I am not surprised by how many white Americans continue to support him — it is part of our country’s foundational white supremacy. Our social contract has always made its peace with brutality and death to secure the power of whiteness…..”   

Given the strong  bias against  President Trump that Dr. Lewis clearly expresses,  how ‘loose  with the facts’ might  Dr. Lewis be when she presents in an anti-racial  workshop?  More about the Workshop   will be discussed in a separate post.  

   As. Dr. Lewis lays a huge number of societal problems at one person’s door — President  Trump’s door —   how likely is she to consider that  behavior  on the part of blacks  is  part of the problem as well as part of the solution?    

Per the VOX post,  Dr. Lewis blames Trump for killing twelve  thousand people  in New York City (where she lives and works).  The facts do not support her allegations.

It is well publicized that the Mayor of New York moved COVID-19 persons into nursing homes and about 4,500 nursing home patients died.  That is what the Mayor  of New York City  did.   That’s the city where Dr. Lewis lives and works.     It is well known that Trump sent a hospital ship to New York  to help out and also it is well known that Trump  sent heaps of ventilators that were not needed but  New York City received  them. There are no indications that Trump killed  people in New York.

Dr. Lewis, as published by Vox, states ‘facts’ about Trump that are clearly erroneous for which there is no support.  

Take Away:  The workshop by Dr. Lewis on  anti-racism  makes no mention of the brutal  violence that   male Afro-Americans living in large Democrat controlled cities  inflict on other individuals  of their color, ethnicity and culture both on physical bodies  and on black  homes, businesses  and neighborhoods. Black  violent behaviors  harming other blacks was not touched on in the workshop.

Dr. Lewis does talk about ‘holding  environments’, that we find our identify in various contexts (home, school, church).  She talks about   that the first ‘holding environment’  — the womb. When bullets are flying near by that first ‘holding environment’ is at risk.   

When black males (6% of the population) commit 50% of murders against their neighbors who are black what’s the effect on the  ‘holding environments’ aka wombs of pregnant black women? Check the facts:   Floyd George  put a pistol to the stomach of a pregnant woman after pushing his way into her home.    Dr. Lewis writes that there were bullets  flying nearby when she was 8, living in Chicago, and  it was learned that Martin Luther King had been  assassinated.

I think it  matters  that Afro-Americans are killing, maiming children  and aborting black babies  in huge numbers.  As stated above,  50% of all murders and robberies are committed by  black men killing and robbing other blacks who are their neighbors.

In response to what I wrote about blacks killing blacks  one person, an episcopal  church leader  wrote:  “Those statistics  point to the effects of years of ‘systemic racism’ that have left black people with little to no opportunity and isolated them in ghettos where violence prevails.” 

A black author  in the WSJ Jason Riley says differently.  He writes  that riots caused businesses to leave inner cities which resulted in social pathologies.   Here are Riley’s  words:

“A common assumption among liberals is that the movement of inner-city jobs to the suburbs in the late 1960s is what led to the higher rates of crime, violence and other social pathologies associated with ghetto life. But this gets the order wrong. The business flight took place after the rioting, not before. Will history repeat itself?”

Someone,  a christian and  member of  an  episcopal church,  wrote on Facebook that a video by Candice Owen   ‘made him feel sick’.  He asked people to comment and  received  50-60 comments in response.

Some  said Candice Owens and Jason Riley, both black conservatives, are  ‘shills’ Three  disagreed including myself. 

  Aren’t you just a little more ‘woke’ now ?  the person writing on his Facebook page  asked of  one dissenter. “I reject most of what ‘woke’ stands for” that person  responded. Oh dear, not everybody buys into getting  ‘woked’.

Another dissenter commented   that  for many years  most major U.S. cities are run by black politicians …. ”  My question:     do these  black politicians  care about the blacks voters  that  put them in office? Why have these black politicians produced so little helpful  to blacks?

My view:  Why blame the huge numbers of blacks killing and robbing   their  black neighbors  on  something called    ‘structural racism’ when it can just as easily be  described as    Democrat Party  politics as usual?  Why?  Remember, 2020  is an election year and the Democrats prime goal is to remove Trump from office.

Churches are a main civic organization.  So what has been the response of  churches to Black Lives Matters and ‘structural racism’?

The Episcopal Church has been in the news lately.   Remember the picture of Trump standing in front of the church across from the White House which had been torched the night before?  Trump had a bible – that picture.

Rev. Curry head of the episcopal church in Washington D.C.  says. “I really do believe that we’ve got to face the pain of our past and then work together to create new ways to create a new future.”. 

I’ve found no discussion by Rev. Curry or  other episcopal leaders  as to the role blacks  specifically play in the violence inflicted by blacks on their black neighbors. Nothing specific as to what blacks can and need to do. The episcopal stance appears to be ‘we stand against racism and structural racism…’   

So  what are some of the factors  why  black men commit  50% of all murders? 

Listen to voices who published Letters in  WSJ  June 13-14, 2020:   These letters cite Prof. Orlando Patterson’s essay “The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S.” (Review, June 6).  One voice names the failure of black office holders.  The number of black children born without a father in the home and  black reliance on government programs instead of finding meaningful work is listed as another factor by another voice.

My views:  It’s complicated and there’s many   factors why black men commit 50% of all U.S.  violent crimes.  Something not talked about is the role of feminism and easy access to abortions.     Feminism and ‘my body is my own to do as I please‘ comes to mind.    Due to  Planned Parenthood,  there’s  easy availability of abortion as a primary birth control method. In New York City  more black babies are aborted than born.   How do those young black almost-a-father and never-had-a-choice black men feel?  Ask them.

Black fathers don’t appear to matter.   What about self esteem issues  and attaching value for who you are.   Look at the Black Lives Matter website and you will find no role, no value, no interest in  black fathers, black sons or black families with a mother and father as a married entity. Marriage and family and the place of the black man as father are not valued   by  Black Lives Matters.  Take a look at their web site.

Self esteem comes from learning skills that are age grounded.    Riding a bike at 4. Learning to read and later learning how to reason and think logically by early teens. These contribute to the development of self esteem.  Learning a skill that can result in a wage is another  crucial  step for young  people.  The  union controlled  public schools produce poorly educated persons of all colors including young black men.

Effect of the unions.   In the 1930’s thousands of young blacks went north to get jobs. The blacks had carpentry and other skills and got jobs.   Then the Davis Bacon  Act was passed which requires that ‘prevailing wages’ be paid. The act was passed to limit blacks from getting jobs. Time to change the law?

Recent events:   Now we learn  that a bad, bad  white cop with 18 disciplinary actions killed a black man  he knew (they were bouncers together) while several other cops stood by and did nothing.  Those other cops were complicit and contributed to the death of that black.    For years, that bad cop was protected by the police unions.

Yes — it’s  time to rein in the power  police unions. And  time to rein in the  school unions that produce  poorly educated persons of all colors.

Unions for public employees.  That is a major culprit. The police unions protect the bad cops.  The school unions protect the bad teachers.  Together as a result we get poorly educated young persons of all colors.  And there are all sorts of factors why young black men take guns and kill  and rob other blacks.

There’s no real bartering when the police and school  unions sit down across the table from the  politicians — the Democrats — who they paid to put in office.  For example, t he SEIU  paid $60 million to put Obama in office in 2008.

We don’t need ‘structural racism’ to explain why black Democrat politicians   in large cities  do nothing about the power of police unions and the power exerted by school unions.

Why unions for public employees stay in power:   Old fashioned greed is a simple and better explanation why no change over the  years.    Both sides want more and both give to each other more  to get more.

This is why there should not be public employee unions.  There has to be an adversarial relationship when those representing the public purse sit down to discuss money with representatives of public schools and the police.

So what to do so young blacks stop killing and robbing other blacks? Become part of the solution.  How?

Unions:   Rein in and  get rid of the  corrupt power of unions in schools and the police.

Churches:  Are you a member of a church?  Get local churches to cooperate and work together.     Episcopals  with Catholics, Protestants    and others —  can  work collaboratively to support family values that weaken and reduce the power of  Hispanic and Black  gangs.   That’s a no brainer.  Encourage  young men to  marry  and staying married to the women with whom they have children.  That’s also a no brainer.   Intact families with a mother and father in the home create and raise children who go to college and get jobs.  How support families?    How and when? Do so  around Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus into a family with a father in the home.

The organization Black Lives Matters:   Call out Black Lives Matters for what it is —   a marxist organization which is anti- nuclear family and  puts forth  policies and  falsehoods   which  harm  blacks.  Look at their website carefully.  There is no message on the BLM  web site saying to black men to STOP killing other blacks.    There is no support  on the  BLM web site  for  black fathers to marry the mothers of their children.  There’s no discussion of the importance of male  relationships between fathers and sons. And, there is no  BLM message to young woman to ‘stop aborting black babies’ and re-think whether  a government check and transfer payments for the next 18 years is a good deal.

Schools:  Work to create more  charter schools  in your community and use of money that will  mean more accountability by public schools to produce better educated  (literate and meet specific standards  in math and reading) young people of all color.  Blacks don’t learn to read in CA schools.    Require schools to provide  classes that can assist all students in  getting jobs.  Require all students to learn at least one skill that could lead to a job.

Note:   This  post was  reviewed   7/1/20.  Some    changes made  to clarify the main points  and preserve the privacy of  persons who commented.

So what say you?  Become part of the conversation!  It is easy to comment.  Monterey Bay Forum is exactly that  — a forum for discussion of ideas.

This post was written by  Cameron Jackson,   licensed CA  psychologist PSY14762          127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz, CA   95060        DrCameronJackson@gmail.com 

Wonder what the young black woman, Candice Owens,  has to say?   This is from You Tube and she has a mouthful to say about why blacks kill blacks.

Comment to   DrCameronjackson@gmail.com

 

 

 

Are you ‘church’ alone, in ZOOM reality, a building & does it even matter?

What’s a “church” & does it even matter?

The minister of Trinity Covenant in Aptos, CA  typically discusses books which he has read  and today was no exception.

The book mentioned  today   is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. A best seller  on Amazon — for $10.21 in paperback and $12.99 on electronic Kindle —  Into the Wild is  about a young man who gives  up everything he owns, lives a life of non-attachment and four months later he poisons himself and  then starves to death in Alaska. His body was found.  He had  kept a journal.   One of his last journal entries was  “Happiness is only real when shared.”   

Christopher McCandless, the young man who sought non-attachment and died on the slopes of Alaska,    realized  belatedly that sharing and happiness are intertwined.

So is a church about sharing? Yes.   Christians know that Communion / aka Mass  is sharing bread and wine as the body of Christ.  And there’s  other kinds of sharing —  the word of God, sharing prayers for others and sharing  lots of smiles and also   tears.

A   bit of what people heard in the sermon:    “Spirit is the word for wind…..”   “Fire comes down when God makes a new place of worship…. ”  “God pours Himself in with baptism….”

Take away what a church is?    An  attempt:   A church is a  gathering of Christians in physical space  (not ZOOM virtual reality)  which is at the same time  both a  specific   and  a  catholic  gathering    Analogy:    Think of light — which is both a wave and a particle.   Likewise a church is both a  particular physical gathering  and not a not  particular world wide gathering.

So, what’s your attempt to define “church”?

What is shared in the picture taken at Trinity Covenant on Pentacost Sunday, May 31, 2020?    The minister,Troy Martin,  invites with the words “Come together to eat” 1 Corinthians 11:33.  Together in one place people share.

Interested?  Want to share?   The Trinity Covenant  service  is at 10:00 am on Sundays at physical location of  1040 Bonita Drive, Aptos, CA.    The building is  just off highway #1 near the Seascape exit.

You can also tune in on ZOOM.    Go for the real thing, I say.

There’s heaps of  well  behaved kids.  Amazing kids!  Just a little  popery!   

written by Cameron Jackson   drcameronjackson@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better safe than sorry? Why Resurrection Church Aptos CA must remodel Markey Community Center ASAP

Better safe than sorry?  Why Resurrection Church Aptos CA  must remodel their Community Center ASAP.

Tom Hogan, a member of the parish,  spoke  at Resurrection Church 3/23/2000 on Why Now and How the Remodel of Markey Community Center will proceed.  Tom Hogan is on the Steering Committee guiding the remodel effort.  He  detailed the necessary safety issues which must be addressed.

The hub for Resurrection Church — their community center — requires extensive  changes to make it safe for volunteers, staff and the persons served. Resurrection Church provides many ministries to youth, seniors and vulnerable persons.

One vulnerable person served:  Many non-profit organizations including Boy Scouts use the Community Center to provides services used by the Aptosian community.  Click  Here for a brief  video of a Boy Scout project located on Resurrection’s grounds which, when the video was taken, provides temporary  shelter for a homeless person.

Why is the proposed remodel of  Resurrection Church’s community center so expensive?   Safety is the prime reason for the expensive remodel:  the expected  cost    $5.5 MILLION.

Safety issues:   Resurrection Church’s community center is a  55 year old building, separate from the church proper, which has asbestos in the walls and ceiling and  paint with lead in it  on the walls.  The building floods on occasion due to stormy weather.  Recently, a large tree fell one corner of Markey Community Center, disabling the Center for a few days and  ‘yellow tagging’  Resurrection Church’s  children’s playground which is currently not safe to use.   Volunteers and staff need to be able to exit safely should there be an emergency such a as  a dangerous person confronting them.  them.  Federal  OSHA law requires exit routes be mantaotry.  The ceiling requires a sprinkler system.  The bathrooms need to meet health codes and must  be safe for persons in wheel chairs.

Resurrection Church has THE PLAN which it has been following to gather the necessary money needed prior to start of construction.  For information on Resurrection Church’s website click HERE for the Resurrection Catholic Church 2020 Campaign.

THE PLAN:  

  1. Identify  prospects  who can make  large  Leader Gifts.   So far, parishioners have given large and smaller gifts totaling  $1 MILLION of the $5.5 needed. About 1/2 the Goal towards Leader Gifts has been met.   
  2.  Identify  prospects for Foundation Grants.  This is ongoing.  As of 3/15/2000 no Foundations have said Yes.
  3. Identify prospects for Community (business) Gifts.
  4. Contact the parish members who have not yet given

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic  Resurrection Church was required by the Diocese to cancel   the  meeting for Volunteers scheduled for today 3/14/2000.   Also,  the Church was required to cancel various fundraisers including Sunday Icecream Social and Eat, Drink and Give.

Resurrection Church’s grounds include places for repose,  places  to sit and enjoy the beauty  of the setting. One such spot I call Art from the Heart located in front of the Handicapped Parking.  Click Here for a brief video of Art from the Heart.

Like more information?   Go to  www.renewmarkeycommunitycenter.org

written by Cameron Jackson

 

 

Want to help renew & expand Resurrection Church’s MARKEY Community Center? Located in heart of Aptos, CA

Major face lift and expansion  for  Resurrection Church’s  MARKEY  Community Center coming soon?  5 1/2 million needed before construction begins. One million raised so far. MARKEY  needs money.

Where is it?   Resurrection Church’s MARKEY  Community Center is located in the heart of Aptos, CA.  Across from the library with shopping centers on two sides,  Due to it’s locaation in Aptos, MARKEY  Community Cenrer  plays a central role in the life of Aptosia aka Aptos, CA and surrounding areas.

What is MARKEY Community Center (MCC)?  It’s  where voters go to cast their ballot.  It’s the hub for Resurrection Catholic Community, where they live out their Christian faith with programs for Youth, Seniors and vulnerable persons needing showers, socks, food and clothing.  Families who cannot pay their electric bill go for help.  Families celebrate the lives of their loved ones and the marriages of their children.

Start date for construction?  Resurrection’s MARKEY  CC planned to start construction last August.  But the Catholic  Diocese changed the rules of the game and said that all money had to be raised before breaking ground.  Opps!

What’s happening now?   Construction will begin at Resurrection’s  MARKEY  Community Center once they’ve  raised $ 5.7  MILLION.     This past year they raised $1 MILLION dollars, all  dollars from  60% of the  parishioners who give regularly.

Want to know more?   Come to any Mass during  the weekend of Feb. 23 -24, 2020 and there will be presentations why now,  how the money will be raised and how you can help make the MaARKEY  project happen soon   Masses are on Saturday at 5  PM , Sunday  morning  at 8:15 AM, 10:15 AM and 6 PM.  Come and find out how you can help.  And for more info, go to:   renewmarkeycommunitycenter.org

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written by Cameron Jackson 2/16/20