Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Presentation for an all-inclusive Holy Land Pilgrimmage in Feb 2016 - Wed Mar 4

ALL-INCLUSIVE HOLY LAND PILGRIMMAGE planned for February 2-11, 2016. Presentation at St. Katherine Drexel on Wed Mar 4 at 6:30PM. Great price to include air from Sacramento, daily buffet breakfast and dinner daily. Deluxe motorcoaches, first class hotels, guided sightseeing, etc all for $3796 per person. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Please feel free to bring a guest or two. RSVP would be appreciated.
Contact Bernadette Cramer, 296-2700

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sophia's Well of Wisdom: February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day
SOPHIA'S Well of Wisdom
February 2015 Newsletter
10am - 12:30pm

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Using Spiritual Energy for self-healing is the topic for the quarterly Self-Care class.

  • Movement
  • Meditation
  • What is "Spiritual Energy" or "Reiki"?
  • Reiki Healing Circle
Celebrating the Spirit of Dance...
Where Africa Meets the Orient....
Saturday February 28

Enjoy an evening performance with the Maghreb Dancers and let your
 soul dance!

Space is limited - RSVP today!

Dear Loraine,
A little late with the newsletter this month and so much to share. Ponder on the Wisdom of Love this month. How can we live, move and have our being in love? If we hold love at the center of our lives, no matter what happens in the world we will not be moved. Now how do we apply this wisdom?  That's what we need each other for. No matter how "independent" we are, we need to be in relationship to learn and grow into the deep mysteries of life that are only learned in relationship. At SOPHIA'S we seek to understand, to inspire, to grow, and to learn from each other in the spirit of compassionate speaking and listening. Take a look at what is happening this month and meet us at The Well as often as you can.
Universal Wisdom is Theme for February's Wisdom Circle
Earth Heart
 Shari Anderson introduced the Wisdom Circle's monthly theme with "The Wisdom of Nature" on the firstSunday of the month. This month we are looking at the big themes of Wisdom that touch our lives. 

Marilyn Nutter researched and introduced the "Wisdom of the Stars" to open the discussion of how the star embedded cosmos affects the quality of life as we understand it on February 8. She has agreed to doing a Part II on the Wisdom of the Stars in the near future. You won't want to miss it!
Lynnea Honn takes us on a journey to the "Wisdom of the Heart" on the 15th. 

The last Sunday on the 22 will be hosted by Rev. Patsy with a look at the "Wisdom of the Body." This will include a short DVD on the Esoteric Science Behind Healing with Torkum Saraydarian.  

The Wisdom Circle gathers every Sunday at 11amfollowing a short break after the Sunday Morning Meditation at 10am
Spirit of the Dance

Saturday February 28 at 6:30pm.

Join us for a lively evening with Amel Tafsout and her professional student dancers. 

Meditation Class to Start onWednesday February 18
Meditation Teacher Lynnea Honn will offer a 5-week Transformation Meditation class on Wednesdays at 10am.  

The class will lead students through the practical steps and practices necessary to begin a meditation practice that is easy, effective, and based on solid research. Call Lynnea at 209-304-6174 to register for the class. 

Women Writers at the Well

Lynnea Honn as been leading the Women Writers group for over a year now. The writers report a wonderful creative experience and deepening relationships with the women who participate in the joy of expressive writing. This pastSunday one of the writers, Jan Harper, joined us for Sunday morning meditation and shared a poem that she recently wrote that spoke to so many of our journeys. She was willing to share: 

My Heart Space 

At twenty I was mindful 
 Whole life ahead of me 
 And though it was haphazard 
 My Inner Child ran free
Persuaded by the pressure 
 Of friends and family 
 I left behind the best part 
 Of whom I'm meant to be

I took a little side road 
 It took me forty years 
 And through my dusty travels 
 It brought me back to here
 A place to be creative 
 A place with no regrets 
 A place that holds me safely 
 A place I'll not forget

 I've opened up my Heart Space 
With sisters I have shared 
My writing and my artwork 
My soul to them I've bared 

I've learned to look back gently 
Make peace with all I've done 
Be open, honest, loving 
My life has just begun 

I yearn for deep communion 
God's spirit fills my heart 
I grieve for something greater 
Of which I am a part 

Should meditation find me 
Along my chosen path 
I'll sing a psalm to Heaven 
God's treasured aftermath 

 Jan Harper 1/2015

Jan says, "The Writing Group has helped me to explore so much creativity. An amazing group of women!" The group meets on Mondays at 6pm

Monday 6pm - Women Writers at the Well with Lynnea Honn (ongoing)

Tuesday 7pm - A Course in Miracles with Shari Anderson (ongoing)

Wednesday - Transformation Meditation with Lynnea (10am) or Patricia (6pm) - call for next class

Wednesday - Sacred Dance 12:30pmwith Amel Tafsout - call for next class
Let's contemplate the Wisdom of Love to center us and hold us together as we go through the turbulence of the times of change.  If you need some companionship along the way, SOPHIA'S Well of Wisdom is a good place to meet, share, and serve. 
Rev. Dr. Patsy Walker Fine
Sophia's Well of Wisdom
Well of Wisdom
270A Hanford Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
(Across from Days Inn)

SOPHIA'S is a spiritual center for wellness of body & soul.  Donations made to the spiritual center are tax-exempt. 

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sermon: Learning to Honor One Another - Rev. Karen Faye Siegfriedt

Learning to Honor One Another    Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark   Epiphany 5B
By the Rev. Karen Faye Siegfriedt; Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek, CA  95642

Have you ever heard the saying:  “You can’t be all things to all people”?  Or the reminder that “you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”  These insights rattled through my brain as I puzzled over today’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth Greece.  In this passage Paul says:  “To the Jews I became as a Jew…  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law… To the weak I became weak… I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel.” [1 Cor. 9] 

What did Paul mean by these bold statements?  Was he really “all things to all people”?  Well not exactly.  During his ministry, Paul was run out of town, beaten by mobs, and thrown into jail by people with whom he did not exactly fully connect.  However, to Paul’s credit, he did treat people as if they mattered to him and to God.   As disciples of Christ, we need to do likewise.  Today (given the chaotic state of our world), I would like to talk about honoring one another.  Not just honoring those who are like ourselves, but honoring people who think differently, who come from foreign cultures, and who practice different religions.  This requires careful listening on our part and respecting the dignity of every human being.  In summary, it means to restore compassion to the center of our morality and religion

            The city of Corinth was where Paul started one of the first Christian churches.  Corinth was a major maritime and commercial center, located about 50 miles from Athens Greece.  Immigrants were attracted to this city from all parts of the Mediterranean world.  They would bring with them their diverse cultural heritages, distinctive, social customs, and differing religious beliefs and practices.  At a time when public morality was at a low ebb in the Roman Empire, Corinth was notorious for its lax morals.  It was into this city of slavery, debauchery, and the exploitation of women and children, that the church in Corinth attracted its members.

            Now the church in Corinth was pretty dysfunctional.  The parishioners came from different walks of life and social classes.  Some of them had a real sense of entitlement.  Like many un-formed Christians, they were pretty self-focused and unwilling to sacrifice for the benefit of the larger community.  Having difficulty coming together as a unified group, the fabric of the church was beginning to tear apart.  And so in his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses many of the hot-button issues that plagued this community of faith. 

            In today’s reading, Paul focuses on the principle of accommodation that he believed was so fundamental to a life lived in the gospel.  He reached out to every conceivable kind of person, class, and culture and encouraged his followers to do the same.  He never hesitated to speak their language, to adapt to their life style, or to identify with their attitudes in order to reach out to them with the good news of Christ.  It wasn’t easy then and it isn’t easy now. 

            Just look at our own country today.   50 years of culture wars have left our nation polarized and many of us enraged and entrenched in our own positions.  We justify our prejudices, put positive spins on our political statements, point fingers, and close down civil discourse with our opponents.  And like the first century church in Corinth Greece, this posture of animosity is tearing apart the fabric of our society.  What are we to do?  Whenever I do not have the wisdom within myself to find workable solutions, I seek for gems of wisdom elsewhere.  Today’s readings from the Holy Scriptures are a good place to start.

            1.  The first piece of wisdom that comes to my mind is from Paul’s experience of trying to spread the gospel in a hostile environment.  He doesn’t lose his own identity or his focus but he is willing to spend time walking in other people’s shoes and trying to understand what is going on in their lives.  While he was not always successful, he always gave it a good try. 
            Personally, I can’t do a whole lot about solving the current tensions in the Middle East between the Shiites and Sunnis or the Jews and Palestinians.  I am not in a position to negotiate political solutions.  I don’t know if it is wise to increase military action and I am overwhelmed with the brutality of the ISIL terrorists who have sociopathic tendencies.  However, what I can do is to refrain from any anti-Semitic comments.  I can also be in relationships with Jews and Muslims in a way that can help me better understand their faith and their deepest yearnings. 
            Several years ago, I visited a mosque in Indianapolis with a group of other Christian clergy.  It was during the season of Ramadan, a time when faithful Muslims are required to fast from eating and drinking during the day.  As I recall, it was about 6:30 in the evening.  We clergy had been eating our meals as people normally do.  However, when we visited the mosque to have dinner with the Muslim people as they broke their fast, they all insisted that we be served first.  Their hospitality was outstanding, their humble posture was inspiring, and their faith was vibrant.  The word Islam means, “surrendering to the will of God” and that is what I saw.
            This past year, I had the privilege to travel in Turkey for a few weeks.  97% of the people are Muslim and from my personal experience, they are some of the kindest people I have ever met.  Their hopes and their dreams are similar to ours.  They want to have meaningful work, caring relationships, food and shelter, and a hopeful future for their children.  Because of my personal experience, I am able to see beyond the violence of the small minority of terrorist and embrace the people of Islam who make up about 23% of the world’s population.

            2.  The second piece of wisdom that comes to mind is from the gospel of Mark:  “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place and there he prayed.” {Mk. 1}  A life of prayer is key to the well being of this planet.  It seems clear to me that the only way Jesus had enough energy and enough power to respond to all of the sick who were laid at his feet was because he was connected to a power source that was far greater than his human ego strength alone.  He was deeply connected to God, not as an idea, but as a relationship in which he and the Father were one.  Jesus always found time for prayer because he knew the gift of God that comes from being in a sustaining and deep relationship with the Holy One.
            Often times, we Christians when faced with adversity and difficulties, bypass the power of prayer and immediately seek a psychological, political, or military solution.  After awhile (when we make little headway), we become so frustrated that we either opt out or we take the offensive.  But there is another way that is powerful and transformative, a gift that can offer us a peace that passes all understanding.  Yesterday, 43 people came together at the ecumenical Centering Prayer Workshop here at Trinity.  We came to receive the gift of God that comes with centering prayer.  Centering Prayer is a spiritual technique designed to help us open our mind and heart, our whole being, to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.   We don’t have to anything on our part but put aside quiet time to allow God to embrace us.  This is a deep kind of prayer that creates intimacy with God and heals our wounds and brings us into harmony and peace with one another.

            3.  Finally, I have been reflecting on Paul’s closing words:  “I have become all things to all people that I might by all means save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel.” {1Cor.9}  Paul is so filled with the love of Christ as the way, the truth, and the life that he feels compelled to share this good news through his gift of preaching.  He does not do it for the sake of himself but for God’s purposes.  His motivation is always to preach the good news even if it requires great sacrifices on his part.  To what degree are we able to say this about our own work and life?  What motivates us and why do we do the things we do?  I know for myself, I sometimes do things for my own sake, for my own political sentiments, or even for my allegiance to the Episcopal Church.  But for the sake of the gospel?  Well, that is a higher purpose to which we are all being called.

            We can’t be all things to all people but we can treat people as if they matter to us and to God.  Perhaps today’s readings are a stark reminder there is more we can do to honor one another for the sake of the gospel.  Which gospel?  The gospel of compassion for which Jesus gave his life.  May God give us the grace to go and do likewise.

Monday, February 2, 2015

2nd Annual Celtic Hymn Sing - Sun Mar 15

Come join the Trinity Singers and the congregation at Trinity Episcopal Church in singing traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other Celtic folk songs and hymns. Featuring the Trinity Singers with Chico-based Celtic band "Odd Little Egret! Bring a can (or two, or a bag) of food for the Interfaith Food Bank for the offering, and/or...bring an item for the popular "Care Packages for the Needy" drive (see below). Coffee hour/refreshments served after the 10:30 service. For more information, call Trinity at 267-0255 or email office@trinitysuttercreek.org.

There are two lists: food items and non-food items. Monetary donations are also welcome - please note "For Care Packages" in the memo line of your check.

FOOD ITEMS BASIC IDEAS: Items that are easy to carry and eat, high in calories and protein, and need no refrigeration or cooking, and with the longest shelf life possible. Keep heavy items like canned goods to a minimum, and remove any unnecessary packaging from foods to make them lighter.

FOODS TO INCLUDE (Priority Items):

  • Peanut butter - Small plastic jar, peanut butter crackers, individual packs.
  • Nuts and seeds - Snack packs of different varieties of nuts/seeds, light weight containers of peanuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix, etc.
  • Beef jerky - Snack size packs of dried meats.
  • Meat products: Canned chicken, chicken salad, tuna/tuna salad, Spam, vienna sausages, or other canned meats. Small, light weight, pull-top cans or snack sets with crackers.
  • Granola/cereal bars - Several varieties with high(er) protein.
  • Fruits - Raisins and other dried fruits (banana chips, cranberries, pitted prunes, etc.) Small boxes/bags, fruit leathers/rolls, small containers of fruit or applesauce,
  • "Crush resistant" crackers/chips - Pretzels, corn chips, small "heftier-type" crackers. Individual packs.
  • Powdered drink mixes - Crystal Light, Gatorade packets
  • Chewing gum, hard candy, mints, cough drops - Nothing that will melt in high temps.
  • MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) - Military food sets often sold at camping/surplus stores. Dehydrated food packs.
  • Bottled water or a plastic water bottle - Small sizes, easier to carry/re-use.
  • Gift cards to local fast food places - McDonald's, Taco Bell, KFC, etc. 

NON-FOOD ITEMS (small packages, bottles, travel-size):

  • Hand sanitizer/handiwipes - Small, individually wrapped packages/bottles, or put into a small ziplock bag (since it is going into a larger back with food items). Those without fragrance are best. Small packs of baby wipes are good, too.
  • Kleenex/napkins - Small, individual packs.
  • Plastic utensils - Restaurant-style sets of knife/fork/spoon with napkin.
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste- Small sets.
  • Socks. Men/women, one standard size, or one package (will divide up during distribution).
  • Travel-sized items - Hotel soaps, shampoo/conditioner.
  • Compressed/expanding towels. These can be found at any dollar store. With a little water, these compressed towels expand into a larger wash-towel.
  • Small combs/hair brushes.