Here is the congregation joining in prayer over a blanket. We send these blankets with our prayers to those in need of support.
Death Has No Victory
Paul challenges us to look inwardly at all of the great achievements we have created in our lives and count them as nothing in comparison to the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we live our lives in a way that is honoring to God, by the time we are to die, death will have no victory.
Ann Henderson, Pastoral Assistant, Simpson UMC
From the Bible passage Philippians 3:4b-14
“I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh.
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ,[a] the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 I want to know Christ[b] and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[c] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[d] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[e] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[f] call of God in Christ Jesus.”
There are thousands of people I wish to thank for their support during my recent life changing events.
There is no one good place to start so I am going to have to pick a place in my mind and right now (since I just finished my yoga group a couple of hours ago) at the present time that is my fellow yogis.
There are so many people to thank that I just have to start doing it and since I am starting tonight it is with my fellow yogis since we just finished tuesday night yoga together. This is no reflection on the support all of you have given me just a timing thing since I’m starting tonight. I just find myself strong enough tonight!
Thank you yogis for waiting for me to be strong enough to continue our group you don’t know how much this means and how much I love you for it.
Thank you Terry and John new Yogis to our group you don’t know my personal situation but your presence has been exactly what I need to move forward. I hope to get to know you better but if your path takes you on a different journey don’t worry about it I enjoyed our time together.
Thank you yogis for waiting for me to be strong enough to get the group going again, you are so nurturing and supportive and loving you’ll never know how much you’ve helped me! You waited for me to be strong enough to move forward and your confidence in me is amazing.
We are a group brought together by common goal and although our members change our group goal continues to be strong. Our support of each other!
This article appears here with the permission of Marc Steuben and explains how Taiko was born as we know it today and how Taiko came to the United States.
I have taken several lessons from Marc now and the more I get to know him the more fascinating and complex I find him. Look forward to reading about his other talents and endeavors here soon.
He remains a patient and encouraging teacher even though I have two left hands when it comes to drumming!
I took my friend Jennifer Lim an huge plastic bag of broken and “I’m tired of this piece” jewelry.
I had been saving all this jewelry with no idea what I was going to do with it. Since at least half of it was broken I couldn’t take it to the thrift store.
She does this amazing thing with bits of forgotten or discarded jewelry, she re-purposes the bits and pieces and makes entirely new pieces of jewelry!
I wish I had taken a picture of that plastic bag of broken jewelry, sigh, but here are a few examples of what she did with those castaways:
Thank you Jennifer for being so fun and giving me back some memories!
If you would like to see Jennifer’s creative pieces in person, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, join us at Simpson UMC on 10-19-2014. Her prices are unbelievably reasonable. All proceeds she donates to the Simpson UMC Chancel Choir for special music and adding musicians to help our extremely talented pianist with Christmas and Easter Cantatas.
A light lunch will also be served until sold out. There are many amazing artists that display each year and you will not be disappointed!
P.S. If you would like to donate some broken jewelry Jennifer will make it into something amazing which she sells and donates all proceeds in support of the Simpson UMC Chancel Choir. Bring your plastic bag of bits and pieces!