Many churches: How & why “church” with St. John’s Episcopal & others in Aptos, CA?
Come & participate re future of St. John’s on Sundays at 9:15.
Let’s have fun ….
Some reasons to “church”” 1) so women do not wear hajib — which according to the Muslim “bible” prevents rape & sexual assault. Well, you probably can wear hajib at St. John’s and other churches. What think? DrCameronjackson@gmail.com
What about that supernatural stuff? Did Jesus Christ –crucified, tortured and hung from a cross — really rise from the dead?
Or is Easter just about sharing eggs and going to the beach? Sharing time with people? Beer and bongo drums?
What’s politically correct for Aptos CA churches to talk about?
Here’s what persons heard from the pulpit attending Resurrection Catholic Community 3/31/18 and Christ Lutheran Church 4/1/18 in Aptos, CA:
A 3/31/2018 8 PM Catholic service in Aptos, CA: Two people were “first time visitors” at the Easter service at the church. The large church of 400-600 was three quarters filled. The service was a familiar one. Candles lit by a fire with procession. The Word spoken including a homily by the priest.
The priest told his Easter story of a resurrection moment. As a young priest ( he had been two years a priest) in order to meet families in the Diocese he walked about 2 hours across the Philippine Islands in 100 degree humidity. He was sent out ‘two by two’ without taking food, clothing or provisions. That was back in 2004.
It was very hot and the priest was quite tired from the two hour journey when he arrived. When he arrived he was graciously welcomed to a small home by a husband and wife in their late 70’s.
The woman welcoming him — with a hug which is rarely done in the Philippine culture (they shake hands) — and she said it was the most important moment in her life; this was the first time a priest had entered her home.
This was was a ‘resurrection’ moment for the priest. The woman’s words inspired him. He was no longer tired and exhausted. He experienced God’s love through other people. Walking two hours home afterwards he was not tired.
Take away from the sermon at Resurrection Catholic Community: When you get discouraged or depressed, think of ‘resurrection’ moments in your own life said the priest. Think of moments of great joy, peace and love that come through the connections and experiences you share with other people. You have your stories of resurrection to share.
What people heard at Christ Lutheran Church April 1, 2018 could be titled The Power of Assumptions.
You can hear the sermon via YouTube. When it’s available a link will be included to it here.
Can people make changes from the bottom up instead of top down? The sermon mentioned Rosa Parks ( 1960s black civil rights) and the Florida students ( 17 students killed by a former student) as examples of people who make change from the bottom up….
Refugee Resettlement is front and center in the Easter bulletin for Christ Lutheran April 1, 2018:
Per the bulletin, this year’s Easter offering at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos CA goes to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) which “has helped over 500,000 refugees”.
By the year 300 or so roughly a quarter of the Roman Empire became Christian.
As portrayed in the gospels, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. No one saw ‘this private act’ done by God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Later, Jesus appeared to multiple people in many situations yet those people initially did not recognize Christ. Mary Magdalene did not recognize him until he called her by name. Christ told her not to touch him as he was not yet raised. Doors and windows were locked and Christ showed up.
So what is the Easter Resurrection? Simple but not simple.
Read the gospels for yourself. Read those stories and let God speak to you directly. The Wall Street Journal article mentioned above [The Easter Effect…] is a good start for thinking about the Christian faith.
Santa Cruz CA hospital emergency care — jammed to overflowing the last week of February, 2018. What to do? What to know?
There are two hospitals in Santa Cruz County: Dominican Hospital — a Dignity Hospital now — located in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville Hospital located in the southern area of the County.
The population of Santa Cruz County has grown enormously. Infra-structure which supports the population — such as hospitals and roads — has not grown. Getting around the County is a major problem only getting worse.
Our politicians and policy makers have served the population poorly concerning roads. Do we need another hospital?
Ever feel seriously ill? Experience major symptoms? Think you need to get to a hospital?
What to do:
1) Go by ambulance. Hopefully you don’t have to travel to hospital during early and late hours (7-9 & 3:30 to 7).
2) Take your medications with you. If you are admitted, Dominican gives generic medications which can be quite different from those prescribed by your MD.
3) If available, bring a ‘advocate’/ scribe — someone who can verbalize what your symptoms are to hospital personnel, who can keep track of who does what to you and who can write down the changing nature of your symptoms.
Once you are in a bed in Emergency, Dominican Hospital provides excellent care for life threatening, catastrophic issues.
What to know:
A M.D. referred to a ‘Hospitalist’ is the person who decides whether you will be admitted to the hospital, i.e., stay overnight in a bed for further tests, proceedures and observation.
The number of M.D. ‘Hospitalists’ who see you may be one or several. This is one reason why it’s important that your ‘advocate’/scribe can communicate with the medical personnel you come in contact with — especially the ‘Hospitalists’ and Nurses.
Once you are admitted to a bed in the hospital, your R.N. communicates with the Hospitalist assigned to you. The name of the Hospitalist is typically written on a board near your bed.
Depending on how your symptoms change and how impacted the hospital is, you may be moved multiple times to other Units in the hospital.
While you are in the hospital, you will come in contact with many person performing different medical procedures. It may be helpful for you to keep track of time of day, date, and who performed what procedures on you. That way you know what’s happening and you can better communicate with your Hospitalist concerning your medical needs.
Dealing with the fragmentation due to the multiplicity of medical contacts and procedures:
What if some of your medial issues are addressed but from your perspective other crucial ones are not? If you and your advocate/scribe and family think that your immediate medical concerns are not getting met, that more is going on than it appears, you can request a Rapid Response Team intervention. This is a team that will quickly come and evaluate you and address your concerns. If issues arise communicating with your R.N. there is a supervisor for all the nurses in your unit, the Charge Nurse who can address your concerns. Other eyes, ears and perspectives from the Speech, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist may provide invaluable information and evaluation.
Discharge: Later on, the Hospitalist MD assigned to your case is the person who “discharges” you, saying that you are no longer experiencing catastrophic symptoms, and certifying that you are ready to leave the hospital for a lower level of medical care (i.e., nursing home, home health care, out patient care).
If you do not agree with the M.D. Hospitalist be sure to speak up and say why.
Did the M.D. Hospialist actually meet and talk with you before deciding to discharge you? Did the the Hospitalist actually review the results of the medical procedures before making and conveying to you his/her Discharge decision? The person in charge of the Hospitalists is the Medical Director for Dominican Hospital.
Dominican Hospital has medical personnel performing ‘”Leadership” functions. These persons (who are in top management positions) go around to the rooms and initiate conversation with patients as to specific needs and as to the overall experience. These conversations can and do enhance overall communication. From the patient’s perspective the overall experience can seem quite fragmented as the patient has so many brief contacts with many medical personnel.
Dominican Hospital posts what it calls the experience principles. A promise to our patients and each other:
Know me as a person. Connect with me, not with why I am here.
Communicate with me.Keep me informed about decisions that impact. Listen to me and respond to my concerns.
Empower me. Allow me to be in charge of my care. Advocate for me and teach me to advocate for me.
Comfort me. Notice when I am having dificulty and take action to help to relieve my suffering.
Work together as a team. Support each other. Do what you say you are going to do.
Champion the ministry. Treasure the mission. Build and strengthen capabilities of the ministry.
Dominican Hospital’s experience principles are aspirational. Having your own advocate/scribe can help enormously.
Traveling to and from Dominican Hospital:
Workers from Salinas, CA who start work at 6 am at Dominican Hospital can get to work in 40-45 minutes. When the Dominican Hospital MRI machine was ‘down’ the last week of February 2018 it took 45 minutes for an engineer to drive from Aptos, Ca to the hospital wherein he repaired the machine in 2-3 minutes.
Dominican Hospial’s emergency facilities are impacted by various populations including 1) a large homeless population which sleeps out ‘in the rough’ and gets sick when it’s wet and cold; 2) a large population of drug addicted individuals ; 3) 30% of Santa Cruz County has families with children whose first language in not English. And more and more people are coming to the County.
The population of Santa Cruz CA has grown enormously in the last 30-40 years. There were and still are only two hospitals with emergency facilities for catastrophic medical conditions. The roads are impacted and increasingly it’s more and more difficult to get to and from Dominican Hospital.
What to do? Start by talking about your experiences ….
Santa Cruz County has two main hospital facilities and perhaps, given all the changes of the last 30 years, we need an additional facility located in mid-county. Or perhaps we need some additional smaller facilities that are open 24 hours a day and can handle catastrophic issues?
written by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Eat that pain away? Some foods that you can eat for pain relief include horseradish for sinus, blue berries for urinary tract infection, cherries for joint pain and tumeric for chronic pain. Heart burn? Try apple cider ….
Of course check first with your M.D. for any possible interactions between medications and herbal remedies. Talk to your MD before you start consuming large amounts of any herbal supplement. Some herbs reduce blood thinners and affect blood pressure for example. You can check for possible interactions online.
Or maybe wipe that pain away with a medicinal herb salve? What about the aches that may be relieved with a salve made from medicinal herbs? A Santa Cruz teenager has published a book which tells you where you can find the herbs and how to make a salve for pain relief. His book is available from the Herb Room in Santa Cruz located at 1130 Mission St. (831 429-8108. Proceeds from his book go to assist homeless persons in the area.
Sleep like a baby? Try the following suggestions for better sleep ….
Experts have standard rules on what is known as sleep hygiene: The room should be cold but not too cold; it should be dark and quiet; and you should follow rituals that signal it is time for bed. Brushing one’s teeth, putting on pajamas and turning off the lights can be signals to the body that it’s time to secrete melatonin, the hormone that helps humans feel sleepy.
KEEP YOUR BEDROOM DARK AND QUIET.Use black-out shades, an eye mask, and ear plugs to shut out the world while your body sleeps.
FIND THE OFF SWITCH.Turn off the computers, tablets, televisions, and smartphones an hour before you go to bed.Studies show the artificial light coming from such devices can keep you awake and make it difficult to feel drowsy.
AVOID CAFFEINE AFTERNOON.Watch out for hidden sources of caffeine, such as medications, chocolate, and dessert drinks.Try green tea if you need a pick-me-up in the late afternoon because it only contains 20 mg of caffeine.
NO BOOZE BEFORE YOU SNOOZE.Don’t drink alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.Alcohol keeps you from reaching the deep stages of sleep and dehydrates you, too.Many people who have cocktails after dinner complain of waking up in the middle of the night.
DON’T NAP. Napping regularly will disturb your sleep cycle. Avoid sleeping in the day. Keep to 8 hours a night and ideally nothing more.
CREATE A ROUTINE. Control your sleeping pattern. Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day, with few exceptions works best.
SLOW DOWN.Encourage everyone in your house (including yourself!) to start winding down at a reasonable hour by doing something relaxing, like reading a book, taking a bath, or having a warm mug of herbal tea.You’ll feel so much better the next morning.
Aptos Psychologist: Try reading the phone book sitting in a comfortable chair with a low light before you trundle off the bed.
In a memo sent by the University of Minnesota earlier this month, staff was told that Santa and Christmas tree decorations were “not appropriate” for campus buildings.
In general, the following are not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography: Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, bows/wrapped gifts. Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).
The memo asked university staffers to consider using “neutral-themed” decorations when decking out their campus space.
In a comment to Campus Reform, the University of Minnesota claims that the memo was merely advisory rather than an enforced policy…
“Melanie Larson is developing a project to provide new children’s books for prisoners and their
families at Soledad Prison. She is working with prison officials and a local high school teacher
who has been meeting with prisoners for the past four years.
“Here’s what one prisoner wrote recently:
When reading The Grapes of Wrath two years ago at Soledad Prison, one of the inmates,
referring to the Joad’s plight from the dustbowl, said, “You know, when I killed that man, I put
his entire family in an emotional desert for the rest of their lives. I can’t make up for it, but let
me at least try to make my life meaningful to others.”
“This is why we go inside the prison. Deep connection and possibility.
“Using children’s books expands this effort to include the families of prisoners.
If you’d like todonate a book or two please bring it/them to the church office and leave in the box on the
desk. Or, give Melanie a call.
“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was
in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)
Comment: Resurrection Catholic Community, the Catholic church in Aptos, sends a bus or two down to Soledad Prison each years so that children can visit their parents. Maybe some children’s books could also be on that bus? Sharing a book is a great way for a family to relate. Licensed Psychologist Cameron Jackson PSY14762
October 14, 2017 Live Music 9:45 am to 11:45 am — pot luck sharing.
Memorial Table for those harmed in recent fires.
7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Resurrection Catholic Community
Experience healing through prayer, song, laughter, sharing and listening.
All are Welcome!
Coming from out of town? Plan to stay in Aptos for the day. Enjoy a bit of Aptos enviorns. The entrance to Seacliff State Beach is 1/2 mile away.
SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 —
9:45 am — 11:45 am: Live Music (Secular & Sacred) in the Community Hall. Lulu Manus on guitar!
Like to participate? bring a favorite book on healing — or some reading that helps you heal. Bring an object that matters to you (a ring, bracelet, picture). Bring some food that you like to eat and some to share.
There may be discussion of some several of the healings Jesus did with women: Peter’s mother-in-law; a woman who had bled for many years; a young girl who had recently died.
Come and enjoy the music! Share food with others! Listen! Laugh! Bring a friend!
Bring your (supervised) children & grandchildren. Mini-cup cakes, warm cider & tea at 9:30 am.
Can’t come for all of it? Then come for part! Prefer to read the newspaper? Fine! Need to do your work? Then bring your laptop or smart phone as you listen to great music played by Resurrection musician Lulu Manus.
One place to go is the Aptos Farmers’ Market. Ashes to go? How about Wafers and Prayers & Jam Tarts to go at the Aptos Farmer’s Market?
How about home made cookies from St. John’s Episcopal, Resurrection Catholic , Christ Lutheran and First Baptist — made with love & sealed with a church sticker?
Why sell baked goods only at Christmas time? People want cookies all year long! People love home made pasta sauces. How about Tomato Preserves? And Church cook books? Many Aptos churches have Women’s Guilds and those organizations can talk to each other and work together.
And, how about a Prayer Station — next to the jam jars — where people can ask for prayers for someone they love and miss now serving in the military?
Why not? Don’t wait for people to come to you. Go to them. People need healing.
It’s time to go out to the people rather than hope that they — somehow — will come to your “campus’ aka “community”.
Research shows: churches that say they have a strong sense of identity and mission have a higher level of vitality.
So what’s the mission of your church? What’s the sense of identify that makes your church distinctive?
It’s time to ‘invest” connecting with people outside the church premises. Go where people actually congregate. Engage people on their turf. Where are they? At Farmers’ Markets. At the Garlic Festival and the Santa Cruz Fair.
Did you know that hospitals are doing exactly that? Because hospital In-Patient services have become so expensive, hospitals are offering all sorts of services on an Out-Patient basis.
Hospitals are investing outside their walls. They are following the patient.
See article in The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Hospitals Invest in Outside Clinics. Per that article, Peggy Seasborn, vice president of strategic growth for Dignity Health [owner of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA] said joint replacement seemed impossible a decade ago. Now Dignity Health is able to replace hips and knees outside the hospital in a limited number of cases. People are bypassing the Hospital. Since 1994 the has been an 80 percent increase in outpatient admissions whereas Inpatient admissions to Hospitals has remained flat or decreasing.
It’s time that local Aptos CA churches ‘invested’ outside their walls. Go out with a sense of Mission and Sense of Identity and engage with people. On their turf.
One near to Aptos,CA church that does ‘go out and find the patient’ is Santa Cruz Hope Church located in Soquel, CA and Scotts Valley.
If Hospitals can think ‘outside the box’ — so can Aptos churches with a strong sense of Mission and Identity.
How do people experience healing? Numerous ways: prayer, music, singing, laughter, listening, and sharing are some ways. In what new ways can your church share the Healing Love of Christ? And reach out ….
It’s time to leave those church buildings ….
written by licensed Psychologist PSY 14762 Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com