Monday, June 29, 2015

Sermon: Making Conscious Medical Decisions - Rev. Karen Siegfriedt

Making Conscious Medical Decisions   Reading: Mark 5:21-43   Prop. 8/B
By the Rev. Karen F. Siegfriedt; Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek, CA  6/28/15

 “Three men stood by the ocean, looking at the same sunset.  One man saw the immense physical beauty and enjoyed the event in itself.  This man was the “sensate” type, who like 80 percent of the world, deals with what he can see, feel, touch, move, and fix.  This was enough reality for him for he had little interest in larger ideas, intuitions, or the grand scheme of things.  He saw with his first eye, which was good.  A second man saw the sunset.  He enjoyed all the beauty that the first man did.  Like all lovers of coherent thought, technology, and science he also enjoyed his power to make sense of the universe and explain what he discovered.  He thought about the cyclical rotation of the planets and stars.  Through imagination, intuition, and reason, he saw with his second eye, which was even better.  The third man saw the sunset, knowing and enjoying all that the first and the second men did.  But in his ability to progress from seeing to explaining to tasting, he also remained in awe before an underlying mystery, coherence, and spaciousness that connected him with everything else.  He used his third eye, which is the full goal of all seeing and all knowing.  This was the best.”    (The Naked Now by R. Rohr)
            Today, I would like to talk about making conscious medical decisions.  In order to do this with integrity, we need to take an informed look at the state of our health, our expectations of life, the likelihood of suffering, and our fear of death.  Like the second man looking at the sunset, it is important for us to look beyond our physical symptoms and use our reason and knowledge to make good and conscious decisions.  But even more so, we need to go beyond our reason and connect with the underlying mystery of life, the Divine Presence, to truly discover our purpose here on earth. 
            Today’s gospel reading contains two stories of healing, two different females, and two encounters with Jesus.  One woman has been hemorrhaging for 12 years and the other appears to have died at the age of 12 years old.  Both are in need of healing, both have received an incredible gift of grace, and both are given another chance to live a full life.  But this is where the similarities end.  The bleeding woman is without social, religious, or economic status.  She is unnamed, deemed impure, and ostracized because of her discharge of blood.  The 12-year old child has everything the bleeding woman doesn’t: a man to advocate for her, wealth, status, and position.  And yet somehow, in their encounters with Jesus, both are healed.
            What stands out for me in the story about the unnamed women who had bled for 12 years and who exhausted all of her resources on medical care for a chronic condition, is that she really wanted to live.  She wanted to be an integral part of society, not just pushed to the sidelines as being an “impure” person because of her discharged.  She wanted to embrace the fullness of her personhood.  She seemed to be highly motivated, possessing great courage and determination.  As a result, she took a chance and pushed through the crowd in spite of all the Jewish laws that prohibited her from coming in contact with others.  She reached out to Jesus and touched his garment and immediately, her bleeding stopped. Chances are she had heard about his gifts of healing and felt that this was her last chance to become well.  Perhaps she was spiritually enlightened, being able to perceive divine healing in his very being.  Or perhaps she was simply broke and decided to try alternative medicine.  Whatever the motivation was, however strong her faith might have been, she received a grace and “was healed of her disease.”
            I think most of us can relate to this story, especially those of us who are aging.  Many of us spend an enormous amount of time and resources responding to a chronic medical condition.  Much of the time, we are not cured but only maintained at a lesser level.  This story tends to raise questions like:  Will I be healed? or Why are some people of faith healed and others are not?  While faith is an integral part of our healing process it does not guarantee a long life but does guarantee an abundant life.  There is a season and time for every matter under heaven.  “A time to be born and a time to die.”  (Ecclesiastes 3)
            So how do you make medical decisions about your own life?   Is faith an integral part of your decision making process?  Do you tend to be an impulsive decision maker, opting for the first treatment that is offered?  Or are you the type that thinks about things for a long time, does extensive research, lists the pros and cons, and then consciously makes an informed decision?  Maybe you are the type that simply lets nature take its course and go with the flow?  Or maybe you are fearful of death and make decisions based on quantity and not quality.  I would like relay three stories about three different people and how they made their medical decisions.  See if you can relate to any of these.
            The first story is about a man who was nearly 80 years old.  I met him in the emergency room in Yuma AZ, after his wife experienced a heart attack and was dead on arrival.  As the student chaplain, it was my job to minister to him.  While he was deeply grieved over the loss of his wife, he seemed to accept it and was fairly calm.  I asked him if there was anyone to go home to.  He said, no.  I then asked him if he were taking any medicines.  He said he was taking a pill for his heart but decided that he was going to stop the medicine.  I asked him why.  He said:  “I have had a wonderful life.  I am approaching my 80th year and my beloved wife has died.  I am ready to go too.  But don’t worry about me.  I am not going to go home and kill myself.  I am simply accepting what is and have chosen to go naturally without any medical intervention.”  This was a man who valued quality over quantity.
            The second story is about a man named Art who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung caused by asbestos inhalation, probably some 50 years earlier.  This kind of cancer has an extremely poor prognosis.  Once you have it, there is little you can do.  Art was in his early to mid 70’s and he loved life.  He embraced every minute with joy.  He came and told me that he would do anything to extend his life even if he had to go to Australia and eat apricot pits.  He finally convinced a doctor to do radical surgery as “a research subject.”  The operation was extremely painful but Art was determined to live.  The surgery was unsuccessful and Art died in pain but he never complained.
            The third story was written by Katy Butler in her book, Knocking on Heaven’s Gate.  Katy laid out the multitude of personal and medical issues as her parents entered their 80s.  After her father suffered a stroke, he developed a hernia.  While Medicare would not pay for a truss, they would pay for surgery and so the family felt pressured to pursue this option.  But right before the surgery, the doctor decided that the father would need a pacemaker to survive the surgery.  So the family felt obligated to have a pacemaker inserted in order to complete the hernia operation.  But then with all of his medical problems mounting, he developed blood clots and had a brain hemorrhage. This resulted in dementia.  The pace maker kept his heart going and his wife became his round-the-clock caregiver.  Katy Butler explains how our current medical system more often than not intentionally draws out the process of dying. Medication, surgical interventions, technology - all of these things led to the shell of the man she knew as her father, simultaneously saving him but dooming him in the end.
            A few months ago, the Trinity Health Ministry Board discussed a controversial article by Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel. Dr. Emanuel is an eminent oncologist and outspoken defender of the Affordable Care Act.  He is a healthy, active, 57 year old respected physician who hopes to die at the age of 75.  If he lives past that age, he will refuse all medical intervention.  He doesn’t intend to end his life at 75 but he will refuse to accept any medical procedures, treatments, surgeries and antibiotics after that age.  He wants to die naturally and does not want to endure the problems associated with artificially extending one’s life.  We began to discuss Ezekiel’s position as well as our own preferences.  One member said that if her heart stopped, she did not want to be brought back.  Another said that 75 years old was way too young to stop medical intervention.  Some said that they would have chemo but did not want to be on a ventilator.  I said that I plan to make different medical decisions after I reach the age of 78. 

            As you can imagine, our discussion became very lively and so we decided to have this discussion on a parish level.  So here we are today, reflecting on our own health, desires, goals, and fears. Perhaps you relate to the woman who was healed in today’s gospel or the man who wanted to go naturally or Art who loved life so much that he would try almost anything to extend his time on earth.  I would like to hear your ideas and thoughts about making conscious medical decisions and where you fall on the spectrum.  After the silence, please come to the microphone to share your insights, questions, and concerns.  I believe that this is an important conversation for us to have and your contribution will greatly enhance our own thinking about this very important topic.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Faith Lutheran Church of Pioneer Installs New Pastor

Pioneer, CA, June 22, 2015—The Rev. Janna Mikkelson was installed as the new permanent called pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, Pioneer, on Sunday, June 14 Every pew was filled not only with members of Pastor Janna’s new church but the members and clergy of Ascension Lutheran Church of Sacramento, where she has worshipped for the past 30 years and where she was ordained.  Several local clergy also attended.  And, of course, Pastor Janna’s husband Mark and other members of her family.


Pastor Mark Price of St. John’s in Lodi, dean of the Sierra San Joaquin Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presided over the service, which also featured members of the congregation.   The service was followed by a reception in Luther Hall.


Pastor Janna Mikkelson holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. She also holds a BS degree in accounting from California State University, Sacramento.


She and her husband Mark have been married ten years, and she has two grown sons, Rand in Sacramento and Clint in Colorado Springs.  They are living in the church parsonage adjacent to the church.

She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of David Solevad, who had been pastor at Faith Lutheran for 36 years.  After retirement in June 2013, Pastor David and wife Ellen moved to Washougal, WA, to be closer to their grandchildren.  Intentional interim minister Pastor Dawn Hass served the church during t


Pastor Mark Price of St. John’s, Lodi, installing Rev. Janna Mikkelson as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Pioneer
 
Pastor Janna Mikkelson
Pastor Janna Mikkelson and husband Mark at reception following her ordination at Ascension Lutheran in Sacramento in May 2015.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Recognizing the Kingdom of God - by Rev. Karen Siegfriedt

Recognizing the Kingdom of God   Readings: Mark 4:26-34; 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13    Proper 6B
By the Rev. Karen Faye Siegfriedt; Trinity Episcopal Church, Sutter Creek, CA   6/14/15

            Today is Flag Day, an American Holiday commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States back in 1777. The American flag has become a powerful symbol of Americanism, and is proudly flown in our country on many occasions.  Growing up in Boston (and thus being steeped in American history and patriotic fervor), we would display the flag from our house on these kinds of holidays.  At the many parades our family attended, folks would wave little flags as soldiers march by to the sound of marching bands playing patriotic songs.  In those times, I would have a surge of valor in my heart, recounting some of the passionate proclamations of the patriots who sacrificed their lives and well-being for our freedom.  “Give me liberty or give me death.” (Patrick Henry)  “No taxation without representation.”  “One if by land and two if by sea, and I on the opposite shore shall be.” (Ride of Paul Revere)  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)  These sentiments made me feel good but I often confused my patriotic fervor with Christian principles believing they were one and the same.
While our country is truly blest and has shown at times a thirst for justice, righteousness, and sacrifice, patriotism and love for our country must never be confused with the Kingdom of God.  In fact many theologians would say that throughout American history, “American Christians have been more American than they have been Christian, willingly and unconsciously integrating faith with political philosophy at the expense of both. Not only have the basic tenets of the Christian faith been compromised and violated, in the interest of protecting our right to practice our faith along with our basic American freedoms, we have been guilty of denying the rights and freedoms of any who are seen to oppose.” (D. A Fletcher)   So what I would like to talk about today is recognizing the Kingdom of God among us; a kingdom that is already here but not yet fully realized.  A kingdom which when fully recognized, will make our hearts glad and give us a different perspective on being faithful disciples.
Jesus said:  “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed” or “a man in search of fine pearls” or is like “yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”  Jesus rarely gives us a concrete definition of the kingdom of God but instead uses broad-sweeping images.  In particular, he often uses a parable to describe the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is a time or place or event when God’s grace and will for humanity is operating among us.  In these parables, Jesus does not describe extraordinary events but every day occurrences, naturally occurring processes that open our eyes to the wonder of creation.  If you recall, a parable is not a systematic theological statement that makes complete sense.   Rather it is a teaching story that highlights one or more principles.  In some of these parables about the kingdom, we find that many of the values of this world are turned on their heads.  The first are last, the rich become poor, and the weak become strong. 
Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.  But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” {Mk. 4}  There are two actors in this parable:  human and divine.  On the one hand, a farmer goes out to sow the seed and in the end, harvests the crop.  But how the seed is transformed from a tiny, inert-looking particle into a living plant, is ultimately a mystery.  But that the seed does transform itself is an act of grace, requiring no action on our part.  This is good news about the kingdom because if everything were dependent on our actions, life would be diminished.  Even though we have become technologically advanced with genetic engineering and agricultural science, the processes of nature are more than we could ever hope or imagine.  Let me give you an example.
In 1975, a diesel fuel oil supply line was accidently punctured causing a release of almost 60,000 gallons of #2 diesel fuel into the soil.  Over time, the oil saturated the soil and permeated to the first aquifer.  As a member of the Health and Safety Division and as a student studying for a degree in Environmental Management, my task was to come up with some ideas on how to address the spill.  There were a few options available to deal with the oil spill like digging up tons of soil and transferring the soil a hazardous waste site, or monitoring the wells and cleaning up any contaminated water.  However, as I began to study the process of in-situ bioreclamation, I realized that there were already bugs in the soil who liked to eat diesel fuel.  If we could figure out a way to deliver enough nutrients and oxygen to these bugs, then they would be able to transform the oil into CO2 and water.  It seems that Mother Nature has set up a natural process of dealing with human error and degradation of the environment through the use of soil microflora.  The kingdom of God is like an oil spill that is quietly being remediated through the grace of Mother Nature who longs for all of creation to live in harmony.
Jesus said:  “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;  yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” {Mk. 4}  A small seed…a big shrub!
In our world, bigger, better, faster and more is more highly valued over small, less, and slow.  Yet Jesus overturns this value of ours and paints a picture of small being large enough.  A small gesture can have a large consequence.  A small word of encouragement can change a life.  A small group of people can change the world.  Zacchaeus, a small man, reveals a large and generous spirit.  A small group of ordinary men become extraordinary disciples that create a world-wide church.  A small, pregnant, teenage girl from a small town becomes the mother of Jesus.  Maybe you have felt small in this competitive world of ours.  Maybe no one has recognized your worth.  But in the kingdom of God, you are of great value.  In this parable, Jesus confronts us on every side until we understand that while our world might dismiss the small, the poor, the weak, and the marginalized, these are not God’s ways.  In God’s kingdom, all people, both great and small are to be loved and appreciated.
I like the image of a mustard seed shrub putting forth large branches so that the birds of the air can make nests for the next generation.  Imagine a small seed growing into a living organism that provides space for creatures to live in and find rest.  God’s kingdom is like a shrub with large branches that provides a place for the weary to sleep and be protected and raise families.  This image of the kingdom as a sheltering home that God has provided for the world, is one that we should keep in mind as we wrestle with the issues of homelessness and affordable housing.  While God provides the natural resources and the land to house all of his children, we must cooperate in using these resources to make this possible.  The kingdom of God is like a Victory Village in Jackson CA, providing homeless vets with a place to rest their weary heads until they can get back on their feet.
Over the centuries, Christians have interpreted the Kingdom of God through many avenues.  Some envision the kingdom of God as a future hope or an inner spiritual experience or mystical communion.  Some think of the kingdom of God as the institution church (like the Catholics) or as a counter cultural system (like the Amish).  Some think of the kingdom of God as an earthly utopia or a political state that will solve all our problems if ruled with justice, peace, and equality. 
            It is good for us to have a lot of images of the kingdom of God because not one of them is fully adequate on its own.  What is important for us as disciples of Christ, is to become more skilled in recognizing the kingdom among us; and from that recognition, become hopeful and active participants in its unfolding.   If you read the newspaper or listen to the nightly news, you can easily get sucked into the darkness, believing that the world is going to hell in a hand basket.  And while there is much darkness out there, the Light has come into the world and the darkness has not overcome it. {Jn.1}  We are people of the Light and from this Light, we have received grace upon grace.
            The kingdom of God is like the prophet Samuel who with some prompting, looked beyond the external appearances and anointed the youngest son rather than the eldest as the future king of Israel. The kingdom of God is like a family of quails running across the street.  The mother is in the lead with and her chicks while the father stands back ensuring that all are safely across.  “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sophia's Well of Wisdom - June 2015


June 2015
SOPHIA'S Well of Wisdom
Newsletter
Dear Amador Community,


June marks the third major festival of the year: The Festival of Humanity. The main theme of this festival is Goodwill. It is also known as the Festival of Goodwill. Why is goodwill so important? Without the spirit of goodwill, we will never know peace and end the threat of violence within ourselves, to each other, and to the planet. The concept of goodwill is ancient and shows up in every major religion as a directive of how to treat others for a wholesome (holy) life. Goodwill is an essential personal, national, and global value to cultivate at this critical point in time. 

If you are a movie goer you will have noticed how many of the new movies in the last couple of years (and reaching a high level of concentration this year) are about global destruction. This thought-form is becoming epidemic and is not the thought we need to be anchoring in human consciousness. Those of faith, both outer religious as well as inner spiritual, urgently need individually and collectively to anchor thought-forms of goodwill. If not us, who will do this? 

Let me share a few ideas that we contemplated in our Festival of Humanity meditation last Sunday taken from Chapter 43 of Wisdom of the Zodiac, Volume 1by Torkum Saraydarian. 
  • In the near future all humanity will celebrate the Festival of Humanity. We will recognize that in each human being there is a God and that this God can only be released through the power of goodwill. Goodwill is the expression of God in humanity - in the individual, in groups, and in nations. (p. 595)
  • Nothing (good) is built in the Universe without Goodwill.
  • If your heart is not full of Goodwill, it is vacant; and the vacant heart is the most dangerous heart. 
  • Goodwill is total livingness . . . a dynamic manifestation of God within you.
  • Goodwill makes you sensitive to the needs of others and the beauty of others. 
  • Goodwill creates understanding.
Join with the spiritual companions at SOPHIA'S either in person or in consciousness to anchor a resolve to goodwill. Unless we make this effort, we will allow the consciousness of violence and destruction to dominate the global mind. People of goodwill who join their thoughts, prayers, meditations, and actions can change the tide of destruction and co-create a world of value and purpose. Here are five resolutions of Goodwill to embrace in thought, word, and deed.

1. From now on I will make all my thoughts, words, and actions radiate Goodwill.

2. I will love not hate.

3. I will give my light, love, wisdom, energy and time to increase the joy in other people. 

4. In every way possible, I will talk, write, and live in the spirit of Goodwill.

5. Whether I am in heaven or on earth, I will endeavor to dispurse the darkness of ill will by the light of my goodwill. 

Now visualize the Goodwill of God radiating through us to all planetary life. 


Goodwill is the high road to the Kingdom of God and the straight path to your innermost True Self. 



Congratulations to my newest Comprehensive Reiki (Levels 1 and 2) graduates who are completing almost six months of training including 5 classes, individual sessions, practice sessions, research, and a final presentation. On Saturday June 27 students will share their research findings and those who complete all classes and assignments will receive their certificates. Guests are invited to attend from10am to 1pm. RSVP to Patsy at 209-418-9003


June Events at SOPHIA'S

The Wisdom Circle theme for this month is The Human Constitution. This theme will cover two months with part 1 in June and part 2 in July. This month we will explore the the spiritual anatomy of the human form called in the esoteric philosophy the three-fold personality. Each week we will unpackage this topic by examining the form nature and spiritual development of 1) the physical body, 2) emotional body, and 3) mental body. In July we will move from the personality to exploring the nature and development of the human soul. See the calendar below for specifics of each week. Click on download to copy the calendar or go towww.sophiaswell.org. The Wisdom Circle meets on Sundays from 10am to 12pm. We are considering a different time on Sunday, especially the early evening. If you would like to share your thoughts about this email me atswow@sophiaswell.org.

SUMMER SOLSTICE

Rev. Tracy Johnson
At SOPHIA'S we will celebrate the summer solstice on June 21 at 10am. As usual Rev. Tracy Johnson will preside at this event bringing us a time of seasonal reflection and inspiration. Sumer Solstice brings us to the half-way point in the year. The bright sun leads us to enjoy the out of doors, nature, the beauty and energy of life. Following the celebration, we will continue with the Wisdom Circle topic for that week. Tracy is our Rituals and Communion minister and a member of SOPHIA'S Circle, our program advisory team. 



Wednesday Wisdom Lecture Series

Spiritual Transformation is the topic of the WednesdayWisdom Lecture on June 24th at 6pm.  Rev. Patsy will host the event with a showing of a dvd by Tanis Helliwell, the founder of the International Institute for Transformation.Spiritual Transformation: Journey of Co-Creation covers several transformation topics including "The Butterfly-Four Stages of Transformation" segment. Patsy will guide a discussion following each segment we choose to watch in the available time. The Wisdom Lecture Series is a free community service event that explores topics of the Ageless Wisdom. Donations are always appreciated. 

Women Writers at the Well
Lynnea Honn hosts the WWW on Mondays at 6pm. Several women meet to share their journeys with the gift of writing. Lynnea has been writing for many years. Her current project is, in collaboration with Mike Mason, an anthology dedicated to Sophia, the Divine Feminine incorporating many writings of the friends and participants at SOPHIA'S. The product should be available sometime this year. Lynnea also is a meditation teacher and the registrar for Transformational Meditation. (See below for information) and a member of SOPHIA'S Circle, our program advisory team.

A Course in Miracles

Shari AndersonShari Anderson is the lead teacher for the study group in ACIM. The class meets on Tuesdays at 7pm. One can begin anywhere in the continuous study of living a wholesome life of peace and goodwill. Shari is also SOPHIA'S music director, leading the Sunday morning musical invocations and benedictions as well as providing instrumental, vocal, and group music and chants. Shari shares her talent as a vocal teacher with occasional workshops and classes. Shari is also a member of SOPHIA'S Circle, our program advisory team.


Sacred Dance at SOPHIA'S

We are very fortunate to have professional dance master Amel Tafsout, share her skills and talents with the local community. Amel leads 5-week classes in Sacred Dance providing a chance for women to get some powerful exercise, become more proficient in dance, as well as learn to love their bodies as vehicles of divine spirit. When in session, the classes meet for 5-weeks on Wednesday from 12:30-2pm. Contact Amel for information or to register for the next session at 209-245-3220. Amel is also an energy healer and intuitive practitioner utilizing Reiki, Spiritual Response Therapy, Tarot and other healing modalities. Amel is available by appointment. Contact her at 209-245-3220 for information or to make an appointment. 

HOLISTIC WELLNESS MINISTRIES
Spiritual care and wellness services are offered at the Well by appointment. Rev. Patsy massage-woman3.jpg
usually accepts individual appointments on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and Thursday andFriday all day as well as some Saturdays. Call 209-418-9003 to make an appointment. 

Patsy provides the following fee-based services:SPIRITUAL DIRECTION, CONTEMPLATIVE MASSAGE AND BODYWORK, ENERGY WORK AND REIKI THERAPY, MEDITATION AND PRAYER THERAPY, CRANIOSACRAL WORK, REFLEXOLOGY, AROMATHERAPY, SHIATSU ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE, and STONE MASSAGE. Patsy also provides Pastoral Care when needed for bereavement and transition (death and dying) counseling, celebrant services (weddings, memorials, dedications), and pastoral guidance.

Reiki Healing Circles, Reiki Clinics, Spiritual Spa Days, and Self-care Classes are hosted periodically. Reiki Training is provided when there are 6 or more requests for the training. Otherwise, students may request an apprenticeship training program with Patsy. Patsy also provides introductory teaching in Esoteric Philosophy either in group or individual sessions. 

SOPHIA Means Wisdom...
Many people are not aware that the word sophia means "wisdom" in Greek. Consider "philosophy" - the love of wisdom - as well as many other words that contain a reference to wisdom. In the book of Proverbs from the Hebrew Bible, one can contemplate wisdom personified in Sophia, the divine manifestation of wisdom in the creation of the world in general and humanity in particular. 

SOPHIA'S Well of Wisdom, a chartered group of spiritual companions, is trying out new forms of worship and spiritual community based on inner authority and personal responsibility for following the Path of Soul

Join us for any or all events. Your participation in events offered to support your spiritual process and your financial support to maintain the program are needed. 
Summer Blessings,









Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, D.Min.

SOPHIA'S Well of Wisdom
270A Hanford Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685


First 
Class
Free

 MEDITATION
 Beginner's Class 
Reduce Stress & Anxiety Support Health & Well Being Cultivate Inner Peace 
Classes held on Wednesdays
10am or 6pm
No Obligation for First Class 
$75 for Five Weekly Sessions

 ~ Certified Meditation Teachers~  
  
BREATHING ~ RELAXATION ~ MEDITATION 
Register for Next Class: Call Lynnea @ 209-304-6174
SOPHIA'S Well of Wisdom - Holistic Wellness Ministries
Lynnea Honn - Beginning Meditation Teacher
Patricia Green - Beginning Meditation Teacher
Patsy Fine - Advanced Meditation Teacher

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Trinity Episcopal Church and Safeway ask you to "Fill the Reservior" on June 26 & 27

The Interfaith Food Bank experiences a severe drought each year during April through October.
Winter funds dry up, food and monetary donations are reduced to a slow, inconsistent trickle.
To help fight this drought, Trinity Episcopal Church has planned a food drive to help "Fill The Reservoir"!
Volunteers will be at Safeway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27 to accept your donations!
Amador County has a wonderful record of generosity towards the Interfaith Food Bank and its program to feed the hungry. During 2014, the IFB served over 6,400 individuals living in Amador County, distributing over ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY pounds of emergency and supplemental food.
We thank you all for your past kindness, and look forward to seeing you at this special event!