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
On top right, go to Chapters and click on Chapters by State/ Province. Find on the map the blue Geolocate Me and click on it.
Using the website’s GPS, a list of the Chapters closest to you will appear.
For example, people living in Aptos, CA will see the following chapters listed: Aptos – St. John the Baptist; Aptos – Soquel Drive; Salinas – Salinas Chapter; Pacific Grove – St Mary’s by the Sea
Next, click on the GREEN button Chapter Page. Click to JOIN the Chapter. Then, READ the Announcements and Discussions that are posted.
Four Chapters of the Order of St. Luke are hosting a Healing Event ‘Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! in Aptos, CA on October 13 & 14, 2017. Go to AptosChurch.info for complete information.
It is easy to JOIN several Chapters. For example, near Sacramento there’s a Chapter that regularly posts what happens at their monthly meetings. Elba White is the Convener for that Chapter. Have fun meeting other OSL members online. Reach out to others as you participate in Jesus’ Ministry of Healing! written 9/3/2017 by DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
AptosCommunityGarden.info on Twitter has some pictures for the Garden.
Like to say ‘hello’? Maybe share produce with fellow gardeners at Aptos Community Garden in Aptos, CA?
To facilitate ‘saying hello’, see below list. You know your plot number, so just look for numbers around you in the garden & that way you can easily get acquainted with fellow gardeners. Saying ‘hello’ is a nice part of gardening together.
Each plot number and name of person renting the plot are listed below.
Names of persons & plot numbers at Aptos Community Garden, July 3, 2017:
Chuc Nowark 3
Laurie Nowark 3
Cameron Jackson 6
Samantha Olden 7
Samantha Olden 8
Alejandro Callejas 9
Grace Baillie 11
Jane Amaral 12
Wandis Wilcox 13
JoAnn Christiansen 14
Mardee McGraw 16
Elizabeth Renfro 18
Lisa Logsdon 19
John Lovett 20
Sandy Lovett 20
Adriana Bartch 21
John Bartch 21
Norma Spiegel 22
Jackie Nelson 23
John Nelson 23
Jackie Nelson 25
John Nelson 25
Neil Kennedy 26
MaryJo Voorhees 27
Doreen Albertson 28
Neil Kennedy 29
Dana Abbott 31
Debby Samuels 32
Janine Kittleson 33
John Lovett 34
Sandy Lovett 34
Roberta Ruiz 35
Daryl Wise 36
Sumer Yarema 37
Tom Yarema 37
Donna Kaelin 39
Lindsay Rosalba 40
Joseph Stearns 41
Joseph Stearns 42
Lucas Willey 43
Sally Willey 43
Gina Mersman 44
Gina Mersman 45
John Wescoat 46
John Wescoat 48
Verginia Voinea 49
Lisa Dupont 50
Erin McNeally 51
Michael Schalow 52
Julie Lolmaugh 53
Karen Juarez 54
Michelle Lloyd 55
Sian St. Laurent 55
Nathaniel Ritchie 56
Juanita Contin 58
Max Contin 58
George Winslow 62
Terrie Winslow 62
Andela Milligan 63
Kasey Milligan 63
Gina Mersman 71
Gina Mersman 73
Aptos Community Garden — as of June, 2017 — has some plots available. Plot No. 10, 12, 24, 46 and 57 are still available. Come see if one of the available plots interests you.
To run fast run alone, to run far run together. Yep.
You may not run the Badwater race in California. That is one brutal ultra marathon!
You do have your own marathon to run. Your life.
And it’s best to keep moving!
And it’s best to do it together!
Sometimes we all feel weary and alone. Very alone. And very weary.
You may be weary from the care of a chronically ill spouse or relative.
Or you may feel weary because a situation seems stuck. And, things just don’t seem to change.
Some people use exercise gyms to get out of feeling weary.
An hour of exercise bike, weights and stretching can remove the feeling of weariness. For some, exercise helps to get the body ‘moving’. Consider joining gym for regular exercise.
Another way to exercise — a gentle way –can be through gardening. Aptos Community Garden has a few plots available. Call 831 688-5727 extension 2 and leave your name and telephone number.
Community gardening allows you to meet and connect with others. And, you can grow beautiful flowers and vegetables.
We have families — biological and by groups we associate with by choice — where we can concretely practice mutual love and support for one another.
You are not alone.
Remember those who came before you. There are those who came before you, ones who have run the race.
Christians refer to those who came before them as the “great host of witnesses” of those who came before. That host of witnesses includes Abraham who believed by faith and had a son with Sarah in their old age. David. Solomon. Elizabeth cousin of Mary the mother of Jesus. St. Augustine, Martin Luther.Dorothy Day. And others.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin what so easily entangles us. . And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
Who are the’giants’ in your life, the persons who have inspired and continue to inspire you?
A book by Malcolm Muggeridge titled A Third Testament explores the spiritual wanderings of St. Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy and Bonhoeffer.
That and other Christian books about “the host of witnesses” are available at The Word Shop, email@example.com 831 688 6607.
Through books you can explore the spiritual wanderings of others who have gone before you.
Yes, your life is an ultra-marathon. And to run far — run it together.
One place to ‘keep moving’ and practice mutual love for one another is through a Christian community. And one such community is:
Caregivers’ Circle: Do you or someone you know care for a chronically ill spouse? Yes — that’s a tough, long , difficult ultra-marathon to run.
Come get support. Break the isolation. Say hello.
Starting Friday, Sept 16, 2016 at 1 p.m in Thomas Lounge at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos, CA there’s a Caregivers’Circle to provide a safe haven for sharing feelings; a place to learn new coping skills; and to provide relief from isolation.
Run that ultra- marathon with others!
All are welcome. Please RSVP to Karla Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org — that’s so adequate materials are available.
TakeAway: And you drove miles to a church to hear this preached?
Yikes! And that church spends money to put this on a website?
What to do to improve?
Issue: A man leaves his wife for another woman after having cared for his wife for the last several years. His wife has Alzheimer’s.
What do you say about this? Has the man betrayed his vows? Or is he meeting his needs?
Based on 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25, the sermon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos August 21, 2016 is about the Greek world view versus the Hebrew world view. And how these two world views — Greek and Hebrew — collide today, both personally and politically.
The Greek world view: The Rev. Anne Mcanelly quotes from a book by Elizabeth Gilbert titled Committed: A Love Story p. 250 (on Amazon for $16.09 or Kindle for $11.99)
that “the Greeks gave us all our notions about democracy, equality, personal liberty, individualism …. and what we might call multiculturalism…”
The Hebrew world view: “And then there is the world view of the Hebrews … including the ancient world view that is all about tribalism, faith, obedience and respect. This way of thinking is clannish, patriarchal, authoritarian, moralistic, ritualistic and suspicious of outsiders…. The collective is always more important than the individual, morality is more important than happiness and vows are inviolable” (pg. 251 Unbreakable)
The preacher then asks, Which are you — are you finding yourself more in the Greek camp,
or are you more attuned to the Hebrew way of thinking?
To cover all bases she says, “Of course there is no right or wrong preference and when we understand how we see the world and maybe how our close relatives do as well, we might discover some insight how to get along better….”
The Rev. goes on to say, “A friend of mine told me about a family crises. Her father-in-law is leaving his wife for another woman…. the twist in the story is that the wife has Alzheimer and the man cared for his wife for severeal years but now has started dating someone else.
My friend felt betrayed… I reminded her that its his very Greek way of thinking he is simply looking out for himself. He is placing personal needs ahead of loyalty and faithfulness and that is not sitting very well with my friend. Now most of us would expect the husband to be loyal, but what is at issue is the world view more than moral fiber.”
“This Greek/ Hebrew dichotomy can also played out in the political realm, where some see every decision only in the way it would affect them — a very Greek way of thinking. While others see a more holistic , community and ask what might be be better for all concerned, thereby favoring the Hebrew way….”
Aptos Psychologist: Many sermons — including this one — just don’t ‘work’. As many sermons do, this sermon sets up a false this or that dichotomy (Greek versus Hebrew world view ). In reality, many people in the pews know that they are both … and more. Ho, hum. Snooze time……
Maybe what some Christian churches — for sure this one — needs is a FeedBack form for pew sitters. Let people comment right then and there as to what they heard and how helpful/ useful it is.
As part of the church bulletin on the back page put: Comments? On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 = Low and 5 = High And 3 = ??? What did I TakeAway from this sermon that I will/ can use? Encourage people to tear off the Comments? and put them in the basket along with their money.
As for Aptos Psychologist, for this sermon I would rate it a 3 — ???? Not horrible. But not useful.
Gilbert’s description of the Hebrew God as “clannish, suspicious, patriarchal…” (quoted in the sermon) seems similar to that as portrayed in A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out … by Wafa Sultan That book IS worth reading.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos, CA www.aptospresbytermianchurch.org lists a contact number 831 688-4211 and an email to reach the Office.
Located at 9850 Monroe Avenue, Aptos, CA 95003
Sundays: 9:00 AM for adult education and 10:30 for worship.
Quite an accomplishment for all the women and men who have been involved.
Back in 2009 — when this post was first written -there were Literary Parties. What’s going on is always changing — but always about books.
“These Literary Parties are a real blast! We choose a genre–mystery this month–everyone brings a book or two in that genre and we take turns waving the books around and saying why we like them. Then people usually have comments and conversation ensues until I bellow, “next.” We’ve done one every month since January–usually somewhere between a half-dozen and a dozen folk crammed into our back room. Quite fun.”
The Word Shop is located at 246 Center St. # A. This is a small book store located near entrance to Seacliff Beach. For more info contact Alliee DeArmond at email@example.com 831-688-6607
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