You are Someone Worth Dying For … Santa Cruz County CA Fire evacuees returning home

Due to fires, one third of all  Santa Cruz County’s residents left their homes and were rescued by friends, families and shelters.  Over 30,000 people  evacuated. Thank you ‘first responders’, shelters, friends, families and strangers who took in strangers.

Now those people  are returning to Boulder Creek, Felton, Scotts Valley and elsewhere in the county of Santa Cruz.

All the rescued …. all those who rescue and continue to rescue  people from the CA fires.

Yes, you are worth dying for …

Listen and watch   “Someone Worth Dying For” debuted on the final CD,    A Beautiful Life by Michael Grayson and his former band Mikeschair.

Invite a Muslim to church? Less female genital mutilation? More apostasy? Islamic women’s lives matter

Muslim women’s sex lives matter just as much as Black Lives Matter and all lives matter.

Eliminating the Islamic  practice  female genital mutilation  will improve Muslim women’s sex lives.  One thing U.S. Christians can do is invite a Muslim family to church.  Maybe the family  will come back and choose to identify Christian.

Of the 3.5 MILLION Muslims in the U.S. about 100,000 abandon Islam each year.   More than half  of Muslims living in the U.S. abandon religion entirely and 22% now identify as Christian.

Ex-Muslims living in the west spread savvy messages, denounce Islam and help atheists flee to the West says Daniel Pipes in WSJ article When Muslims Leave the Faith.

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

 

 

 

Going to a rally? Beach? Think twice … use social distancing …

What happened  at a religious rally for Navajos in AZ  held in March 2020  with no social distancing?  The virus spread rapidly.

One story of what’s happening to American Indians:   Instead of 5 minutes to list number of  cases and the dead it took 45 minutes for a radio station to list the dead.

“When a family member dies, we the Diné, whom Spanish conquistadors named the Navajo, send a notice to our local radio station so that everyone in the community can know. Usually the reading of the death notices—the names of those who have passed on, their ages, where they lived and the names of their matrilineal and patrilineal clans—takes no more than five minutes. It used to be very rare to hear about young people dying. But this past week, I listened to 45 minutes of death notices on KGAK Radio AM 1330. The ages ranged from 26 to 89, with most of the dead having been in their 30s, 40s or 50s.e names.  

Aptos Psychologist:   In Santa Cruz County, 3 have died, 59 hospitalized, 772 known cases, 321 recovered and 23,000+ tested for Covid-19. 

In Santa Cruz County  local health official  Gail Newel said she was not sure whether or not the spike in new Covid-19 cases was connected to the recent political rallies. She is re-opening the local beaches because   “people are not willing to be governed anymore in that regard”.  Children over age two are now required to wear face masks says Newel.

Anyone looking at  Seacliff State Beach lately will notice the lack of social distancing by groups of people hanging out in front of the beach  restrooms as well as large groups of people  using the beach.

And people are leaving their beach  litter behind. On Sat. July 18,  Live Like Coco   sponsored a Seacliff State Beach Cleanup which  removed heaps of trash from the beach.  About 40+ people attended the Live Like Coco clean up.

 

ZOOM & Tune In at Resurrection Church 11 am Friday for Holy Hour

Stations of the Cross 

How to use ZOOM easy!   Try it out!   This is an invite from Resurrection Church in Aptos for their Holy Hour  4/3/2000:

“We invite you to join us tomorrow morning (Friday) at 11 am for our live-stream Holy Hour (Exposition and Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament) and Stations of the Cross with Women on The Way of the Cross.

“It will also be recorded and be put on our website so you can watch and pray at your convenience if you can’t join us at 11 am.

“To join the Holy Hour, click this link a little before 11 am on Friday morning: Resurrection Holy Hour   If asked, enter Meeting ID # 263-332-736 (no dashes).

If you’ve downloaded the app to your phone or tablet, simply select “Join a Meeting” and enter the Meeting ID# 263-332-736 (no dashes).

If you wish to join by any telephone to listen to the Holy Hour, call 1-669-900-6833 (a San Jose number) and when prompted, Meeting ID # 263-332-736 (no dashes).

Click this link to view and/or download the worship aid for the Holy Hour. Holy Hour Worship Aid

If you don’t want to print it out, you can open it in one window and still have the video stream open in another window, then you can look at the worship aid when needed.

For those of you who are new to Zoom, please read the instructions below to help you with the proper “Zoom Etiquette” for being a good “Zoom Neighbor”!

Mother Teresa: goes from rat infested Baltimore to Calcutta ….

Flashback: Mother Teresa Set Up Sisters of Mercy Hospice in Rat-Infested Baltimore – Visited the City Three Times
The Democrats and their media attacked President Trump this week for pointing out the horrible living conditions in rat-infested Baltimore.

Mother Teresa saw this too.

The renowned Catholic founder of the Sisters of Mercy built a hospice in Baltimore to care for the poor and show them dignity.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata established the home at St. Wenceslaus Parish for those afflicted with AIDS.

The Baltimore Sun reported:
Mother Teresa came to Baltimore in 1992 to dedicate Gift of Hope as an AIDS hospice.

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Firenze Sage    JAJ48@aol.com    If Mother T can see the problem and do something, why can’t the hundreds of   politicos?

One, two, three — 3 spiritual exercises how to converse with God?

Spiritual exercises?  How to converse with God?    How can you expand your daily  consciousness of God,  who is in all and all present.

Catholic priest  Father Larry   learned after the death of his wife Joan nineteen years ago how much he needed God as his Friend, the same way  as Abraham was God’s friend.

“But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend. ( Isaiah 41:8).

Says Father Larry:  There’s one, two three spiritual exercises you can do daily,  which take about 5 or so  minutes a day.   These spiritual exercises are a way of expanding your consciousness of God who is in all and all present.

At the  ‘Last Chance Cafe’ 7/28/2019   (6 pm Sunday  Mass at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos, CA)   Father Larry  said:

1) Think back over the last 24 hours for an interaction or event  that went well in your life. Re-experience those moments and hold them in your consciousness.  Then,  give thanks to God for those moments and event.

2) Next.  Now think back over the last 24 hours for an interaction, project  or event that did not go well. This time think how  it might have gone better and replay in your  consciousness how it might have gone.  And now, ask God  for grace that next time that it will go better.

3) Think ahead to the next 24 hours.  Think about what might happen in the next 24 hours,  about up-coming   projects, events or interactions which you think will occur.   Pick a particular  possible event.  And ask God for strength and wisdom as you experience that up-coming event or interaction.

That’s the One, Two , Three spiritual exercises you can utilize to expand your consciousness of God as your Friend and Companion on the Way.  Thank  Father Larry  of Resurrection Catholic Community, for these suggestions.

written by Cameron Jackson   7/29/2019      JAJ48@aol.com

China mutilates Chinese who practice spirituality of tolerance, compassion & truthfulness

Spirituality is a ‘no-no’ in China.  What happens  in China to those who practice  meditation and  spirituality exercises aka Falun Gong, exercises which  encourage  tolerance, compassion and truthfulness?

The China government  mutilates Chinese who practice Falun Gong with forced organ transplants.  This has gone on for years.

Let’s ask our Democrat Presidential hopefuls  — Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris —  what they will do about China’s harvesting of organs.  These are real victims who have suffered death and mutilation for their beliefs.

Ms.  Lin, Miss World Canada 2015,  writes in the WSJ,  “How I learned to Stop Hating Faln Gong.

A more apt title is why Ms.Lin stopped hating Falun Gong, a form of   Chinese spiritual meditation  exercises.

At age 13,  Ms. Lin emigrated with her mother to Canada where her mother gave her a flyer  uncensored information about Falun Gong.  Information opened  Ms. Lin’s  eyes.  What she learned:

The Chinese government  routinely mutilate  the dead bodies of   practitioners of Faln Gong.  Persons who practise  Chinese spirituality meditation aka Falun Gong exercises  are the   main source  of 60,000 to 90,000 forced organ transplants   each year.  The U.K-based China Tribune reported this in June, 2019.

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Aptos Psychologist: ‘Racism!’ is all over the U.S. mainstream media. That word has become meaningless the way it’s thrown around.    Look at the world and the dastardly things that governments such as China  do to their citizens.

 

 

Aptos, CA: This is a church, oops no steeple, open it up and LOTS of people? Yep. Lots of kids. www.tccsantacruz.org

Lots of kids and parents flow at Trinity Covenant Church in Aptos, CA.  Spirituality & HealingSundays 10 AM and all ages Sunday School at 9 AM.

For more info go  www.tccsantacruz.org